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 15, 2018
Liuzzo v. United States
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 79–60014 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-MI-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 15, 2018
Dallas County v. Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3388-64 (S.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0265
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0265)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 15, 2018
White v. Crook
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 2263-N (M.D. Ala.)
PA-AL-0005
This case is part of the Clearinghouse Special Collection on the events and litigation leading up to and surround the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965. On August 25, 1965, two individuals brought this class action suit against the Lowndes County, AL jury commission. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants systematically excluded both black individuals as well as women from jury service in the county. The complaint was initially brought pursuant to state law, challenging the Alabama constitution's complete bar of women serving on juries. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief, alleging violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. On October 27, 1965, the Department of Justice intervened pursuant to the Civil Rights Act. On February 7, 1966, the court in a per curiam opinion granted injunctive relief (51 F. Supp. 401). The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (PA-AL-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 14, 2018
Alabama v. Allen
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3385-64 (S.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0266
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0266)


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April 14, 2018
United States v. Wilkins
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 23289 (M.D. Ala.)
FA-AL-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-AL-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 14, 2018
U.S. v. James G. Clark, Jr.
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 3438-64 (S.D. Ala.)
PA-AL-0003
This case is part of the Clearinghouse Special Collection on the events and litigation leading up to and surround the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965. The Department of Justice filed this suit on September 2, 1964 pursuant to the Civil Rights Act. The DOJ sued Dallas County, the City of Selma, and their officials, including Sheriff James Clark and Judge Hare. The DOJ argued that the defendants violated the Civil Rights Act by conducting activities intended to threaten, intimidate, and coerce black citizens in order to deprive them of the right to register to vote and to use public accommodations. Accordingly, the DOJ sought to enjoin the defendants from these practices. The court (per curiam) granted injunctive relief and denied the motion to dismiss on April 16, 1965 (249 F. Supp. 720). Ultimately, the court issued an injunction against Sheriff Clark, his deputies, and his possemen "prohibit[ing] coercion, punishment, intimidation or harassment of Negroes or others acting with them in their exercise or attempts to exercise their constitutional rights." The court further enjoined the Sheriff's office from using the possemen in connection with any race-related issues. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (PA-AL-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 13, 2018
Williams v. Wallace
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 2181-N (M.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0264
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0264)


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April 13, 2018
United States v. McLeod (Dallas County)
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3188-63 (S.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0248
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0248)


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April 13, 2018
United States v. Cartwright
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 1957-N (M.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0263
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0263)


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April 9, 2018
City and County of San Francisco v. Sessions
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-02068-DMR (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0050
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0050)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 8, 2018
Washington Lawyers’ Committee Challenges TPS Termination
www.washlaw.org
Date: Mar. 26, 2018
By: Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
On Friday, March 23, CASA de Maryland and several El Salvador nationals filed a complaint in federal court challenging the unlawful termination of El Salvador’s designation as a Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) country. Plaintiffs are represented by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 8, 2018
CASA Challenges Trump’s Unconstitutional End of TPS for El Salvador
www.wearecasa.org
Date: Mar. 23, 2018
By: CASA de Maryland
LANGLEY PARK, MD (FRIDAY, MARCH 23) _ CASA, the area’s largest immigrant service and advocacy organization, announced Friday that it is challenging the unconstitutional dismantling of the program that has granted work permits for Salvadorans and allowed them to live in the United States legally ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 8, 2018
Immigrant Org Fights Nix Of Protected Status For Salvadorans
www.law360.com
Date: Mar. 23, 2018
By: Kevin Penton (Law360)
Law360 (March 23, 2018, 6:49 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal court should enter an order barring the Trump administration from carrying through with its plans to terminate a temporary protected status program for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans in September 2019, an immigrants’ advocacy group ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 8, 2018
Rights Group Sues DHS For Info On Asylum Seekers
www.law360.com
Date: Mar. 26, 2018
By: Kevin Penton (Law360)
Law360 (March 26, 2018, 8:12 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is violating federal public records laws by failing to provide records of how immigration officers treat asylum seekers, a rights organization told a California federal court on Monday.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 8, 2018
Azar v. Garza
www.scotusblog.com
Date: Nov. 3, 2017
By: SCOTUSblog
Issue: Whether, pursuant to United States v. Munsingwear, Inc., the Supreme Court should vacate the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s judgment and instruct that court to remand the case to the district court with directions to dismiss all claims for prospective relief ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2018
Casa de Maryland v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-00845-GJH (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-MD-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2018
United States v. Dallas County
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 3064-63 (S.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0262
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0262)


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April 8, 2018
United States v. Penton
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 1741-N (M.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0261
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0261)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2018
Waid v. Snyder
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-10444-JEL-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0014
On February 8, 2016, a group of Flint, Michigan residents filed a lawsuit in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan as the operator of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), the Mayor of Flint, the Emergency Financial Managers of Flint, the City of Flint, and several individuals in their official capacity as employees of government departments under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and state law. On July 27, 2017 Judge Levy granted the plaintiffs joint motion to consolidate ten pending class action complaints similarly related to the Flint Water Crisis. As of April 8, 2018 several motions to dismiss filed by various defendants are pending in the District Court. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 8, 2018
United States v. Atkins
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: NO. 2584 (S.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0249
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0249)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 7, 2018
Human Rights Watch v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-01842-DMR (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0117
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0117)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 6, 2018
United States v. Alabama
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 479-E (M.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0260
This case is part of the Clearinghouse Special Collection on the events and litigation leading up to and surround the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965. In 1960, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued the State of Alabama and registrars from Macon County, AL, under the Civil Rights Act. The DOJ argued that racial discrimination had deprived Macon County's black citizens of the right to vote, and it sought preventative relief. The State moved to dismiss the suit, but the court denied the motion on Nov. 17, 1960 (188 F. Supp. 759). On March 17, 1961, Judge Johnson issued a final injunction (192 F.Supp 677). Judge Johnson found that the evidence "overwhelmingly" indicated that the State, through its officials, had deliberately engaged in acts and practices designed to discriminate against qualified black voters attempting to register to vote. He ordered a permanent injunction, requiring the State to place certain eligible black voters on the voting rolls immediately, stop its discriminatory practices, and provide timely and nondiscriminatory application processing. The case is closed.
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0260)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 6, 2018
In re Wallace
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: No. 1487-N (M.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0259
This case is part of the Clearinghouse Special Collection on the events and litigation leading up to and surround the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965. On October 23, 1958, the Department of Justice responded to complaints of voter discrimination in Alabama. The DOJ issue subpoenas for the records of various counties between December 2 and 4, 1958. State officials did not comply, prompting the DOJ to seek relief from the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. On Jan. 9, 1959, the court ordered state officials to comply with the subpoena (170 F. Supp 63). The case is closed. We have limited access to case records and information, and we will update this page if more become available.
View Case Detail (VR-AL-0259)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 6, 2018
Menocal v. The GEO Group, Inc.
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-02887-JLK (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0009
This class action lawsuit was brought by current and former civil immigration detainees against the GEO Group, Inc., a for-profit corporation that provides detention and correction services. The plaintiffs allege that GEO violated Colorado's Minimum Wage Order by paying its detained employees one dollar per day for their labor and that GEO violated federal law by forcing its detainees to clean the "pods" where they were housed for no pay. The plaintiffs seek monetary damages for themselves and those similarly situated.
View Case Detail (IM-CO-0009)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
April 5, 2018
Memorandum for Heads of Departmental Law Enforcement Components
https://www.justice.gov/criminal
Date: Oct. 19, 2017
By: Rod J. Rosenstein (US Department of Justice )
Memo written by Rod Rosenstein providing guidance for DoJ attorneys and agents seeking protective orders under 18 U.S.C. 2705(b) of the Stored Communication act. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 5, 2018
California v. Ross
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-01865 (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0049
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0049)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 5, 2018
NAACP v. Bureau of the Census
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-00891-PWG (D. Md.)
PB-MD-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-MD-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 5, 2018
Southern Poverty Law Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00760-CKK (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0046
This suit, filed on April 4, 2018, challenged the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) policy and practice of deliberately keeping detainees in immigration prisons from access to legal resources. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) brought the suit, arguing that DHS created and maintained substantial barriers for detainees in immigration prisons to meaningful access to and communication with attorneys. SPLC argued that in so doing, DHS violated Fifth Amendment due process with respect to SPLC's clients as well as SPLC's First Amendment right to represent civil detainees. SPLC sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0046)


CASE ADDITIONS
April 1, 2018
ACLU v. FBI
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-07562-WHP (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0008
On October 26, 2011, the ACLU filed a lawsuit to compel the government to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking the release of records regarding the government's use and interpretation of Section 215 of the Patriot Act. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 30, 2018
Similar accounts in suit over alleged teen prison rapes pose challenge to state's defense
The Bridge
Date: Apr. 14, 2015
By: Ted Roelofs (The Bridge)
This report is video deposition testimony about alleged sexual assaults of youthful prisoners in Michigan prisons, at issue in Does v. Department of Corrections*
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2018
City of West Palm Beach v. United States Attorney General
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 9:18-cv-80131-DMM (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0027
This action, filed on Feb. 6, 2018, challenged the Department of Justice's "sanctuary city" policy tying federal funding to immigration enforcement. The plaintiff, the city of West Palm Beach, Florida ("the City"), sued the DOJ after the DOJ threatened to subpoena the City for records out of suspicion that the City may be noncompliant with immigration law and therefore ineligible for federal funding. The City argued it was fully compliant with federal law, and that linking funding to particular immigration laws violated the separation of powers, the Spending Clause, the Tenth Amendment, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The City sought declaratory and injunctive relief. On March 23, the parties indicated they had reached a settlement. The DOJ declared that the City was in compliance with federal law, and that it was therefore eligible for the federal grant. The City agreed to end the litigation and subsequently issued a memorandum to city employees clarifying that its laws did not preclude sharing information with federal immigration officials. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (IM-FL-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2018
Hill v. Snyder
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 5:10-cv-14568-JCO-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
CJ-MI-0003
In November of 2010, juvenile prisoners filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the State of Michigan, challenging the state law that prohibited the Michigan Parole Board from considering for parole those sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder. On January 30, 2013, the Court held that plaintiffs are entitled to a fair and meaningful opportunity to demonstrate that they are appropriate parole candidates, and ordered both parties to provide briefs on what would constitute a "fair and meaningful" opportunity. The defendants appealed the orders from the District Court. On May 11, 2016 the Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the case, urging the District Court to consider new Supreme Court cases and new Michigan Law. On August 3, 2016 the District Court denied the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction, to prevent re-sentencing of juvenile offenders. The district court's decision to grant the defendant's motion to dismiss was affirmed in part and reversed in part. The plaintiff's ex post facto claims survived and Heck does not bar review of the state's policies and procedures regarding parole eligibility.
View Case Detail (CJ-MI-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2018
EEOC v. PAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES INC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:04-cv-01337-JBM-JAG (C.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0175
On September 29, 2004 the Chicago District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued Pal Health Technologies, Inc. under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and ...
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0175)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 30, 2018
EEOC v. Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:05-cv-00208 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0205
In 2005, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discriminated on the basis of age. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendant implemented an age-based retirement policy that discriminated against employees forty and older and downgraded or expelled attorneys on account of their age. In 2007, the parties settled through a consent decree that contained anti-discrimination and retaliation clauses, and required the defendant to: keep records, hire an internal monitor, post notice of employee rights, distribute copies of the consent decree to all partners, and pay $27,500,000 to eligible claimants according to the EEOC's discretion pursuant to a confidential document. This case is now closed.
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0205)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 26, 2018
EEOC v. CONSOLIDATED RESORTS, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-01104-LDG-GWF (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NV-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 26, 2018
EEOC v. OAK LANE PRINTING
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-CV-01485-FLW (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0071
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NJ-0071)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 25, 2018
This Transgender Teen Is Suing His High School Over Bathroom Rights
Teen Vogue
Date: Mar. 25, 2018
By: Brittney McNamara (Teen Vogue)
Interview and brief overview of the news surrounding the case, W. v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Board of Education.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
EEOC v. Kentucky Conventional hotel Partners (d/b/a Louisville Marriott Downtown)
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-00353-CRS (W.D. Ky.)
EE-KY-0014
The Louisville EEOC brought this suit against Kentucky Convention Hotel Partners,LLC and White Lodging Services Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in July 2006. Four female, Muslim employees were allegedly denied employment when they refused to take off their hijabs at the request of White Lodging. The case against KCHP was dismissed, and the case against White Lodging ended in a consent decree in July 2010. The complainants were each paid $10,000, and White Lodging agreed to not discriminate against employees on the basis of their religion, retaliate against any complainants, provide semi-annual reports, and provide training for its Louisville location employees.
View Case Detail (EE-KY-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Burwell
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-02300 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0012
On November 14, 2013, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated non-profit charities revived their dismissed claim in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government challenging provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as amended on June 28, 2013, extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs. On June 30, 2014, plaintiffs were granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the government from enforcing the contraception mandate against them. The government appealed the injunction and as of March 2017. In October of 2017 when the Trump Administration removed the contraception required for employers with a religious objection, the parties moved to have the case dismissed.
View Case Detail (FA-MO-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
Independent Living Center v. Maxwell-Jolly
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 2:09-cv-00382 (C.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0030
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-CA-0030)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
Vodak v. City of Chicago
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 03-2463 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-IL-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
Pitts v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-01319 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-DC-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
EEOC v. Sears Roebuck
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:04-cv-07282 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0202
The EEOC filed suit against Sears Roebuck and Company, alleging that Sears violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by enacting an inflexible workers compensation policy, and failing to provide reasonable accommodations to employees seeking to return to work after injury. The court approved a consent decree, which required payment to individual claimants, revision of policies, recordkeeping, reporting, and training. The matter appears to be closed.
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0202)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
Sharpe Holdings, Inc. v. U.S. Dep't of Health and Human Servs.
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 12-cv-00092 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0003
In 2012, a for-profit general business corporation and its owners filed this lawsuit in the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government challenging the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. In 2014, the plaintiffs added three additional plaintiffs including two non-profit corporations. In 2015, the for-profit plaintiffs won a permanent injunction against the mandate, but in May 2016 the Supreme Court vacated and remanded the case following its decision in Zubik v. Burwell [II]. As of June 18, 2017, the case is on remand in the Eighth Circuit. The case is on going in the District court because the plaintiff's moved for a permanent injunction of the same relief they had already been granted.
View Case Detail (FA-MO-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 25, 2018
U.S. v. City of Warren
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 4:12-cv-00086-BYP (N.D. Ohio)
PN-OH-0004
Following an eight-year investigation, the United States DOJ filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 14141 against the City of Warren, Ohio and its police department. The United States alleged that the Warren Police Department had engaged in a pattern of conduct involving the use of excessive force. The parties reached a quick, court-approved settlement that required the WPD to adopt new protocols and procedures. Even though there have been no new developments as of March 25, 2018, on September 12, 2017 a new attorney was entered onto the record on behalf of the U.S. Civil Rights Division.
View Case Detail (PN-OH-0004)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 24, 2018
U.S. judge dismisses Tennessee refugee resettlement lawsuit
www.reuters.com
Date: Mar. 19, 2018
By: Stempel, Jonathan (Reuters)
(Reuters) - A judge on Monday dismissed the state of Tennessee’s lawsuit accusing the U.S. government of unconstitutionally coercing it into subsidizing the federal refugee resettlement program.

Tennessee accused the government of invading its sovereignty by requiring it to provide ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 24, 2018
ACLU v. Clapper
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-03994-WHP (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0003
On June 11, 2013, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the National Security Agency ("NSA"), claiming that the government's mass telephone call tracking program exceeds statutory authority and violates the First and Fourth Amendments. The plaintiffs requests for preliminary relief have been denied thus far. The parties are waiting to come to resolution of the case until after the the Government finishes considering the proposal of the Electronic Frontier Foundation to modify their preservation orders and document destruction. The case is ongoing in the U.S. District Court.
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 24, 2018
EEOC v. Burrito Shoppe LLC, dba Squeezers Giant Burgers
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:05-cv-00329-LMB (D. Idaho)
EE-ID-0027
The EEOC brought this suit against a burger restaurant, alleging sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The parties settled, but the defendants failed to make the required payments in a timely fashion. The court issued two writs of execution to enforce the consent order. No information has been entered on the docket since March 2012.
View Case Detail (EE-ID-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 24, 2018
EEOC v. NCL AMERICA
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06 00451 SPK BMK (D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0010
The EEOC filed this case in August 2006 against a major international cruise line, alleging that it had discharged employees because of their Middle Eastern origin and Muslim religion. In June 2008, the court approved a consent decree requiring monetary and injunctive relief, including monitoring, training, recording keeping, and reporting.
View Case Detail (EE-HI-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 24, 2018
EEOC v. Beverage Distributors Company
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 11-cv-02557-CMA-CBS (D. Colo.)
EE-CO-0069
On September 29, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") brought this lawsuit against Beverage Distributors Company, LLC ("BDC") on behalf of a visually impaired company employee in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"). The EEOC claimed that BDC discriminated against the employee in violation of the ADA when it conditioned his employment on the results of a medical exam and subsequently refused to hire him as a night warehouse loader upon learning that he had a disability. The jury initially awarded the employee $132,347 in back pay, but it found that his damages should be reduced by $102,803 because he could have mitigated those damages by finding a comparable position. On December 9, 2013, the District Court vacated these findings and awarded injunctive relief, only to be reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit because of erroneous jury instructions. The 10th Circuit denied the EEOC's petition for rehearing in May 2015. The parties entered into a consent decree in December 2015, and the matter appears to be closed.
View Case Detail (EE-CO-0069)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 23, 2018
The Oyez Project, Milliken v. Bradley II
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 27, 1977
By: Oyez Project
This page summarizes the case and has audio recordings of oral arguments and the Supreme Court's opinion announcement.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-01750 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0038
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0038)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
EEOC v. Mediterranean Partners
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-05114 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0155
In 2006, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or "Plaintiff") filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discriminated against four female employees ("CD", "RF", "PQ", "DS") and a class of female employees on the basis of their sex, by subjecting them to sexual harassment, failing to correct the sexually hostile work environment, and constrictively discharging them. On July 1, 2008, District Judge Nordberg dismissed the case with prejudice, and in a hearing before Magistrate Judge Brown on the same day, the case was concluded. The case appears to be closed.
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0155)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
K.L. v. City of Glendale
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-08484-ODW-SH (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
Sabeghi v. Uu et al.
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:12-CV-06057 (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
Nee v. County of L.A.
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-8899 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0024)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
Milliken v. Bradley
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 70-35257 (E.D. Mich.)
SD-MI-0001
The NAACP and Detroit students and parents sued the Detroit school board and other state defendants in federal court, alleging unconstitutional segregation in Detroit's schools. The district court found that Detroit's schools were illegally segregated, in part because of decisions made by the school board to create and maintain and segregated system. The district court found that a Detroit-only remedy would be insufficient, and ordered a busing plan that would have affected students in city schools and 53 largely white suburban school districts, but the Supreme Court rejected this plan and a Detroit-only remedy was implemented.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 23, 2018
Doe v. Entrekin
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-01701-JHE (N.D. Ala.)
PN-AL-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
EEOC v. Caterpillar
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:03-cv-05636 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0039
In 2003, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant discriminated against a class of female employees because of their sex by subjecting them to a pattern or practice of sexual harassment and by retaliating against them for asserting Title VII violations. In 2009, Judge Pallmeyer entered judgment in favor of the defendant on all counts and denied the plaintiff's request for injunctive and equitable relief. This case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Cogdell v. Wet Seal
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 8:12-cv-01138-AG-AN (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0348
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Williams v. Sprint/United Mgmt. Co.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 03-02200 (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0025
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Olivier v. Molina
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:08-cv-07169-JFW-AGR (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0106
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Speet v. Schuette
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-00972-RJJ (W.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
EEOC v. Integrity Financial Services
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-05112 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0122
In 2006, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois following a complaint by a former employee of Integrity Financial Services ("Integrity"). The complaint was based on an allegation that Integrity intentionally discriminated against a black female employee on the basis of her race by terminating her employment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case was settled on May 29, 2007. However, the defendant did not pay follow the decree. In 2008 the defendant was no longer in business and the owner of the defendant was deceased. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Robicheaux v. Caldwell
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-05090-MLCF-ALC (E.D. La.)
PB-LA-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Rosas v. Baca
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00428-DDP-SH (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0073
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 22, 2018
Hollihan v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00005-EMK-SES (M.D. Pa.)
DR-PA-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 21, 2018
Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California
Oyez
Date: March 2018
By: Oyez
Oral Argument October 3, 2011, in Douglas v. Independent Living Center of Southern California.The Supreme Court agreed to hear three separate appeals from the state, all of which raise the same issue. The lead case is Maxwell-Jolly v. Independent Living Center of Southern California. The other two ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
"People of the U.S. and State of California" v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00451 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0086
On January 28, 2017, a lawyer named Andrew W. Shalaby filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Proceeding under California "Private Attorney General" statutes, the action purported to be by the "People of the United States of America and the State of California," "for the protection of all persons in the United States in their civil rights and for their vindication pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988." The lawsuit challenged President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order (Travel Ban 1.0) The complaint contended that the EO violated the separation of powers doctrine without statutory exception and that it violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause. The case was filed as a civil complaint and sought an immediate injunction of the EO "until its validity and constitutionality is adjudicated." Case dismissed with prejudice after submitting amended complaint because the court held the plaintiff lacked standing and failed to amend his brief to include the Court's recommendations to gain standing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-10310 (E.D. Mich.)
IM-MI-0004
On January 31, 2017, the Arab American Civil Rights League and seven of its individual members filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act, the Administrative Procedures Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, claiming that President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017 -- Travel Ban 1.0, violated these statutes as well as their Fifth Amendment procedural and substantive due process and equal protection rights. They also claimed the Executive Order violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by giving preference to Christian over Muslim refugees. With the expiration of the Jan. 27 EO and the 3rd EO isued on Sept. 24, 2017, the plaintiffs were permitted to amend their complaint for a 3rd time which is due 30 days after the denial of cert of Hawaii v. Trump or Trump v. IRAP to the SCOTUS or after SCOTUS delivers an opinion on either case. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
United States v. Pennsylvania
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-01474-SHR (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0245
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
EEOC v. County of Maui Police Department
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 13-cv-00698-LEK-KSC (D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
Rodriguez Alvarado v. United States
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-05028 (D.N.J.)
IM-NJ-0010
This is a civil rights lawsuit to redress the wrongful detention, unlawful conditions of confinement, and other inhumane treatment that allegedly suffered by Suny Rodriguez Alvarado and her minor child A.S.R.. Plaintiffs have faced multiple threats in their own country Honduras and decided to flee to the U.S. When they reached the U.S.-Mexico border on January 16, 2015, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents soon apprehended the family and placed them to a cold holding The conditions in the holding facilities were alleged as "inhumane". In addition, despite the fact that Ms. Rodriguez kept informing the CBP agent that she feared returning to Honduras, the agents kept pressuring her with threat to sign papers accepting removal to Honduras. Furthermore, ICE also attempted to separate A.S.R from his mother. On February 10, 2015, the asylum officer determined that Ms. Rodriguez had demonstrated a reasonable fear of torture if returned to Honduras and that A.S.R. had passed his credible fear interview. However, the agent concluded that no amount of bond or conditions of supervised release could ensure the boy's future appearance for removal proceedings. On or about May 14, 2015, Ms. Rodriguez won her withholding of removal case before Immigration Judge Lourdes Rodriguez De Jongh, who found that Ms. Rodriguez more likely than not would be persecuted if returned to Honduras. The plaintiffs then filed Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) administrative claims with DHS for all the tortious actions that alleged committed by ICE, CBP, and CCA officials acting under the supervision of DHS. DHS denied the Plaintiffs’ claims. After administratively exhausting their claims under the FTCA, plaintiffs filed a civil right lawsuit against the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act, for the tortious acts of its employees. The lawsuit was represented by the public interest lawyers and filed in the District Court of New Jersey. Plaintiffs claimed defendants committed Abuse of Process, False Imprisonment, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligent Supervision and Negligence under FTCA. They asked for the compensatory damages. The case is still ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
Microsoft v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00538-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
FA-WA-0004
On April 14, 2016, Microsoft filed this suit seeking declaratory judgment under the Declaratory Judgement Act against the United States Department of Justice. The plaintiff alleged that the government's use of gag orders to prevent the company from telling customers when the government requested their data was unconstitutional. After a policy update within the DOJ in October 2017, the case was dismissed by the plaintiffs because their complaint was no longer relevant.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
EEOC v. Harris Bank
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-07793 (N.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0331
On September 28, 2012, the EEOC brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against a bank, on behalf of 14 disabled employees who lost their job after taking leave related to their disability. On May 2, 2013, the parties agreed to a 2 year consent decree that included an injunction forbidding defendant from discriminating on the basis of disability, requiring defendant to reform its medical leave policies, and awarding $400,000 to the fourteen employees.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 21, 2018
Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-02921-GJH (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0005
On October 2, 2017 the Iranian Alliances Across Borders filed this complaint on behalf of a group of plaintiffs of Iranian descent. The suit challenges President Trumps Sept. 24 Proclamation indefinitely restricting travel from the following eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Otherwise known as EO-3, the proclamation was the President's third attempt to restrict travel from particular countries. The first attempt was by and Executive Order (EO) issued in Jan. 2017. In response to that order, a slew of litigation ensued. That litigation, and the decisions it led to, eventually led the President to issue a new, revised order. However, the litigation continued, and in September President issued his proclamation just as the second EO was about to expire. In response to that proclamation, and alongside other suits challenging the EOs, plaintiffs filed their complaint in the Maryland District Court. Judge Chuang was assigned to the case. In their complaint, plaintiffs alleged that the proclamation targeted and discriminated against Muslims and that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating based on national origin. Plaintiffs also alleged that the order violated the First Amendment's Establishment and Free Speech Clauses and the Fifth Amendment's Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses. As relief, plaintiffs requested a nationwide injunction barring the government from enforcing the new order.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2018
Berg v. Kelly
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-3391 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0031
In May 2012, five members of Occupy Wall Street brought this putative class action against the City of New York. The plaintiffs brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and alleged that officers of the New York City Police Department had violated their rights under the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, as well as their rights under the Constitution of the State of New York. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that they were unlawfully detained by NYPD officers during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration held in New York City on Nov. 8, 2011. The defendants have appealed the district court's partial denial of their motion for summary judgment to the Second Circuit, and as of Mar. 20, 2018, the case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2018
Carraway v. Doe
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00137 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0012
On Jan. 20, 2017, an individual who participated in protests in Washington D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration sued police on behalf of a putative class of demonstrators, who allegedly were confined to a small area and unnecessarily subdued by chemical irritants, flash-bang grenades, and batons in violation of their protections against false arrest and excessive force under the Fourth Amendment. The case was stayed while criminal charges against the plaintiff related to the same events were resolved, and then the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2018
Weingartz Supply Co. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-12061-RHC-MJH (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0006
In the Eastern District of Michigan, a for-profit company, its owner, and a Catholic business organization objected to the ACA's contraceptive coverage requirement on religious grounds. The court initially granted a preliminary injunction to the business and its owner, but not the organization, and the case was appealed to the Sixth Circuit. After Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, the government was enjoined from enforcing the contraception mandate, and the parties voluntarily dismissed the case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2018
Parsons v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-10071 (E.D. Mich.)
CJ-MI-0006
Six Insane Clown Posse fans, or "Juggalos," sued the DOJ and FBI in the the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Administrative Procedures Act and the Declaratory Judgment Act, alleging that the FBI had designated the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang" in 2011, which had caused various harms to the plaintiffs, including extra police attention. The district court dismissed the case upon finding that the designation was not a final agency action, and the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 20, 2018
Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-04687-ER (E.D. Pa.)
CJ-PA-0002
On Aug. 11, 2014, four individuals sued the City of Philadelphia, the Mayor, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the District Attorney, and the Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, alleging that the defendants’ policies and practices with regard to civil forfeitures violated due process. The parties have settled some of the claims, and the case has been suspended pending the parties' settlement negotiations. As of Mar. 20, 2018, the case is still ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 19, 2018
Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 19, 2018
Allen v. State Bd. of Educ. of N.C.
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: (M.D. N.C.)
SD-NC-0015
In 1969, pro se plaintiff brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina against the defendant State Board of Education, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, and others to require the State and County Boards of Education to provide a racially integrated unitary school system. After plaintiffs with standing were substituted, the district court decided any present or future controversy over the expenditure of school bonds does not affect their legal validity. While other claims for relief remained, the district court later dismissed the case for failure to state a claim, as the school district had recently submitted a school desegregation plan in compliance with the district court's holding in Scott v. Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2018
Scott v. Winston-Salem/Forsyth Cty. Bd. of Educ.
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: C-174-WS-68 (M.D. N.C.)
SD-NC-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2018
Doe v. Meachum
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 88-562 (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2018
Battista v. Clarke
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 05-cv-11456-DPW (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0037
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2018
Dent v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-02673-PHX-GMS (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0014
In 2009, a Legal Permanent Resident born in Honduras and adopted by a U.S. citizen mother at the age of 14, while in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS"), filed this lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. In 2017, the government's motion for Summary Judgement was granted. The Petitioner filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit under case number: 17-15662. The appeal is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2018
Rodriguez v. Hayes
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:07-cv-03239-TJH (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0063
On May 16, 2007, immigration detainees who have been held for more than six months without a bond hearing while adjudicating their removal decisions petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that the Department of Homeland Security was violating their Due Process Clause rights. On September 13, 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision granting a preliminary injunction that requires Defendants to provide bond hearings to those detained according to INA sections 1225(b) and 1226(c). On February 8, 2013, District Court Judge Terry J. Hatter granted Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, enjoining Defendants to hold bond hearings for all current and future class members by their 181st day of detention. Defendants appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed in part and reversed in part the injunction. The Defendants appealed again and were granted certiorari by the Supreme Court. Arguments are scheduled for November 2016.
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CASE STUDIES
March 14, 2018
"In 2010, The Government Tried to Use Section 702 Against US Persons"
https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/06/19/in-2010-the-government-tried-to-use-section-702-against-us-persons/
Date: Jun. 19, 2017
By: emptywheel
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 14, 2018
Disability Law Center v. Massachusetts Department of Correction
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:07-cv-10463-MLW (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2018
Murillo v. Servicios Agricolas Mex, Inc.
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:07-cv-02581-EHC (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0012
On December 19, 2007, a group of U.S. citizens and permanent residents filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act ("AWPA") against an Arizona grower and farm labor contractor. Following a trial, the District Court awarded statutory damages to certain of the plaintiffs, finding that defendants had violated a provision of the AWPA. The Court denied all further relief. Plaintiffs appealed the decision, but the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court holding on March 6, 2015.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2018
Eden Foods v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-11229-DPH-MAR (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0008
A for-profit company and its owner sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violated the owner's religious beliefs. The district judge denied the plaintiffs' request for an injunction, which the Sixth Circuit affirmed, then the plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court. After the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, it vacated the judgment in this case, and remanded to the Sixth Circuit. On Feb. 12, 2015, the district court entered a permanent injunction in favor of the plaintiffs
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2018
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 12-cv-03489 (N.D. Ga.)
FA-GA-0001
On October 5, 2012, the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, and affiliated Catholic organizations filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Georgia against the Federal Government, seeking to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. On March, 26, 2014, the Court permanently enjoined the Federal Government from enforcing the contraceptive mandate against plaintiffs. This case was consolidated on appeal with Eternal Word Television Network v. Sebelius. After the Supreme Court decision, the Eleventh Circuit directed the parties to negotiate a solution. The parties eventually moved to dismiss the case on October 16, 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2018
Color of Change v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-08215 (S.D.N.Y.)
FA-NY-0007
After filing a FOIA request with the defendants, Color of Change and Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit civil rights advocacy and communications organization, brought this action under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Homeland security ("DHS") and the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), seeking declaratory, injunctive, and other appropriate relief to compel the defendants to produce records related to federal government surveillance and monitoring of protest activities related to the Movement for Black Lives ("MBL"). Specifically, the plaintiffs seek documents regarding surveillance of MBL demonstration and individual activists aligned with the movement, which they argue undermines the First Amendment's protection of political speech. To date, neither DHS nor the FBI have disclosed the requested documents. A pretrial conference has been scheduled for January 20, 2016, before before U.S. District Court Judge William H. Pauley III.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2018
Francis v. State of California
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: BC302856 (State Court)
PC-CA-0069
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2018
Foster v. City of Oakland
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:05-cv-03110-SI (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0062
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2018
Giammarco v. Beers
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-01670-VLB (D. Conn.)
IM-CT-0011
On November 12, 2013, this lawsuit was filed by long-time legal permanent resident and Army veteran of the United States who was deported in 2012. The plaintiff sued the US Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the FBI. He sought adjudication of his naturalization application by USCIS, which succeeded INS; and if necessary, to direct the FBI to complete all required background checks. The plaintiff reached a settlement with USCIS in early 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2018
Alasaad v. Duke
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-11730-DJC (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0012
On September 13, 2017 ten U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement under 28 U.S.C. §2201 for a declaration that defendants had violated their the First and Fourth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants seized and searched their electronic devices at the United States border without probable cause that the devices contained contraband or evidence of a violation of immigration or customs laws and without describing the information to be searched. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2018
Prince v. Aiellos
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:09-cv-05429 (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2018
March for Life v. Burwell
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-01149-RJL (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0017
On July 7, 2014, a non-religious pro-life organization filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor and Department of the Treasury. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the regulations issued by the Health Department concerning coverage of abortifacients in employee health plans unconstitutionally discriminated against the organization and deprived its religious employees of the ability to choose non-abortifacient health plans, in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act as well as the Equal Protection and Free Exercise clauses of the Constitution. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2018
Ozinga v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-03292 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0005
In 2013, the Christian owners of a corporation filed this lawsuit seeking an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate under the APA, RFRA, and First Amendment. On July 16, 2013, the Northern District of the U.S. District of Illinois granted a preliminary injunction in this case. On September 30, 2015, the District Court granted a permanent injunction in favor of the plaintiffs, following the Court's decision in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius. Plaintiff had requested an injunction of any regulation related to the ACA's contraception mandate, but the Court limited the injunction to the regulations implementing the mandate, that were at issue in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius and plaintiff's complaint. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Zubik v. Burwell [II] to remand the relevant cases to the lower courts so plaintiffs and the government could try to come to accord, the Seventh Circuit heard oral argument on this case on November 1, 2016
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2018
Hollywood Synagogue v. City of Hollywood & U.S. v. City of Hollywood
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 04-61212 (S.D. Fla.)
FA-FL-0001
On September 15, 2004, a Hollywood synagogue filed a lawsuit under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 ("RLUIPA"), 42 U.S.C. §1983, and the Florida Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("Florida RFRA"), against the City of Hollywood, FL. in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, Ft. Lauderdale division. The plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive, punitive, and compensatory relief claiming that the City unequally and selectively applied zoning ordinances. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that defendant's treatment of plaintiff's special exception applications and defendant's action to prevent organized religious services on the plaintiff's property constituted discrimination on the basis of religion. The plaintiffs won partial summary judgment on the §1983 claim in late June 2006. On July 7, 2006, the Court approved and entered a consent order barring the City from violating RLUIPA, mandating new procedures for the special exception application process, and ordering the City to train its employees on RLUIPA. Also, the City agreed to allow Plaintiff to operate as a house of worship in perpetuity and make additional zoning concessions. On August 7, 2006, the appellant's motion to dismiss the appeal with prejudice was granted by the Eleventh Circuit, due to settlement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 7, 2018
Centro Presente v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-10340 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0014
On Feb. 22, 2018, TPS recipients and a community organization sued the Trump adminstration DHS over its revocation of TPS for Haitians and Salvadorians living in the U.S. Plaintiffs alleged that DHS violated the 5th Amendment (by relying on racially discriminatory stereotypes to deprive Haitians and Salvadorians of rights).
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2018
Braggs v. Dunn
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00601 (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0035
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2018
Independent Living Center v. City of Los Angeles
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00551-FMO-PJW (C.D. Cal.)
FH-CA-0025
On January 13, 2012, three non-profit organizations that advocate for independent living for individuals with disabilities filed this civil rights lawsuit in the District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the City of Los Angeles, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles ("CRA"), and 34 owners of CRA-funded apartment complexes for failure to ensure that housing is accessible to people with disabilities. The plaintiffs settled with the City of Los Angeles in 2016, and separately settled with the CRA/LA in 2017. The plaintiffs and the owner-defendants are still in litigation.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2018
Coleman v. General Motors Acceptance Corp.
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 3:98-cv-00211 (M.D. Tenn.)
FH-TN-0005
Through a nationwide class action in the Middle District of Tennessee, the plaintiff sued General Motors Acceptance Corporation for violating the Equal Credit Opportunity Act by charging African-American consumers higher finance charge markups than white American consumers. The class sought declaratory and injunctive relief. On March 29, 2004, GMAC and the class of plaintiffs settled the suit. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2018
Morningside Community Organization v. Sabree
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 16-008807-CH (State Court)
FH-MI-0012
A group of Detroit homeowners filed a lawsuit against the Wayne County Treasurer for charging unlawfully assessed taxes, which they argued, in combination with the subsequent foreclosures, constituted illegal discrimination and had an adverse disparate impact on African Americans, in violation of FHA. They also argued the city's failure to provide the state's poverty tax exemption violated due process. The District Court granted summary disposition in favor of the defendant because the Michigan Tax Tribunal (MTT) has exclusive jurisdiction over claims involving discriminatory assessment practices. The Court of Appeals affirmed and this case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2018
Democracy Forward Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00375-RC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0044
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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March 3, 2018
Immigrant Rights Advocates Sue ICE to Stop Illegal Incarceration of Vietnamese Refugees
www.advancingjustice-la.org
Date: Feb. 28, 2018
By: Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
ORANGE COUNTY, CA - Vietnamese refugees have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging their detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since March 2017, ICE began picking up dozens of Vietnamese refugees and subjecting them to prolonged and indefinite detention in ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 3, 2018
Trinh v. Homan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-00316 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0115
Four refugees filed this class action suit, on behalf of Vietnamese refugees (previously LPRs) living in the U.S. since before 1995, challenging ICE for arbitrarily and unlawfully detaining them in 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 1, 2018
Santillan v. Mukasey
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:04-cv-02686-MHP (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0003
A class of lawful permanent residents filed this suit against the U.S. Attorney General, Department of Homeland Security, and ICE seeking to compel the federal government to provide them with documentation of their permanent resident status in a timely manner. The case ended with a settlement agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 28, 2018
Charles v. Orange County, New York
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 7:16-cv-5527 (S.D.N.Y.)
MH-NY-0008
Two plaintiffs with serious mental illness were discharged from immigration detention center without discharge planning. On July 12, 2016, Plaintiffs sued in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs brought claims under §1983, alleging that defendants' failure to provide basic ongoing care violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court granted defendants' motion to dismiss on September 29, 2017. Plaintiffs filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on October 30, 2017. The appeal is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 27, 2018
League of United Latin American Citizens v. Arizona
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-01453-SRB (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0017
On July 9, 2010, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and a group of individuals filed suit challenging Arizona's "show me your papers" law. The case was ultimately dismissed with prejudice.
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February 24, 2018
Black and Latino Immigrants File Federal Lawsuit to Block Trump’s Termination of TPS
www.lawyerscom.org
Date: Feb. 22, 2018
By: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
BOSTON – Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, in partnership with Centro Presente, filed a landmark federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration to save Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Salvadoran and Haitian immigrants.

The lawsuit ...
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February 23, 2018
Ending Obstacles for Temporary Protected Status Recipients Seeking Legal Permanent Residence
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Feb. 22, 2018
By: American Immigration Council
Today, the American Immigration Council, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and several Temporary Protected Status holders filed a class action lawsuit against officials at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a federal ...
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February 20, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Federal Documents on Trump's Border Wall Prototypes
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2017
By: Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today for failing to provide environmental documents required for the construction of border wall “prototypes” in San Diego County.

The Center ...
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February 20, 2018
Border Wall
www.sierraclub.org
Date: Nov. 14, 2017
By: Sierra Club
Links to FOIA release*
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February 20, 2018
The Documents Behind Trump’s Texas Border Wall Plans
www.texasobserver.org
Date: Nov. 14, 2017
By: Melissa del Bosque (Texas Observer)
Last week the Observer revealed U.S. Army Corps of Engineers documents that show where the Trump administration plans to build 33 miles of border wall in South Texas. Churches, cemeteries, hundreds of homeowners, retirees at an RV park and three wildlife areas are all in the crosshairs.
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February 20, 2018
Records Show Where Trump Plans to Build Texas Border Wall
www.texasobserver.org
Date: Nov. 10, 2017
By: Melissa del Bosque (Texas Observer)
Documents obtained by the Observer offer new insights into the Trump administration’s plans for a border wall in portions of the Rio Grande Valley. A map produced in May by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows where the administration expects to build 33 miles of wall in 15 different segments, ...
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February 20, 2018
Sierra Club Joins Conservation Groups to Challenge Border Wall
www.sierraclub.org
Date: Feb. 9, 2018
By: Sierra Club
San Diego, CA-- Today, advocates gathered in Southern California near a federal courthouse before a federal judge heard a legal challenge against the border wall. The U.S. District Court in Southern California listened to Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Animal Legal Defense Fund's ...
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February 20, 2018
Documents Reveal the Behind-the-Scenes Chaos of the Muslim Ban
www.theintercept.com
Date: Aug. 8, 2017
By: Cora Currier (The Intercept)
At the end of the day on Friday, January 27, Donald Trump’s newly signed executive order banning travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries began circulating among officials at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As the agency in charge of admitting people to ...
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February 19, 2018
We’re suing the government over border wall spending records
www.revealnews.org
Date: Jan. 6, 2018
By: Ziva Branstetter (Center for Investigative Reporting)
Nearly 10 months after we asked the federal government for records detailing how much it has spent to build a border wall, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting is suing for that information.

Last March, reporter Andrew Becker asked U.S. Customs and Border Protection for ...
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February 19, 2018
Reveal: The Wall
www.revealnews.org
Date: May 14, 2017
By: Center for Investigative Reporting
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February 19, 2018
Reveal: Expedited Removal
www.revealnews.org
Date: Oct. 28, 2017
By: Center for Investigative Reporting
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February 19, 2018
Unchecked DHS Fingerprinting Practice Moves Groups to Press for Transparency
www.mijente.net
Date: Mar. 29, 2017
By: Mijente
Washington DC — Mijente and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting all information related to its use of mobile fingerprinting machines to check ...
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February 19, 2018
Legal Nonprofit Files FOIA Suit Over Haitians' TPS Status
www.law360.com
Date: Jan. 25, 2018
By: Tiffany Hu (Law360)
Law360, New York (January 25, 2018, 8:06 PM EST) -- A nonprofit group of lawyers who represent immigrants sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday, after the department failed to respond to the group’s Freedom of Information Act request seeking agency records pertaining to its ...
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February 19, 2018
Court Orders Government Response for Information Used to Justify Muslim Ban 3.0 by February 9
www.brennancenter.org
Date: Jan. 10, 2018
By: Brennan Center for Justice
New York, NY – Today, Judge Paul Gardephe of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered the State Department to respond by February 9 to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for critically important reports about the process that led to the development and ...
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February 19, 2018
FOIA Responses from OMB and OLC about Immigration Executive Order
www.protectdemocracy.org
Date: Jan. 31, 2018
By: Protect Democracy Project
On February 15, 2017, Protect Democracy sent FOIA requests to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Department of Justice (OLC) to learn whether this Administration sought any legal or other agency review of its Executive Order, Protecting the Nation ...
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February 18, 2018
Trump’s DHS Ordered Agents to Block Congressmen During Travel Ban
www.thedailybeast.com
Date: Aug. 2, 2017
By: Woodruff, Betsy (The Daily Beast)
On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.

Members of Congress say they’re shocked by ...
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February 18, 2018
We Sued for Records About Trump’s Muslim Bans. Here’s What We Found Out.
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 24, 2017
By: Vera Eidelman (American Civil Liberties Union)
On February 2, 2017, 50 ACLU affiliates submitted FOIA requests seeking information about Customs and Border Protection’s on-the-ground implementation of the Muslim Bans at field offices around the country. When the government failed to respond in the time allotted, certain ACLU affiliates filed ...
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February 17, 2018
ACLU sues for answers about ICE agents at Oregon's courthouses
www.oregonlive.com
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Aimee Green (The Oregonian)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon sued the federal government Wednesday in an attempt to find answers to the mysterious presence of immigration enforcement agents around Oregon’s courthouses.

The ACLU is asking a federal judge to order U.S. Immigration and Customs ...
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February 17, 2018
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. US Department of Homeland Security & US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
www.creeclaw.org
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)
CREEC filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in August and September 2017 seeking information on a wide range of conditions of confinement issues, including the deaths of detained people, medical care, mental health care, solitary confinement, and sexual assault at the ...
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February 11, 2018
Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Brings Justice to 7,000 Low-Income New York Families
New York Legal Assistance Group
Date: Apr. 15, 2013
By: New York Legal Assistance Group
Summary of result of case.*
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February 10, 2018
Civil Rights Advocates File Lawsuit to Stop ICE Raids on Cambodian Refugees
www.advancingjustice-la.org
Date: Nov. 1, 2017
By: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
LOS ANGELES - Cambodian refugees detained in recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful arrests. Since early October, ICE has rounded up over a hundred Cambodian refugees with deportation orders, making these the ...
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February 10, 2018
The judge Trump disparaged as ‘Mexican’ will preside over an important border wall case
www.washingtonpost.com
Date: Feb. 5, 2018
By: Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post)
The federal judge whom President Trump disparaged as a “Mexican” during his campaign will preside over a case brought against one of the president’s most highly touted initiatives: the U.S-Mexico border wall.

District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who was targeted by the president ...
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February 10, 2018
A Case That Could Determine the Future for Dreamers
www.newyorker.com
Date: Mar. 15, 2017
By: Blitzer, Jonathan (The New Yorker)
On the morning of February 10th, Daniel Ramirez was sleeping on a couch in his father’s apartment in Des Moines, Washington, when three agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) walked through the front door. The agents had just arrested his father, who is undocumented, in the parking ...
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February 9, 2018
Litigation: Abdi v. Duke
www.refugeerights.org
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
In summer 2017, IRAP and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a class action challenge to the detention of asylum-seekers at Batavia, a federal immigration facility in upstate New York. These asylum-seekers had declared themselves at the border and has passed what is known as a “credible fear ...
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February 9, 2018
Abdi et al. v. Duke et al.
www.nyclu.org
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This case, brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union and International Refugee Assistance Project, challenges the federal government’s practice of indiscriminately denying parole and bond to arriving asylum-seekers detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia for the pendency ...
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February 7, 2018
The Oyez Project, Milliken v. Bradley
www.oyez.org
Date: Feb. 27, 1974
By: Oyez Project
This page summarizes the case and has audio recordings of oral arguments and the Supreme Court's opinion announcement.*
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February 7, 2018
Milliken v. Bradley: The Northern Battle for Desegregation
www.michbar.org
Date: Sep. 1, 2011
By: Samantha Meinke (State Bar of Michigan)
This article discusses the evolution of Milliken v. Bradley and discusses its consequences.*
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February 6, 2018
Wiley Rein and Washington Lawyers' Committee File Fifth Amendment Complaint on Behalf of Immigrants Detained in Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center
www.washlaw.org
Date: Oct. 4, 2017
By: Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC - Using the pseudonym John Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor who is confined to the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center filed a lawsuit today on behalf of himself and other detained immigrant children challenging the conditions in the Center. The complaint, filed by Wiley Rein LLP ...
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February 3, 2018
Class Action Leads to End of Tampon Tax in New York State
Date: Jul. 21, 2016
(EMERY CELLI BRINCKERHOFF & ABADY LLP)
This is a blog post from the law firm representing plaintiffs in the case challenging New York's "Tampon Tax" briefly explaining the state's decision to pass legislation to repeal the tax.*
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February 3, 2018
Justice for Ravi
www.newsanctuarynyc.org
Date: Jan. 29, 2018
By: New Sanctuary Coalition

About Ravi

RAVI’S STORY

Long-time permanent resident, community activist, father, and husband, Ravi Ragbir, faces permanent exile from his life in the U.S. Ravi’s immigration story began when he came to the U.S. from Trinidad in February 1991 on a visitor’s ...
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February 3, 2018
Activist Entitled to ‘Freedom to Say Goodbye,’ Judge Rules
www.nytimes.com
Date: Jan. 29, 2018
By: Liz Robbins (New York Times)
In an impassioned rebuke of the Trump administration’s immigration practices, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan Monday ordered the immediate release of the immigrant rights activist Ravi Ragbir, calling his abrupt detention on Jan. 11 unconstitutional and cruel.

Mr. Ragbir, ...
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February 3, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of Trump Policy Behind the Termination of Haitian TPS
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Jan. 25, 2018
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
(New York, NY) – Today, the National Immigration Project of the NLG and Professor Margaret Satterthwaite filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to obtain records documenting ...
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February 2, 2018
ACLU Davies v. Los Angeles
https://www.aclusocal.org/en/cases/davies-v-county-los-angeles
Date: Feb. 2, 2018
By: ACLU
ACLU page containing information on Davies v. County of Los Angeles*
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February 1, 2018
New Lawsuit Filed Against U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Response to Removal of Temporary Protective Status for Haitian Immigrants
http://www.naacpldf.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: NAACP LDF
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designation for Haitian immigrants discriminates against immigrants of color, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, according to a new lawsuit filed today on behalf of the National Association for ...
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January 29, 2018
Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants
www.aclu.org
Date: Aug. 8, 2013
By: Sarah Mehta (American Civil Liberties Union)
Friday and again today, the ACLU and its partners filed two class action lawsuits challenging the mandatory detention of people like Gordon in Massachusetts and Washington State. We're arguing that the mandatory detention laws do not apply to people like Richard, and that they instead deserve the ...
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January 29, 2018
Gordon v. Johnson and CASTAÑEDA v. Souza
www.aclu.org
Date: Dec. 23, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
In Gordon v. Johnson, the ACLU and its partners obtained a class action ruling making some 150 Massachusetts detainees a year eligible for individual bond hearings. Rather than being held in “mandatory” immigration detention, without a bond hearing, these noncitizens may now obtain their ...
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January 28, 2018
Resources on the Lawsuit Challenging DAPA and DACA Expansion
www.aila.org
Date: Sep. 8, 2017
By: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Resources on the Lawsuit Challenging DAPA and DACA Expansion*
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January 28, 2018
United States v. State of Texas
www.nilc.org
Date: Mar. 14, 2016
By: National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Immigration, civil rights and labor groups joined the legal effort to defend President Obama’s executive action on immigration by filing amicus briefs in United States, et al. v. State of Texas, et al. (Since the lawsuit in this case was filed in December 2014 and up until the United States filed ...
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January 28, 2018
United States v. Texas
http://www.scotusblog.com
Date: Jun. 23, 2016
By: SCOTUSblog
Issue: (1) Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the Secretary of Homeland Security’s guidance seeking to establish a process for ...
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January 28, 2018
Court Officers Can’t Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule
www.nytimes.com
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: Jess Bidgood (New York Times)
BOSTON — The highest state court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that court officers do not have the authority, under state law, to hold people in custody based solely on the requests from federal immigration authorities known as civil detainers.*
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January 28, 2018
“Commonwealth v. Lunn” and “Lunn v. Smith”
www.aclum.org
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts
On March 20, 2017, the ACLU of Massachusetts together with Ropes & Gray, the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Federal Immigration Appeals Project submitted an amicus brief in Commonwealth v. Lunn. The case, which was argued at the Supreme Judicial Court on April 4, 2017, addresses ...
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January 27, 2018
USCIS Takes Too Long To Review Work Docs, Immigrants Say
www.law360.com
Date: May 26, 2015
By: Kevin Penton (Law360)
Law360, New York (May 26, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes applicants wait too long to receive clearance to legally work in the country, resulting in lost wages and employment opportunities, according to a putative class action filed Friday in federal court.*
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January 27, 2018
Judge Certifies Nationwide Class in Employment Authorization Case (NWIRP v. USCIS)
www.lexisnexis.com
Date: Jul. 19, 2017
By: Daniel M. Kowalski (LexisNexis)
IC, July 19, 2017 - "Today, U.S. District Court Judge James Robert granted a motion to certify a nationwide class in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS, recognizing that USCIS must adjudicate asylum seekers’ employment authorization applications within 30 days if they are submitted in a ...
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CASE STUDIES
January 26, 2018
"The implementation of consent decrees in correctional institutions: a case study of Fulton county jail, Georgia"
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
Date: May 1, 1987
By: Thembekile Charles Zingitwa (Atlanta University Student)
Zingitwa, Thembekile Charles, "The implementation of consent decrees in correctional institutions: a case study of Fulton county jail, Georgia" (1987). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. Paper 312.
The paper, a dissertation, examines the problems that impede the implementation of consent degrees in correctional institutions, primarily focusing on the Fulton County Jail in Georgia. The paper explains the changes related to healthcare delivery that were implemented as a result of Fambro v ...
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January 25, 2018
Meet the Blixt-Zaccari Family
www.immigrationequality.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Immigration Equality
Allison is a U.S. citizen who is married to Stefania, an Italian citizen.

Allison was living in New York City when she met Stefania, who was there on vacation. The two stayed in touch after Stefania went back to Italy and visited each other as much as they could. Though they wanted to ...
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January 24, 2018
Same-sex couples file suits claiming their children were unconstitutionally denied citizenship
www.abajournal.com
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Alvarez, Gerardo (American Bar Association)
Two married same-sex couples have filed lawsuits against the State Department claiming that it has unconstitutionally classified their surrogate-carried children as “born out of wedlock” after each of the couples were informed that one of their children would not be eligible for a U.S ...
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January 24, 2018
Meet the Dvash-Banks Family
www.immigrationequality.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Immigration Equality
Andrew is a U.S. citizen who grew up in Los Angeles. He moved to Israel to work and study, and it was there that he met Elad, his future husband. Andrew and Elad knew they wanted to marry and have a family, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act, Andrew could not sponsor Elad for a visa to be ...
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January 23, 2018
SEPTA Conviction Discrimination Lawsuit
SEPTA Conviction Discrimination Lawsuit
Date: Spring 2016
(Outten & Golden)
The plaintiffs' attorneys use this website to provide updates on the case, as well as invite potential class members to share their stories.*
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January 21, 2018
ACLU: Texas Can’t Deny Birth Certificates to Children Born in U.S.
www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 25, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
HOUSTON -- The State of Texas cannot refuse to issue birth certificates to children born in the United States, according to a brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas in support of 17 families suing the State. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees ...
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January 21, 2018
Perales Serna, et al. vs Texas Department of State Health Services
www.aclutx.org
Date: Sep. 23, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas
Collaborating with our counterparts at the Immigrants’ Rights Project, the ACLU of Texas filed an amicus brief in support of United States citizens trying to obtain birth certificates and being denied because of their parents’ immigration status. The brief argued that right to citizenship by ...
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January 21, 2018
Lawsuit Forces Texas to Make It Easier for Immigrants to Get Birth Certificates for Children
www.nytimes.com
Date: Jul. 24, 2015
By: Preston, Julia (New York Times)
After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas in 2013, she went to a county office to get a birth certificate, just as she had after her first two children were born in the state.

But officials told Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant living in the United States ...
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January 21, 2018
Immigration Group Seeks Docs Over Detention Center Abuse
www.law360.com
Date: Aug. 14, 2015
By: Germaine, Carmen
Law360, New York (August 14, 2015, 9:06 PM EDT) -- A non-profit immigration rights group asked a D.C. federal court Friday to compel U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release documents on an investigation into sexual abuse of asylum seekers at a Texas detention facility.*
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January 21, 2018
Saravia v. Sessions (Due Process for Immigrant Youth)
https://www.aclunc.org/
Date: Nov. 27, 2017
By: ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for using unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation to illegally detain teenagers in jail- ...
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January 20, 2018
RILR v. Johnson
www.aclu.org
Date: Jul. 31, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered a preliminary injunction that puts an immediate halt to the government's policy of locking up mothers and children from Central America – all of whom have been found to have legitimate asylum claims – in order to send a message to ...
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CASE STUDIES
January 20, 2018
"HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban"
HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban
Date: Aug. 28, 2017
By: Guest Contributor (Human Rights Campaign)
The Human Rights Campaign provides background information on the lawsuit and the parties to the suit.*
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