University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

Here are all the additions to the Clearinghouse collection -- cases, summaries, case studies, etc. -- over the past 90 days:


CASE ADDITIONS
April 28, 2017
ACLU of Oregon v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00575-HZ (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0005
On April 12, 2017, this suit was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the ACLU of Oregon, ACLU of Alaska, ACLU of Colorado, ACLU of Idaho, and ACLU of Wyoming. The suit aims to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs want information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerns implementation at the Portland International Airport, Denver International Airport, Ted Stevens International Airport, Boise International Airport, and Casper/Natrona County International Airport, as well as the Anchorage, Denver, Boise, Portland, and Casper ports of entry. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Marco A. Hernandez. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-OR-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 20, 2017
ACLU of Hawai'i v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-01970 (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-CA-0024)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 19, 2017
Westefer v. Snyder
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 00-162-GPM (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-IL-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 19, 2017
Texas v. United States
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 7:16-cv-00054 (N.D. Tex.)
PA-TX-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PA-TX-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 18, 2017
ACLU of Georgia v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01309-WSD (N.D. Ga.)
NS-GA-0001
On April 12, 2017, this suit was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the ACLU of Georgia, ACLU of North Carolina, ACLU of South Carolina, and the ACLU of West Virginia. The suit aims to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs want information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerns implementation at Hartsfield/Jackson International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charleston International Airport, Yeager International Airport, as well as the Atlanta, Charlotte, and Charleston ports of entry. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Richard W. Story. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-GA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 17, 2017
ACLU of Florida v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-21382-DPG (S.D. Fla.)
NS-FL-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-FL-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 17, 2017
ACLU of Maine v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00132-GZS (D. Me.)
NS-ME-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-ME-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 17, 2017
ACLU of Illinois, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02768 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-IL-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 13, 2017
CRIPA Investigation, Alabama men's prisons
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PC-AL-0037
On October 6, 2016, the DOJ announced that it had opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men. The investigation will be conducted under CRIPA. As of April 13, 2017, the investigation is not listed on the Special Litigation Section’s Cases and Matters webpage. It is unclear whether the investigation commenced and whether it is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-AL-0037)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 13, 2017
Melendres v. Arpaio
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:07-cv-02513-GMS (D. Ariz.)
PN-AZ-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-AZ-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 13, 2017
ACLU of Michigan v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-11149-JEL-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
NS-MI-0005
On April 12, 2017, this suit was filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the ACLU of Michigan. The suit aims to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs want information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerns implementation at Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport Port of Entry Office. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argue that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders through the Detroit Field Office" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The complaint states that "Michigan residents were among those most severely impacted by the Executive Orders...Of the major metropolitan areas in the United States, Detroit has the highest number of residents per capita from the seven countries barred under Executive Order No. 1." The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-MI-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 12, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Georgia Department of Corrections re: LGBT Treatment
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PC-GA-0019
On February 5, 2016, the DOJ notified the Attorney General of Georgia of its investigation into the treatment of transgender and gay prisoners in the custody of the Georgia Department of Corrections.
View Case Detail (PC-GA-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 12, 2017
Ball v. Kasich
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-282 (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0008
On March 31, 2016, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against the State and State departments. They claimed that they were experiencing, or were at risk of experiencing, pervasive and widespread isolation and segregation in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., and the Social Security Act. On March 23, 2017, the court denied the defendants' motions to dismiss the case. On March 27, 2017, the court granted class certification, but the defendants subsequently asked for reconsideration, so, as of April 12, 2017, the class certification issue is still open.
View Case Detail (PB-OH-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 12, 2017
DOJ Investigation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-CA-0040
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0040)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 10, 2017
Willard v. Snyder
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:01-cv-01884 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-IL-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 10, 2017
Tomlinson v. El Paso Corp.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 04-cv-02686-WDM-MEH (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0063
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-CO-0063)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 10, 2017
Kress v. CCA of Tennessee
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:08-cv-00431-LJM-DML (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-IN-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 10, 2017
Pinzon v. Lane
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 87 C 4542 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-IL-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 9, 2017
American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-01972 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 9, 2017
Lewis v. City of Chicago
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:98-CV-05596 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0268
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0268)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 9, 2017
United States v. Alabama
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-2746 (N.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-AL-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2017
30 Related School Desegregation Cases in the Southern District of Mississippi
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0035
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0035)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2017
Brandon A. v. Donahue
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00-cv-00025 (D.N.H.)
EE-NH-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NH-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2017
United States of America v. Morehouse Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:69-cv-14429-RGJ-KLH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-LA-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 7, 2017
DOJ Investigation of the St. Louis County Family Court
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
CJ-MO-0019
The St. Louis County Family Court and the U.S. Department of Justice reached an agreement to resolve allegations of violations of due process and equal protection rights by the court. The agreement required the court to address racial disparities among youth during the juvenile justice process.
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 6, 2017
Handschu v. Special Services Division
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:71-cv-02203-CSH-SCS (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NY-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 6, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Lorain Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-OH-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-OH-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 5, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Riverside Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-CA-0037
After the fatal police shooting of a black teenager on December 28, 1998, the Department of Justice launched a civil investigation into the Riverside Police Department's use of force and treatment of minorities. It took the Riverside Police Department five years to satisfy all the requirements of the findings.
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0037)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 4, 2017
Marie O. v. Edgar
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 94-ED-1471 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-IL-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 3, 2017
Doe v. Oak Park
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 94-ED-6449 (N.D. Ill.)
ED-IL-0002
The court found that the School properly found the plaintiff's misconduct was not related to his learning disability after the plaintiff filed a complaint asserting the his expulsion violated his due process rights.
View Case Detail (ED-IL-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 2, 2017
United States v. Covington County School District
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 2:66-cv-02148-KS (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 2, 2017
In re Search of an Apple iPhone Seized During the Execution of a Search Warrant on a Black Lexus IS300, California License Plate 35KGD203
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 5:16-cm-00010-SP (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-CA-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 2, 2017
Knight First Amendment Institute v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00548 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0108
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0108)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 2, 2017
Currier v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-01799 (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0023
Plaintiff Cora Currier, an employee of First Look Media Works and staff reporter for The Intercept, sued the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act. Specifically, the plaintiff sought disclosure of records concerning the development and implementation of travel restrictions barring nationals of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. pursuant to President Trump's Jan. 27 Executive Order.
View Case Detail (NS-CA-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 1, 2017
City of Seattle v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00497-BAT (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0033
The City of Seattle commenced this lawsuit on March 29, 2017 to challenge President Trump's January 25, 2017 Executive Order (No. 13,768). The EO denies federal funding to "sanctuary cities," or cities that resist enforcing the President's immigration policies. On Mar. 29, Seattle filed a complain in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington seeking declaratory relief. According to the complaint, Seattle decided "that their law enforcement personnel and other employees should not inquire into the immigration status of any person unless specifically required to do so by law or court order" so as to encourage immigrants "to cooperate with law enforcement personnel in preventing and solving crime, and to seek health assistance when necessary." To be designated as a "sanctuary jurisdiction," the city would have to violate 8 U.S.C. 1373, which states that "a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual." If, as provided for by the EO, the federal government were to designate Seattle a "sanctuary jurisdiction," the effect on Seattle would be "devastating" and would be "denying it significant funding that it uses for such essential purposes as home care for the disabled elderly and nutrition assistance for needy children." Accordingly, Seattle requests that the Court declare it to be in compliance with 8 U.S.C. 1373. Seattle further seeks declaration that the EO violates the Tenth Amendment and the Spending Clause. The case was assigned to Judge Brian A. Tsuchida. It is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-WA-0033)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 1, 2017
A.B. v. Washington Department of Social and Health Services
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-01178-MJP (W.D. Wash.)
JC-WA-0011
In 2014, advocates for a class of legally incompetent criminal defendants in Washington filed suit against the Washington Department of Social and Health Services seeking both injunctive and declaratory relief for the cruel and unusual punishment, violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and violation of due process rights that stem from prolonged in-jail detention prior to transfer to a mental health facility. After a bench trial, the court issued a permanent injunction requiring the provision of competency services within seven days. The defendants appealed the injunction. During the litigation, the court considered restraining orders due to safety issues at two facilities - the safety issues were later resolved. On July 7, 2016, the court issued an order of civil contempt. The court imposed monetary sanctions on the defendants, to be continued until the defendants complied by providing timely services. As for the issue on appeal, the parties reached a settlement - the parties await approval of the settlement by the district court. As of March 30, 2017, the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JC-WA-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 1, 2017
Crisman v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-1871 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0091
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0091)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 31, 2017
Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-3061 (E.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0118
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-WA-0118)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 31, 2017
Johnson v. Jackson Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:65-cv-11130-RGJ-KLH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-LA-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 31, 2017
Emma C. v. Eastin
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 3:96-cv-04179-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 31, 2017
American Civil Liberties Union v. Department of Justice / Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-00214-RCL (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0096
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0096)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 31, 2017
ACLU v. NSA
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-09198-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2017
Gomez v. Vernon
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 91-299 (D. Idaho)
PC-ID-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-ID-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2017
In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: BR 15-99 (FISC)
NS-DC-0101
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0101)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2017
Rasho v. Walker
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:07-CV-1298-HAB-JAG (C.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0031
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-IL-0031)


CASE STUDIES
March 29, 2017
"Flint’s Lead Pipes Will Be Replaced Under Settlement in Federal Safe Drinking Water Case"
https://www.nrdc.org/media/2017/170328
Written: Mar. 28, 2017
(The Natural Resources Defense Council )
Citizen suit brings funding and timeline for pipe replacement, more water quality testing, transparency, and other resources to help Flint.*
View Case Study Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
March 29, 2017
Cohen v. Brown University
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 92-0197 (D.R.I.)
ED-RI-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-RI-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative et al v. Hogan et al
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-1021 (D. Md.)
CJ-MD-0004
The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for prisoners' rights, and three inmates who, as juveniles, were sentenced to life in prison, filed a § 1983 suit against Governor Hogan and officials from the Department of Corrections, alleging that Maryland's parole system violated the Eighth Amendment by providing no meaningful opportunity for parole for juvenile lifers.
View Case Detail (CJ-MD-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
Center for Independent Living v. Wal-Mart Stores
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-03885-CRB (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0038
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-CA-0038)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
Universal Muslim Association of America v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00537 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0027
On March 24, 2017, the Universal Muslim Association of America and two individual Yemenis filed this lawsuit against President Donald Trump in a challenge to his March 6, 2017 Executive Order 13,780. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that Executive Order subjects the plaintiffs and all Muslims residing in the U.S. to "hostile treatment under the law and...stigma upon them based on their religious affiliation." The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Additionally, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in conjunction with the complaint. Specifically, the complaint argues that the EO discriminates on the basis of religion and national origin. As such, it violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause and Fifth Amendment Equal Protection. The UMAA further argues that the EO also violates the First Amendment Free Speech clause, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The Universal Muslim Association of America is (UMAA) is a nonprofit organization whose membership constitutes the largest organization of Shi'a Muslims in the U.S. UMAA seeks to build mutual understanding between Shi'a Muslims and their fellow Americans, while encouraging its members to be active in their communities. The EO prevents the organization from conducting its activities. Specifically, UMAA is unable to bring speakers and paying attendees from abroad for its upcoming national convention. Moreover, UMAA's members are harmed in various ways, including in their ability to visit their countries of origin or obtain visas for their family members living in one of the nations targeted by the EO. The two individual plaintiffs are Yemeni nationals currently residing in the U.S. under asylum status. In the wake of civil war in Yemen resulting in tens of thousands of deaths, the plaintiffs, who are a family, came to the U.S. on visas. However, they could not afford to bring two of their five children. While in the U.S., the plaintiffs applied for visas for their two children, who fled to Djibouti for safety while awaiting their visa interviews. Without further financing, the children will be forced to return to Yemen in the absence of visas. The same day, the plaintiffs also filed notice that this case is related to Pars Equality Center v. Trump (No. 1:17-cv-00255) currently pending in the same court. The case is currently assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
Trowbridge v. Cuomo
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-03455 (S.D.N.Y.)
CJ-NY-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-NY-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
Hart v. Colvin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00623-JST (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0046
On February 9, 2015, three individuals whose disability benefits had allegedly been denied or terminated based on consultative examinations (CEs) performed by a now disqualified doctor, filed this class action lawsuit in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Acting Commissioner of Social Security in her official capacity, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that she wrongfully relied on CEs performed by a physician, who at the time of this complaint had been disqualified, in denying or terminating their disability benefits. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant's policy and practice of relying on this disqualified doctor's defective CE reports in denying or terminating disability benefits was in violation of requirement that these determinations be based on evidence from acceptable medical sources. After the defendant's motion to dismiss was denied on July 17, 2015, the court set a number of settlement conferences. For months these conferences were unsuccessful, but the parties reached an agreement on September 19, 2016 by which the defendant agreed to provide relief to class members through procedural mechanisms that vary depending on the status of their claims and the amount of time since their examination by the disqualified doctor and pay $490,000 in attorneys fees. The parties' motion for preliminary approval of this settlement agreement was granted by Judge Tigar on November 9, 2016. Implementation is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0046)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 27, 2017
United States v. South Carolina
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-02958 (D.S.C.)
IM-SC-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-SC-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 26, 2017
Adams v. Richardson
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: Civ. A. 3095-70 (D.D.C.)
SD-DC-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-DC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 26, 2017
City of Richmond v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-01535 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0090
This action, filed by the city of Richmond, California, on Mar. 21, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Order 13768, dealing with immigration enforcement, which threatens to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions" and take enforcement action against any locality that impedes the federal government's immigration law. In its complaint, plaintiff asked for a declaration that Richmond complied with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, and that the Executive Order violated the Tenth Amendment and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, would require plaintiff to violate the Fourth Amendment, and violated the Separation of Powers and Spending Clauses. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0090)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 26, 2017
Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00260-JEB (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0098
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adopted a communication shutdown procedure (SOP 303) intended to prevent the remote detonation of bombs without publicly disclosing the content of the procedure. The Electronic Privacy and Information Center (EPIC) filed a FOIA request in July 2012 for SOP 303, and the DHS was reluctant to disclose it. It responded to EPIC's FOIA request by saying the document could not be located, and did not respond timely to EPIC's administrative appeal of that response. EPIC filed this law suit on February 27, 2013 for injunctive relief to compel DHS to disclose the entirety of SOP 303. On May 20, 2013, the judge ordered the disclosure of any segregable portions of SOP 303. On June 28, 2013, DHS disclosed portions of the document and withheld other based on FOIA exemptions DHS believed applied to the procedure. Both parties moved for summary judgment. Judge Boasberg granted the EPIC's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that DHS did not properly apply the exemptions. The DC Court of Appeals reversed the district court's decision and remanded the case to determine whether there were segregable portions of SOP 303 that could be disclosed. DHS then submitted a redacted version of SOP 303 to Judge Boasberg, who decided that the document was disclosed liberally enough and granted judgment in favor of DHS.
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0098)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 24, 2017
ACLU out-of-court settlement with the City of Colorado Springs re. persons jailed in lieu of fines
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: NA (No Court)
CJ-CO-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-CO-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2017
Alston v. Virginia High School League
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 97-cv-00095 (W.D. Va.)
ED-VA-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-VA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Austin Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-TX-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-TX-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2017
Utah Coalition of La Raza v. Herbert
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-00401 (D. Utah)
IM-UT-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-UT-0002)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 23, 2017
Executive Order 12,333 – FOIA Lawsuit Documents
Written: Jul. 5, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union )
This website is a collection of the documents the U.S. Government was forced to disclose as a result of the lawsuit ACLU v. NSA. The American Civil Liberties Union requested the release information about the U.S. Government's use of Executive Order 12,333 to conduct surveillance of Americans' ...
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Easton Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-PA-0018
In 2005, the DOJ investigated the Easton Police Department (EPD)'s pattern of excessive force established in federal civil rights lawsuits settled for nearly $5 million from 2002-2005. In 2010, the DOJ and EPD entered into an agreement, and the DOJ continued to monitor the EPD to ensure compliance until July 2015.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2017
In the Matter of Alison Clark
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: Case 13-80100 (9th Cir.) (No Court)
PB-OR-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2017
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Lunn
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: SJC-12276 (State Court)
IM-MA-0010
On Feb. 8, 2017, petitioner filed this case in the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Represented by counsel at the National Immigrant Justice Center and the Committee for Public Counsel Services, petitioner sued the respondent Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Petitioner alleged that by honoring ICE detainers to hold individuals past their normal release time, courts mandate state and local law enforcement to carry out a new, unlawful, and unconstitutional arrest for federal civil immigration purposes, in violation of the Tenth Amendment, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and state law. Furthermore, because ICE detainers require no judicial oversight, no showing of probable cause before seizure, and no fair notice, petitioner alleged that detainers violate the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments as well as analogous sections of the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. This case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 21, 2017
Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 4, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
This website provides an investigative report by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Alabama Disabilities Program regarding deprivation of medical care to prisoners with disabilities and mental illnesses in Alabama's state prisons. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2017
New York Times v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01946 (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2017
Planned Parenthood of Arkansas & Eastern Oklahoma Inc. v. Gillespie
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00566-KGB (E.D. Ark.)
PB-AR-0006
On September 11, 2015 two Planned Parenthood Clinics (provider plaintiffs) and three Arkansas Medicaid patients (Jane Doe Plaintiffs) filed this lawsuit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued the Arkansas Department of Human Services (ADHS) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Medicaid Act and the First and Fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendant from excluding Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider. On January 25, 2016, Judge Baker granted the plaintiffs' requested class certification. She issued a preliminary injunction on September 28, 2016 enjoining ADHS from suspending Medicaid payments to provider plaintiffs for services received by any Arkansas Medicaid patient. On October 27, 2016 ADHS appealed the preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2017
Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-00620-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
PB-AL-0015
On August 28, 2015, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. (PPSE) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Governor of Alabama and the Alabama Medicaid Agency under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Medicaid Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin the defendant from terminating PPSE's Medicaid provider agreement. On October 16, 2015 the plaintiffs submitted a motion to certify class. The plaintiffs asked for class certification to cover all Alabama Medicaid beneficiaries who obtained or sought to obtain health care services from PPSE. On November 30, 2015 Judge Thompson ordered a motion submitted jointly by the two parties. The order permanently enjoined the state from terminating PPSE's Medicaid provider agreements based on any allegations from the misleading video previously mentioned by the Governor or from terminating the agreement on an at-will basis. It further required the state to cover the plaintiffs' attorney fees. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2017
DOJ Investigation of City of Miami Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-FL-0008
On July 9, 2013, the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a letter of findings of their investigation of the City of Miami Police Department (MPD). The investigation was to determine whether, in violation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141, the MPD engaged in a pattern of excessive use of deadly force by firearms in violation of the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable seizures. The DOJ found reasonable cause to believe that this was the case. The evidence leading to this conclusion was a spike in shootings. According to the DOJ, between 2008 and 2011, there were 33 shootings and investigations of those shootings were not conducted in a timely manner, likely perpetuating the existing problem. The DOJ suggested that tactical and training deficiencies were likely the cause of some of the unjustified shootings. In February of 2016, DOJ and MPD reached an agreement to improve these conditions through measures such as enhanced supervision, training, and internal investigations. The city will continue to provide reports to the DOJ on these conditions indefinitely.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2017
United States v. Mohamud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:10-CR-00475-KI-1 (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2017
E.L. v. V.L.
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: CS-13-719 (State Court)
PB-AL-0014
On October 31, 2013, an Alabama woman filed this suit to enforce her constitutional rights to her adopted children, whose biological mother she had been in relationship with two years prior. The Supreme Court eventually held that, though Georgia courts cannot by law issue "second-parent adoptions," the judgment was protected by the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the Constitution. Also, the Alabama Court of appeals noted Supreme Court precedent that there is "no roving 'public policy exception'" to full faith and credit.
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CASE STUDIES
March 20, 2017
"The Supreme Court's "New" Federalism: An Anti-Rights Agenda?"
Georgia State University Law Review
Spring 2000
By: Mitchell F. Crusto (Georgia State University Faculty)
16 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 517
In recent years, the United States Supreme Court has developed a "new" federalism doctrine. The Court's "new" federalism seeks to elevate the power of state governments over that of the federal government and, in part, encourages state governments to pursue their own constitutional rights agendas. ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 19, 2017
Gaskin et al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:94-cv-04048-ER (E.D. Pa.)
ED-PA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 19, 2017
In Re Levenson
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: No. 09-80172 (district not recorded)
PB-CA-0042
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2017
Brenner v. Scott
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:14-cv-00107-RH-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
PB-FL-0015
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2017
Reynolds v. Alabama Department of Transportation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:85-cv-00665 (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0101
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2017
State of Tennessee v. United States Department of State
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01040 (W.D. Tenn.)
IM-TN-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2017
Communities Equity v. Michigan High School Athletic Ass'n
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 98-cv-00479 (W.D. Mich.)
ED-MI-0003
Plaintiffs brought a suit against the Michigan High School Athletic Association, alleging that they were excluded from opportunities to participate in interscholastic athletic programs and received unequal treatment and benefits in those programs. The district court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, and the defendants appealed to the Court of Appeals, which affirmed the district court's ruling. The United States Supreme Court also denied review of the defendant's petition for certiorari. The parties eventually negotiated and entered into a settlement agreement which plaintiffs agreed to payment of a lesser amount in satisfaction of the fee judgments.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2017
Davison v. Oklahoma Secondary
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 98-cv-00058 (N.D. Okla.)
ED-OK-0015
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2017
Schuler v. Bd. of Educ. of Cent. Islip Union Free Sch. Dist.
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 96-ED-4702 (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2017
Graham v. Evangeline Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 6:65-cv-11053-TLM (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2017
Peake v. Pennsylvania
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 216 MD 2015 (State Court)
CJ-PA-0001
A group of former felons sued various Pennsylvania Departments and asked the court the declare certain provisions of the Older Adult Protective Services Act unconstitutional for the enforcement of the act's lifetime employment ban. The court found in favor of the plaintiffs, and granted summary relief
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ARTICLES ABOUT THE CLEARINGHOUSE
March 16, 2017
Executive Orders on Travel and Immigration Create a Far-from-Ordinary Semester in Michigan Law's Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
www.law.umich.edu
Written: Mar. 16, 2017
By: Julie Aust, Jamie Kessler, and Virginia Weeks (University of Michigan Law Student)
President Donald J. Trump's second travel ban for nationals from a group of predominantly Muslim countries was scheduled to take effect on March 16, 2017—until it was enjoined the day before by the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, one of the dozens of courts examining its legality. ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2017
Kelsey v. Schoharie County, New York
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:04-cv-00299-LEK-DRH (N.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0025
On March 19, 2004, two plaintiffs filed a class action civil rights lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, alleging that the Schoharie County Sheriff's Department ("SCSD") had an unconstitutional blanket policy and/or practice of strip searching all individuals who entered the Schoharie County Jail. On October 16, 2009, judgment was entered against the plaintiffs after the Court found no constitutional violation on the parts of individual defendants. The case was dismissed and the Court ordered the plaintiffs to pay $3,487.20 for the bill of costs.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2017
McClendon v. City of Albuquerque
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:95-cv-00024-JAP-KBM (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0002
Inmates imprisoned in Albuquerque, New Mexico filed this lawsuit against the BCDC and (later on) MDC prisons. Over the course of 20 years, Plaintiffs and Defendants negotiated how to enforce improvement of the inhumane, overcrowded conditions. In June 2016, a settlement agreement was approved but the case is ongoing due to the plaintiffs' motion for further remedial relief, ongoing limited discovery, and alternative dispute resolution efforts.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 15, 2017
Federal Defunding Lawsuit
Written: Feb. 23, 2017
By: County of Santa Clara, Office of the County Counsel (County of Santa Clara, Office of the County Counsel)
On February 3, 2017, the County filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and members of his administration challenging his January 25, 2017 Executive Order through which he intends to deny all federal funding to any state or local government that he deems fails to comply with his ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2017
Meredith v. Fair
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3130 (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0001
This is the desegregation case that led to the 1962 desegregation of the University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss. Plaintiff James Meredith was granted admission to Ole Miss, but faced opposition from both the State of Mississippi and the Fifth Circuit. He was eventually allowed to attend Ole Miss.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2017
US v. Choctaw County School District
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: No. 3:70–CV–00036–GHD (N.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0005
This is the ongoing school desegregation case involving the public schools in Choctaw County, Mississippi. The schools were desegregated in 1970 and are still operating under a desegregation order that was most recently updated in 2013.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2017
State of Hawaii v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
IM-HI-0004
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin filed this lawsuit on February 3,2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The State filed a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. The complaint argues that the State has an interest in protecting its “its residents, its employers, its educational institutions, and its sovereignty against illegal actions of President Donald J. Trump.” The State goes on to note that Hawaii is the nation’s most ethnically diverse state, and that the Executive Order is tearing apart families and wounding Hawaii’s economic institutions. The complaint alleged that the executive order violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Immigration and Nationality Act. The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief and sought to enjoin defendants, nationwide, from barring entry into the U.S. of immigrants and nonimmigrants pursuant to the executive order. The case was assigned to Judge Derrick K. Watson. A hearing on the temporary restraining order motion was set for February 8, 2017. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 14, 2017
University of Notre Dame v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-01276 (N.D. Ind.)
FA-IN-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 14, 2017
United States of America v. Franklin Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:70-cv-15632-RGJ-KLH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE STUDIES
March 14, 2017
"A Procedural History of Robinson v. Shelby County Board of Education "
Pacer
Written: Jul. 26, 2007
By: Chambers Staff (United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee)
The following history, while comprehensive, is not intended to be exhaustive. Certain events having little or no impact on the case have been omitted. In particular, all mention of the numerous plaintiff intervenors, other than the United States, who have come and gone over the case’s forty-four ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 14, 2017
O'Brien v. HHS
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:12-cv-00476-CEJ (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0006
In 2012, a Catholic business owner filed a RFRA challenge to rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that the rules infringed on his religious freedom by requiring him to provide coverage for contraception through his business's group health insurance plan. In October 2012, Plaintiffs appealed the District Court's dismissal for failure to state a claim, which the 8th Circuit reversed and remanded the case back for proceedings. On November 12, 2014, the parties filed a joint motion for entry of injunction and judgment following a recent Supreme Court decision and so the Court entered a judgment in favor of plaintiffs on claims under RFRA claim and dismissed all other claims.
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CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2017
"“Get on Board, Children: The Story of Integration in Yancey County, North Carolina" "
Appalachian State University
Written: May. 1, 2011
By: Ashley Cole Brewer (Appalachian State University Student)
In the early 1950s America witnessed the beginnings of what would become one of the most significant social campaigns in the nation’s history. The murder of fourteen year old Emmett Till in the Mississippi Delta created unrest among black communities and influenced a serious social upheaval. The ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2017
"Desegregation: How It Happened in Clarksdale, Mississippi"
By: Brian K. Hornbuckle (The University of Mississippi Student)
The 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education has radically changed life in the South for both white and black citizens. Many educational institutions experienced several tumultuous years during the enforcement of the desegregation policy which resulted from Brown v. Board of Education in ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2017
"A Bittersweet Victory: Public School Desegregation in Memphis"
The Journal of Negro Education
Autumn, 1986
By: Roger Biles (Oklahoma State University Faculty)
Roger Biles The Journal of Negro Education Vol. 55, No. 4 (Autumn, 1986), pp. 470-483 DOI: 10.2307/2294831
The 1954 United States Supreme Court ruling on school desegregation sent southern white supremacists in search of means to resist or at least delay implementation. Their tactics varied. Some states invoked the aged doctrine of interposition, along with the implied threat of secession; others sough ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2017
"Exploded Dream: Desegregation in the Memphis City Schools"
Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice
2008
By: Daniel Kiel (University of Memphis Faculty)
Daniel Kiel, Exploded Dream: Desegregation in the Memphis City Schools, 26 Law & Ineq. 261 (2008) DOI: 10.2307/2294831
This Article follows the case of Northcross v. Board of Education of the Memphis City Schools from its origins 3 through a period of slow but peaceful desegregation in the 1960s and into the more confrontational busing debates of the early 1970s. The Memphis school desegregation is typical of ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2017
"Civil Rights U.S.A./ Public Schools Southern States 1962"
Written: Jan. 1, 1962
By: The United States Commission on Civil Rights staff (The United States Commission on Civil Rights )
In its previous reports on equal protection of the laws in public schools, the Commission has presented an overview of administrative, legislative, and judicial developments since 1954 in all the Southern States where schools were organized and operated on a racially segregated basis in 1954 ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
Artis v. Greenspan
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:01-cv-00400-EGS (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0063
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
Blackmon-Malloy v. U.S. Capitol Police Board
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:01-cv-02221-EGS-JMF (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0051
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
Planned Parenthood Arizona Inc. v. Betlach
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-02337-ROS (D. Ariz.)
PB-AZ-0005
On July 14, 2016, two health care clinics, an Arizona obstetrician-gynecologist, and five Arizona Medicaid patients filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Arizona Health Care Containment System under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the federal Medicaid statute and the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendant from enforcing H.B. 2599. On August 11, 2016, the defendant advised the plaintiffs that the defendant would put H.B. 2599 into effect only after the proper rule making process, which would likely take 1-2 years. In response to the defendant's assurances, the plaintiff entered a stipulation of dismissal to the court on September 1, 2016. On September 7, 2016 Judge Roslyn Silver granted the dismissal without prejudice.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
White v. City of Pine Lawn
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 14SL-CC04194 (State Court)
CJ-MO-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
Canaan v. City of El Paso
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 16-cv-00132 (W.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0009
In May of 2016 two indigent people brought a suit against the City of El Paso in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas for jailing them for failure to pay fines, despite their inability to do so. The plaintiffs brought this action under 42 U.S.C. 1983, and allege that the Defendants violated their Due Process and Equal Protection rights under the 14th Amendment. The plaintiffs request declaratory and injunctive relief. They want to enjoin the Defendants from enforcing their current debt collection program, which jails people who can't pay a certain portion of their fines for traffic and misdemeanor offenses. The Plaintiffs allege that Defendants adopted their debt collection program to generate revenue for they city, and the individual plaintiffs were not informed that they could assert their indigence. Rather, the Plaintiffs were simply told they had to pay or go to jail. On January 12th, 2017 Judge David Guaderrama granted the Defendant's motion to dismiss in part. Judge Guaderrama dismissed the Due Process claims, but did not reach the Equal Protection claims. The Plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in January 2017, and the Defendants responded with a motion to dismiss that is currently pending before the court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2017
U.S. v. Catahoula Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:69-cv-14430-DDD (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Haller v. County of Sutter
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:93-cv-01256 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0086
On August 3, 1993, prisoners at the Sutter County jail filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California again the County Sheriff, challenging the constitutionality of their conditions of confinement. The Court granted a stipulated order regarding prisoners population in September 1993 and approved a settlement resolving other issues in September 1994.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
U.S. v. Desoto Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 5:67-cv-12589-SMH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0010
School desegregation case from Desoto Parish, Louisiana. Filed in 1967, this case is still ongoing, with the parish filing periodic reports.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri v. Mosier
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-02284-JAR-GLR (D. Kan.)
PB-KS-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida Inc. v. Philip
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:16-cv-00321-RH-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
PB-FL-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Jock v. Sterling Jewelers Inc.,
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 08-CV-02875 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0237
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Florence v. County of Burlington
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1-05-cv-03619-JHR-JS (D.N.J.)
JC-NJ-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Cleveland Firefighters v. City of Cleveland
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00-cv-00301 (N.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0108
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2017
Friendly House v. Whiting
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-1061 (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
Darweesh v. Trump
Written: Feb. 17, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
This case challenges President Trump’s Muslim ban. The lead plaintiffs have been detained by the U.S. government and threatened with deportation even though they have valid visas to enter the United States. One plaintiff, Hameed Darweesh, an Iraqi husband and father of three, worked for the U.S. ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
Documents in State of Hawaii et al v. Trump—A Challenge to President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Travel Ban
By: Hogan Lovells (Hogan Lovells)
On March 7, 2017, the State of Hawaii filed a joint motion with the U.S. Government setting out a proposed briefing schedule, whereby it will file its complaint and TRO by March 8, the U.S. Government will file their Opposition on March 13, and oral argument would be held on March 15.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
Louhghalam v. Trump
Written: Feb. 4, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU of Massachusetts )
If you are being detained at Logan Airport or know someone who is, please contact us: info@aclum.org.

UPDATE February 4, 11:00am: The ACLU of Massachusetts believes that the temporary restraining order issued in Boston last Sunday, January 29, 2017 to block President Trump’s Muslim ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Written: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
New York City has agreed to pay up to $75 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the Police Department of issuing hundreds of thousands of criminal summonses that were found to be without legal justification. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
Asali v. Trump
By: American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania)
On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that suspended all U.S. resettlement of Syrian refugees and banned all nationals from Syria and six other majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States, among other provisions.

On January 28, 2017, the Asali ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
Does v. Trump
By: American Civil Liberties Union of Washington (American Civil Liberties Union of Washington)
This court case is active. The ACLU-WA is representing people with valid student and work visas, including graduate students whose scientific research and career plans have been badly disrupted by Trump's Executive Order on immigration.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2017
End the Travel Ban
http://endthetravelban.com/
2017
By: Pars Equality Center, the Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (Pars Equality Center)
The lawsuit was filed by Iranian American civil rights lawyer Cyrus Mehri, partner of Washington, DC-based firm Mehri & Skalet, PLLC; the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and pro bono counsel, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (“APKS”), on behalf of the Pars Equality Center, the Iranian ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 6, 2017
"Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board and the Desegregation of New Orleans Public Schools"
Federal Judicial Center
2005
By: Davison M. Douglas (College of William and Mary Faculty)
The federal court proceedings surrounding the desegregation of New Orleans public schools revealed the difficult and lengthy process of enforcing the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Every desegregation order of the federal courts in Louisiana met with the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 6, 2017
Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States
Written: Mar. 6, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (President of the United States)
In light of the Ninth Circuit's observation that the political branches are better suited to determine the appropriate scope of any suspensions than are the courts, and in order to avoid spending additional time pursuing litigation, I am revoking Executive Order 13769 and replacing it with this ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 6, 2017
"New Orleans Public School Desegregation"
Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association
Winter 1976
By: Mary Lee Muller (University of Wisconsin Student)
Louisiana History: The Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Winter, 1976), pp. 69-88
At the time the United States Supreme Court handed down the momentous Brown decision of May 17, 1954, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) was conducting the education of New Orleans children in a biracial system as required by state law. To ensure the separation of the races, each neighborhood ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 6, 2017
"Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board: The Second Battle of New Orleans, Chronicles of the Case and the Judge"
Loyola Law Review
Summer 2015
By: James E. Wright III
61 Loy. L. Rev. 135 2015
Bush v. Orleans Parish School Board was a decade-long struggle to have the law as declared by the U.S. Supreme Court enforced on the public schools in New Orleans.2 Because it was an epic struggle, it has been called the Second Battle of New Orleans. 3 In its day, some sixty years ago, it was ...
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February 26, 2017
Census Worker Background Check Discrimination Lawsuit
http://www.censusdiscriminationlawsuit.com/
Written: Sep. 10, 2016
By: Outten & Golden (Outten & Golden)
This site was maintained by plaintiffs' counsel in this suit. *
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February 25, 2017
Our Stories: The Case of 23-year-old DREAMer, Daniel Ramirez Medina v. Department of Homeland Security
Public Counsel
Written: Feb. 16, 2017
(Public Counsel)
In partnership with Barrera Legal Group, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, we have filed a lawsuit challenging the detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient who was detained by ICE agents on Fri, Feb 10. We are petitioning for his immediate release, and are ...
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CASE STUDIES
February 24, 2017
"Resisting Retreat: the Struggle for Equity in Educational Opportunity in the Post-Brown Era"
By: Lia B. Epperson (NAACP Legal Defense Fund)
The late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, founder of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (“LDF”), and head of the legal team that litigated Brown v. Board of Education, knew well the challenges desegregation posed in a nation founded on a system of racial subjugation and white supremacy.*
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February 23, 2017
Dear Colleague Letter [rescinding prior letters relating to bathroom access for trans students]
U.S. Department of Education
Written: Feb. 22, 2017
By: Sandra Battle & T.E. Wheeler (U.S. Department of Education)
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February 20, 2017
Re: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Written: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
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February 20, 2017
Re: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Written: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
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February 19, 2017
Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
www.ed.gov
Written: May. 13, 2016
By: Catherine E. Lhamon and Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division)
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February 19, 2017
Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students
www.ed.gov
May 2016
By: United States Department of Education (United States Department of Education)
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February 17, 2017
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. [Scotusblog page]
Scotusblog
Written: Feb. 7, 2017
By: Scotusblog (Scotusblog)
Issues: (1) Whether courts should extend deference to an unpublished agency letter that, among other things, does not carry the force of law and was adopted in the context of the very dispute in which deference is sought; and (2) whether, with or without deference to the agency, the Department of ...
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February 12, 2017
G.G. V. Gloucester County School Board -- ACLU's Case Page
ACLU
Written: Oct. 16, 2016
By: ACLU (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and ...
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February 7, 2017
Darweesh et al. v. Trump et al
www.law.yale.edu
Written: Jan. 29, 2017
By: Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (Yale Law School)
This is a documents and information page maintained by the Yale Law School clinic, which is litigating Darweesh v. Trump. *
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February 4, 2017
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Resource Page for Stay Application
U.S. Court of Appeals
Written: Feb. 4, 2017
By: U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit)
State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

C17-0141JLR
Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to provide access to case information.*
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February 4, 2017
Video of State of Washington v. Trump District Court TRO hearing
U.S. Court
Written: Feb. 3, 2017
By: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (U.S. District Court)
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February 2, 2017
OLC Memo Re: Proposed Executive Order Entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States"
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: Curtis Gannon (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel)
The proposed Order is approved with respect to form and legality. *
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February 1, 2017
Executive Order 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
82 Fed. Reg. Presidential Documents 8793 (Jan. 27, 2017)
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February 1, 2017
Memorandum to the Acting Secretary of State, the Acting Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
The White House
Written: Feb. 1, 2017
By: Donald F. McGahn II, Counsel to the President (The White House)
This memo states that the Executive Order on refugees etc. does not apply to Legal Permanent Residents.*
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February 1, 2017
Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 25, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
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January 31, 2017
Statement by Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
https://www.nytimes.com/
Written: Jan. 30, 2017 (1/30/2017)
1/30/2017
By: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Department of Justice)
The New York Times published this letter:

"Sally Yates, the acting attorney general and a holdover from the Obama administration, sent this letter on Monday to top lawyers at the Justice Department, directing them not to defend the White House's executive order on immigration during ...
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January 31, 2017
Statement By Secretary John Kelly on the Entry of Lawful Permanent Residents into the United States
https://www.dhs.gov/
Written: Jan. 29, 2017 (1/29/2017)
1/29/2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (Department of Homeland Security)
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/01/29/statement-secretary-john-kelly-entry-lawful-permanent-residents-united-states
Secretary John Kelly's Statement:

"In applying the provisions of the president's executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest.

Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a ...
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January 31, 2017
Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
This Executive Order restricting travel, immigration, and visas for people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and put the U.S. refugee program on hold for 120 days. *
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