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
February 24, 2017
Narayan v. EGL, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 5:05-cv-04181 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0343
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0343)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Smith
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-01058-SS (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0013
On November 23, 2015, five Texas Planned Parenthoods and ten Medicaid patients of Planned Parenthood filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued the Executive Commissioner and the Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of the Medicaid Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by barring Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program. On February 21, 2017, the district court granted the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
Armstrong v. Board of Education of the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County, Ala.
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 9678 (N.D. Ala.)
SD-AL-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-AL-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
Carr v. Montgomery County Board of Education
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: No. 2072-N (M.D. Ala.)
SD-AL-0012
School desegregation case from Montgomery County (including the City of Montgomery). The Middle District of Alabama took jurisdiction over the desegregation starting in 1964 and concluding with a declaration of unitary status in 1993. The case once reached the Supreme Court, with the Court affirming the District Court's use of a fixed ratio for teacher integration.
View Case Detail (SD-AL-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
Franklin v. Barbour County Board of Education
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 2:66-cv-245 8-WHA-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
SD-AL-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-AL-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
OCR investigation of Arcadia Unified School District
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 09-12-1020 (No Court)
ED-CA-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0023)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 23, 2017
Dear Colleague Letter [rescinding prior letters relating to bathroom access for trans students]
U.S. Department of Education
Written: Feb. 22, 2017
By: Sandra Battle & T.E. Wheeler (U.S. Department of Education)
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2017
Miller & United States of America v. Board of Education of Gadsden
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 4:63-cv-00574-LSC (N.D. Ala.)
SD-AL-0008
In 1963, Plaintiff Catherine Miller, through her mother, brought this school desegregation case in Gadsden, Alabama. In 2005, after more than 40 years under court order, Judge Coogler of the N.D. of Alabama declared the school system to be unitary.
View Case Detail (SD-AL-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 21, 2017
Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. v. Caruso
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:05-cv-00128 (W.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0035
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-MI-0035)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 20, 2017
Re: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Written: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 20, 2017
Re: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Written: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 19, 2017
Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students
www.ed.gov
May 2016
By: United States Department of Education (United States Department of Education)
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
February 19, 2017
Salim v. Mitchell
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-00286 (E.D. Wash.)
NS-WA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-WA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 19, 2017
Franciscan Alliance, LLC v. Burwell
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 7:16-cv-00108-O (N.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0012)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 19, 2017
Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students
www.ed.gov
Written: May. 13, 2016
By: Catherine E. Lhamon and Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division)
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
February 18, 2017
McKinley Bey v. Pollard
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00521-RTR (E.D. Wis.)
PC-WI-0017
A prisoner in solitary confinement at the Waupun Correctional Institution in Wisconsin filed this lawsuit pro se against prison officials for violating his First, Fifth, and Eighth Amendments. He alleges the administrative confinement conditions are harsh, unsanitary, unsafe, and that manipulation and assaults by guards have caused him to develop a serious mental illness. The plaintiff requested damages of $400,000 in punitive and compensatory damages from each defendant, and injunctive relief to be removed from administrative confinement. After filing his complaint, the plaintiff was moved to the Wisconsin Resource Center where he access to treatment and the possibility of being moved to the general population. As of February 11, 2017 the discovery deadline was set for May 1, 2017 and the dispositive motion deadline was set for August 14, 2017.
View Case Detail (PC-WI-0017)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 18, 2017
"People of the U.S. and State of California" v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00451 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0086
On January 28, 2017, the "People of the United States of America and the State of California" filed this action "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."
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0086)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2017
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Title IX Sexual Assault Investigation of Princeton University
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 02-11-2025 (No Court)
ED-PA-0010
Princeton University violated the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in its handling of sexual assault. As a result, the University entered into a Resolution Agreement to ensure compliance with Title IX as it applies to sexual harassment and violence. The University agreed to provide a report to OCR of the steps taken with respect to the committee recommendations such as training for each year until 2017.
View Case Detail (ED-PA-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2017
Mhany Management Inc. v. County Of Nassau
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-02301-ADS-WDW (E.D.N.Y.)
FH-NY-0025
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FH-NY-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2017
Fox v. Peters
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:16-cv-01602-MC (D. Or.)
PC-OR-0014
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-OR-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2017
Macy v. Holder
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: Agency No. ATF-2011-00751 (No Court)
EE-CA-0354
The EEOC held that AFTE wrongfully decided that a discrimination claim based on gender identity is not cognizable under Title VII. The EEOC reversed and remanded the case to AFTE for further processing under Title VII.
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0354)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2017
Romero v. Securus Technologies, Inc.
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-01283-JM-MDD (S.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0075
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-CA-0075)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 17, 2017
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. [Scotusblog page]
Scotusblog
Written: Feb. 7, 2017
By: Scotusblog (Scotusblog)
Issues: (1) Whether courts should extend deference to an unpublished agency letter that, among other things, does not carry the force of law and was adopted in the context of the very dispute in which deference is sought; and (2) whether, with or without deference to the agency, the Department of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 16, 2017
Baby Doe v. Piehota
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00373 (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-VA-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 14, 2017
Castro v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-06153-PD (E.D. Pa.)
IM-PA-0012
Asylum-seekers from Central America filed for Habeas Corpus relief after being subjected to expedited removal proceedings by the Department of Homeland Security. The District Court dismissed the petition for lack of jurisdiction, and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed.
View Case Detail (IM-PA-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 14, 2017
Lankford v. Sherman
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-04285-DW (W.D. Mo.)
PB-MO-0007
Low-income Missouri residents sued the state to enjoin enforcement of emergency medicaid regulations that would have largely eliminated coverage of durable medical equipment under Medicaid for all but a small class of residents. While the district court denied the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the plaintiffs were likely to prevail on their Supremacy Clause argument; following the Eighth Circuit's ruling, the district court granted the preliminary injunction.
View Case Detail (PB-MO-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 14, 2017
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00112 (W.D. Wis.)
IM-WI-0002
The plaintiff is a Syrian Sunni Muslim asylee who was granted U.S. asylum because of the torture and religious persecution he had suffered in Syria. The plaintiff filed this suit because President Trump's January 27, 2017 EO halted the derivative asylum application that plaintiff had filed on behalf of his wife and sole living child, who remain in war-torn Aleppo. The plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief from the provisions of Trump's executive order which prevent his family's applications from being processed.
View Case Detail (IM-WI-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 14, 2017
Phillips v. State of California
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 15 CE CG 02201 (State Court)
PD-CA-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PD-CA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 13, 2017
Pars Equality Center v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00255 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0026
This action, filed Feb. 8, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and it "seeks to protect and defend the Iranian-American in the United States and abroad from the harmful and discriminatory effects of the Executive Order and its implementation." The complaint argues that the Executive Order's enforcement violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs are represented by private counsel and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The plaintiffs are individual Iranian nationals as well as Iranian-American organizations. The individual organizations include students with F-1 visas, a lawful permanent U.S. resident, dual citizens of Iran and the U.S., a resident of Iran with an approved J-1 visa, refugee families approved for resettlement through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, a family awaiting reunification in the U.S. after receiving green cards, a refugee couple that went through the vetting process of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and an asylum grantee currently in the U.S. The organizations are the Pars Equality Center, the Iranian American Bar Association, the National Iranian American Council, and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans. These organizations are "the largest and most prominent Iranian-American organizations in the United States" according to the complaint. The same day, the plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction to enjoin defendants from enforcing certain provisions of the executive order that create the aforementioned violations. The case was assigned to Judge Tanya Chutkan. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 13, 2017
LeBlanc v. Mathena
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00340-AWA-LRL (E.D. Va.)
CJ-VA-0003
On June 19, 2012, a prisoner incarcerated at the Red Onion State Prison in Pound, Virginia, petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2254. The plaintiff, who was serving two life sentences without parole for conduct committed as a minor, claimed that the state’s refusal to give non-homicide juvenile offenders a meaningful opportunity to obtain release ran counter to Graham v. Florida, in which the Supreme Court held that the Eighth Amendment forbids sentencing juvenile offenders who did not commit homicide to life without parole. On July 1, 2015, the District Court granted the petition. On November 7, 20156, the Fourth Circuit affirmed. On February 1, 2017, the Fourth Circuit granted a motion to stay the mandate pending the filing of a petition for a writ of certiorari.
View Case Detail (CJ-VA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
Al Homssi v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00801 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0019
This action, filed Jan. 31, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint alleges that in preventing a Syrian national with a valid U.S. visa from returning to the U.S. pursuant to the EO, the defendants violated the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection rights, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and international law. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel and Bernard Harcourt of Columbia Law School, is a resident in the University of Illinois Chicago/Advocate Christ Hospital. He returned to the United Arab Emirates to get married on Jan. 23, and upon returning to the U.S. to continue his residency, he was detained at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Jan 29. Despite his valid visa, he was detained pursuant to the EO. If the plaintiff cannot return to the U.S., he faces the risk of being deported to Syria, where he is a citizen but has never been a resident. That same day, the plaintiff also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The case was assigned to Judge Elaine Bucklo. At a status hearing on February 1, the parties told the judge they had reached a "settlement in principle." On February 2, the plaintiff successfully entered the United States at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. On February 8, the plaintiff filed a motion for voluntary dismissal and leave to reinstate on or before August 1. Judge Bucklo granted this motion and terminated the case.
View Case Detail (IM-IL-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
Cities of Chelsea and Lawrence v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-10214-GAO (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0009
This action, filed by the Cities of Chelsea and Lawrence, Massachusetts, on Feb. 8, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Order to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions" and take enforcement action against any locality that impedes the federal government's immigration law. The plaintiffs filed their complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Specifically, the plaintiffs asked for a declaration that Chelsea and Lawrence comply with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, and that § 1373 is an unconstitutional infringement on municipal and state self-government authority. The plaintiffs also asked for a declaration that the Executive Order's enforcement directive violates the Tenth Amendment, that the Executive Order violates the Fifth Amendment's due process provision with an unconstitutionally vague definition of "sanctuary jurisdictions," and that the Executive Order violates the separation of powers by penalizing § 1373 violations without Congressional approval. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-MA-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
Garcia v. Metro Gang Strike Force
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 0:09-cv-01996-JNE-AJB (D. Minn.)
PN-MN-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-MN-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
Kenny v. Wilson
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-02794-CWH (D.S.C.)
CJ-SC-0001
On August 11, 2016, the non-profit, Girls Rock, and four students of South Carolina public schools, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina (Charleston). The plaintiffs sued the Attorney General of South Carolina and the heads of 12 South Carolina Police Departments under U.S. 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union asked the court for a declaratory judgement that two South Carolina codes, commonly referred to as the "Disturbing Schools" statute and the "Disorderly Conduct" statute, are unconstitutional. On December 8, 2016, the Honorable C Weston Houck held a hearing on the defendants' motions to dismiss for failure to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction and defendants' motion to strike class action certification. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (CJ-SC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Chicago Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-IL-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-IL-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Missoula County Attorney's Office
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-MT-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-MT-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 12, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Baltimore Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-MD-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-MD-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 12, 2017
G.G. V. Gloucester County School Board -- ACLU's Case Page
ACLU
Written: Oct. 16, 2016
By: ACLU (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and ...
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2017
United States of America v. County of Los Angeles
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-03174-JFW-FFM (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0028
DOJ investigated complaints of alleged constitutional violations by two stations in Antelope Valley in the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, California. On June 28, 2013, DOJ issued a findings letter to the LASD indicating that the stations under investigation demonstrated patterns or practices of illegal activity. On May 1, 2015, the parties entered into a court-approved settlement to curb the discriminatory practices in policing and housing, enhance community engagement, and create mechanisms for analyzing and monitoring the County's improvements.
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0028)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2017
Association of Oregon Centers for Independent Living v. Oregon Department of Transportation
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-00322 (D. Or.)
DR-OR-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-OR-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2017
Ball v. Kasich
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-282 (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-OH-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-LA-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-LA-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Out-of-court Memorandum of Understanding Between the Oregon Department of Corrections and Disability Rights Oregon
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: NA (No Court)
PC-OR-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-OR-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Persico v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00303 (W.D. Pa.)
FA-PA-0014
On October 8, 2013, Plaintiffs, three Catholic non-profit 501(c)(3)s and a trustee for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Plaintiffs sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of Treasury, and their respective Secretaries in their official capacities. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged that the government violated numerous statutes (including RFRA and the APA) and their First Amendment right to freedom of religion by mandating that they subsidize, facilitate, and or provide coverage for various reproductive health services for their employees. Case was handled in a series of joint orders with Zubik v. Sebelius, before being consolidated wit that case on appeal.
View Case Detail (FA-PA-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Carraway v. Doe
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00137 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0012
On January 20, 2017, an individual who participated in protests in Washington D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration sued John Doe D.C. Metropolitan Police Officers, John Doe U.S. Park Police Officers, and the Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. Plaintiff filed suit on his own behalf and on behalf of a putative class, described as individuals who were subjected to the same police action as the plaintiff. The plaintiff alleged that defendants "kettled" plaintiffs and utilized chemical irritants, flash-bang grenades, and batons to attack the plaintiffs, and that defendants arrested class-members without probable cause to do so. Plaintiff alleged that in doing so, defendants violated class-members 4th Amendment protections from false arrest and excessive force.
View Case Detail (PN-DC-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0004
On February 7, 2017, The International Refugee Project (IRAP) and HIAS filed this class action suit on behalf of all their clients. Plaintiffs filed the suit in the United States District Court District of Maryland. The complaint challenges President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order in its entirety. IRAP is an organization that provides free legal services to refugees seeking to resettle in the United States. The complaint states that the overwhelming majority of IRAP’s plaintiffs are Muslim. HIAS is a refugee resettlement agency that provides programs and legal services to refugees who have recently resettled in the United States. Many of its clients are from the seven countries listed on the executive order. The case was assigned to Judge Theodore D. Chuang. The complaint argues that the order was designed to discriminate against Muslims and “does just that in operation.” The complaint focuses on the disproportionate impact the executive order has on Muslims and argues that the order’s chaotic and irregular policy changes indicate that it intended to discriminate against Muslims. The complaint alleges that the executive order violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Fifth Amendment equal protection rights, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Refugee Act & Administrative Procedure Act, the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs seek class certification on behalf of all persons “in the United States for whom the Executive Order either interferes with family reunification or the ability to travel internationally and return to the United States.” The complaint seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining defendants from implementing the executive order. Additionally, the complaint seeks a declaration from the court that the entire executive order is unlawful. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-MD-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00178 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0030
This class action challenges President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The complaint was filed on February 7, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Counsel for the plaintiffs are the American Civil Liberties Union and private attorneys. Although another suit challenging the executive order was filed in Washington on January 30, 2017, this claim specifically seeks to protect non-immigrant visa holders - primarily students - who are now either trapped inside the United States or stuck abroad. The complaint acknowledges that the Washington Court’s decision in States of Washington & Minnesota v. Trump granted plaintiffs temporary relief, but argues that the chaotic rollout of the executive order along with the temporary nature of the Court’s order leaves the plaintiffs in limbo. The complaint alleges that the executive order violates the Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint sought class certification and an injunction order barring the government from enforcing the order against non-immigrant visa holders. As of February 9, 2017, a judge was not assigned to the case. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-WA-0030)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Ville Platte Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-LA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-LA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Competitive Enterprises Institute v. US National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-00975-JEB (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0077
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0077)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
American Civil Liberties Union v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:08-cv-03584-VM (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2017
Electronic Frontier Foundation v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:07-cv-01732-RBW (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0094
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0094)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 9, 2017
Does, 1-104 v. Wasden
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00429 (D. Idaho)
CJ-ID-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-ID-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 9, 2017
EEOC v. Step Three, Ltd.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00674 (D. Haw.)
EE-HI-0023
On December 9, 2013, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII against Step Three, Ltd. The EEOC brought the lawsuit on behalf of a former employee who was suffering from infertility and was fired when she later became pregnant. The parties reached a settlement agreement, which the district court signed as a consent order. The defendant was required to pay $60,000 to the victim and revise the company's anti-discrimination policies and procedures as well as training for staff.
View Case Detail (EE-HI-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 9, 2017
Tawfeeq v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00353 (N.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0008
An Iraqi refugee and LPR was held and questioned at Atlanta International Airport on January 29, 2017, following the Executive Order of January 27, 2017, suspending entry into the United States of nationals of Iraq and other countries. The plaintiff is a CNN journalist who travels frequently between his home in Atlanta and the Middle East. He fears he will be unable to re-enter the United States if he leaves, due to his difficulties returning from Iraq on January 29. On January 30, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleging violations of his Fifth Amendment procedural due process rights, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. On February 1, the the plaintiff filed an emergency motion to expedite proceedings. On February 8, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss and a response in opposition to the plaintiff's emergency motion. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-GA-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 9, 2017
Education Department OCR Investigation of Tufts
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 01-10-2089 (No Court)
ED-MA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-MA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 8, 2017
Hagig v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00289 (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0010
This action, filed on Jan. 31, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado on behalf of a lawful U.S. resident from Libya. The plaintiff is represented by private counsel. The complaint argues that the threat of being detained or barred from reentry to the U.S. solely pursuant to the EO violates Fifth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, federal immigration statutes, and the Administrative Procedures Act. It further argues that "the unlawful and unconstitutional discrimination against Plaintiff and others similarly situated is part of a widespread policy, pattern, and practice infringing on rights of many people traveling after issuance of the executive order now subject to suspension, detention and removal." The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief to "prevent such unlawful and unconstitutional harms from occurring now and in the future." The plaintiff is a lawful resident of Colorado, where he is a student. He works and pays taxes to the U.S. The plaintiff's family lives in Libya, and he cannot currently visit them for a family emergency or any other reason due to the risk of not being able to return to the U.S. The case was assigned to Judge R. Brooke Jackson. On Feb. 10, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint seeking to designate a class of "all other persons who are nationals of the Designated Countries who currently are, or recently have been, lawfully present in Colorado on student visas and who, but for the January 27, 2017, Executive Order, would be able to travel to the United States or leave and return to the United States." The amended complaint also claims violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 8, 2017
Unite Oregon v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00179 (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0005
This action, filed on Feb. 1, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed as a complaint on behalf of Unite Oregon, a nonprofit organization "led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty who work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice." Unite Oregon's membership consists of "lawful permanent residents, nonimmigrants, and refugees from each of the enumerated countries." The complaint was filed on behalf of the plaintiff as well as in its associational capacity. Counsel for the plaintiff are the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief for "lawful immigrant, nonimmigrants, or refugees who seek to return to their homes or jobs or reunite with their families in Oregon" but were prevented from doing so as a result of the EO. The complaint states it was also filed on behalf of those similarly situated, though it is unclear if class action is sought. The individuals it seeks to represent were detained at Portland International Airport were denied access to legal counsel. The complaint argues that detention pursuant to the EO violates Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection rights, 5 U.S.C. § 555(b) (access to counsel), the Immigration and Nationality Act, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, and the Administrative Procedures Act. The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Paul Papak. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 8, 2017
Atwell v. State of Florida
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: SC14-193 (State Court)
CJ-FL-0006
In a 4-3 decision, the Florida Supreme Court held that Angelo Atwell's life sentence without parole for a murder he committed when he was 16 years old was unconstitutional under the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Miller v. Alabama (2008). The Court held that Atwell was entitled to re-sentencing, which would take into account individualized factors identified by Miller.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 7, 2017
Ohuoha v. Facebook
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-06440 (N.D. Cal.)
FH-CA-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 7, 2017
Darweesh et al. v. Trump et al
www.law.yale.edu
Written: Jan. 29, 2017
By: Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (Yale Law School)
This is a documents and information page maintained by the Yale Law School clinic, which is litigating Darweesh v. Trump. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 7, 2017
State of Hawaii v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00050 (D. Haw.)
IM-HI-0004
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin filed this lawsuit on February 3,2017 against President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The State filed a complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii. The complaint argues that the State has an interest in protecting its “its residents, its employers, its educational institutions, and its sovereignty against illegal actions of President Donald J. Trump.” The State goes on to note that Hawaii is the nation’s most ethnically diverse state, and that the Executive Order is tearing apart families and wounding Hawaii’s economic institutions. The complaint alleged that the executive order violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause, Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Immigration and Nationality Act. The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief and sought to enjoin defendants, nationwide, from barring entry into the U.S. of immigrants and nonimmigrants pursuant to the executive order. The case was assigned to Judge Derrick K. Watson. A hearing on the temporary restraining order motion was set for February 8, 2017. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2017
Frank v. Walker
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-01128-LA (E.D. Wis.)
VR-WI-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2017
Kentucky Equality Federation v. Beshear
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: (State Court)
PB-KY-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2017
Wuori v. Concannon
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 75-80 (D. Me.)
ID-ME-0002
A class of mentally impaired residents at a Maine State mental health institution filed a class action case for injunctive relief, seeking improved living conditions and support both in the institution and in community placements. The parties reached a consent decree which, after more than five years, delivered the plaintiffs the relief they sought. This was the first settlement regarding mental institutions that ordered the institution to meet standards not just within the institution but also in community placements.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2017
Jane (2013-25) Doe v. Idaho
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 41463-2013 (State Court)
PB-ID-0002
On November 6, 2013, a woman filed this appeal in the Supreme Court of Idaho. The plaintiff appealed a Magistrate Judge's dismissal of her petition to adopt her partner's children without allowing for and argument or hearing. The appellant argued that the Magistrate Judge had acted without authority when she dismissed the petition without a hearing. On February 10, 2014, Judge Joel D. Horton reversed and remanded the case. The court found that the Idaho adoption statute does not preclude a petitioner from adopting her domestic partner's children even if the partners are not married.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
EEOC v. CONECTIV et al., and related cases
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-03389-TMG (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0047
In this case, the EEOC brought suit on behalf of four African-American workers, who claimed that the defendant employers on a large construction site had allowed them to be subjected to severe racial harassment, in violation of Title VII. The court approved a consent decree between the EEOC and each of the defendants, providing for monetary for the employees and injunctive relief for the employees and all those similarly situated.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Mohammed v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00786-AB-PLA (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0087
On January 31, 2017, this class action was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, to challenge President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order banning admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The suit alleged that the Executive Order illegally targeted Muslims. Represented by private attorneys, the named plaintiffs were Yemeni-born U.S. citizens and noncitizens. Some of the named plaintiffs lived in the U.S. The others were family members who had been issued immigrant visas and had left Yemen for the U.S. before the Executive Order was announced; they were issued visas in Djibouti but prevented from boarding their plane to the U.S. The case was initially assigned to Judge Andre Birotte Jr. On January 31, 2017, plaintiffs filed a motion for an emergency temporary restraining order. That same day, Judge Birotte granted the motion. The order barred the defendants from enforcing the Executive Order by removing, detaining, or blocking entry of the plaintiffs or any person from the seven listed countries holding a valid immigrant visa. It also ordered the defendants to return to the plaintiffs any confiscated visas and immediately inform all relevant airport officials that they are permitted to travel to the U.S. Finally, the order barred defendants from further canceling any of the plaintiffs’ validly obtained visas. We cannot tell from the order whether it was local or national. On February 2, 2017, the case was transferred to Judge S. James Otero. A hearing regarding the request for a preliminary injunction was held on Feb. 10, at which time the parties were allowed to file a joint stipulation to continue the hearing regarding the preliminary injunction to Feb. 21. In the meantime, the parties are trying to reach a stipulation to dismiss. Many of the documents for this case are not yet available. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Jones v. Clark County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-00350-JMH (E.D. Ky.)
CJ-KY-0005
In 2015, prisoners in the Kentucky Clark County Jail filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, alleging that the state did not afford adequate procedural right prior to unlawfully charging inmates a fee for their incarceration without an order from the sentencing court. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment, permanent injunction of the practice, and monetary damages. The court granted the defendants' motion to dismiss and dismissed all claims alleged in the complaint with prejudice, and all pending motions were denied moot. In 2016, the plaintiffs appealed but the appeals court affirmed the judgment of the district court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
O'Donnell v. Harris County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:16-cv-01414 (S.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0010
In 2016, detainees in the Harris County Jail filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiffs were represented by Equal Justice Under Law and alleged that the wealth-based bail system released individuals charged with low-level offenses solely on their ability to pay a set monetary amount before trial, which violated the Equal Protection and Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The case is currently ongoing as both sides continue to provide additional briefings.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Asali v. DHS
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00447 (E.D. Pa.)
IM-PA-0014
On January 31, 2017, the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed this action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on behalf of a group of Syrian-born U.S. citizens and noncitizens. The action challenges President Trump’s January 27, 2017 executive order banning nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States. The case was filed as a petition for writ of habeas corpus, and ordered the defendants to immediately allow the plaintiffs to return to the United States. The complaint argued that the defendants’ actions violated plaintiffs’ Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Immigration Nationality Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Additionally, the complaint alleged that the defendants' actions were in violation of a temporary restraining order issued by the Eastern District of New York on January 28, which prohibited defendants from using the executive order to remove the plaintiffs. The case was assigned to Judge Joseph Leeson Jr. Plaintiffs were all born in Syria. Over a decade ago, one of the plaintiffs immigrated to the United States and later applied for immigrant visas for his two brothers and their families. On December 19, 2016, after waiting for thirteen years, plaintiffs were approved for Permanent Resident Visas. On January 28, 2017, plaintiffs arrived at Philadelphia International Airport. Immediately, they were detained and denied access to family and counsel. Defendants revoked plaintiffs’ visas and told them that they could either return to Syria or risk arrest; the plaintiffs returned to Syria that day. At the same time the complaint was filed, plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to have their visas reinstated and be granted immediate re-entry to the U.S. A hearing on the motion was scheduled for February 2, 2017. On February 5, after an intervention by Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA), the plaintiffs' lawyers announced that the plaintiffs would be allowed to enter the United States. They are scheduled to arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 6.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Asgari v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-10182 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0008
On February 1, 2017, an Iranian-born researcher and J1 visa holder filed this lawsuit after being prevented from boarding a flight to the United States on both January 28, 2017 and January 30, 2017, pursuant to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017. On February 2, 2017 the plaintiff filed an emergency motion seeking a Temporary Restraining Order against the defendants, but on February 3, 2017 the plaintiff requested that the hearing on the TRO be cancelled, as she was able to travel to the United States and clear customs. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Bell v. City of Jackson
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-732-TSL-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0024
Settlement reached in case involving indigent plaintiffs who were incarcerated because they lacked the ability to pay off debts stemming from traffic violations and other minor offenses.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 5, 2017
Dade v. City of Sherwood
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:16-cv-00602-JM (E.D. Ark.)
CJ-AR-0004
In 2016, individuals who were incarcerated and trapped in an increasing debt system due to bounced checks filed this class action in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs alleged an unconstitutional hot check convictions by Sherwood and Pulaski Counties that unfairly convicted the city's poorest and disadvantaged individuals for a bounced checks and trapping them in a never-ending spiral of repetitive court proceedings and ever-increasing debt consisting of court fees and fines. The plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. In 2017, the magistrate judge dismissed all claims after finding that there were ongoing state proceedings that would afford the plaintiffs adequate constitutional protections. The plaintiffs filed for motion to extend time to object, which was granted by Judge M. Moody. As of February 2017, the case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 4, 2017
Video of State of Washington v. Trump District Court TRO hearing
U.S. Court
Written: Feb. 3, 2017
By: U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (U.S. District Court)
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 4, 2017
Al-Mowafak v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00557 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0088
This class action was filed on Feb. 2, 2017 in response to President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ("EO") ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It also challenges the Jan. 27 letter "provisionally revoking all valid nonimmigrant and immigrant visas" of nationals of these nations. The action was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. The complaint argues that the letter expands the scope of the EO to include nationals of these nations living in the U.S. as well those trying to gain entry to the U.S. It further argues that the text and history of these documents demonstrates discriminatory intent on the basis of nationality, place of birth, place of residence, or religion, and that they violate the First Amendment's Establishment, Free Exercise, Speech, and Assembly Clauses; Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights; the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; the Immigration and Nationality Act; and the Administrative Procedure Act. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, are students attending California schools, the ACLU of Northern California, and Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay. The complaint seeks class certification for "persons who are nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen (the “Designated Countries”) who currently are, or recently have been, lawfully present in California and who, but for the January 27, 2017 Executive Order and the Provisional Revocation Letter, would be able to travel to the United States or leave and return to the United States." The case was assigned to Judge William Orrick. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 4, 2017
Zadeh v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00243 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0025
This action, filed Feb. 3, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, argue that in preventing valid U.S. visa holders from entering the U.S., the EO violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process right, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint seeks emergency declaratory and injunctive relief. The case was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs are two married couples. In each couple, one individual is a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. petitioning for visas for their respective spouses. The visas were granted, and the spouses, who are nationals of one of the seven nations subject to the EO, were prevented from entering the U.S. In both cases, the couples were separated as a result of the EO. The same day, the plaintiffs filed an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order seeking to enjoin the defendants from both revoking the issued visas and prohibiting the visa holders from entering the U.S. The case was assigned to Judge Tanya Chutkan. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 4, 2017
Azad v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00706 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0084
In this challenge to President Trump's January 27, 2017 Executive Order banning admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, two lawful permanent residents of the U.S. were detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 28. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, on Jan. 29, they filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus and an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order to allow them entry into the U.S. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; it was assigned to Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank. Later on the day of filing, Jan. 29, the plaintiffs were released from detention, mooting their original petition for writ of habeas corpus and ex parte application for a temporary restraining order. The plaintiffs filed an amended petition and a civil complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The complaint includes individual plaintiffs detained at the airport, as well as organizations seeking to provide them with legal counsel but unable to do so. It alleges violations of Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, and the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. The plaintiffs filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order on Feb. 1 regarding practices pursuant to the executive order that target Muslims. A series of declarations were also filed in support of the application, but none of these documents are currently publicly available. On Feb. 3, the court appears to have denied the motion and ordered the plaintiffs to submit a brief indicating why this action is not moot. On Feb. 2, the case was reassigned to Judge S. James Otero. Documents are not yet publicly available. This case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 4, 2017
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Resource Page for Stay Application
U.S. Court of Appeals
Written: Feb. 4, 2017
By: U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit)
State of Washington & State of Minnesota v. Trump

C17-0141JLR
Due to the level of interest in this case, this site has been created to provide access to case information.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 4, 2017
County of Santa Clara v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00574 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0089
This action, filed Feb. 3, 2017 by the County of Santa Clara, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Order "directing reprisals against state, local, and municipal governments that he deems to be so-called 'sanctuary jurisdictions.'" The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. According to the complaint, the EO allows the federal government to deny these localities federal funding without stipulating qualifications for the federal government to use in designating a jurisdiction as being a "sanctuary." Further, the EO does not grant the right for judicial review or require the federal government to issue notice to such jurisdiction. The complaint alleges that the EO is a "grab for power that never has, does not, and cannot belong to the President or the executive branch" and as such it violates constitutional separation of powers, the Fifth Amendment due process right, and the Tenth Amendment. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 3, 2017
States of Washington & Minnesota v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00141 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0029
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on January 30, 2017 against Trump’s order, which bars legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and bans Syrian refugees indefinitely. District Judge Robart granted a nationwide temporary restraining order, barring implementation of the Executive Order, on Feb. 3. The U.S. appealed and sought a stay pending that appeal, but on Feb. 9, the 9th Circuit denied a stay. The case continues.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 3, 2017
Azimi v. Trump [Voluntarily dismissed]
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00096 (W.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0054
Two Iranian F1 student visa holders filed a writ of habeas corpus and civil complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief after being detained pursuant to President Donald Trump's January 31, 2017 executive order (and contrary to nationwide federal court stays of that order). Petitioners voluntarily dismissed this case the day after filing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
United States v. Michigan Department of Corrections
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-12146-PDB-MKM (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0199
In 2016, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiff alleged that Michigan Department of Corrections violated Title VIII for engaging in a discriminatory practice based on sex by denying female employees the professional opportunities provided to men. The plaintiff sought injunctive and monetary relief. The case is in the process of discovery and still ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
EEOC v. Scott Medical Health Center
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00225-CB (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0249
On March 1, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The Commission alleged sex discrimination under Title VII on behalf of a gay male previously employed at Scott Medical Health Center. The parties are engaged in discovery, to be completed by April 5, 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
Johnson v. Wetzel
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00863-CCC-MCC (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0040
A prisoner who was in solitary confinement since 1979 brought this lawsuit in May 2016. The plaintiff sued for violations of his 8th Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment and his rights to procedural and substantive due process. The court granted the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction and ordered the parties to develop a step-down program for the plaintiff's reintegration into the general population.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-10310 (E.D. Mich.)
IM-MI-0004
The Detroit-based Arab American Civil Rights League and seven of its members, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) from Yemen and Syria, sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection alleging that President Trump's Executive Order of January 27, 2017 violated their constitutional rights as LPRs by denying them the ability to re-enter the United States.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
D.R. ex rel. Richardson v. Michigan Department of Education
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-13694-AJT-APP (E.D. Mich.)
ED-MI-0007
Plaintiffs sued the school district alleging that the state of Michigan and local educators are in violation of federal law by not screening to identify students who need special education services and violating the rights of students with disabilities in the imposition of school discipline, including illegal suspensions and expulsions.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
Batalla Vidal v. Baran
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-04756 (E.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0051
A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient living in New York filed this suit against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiff alleged that, pursuant to an injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas enjoining the expansion of DACA, USCIS had unlawfully revoked a three-year employment authorization that had previously been granted to him. He sought declaratory and injunctive relief declaring the revocation unlawful and in violation of the procedures required under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), and restoring his three-year employment authorization.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
Dunlap v. Zavaras
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:09-cv-01196-WJM-MEH (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0026
On May 26, 2009, a prisoner who was sentenced to death and incarcerated in the maximum security Colorado State Penitentiary filed suit against the executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. He claimed the policy prohibiting prisoners from outdoors exercise was a violation of the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment because the long-term sun deprivation posed serious health risks. The ACLU settled the case on May 25, 2011.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2017
Settlement Agreement between United States and Jefferson Parish Public School System
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: (No Court)
ED-LA-0005
The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights(OCR) investigated to examine whether Jefferson Parish Public School System(JPPS) discriminated against Latino students and parents based on national origin discrimination. JPPS reached an agreement with the OCR to include school-specific and parish-wide remedial measures.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 2, 2017
OLC Memo Re: Proposed Executive Order Entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States"
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: Curtis Gannon (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel)
The proposed Order is approved with respect to form and legality. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 1, 2017
Executive Order 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
82 Fed. Reg. Presidential Documents 8793 (Jan. 27, 2017)
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 1, 2017
City and County of San Francisco v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-00485 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0085
This action, filed by the City of San Francisco on Jan. 31, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 25, 2017 Executive Order to withhold federal funds from "sanctuary jurisdictions" and take enforcement action against any locality that impedes the federal government's immigration law. The City filed a complaint with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint argues that this issue is one of "state sovereignty and a local government’s autonomy to devote resources to local priorities and to control the exercise of its own police powers, rather than being forced to carry out the agenda of the Federal government." As such, the City argues that the executive order violates the Tenth Amendment. The complaint addresses 8 U.S.C. § 1373, which provides that a local government entity cannot prohibit or restrict communication between government entities or officials and the Immigrant and Naturalization Service. After demonstrating its compliance with the law, the complaint alleges that Defendants designate noncompliant cities as sanctuary cities and that San Francisco has been designated as such. The complaint goes on to argue that § 1373 unconstitutionally regulates states and that San Francisco stands to be harmed by the executive order. The complaint seeks declaratory and injunctive relief. Specifically, the complaint seeks declaration that it complies with 8 U.S.C. § 1373, that 8 U.S.C. § 1373(a) violates the Tenth Amendment, and that the executive order's enforcement directive violates the Tenth Amendment. The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu. The case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 1, 2017
Memorandum to the Acting Secretary of State, the Acting Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
The White House
Written: Feb. 1, 2017
By: Donald F. McGahn II, Counsel to the President (The White House)
This memo states that the Executive Order on refugees etc. does not apply to Legal Permanent Residents.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 1, 2017
Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 25, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 1, 2017
Hernandez v. Lynch
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-00620 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0079
In 2016, two noncitizens detained pending immigration removal proceedings brought this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs alleged a federal practice of detaining noncitizens solely on the basis of their indigence, by failing to take into account the financial ability of detainees to pay bond or to consider alternative means of supervision to ensure appearance. The District Court granted the plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction; that order is currently stayed pending the defendants' appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
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January 31, 2017
Methelus v. School Board of Collier County, Florida
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00379-SPC-MRM (M.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0024
In May 2016, plaintiffs filed this class action suit against the School Board of Collier County, Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the school systematically excluded English Language Learners (ELL) from enrolling in the local public school. Instead, the complaint alleged that ELL were funneled into a local technical college that does not provide high-school credit. In September 2016, the United States issued a Statement of Interest in support of the plaintiffs' claim. As of January 30, 2017, the case is still ongoing.
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January 31, 2017
Ali v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00135 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0028
This class action, filed January 30, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs are a U.S. citizen and her six year old son who is a Somali citizen with a pending immigrant visa application, a U.S. citizen and his 12 year old daughter who is a Yemeni citizen with an approved immigrant visa application, and a lawful permanent resident and her 16 year old son who is a Syrian citizen with a pending immigrant visa application. In each case, plaintiffs seek to be reunited as families living in the U.S. But pursuant to the executive order, review of the pending visa applications has been suspended and the the plaintiff with the approved visa application was not allowed to board her flight to the U.S. The complaint also seeks to represent a class of "all nationals of countries designated by Section 3(c) of the Executive Order signed by President Trump on January 27, 2017 (currently Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen), who have applied for or will apply for an immigrant visa and the visa petitioners for those nationals, whose visa applications have been or will be suspended or denied, or whose immigrant visas have been or will be revoked, or who have been or will be denied the ability to travel to the United States, on the basis of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order." The complaint argues that the executive order violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1361 (mandamus), and Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights. The complaint seeks class certification, declaratory relief, and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing.
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January 31, 2017
Sarsour v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00120 (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0005
This class action, filed January 30, 2017, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs are Muslim Americans residing in the U.S. Many are public figures in the U.S. or have otherwise prominent roles in their communities. Many are executive members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Some are students, and others are asylees. Still others are at risk of not being reunited with their families. The complaint argues that one of the purposes of the executive order is to “initiate the mass expulsion of immigrant and nonimmigrant Muslims lawfully residing in the United States by denying them the ability to renew their lawful status or receive immigration benefits afforded to them under the Immigration and Nationality Act.” Moreover, it argues that the Executive Order only applies to Muslims. As such, the executive order has an illegal purpose and effect, and violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause and right to free exercise of religion, Fifth Amendment equal protection rights, and the Administrative Procedure Act. The complaint seeks class declaratory and injunctive relief as well as jury demand. The case is ongoing.
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January 31, 2017
Arapi v. USCIS
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 4:16-cv-00692 (E.D. Mo.)
IM-MO-0003
Lawful permanent residents sued USCIS alleging unlawful delays in adjudicating their naturalization applications due to USCIS' classification of their applications as posing "national security concerns." As of January 30, 2017, one plaintiff still remains on the case after USCIS' denial of her naturalization application, and the parties are contesting the court's jurisdiction.
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January 31, 2017
Pro-Life Mississippi v. Horton
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-00568-CWR-FKB (S.D. Miss.)
FA-MS-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 31, 2017
Statement by Acting Attorney General Sally Yates
https://www.nytimes.com/
Written: Jan. 30, 2017 (1/30/2017)
1/30/2017
By: Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (Department of Justice)
The New York Times published this letter:

"Sally Yates, the acting attorney general and a holdover from the Obama administration, sent this letter on Monday to top lawyers at the Justice Department, directing them not to defend the White House's executive order on immigration during ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 31, 2017
Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
Federal Register
Written: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
This Executive Order restricting travel, immigration, and visas for people from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen, and put the U.S. refugee program on hold for 120 days. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 31, 2017
Statement By Secretary John Kelly on the Entry of Lawful Permanent Residents into the United States
https://www.dhs.gov/
Written: Jan. 29, 2017 (1/29/2017)
1/29/2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (Department of Homeland Security)
https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/01/29/statement-secretary-john-kelly-entry-lawful-permanent-residents-united-states
Secretary John Kelly's Statement:

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

Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 30, 2017
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-07932-VBF-RAO (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018
On October 25, 2016, Youth Justice Coalition and two Los Angeles men filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the City of Los Angeles (the City), the City Attorney, and the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The plaintiffs asked the court for temporary and permanent injunctions on enforcement of 'gang injunctions;' a declaration that these actions, policies, and practices violated the United States and California constitutions; class certification; and attorney fees. The plaintiffs claimed that the City had violated the two individual plaintiffs' due process through its practice of granting 'gang injunctions' against individuals and unincorporated associations. On January 27, 2016, Judge Fairbank granted a stipulation to stay the case pending settlement discussions. She ordered the parties to file a status report on Friday, March 17, 2017 if they had not yet informed the court of a settlement agreement by that date.
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January 30, 2017
Aziz v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-116 (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0004
On January 28, 2017, lawful permanent residents of the United States, represented by the Legal Aid Justice Center, filed an emergency application for a temporary restraining order with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs argued that they would suffer irreparable harm if they continued to be denied counsel and if they were deported. The plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order to compel the defendants to allow them access to counsel and to prohibit the defendants from deporting them for seven days. The plaintiffs are 50 to 60 lawful permanent residents of the United States who have been detained at Dulles International Airport pursuant to the January 27, 2017 executive order issued by President Donald Trump to ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The plaintiffs have been denied access to counsel. The same day, the plaintiffs also filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking immediate release from detention and a civil complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The complaint argued that detaining the plaintiffs solely pursuant to the executive order violated Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. On January 28, 2017, Judge Leonie Brinkema granted the plaintiffs' motion and issued a seven-day temporary restraining order granting detainees at Dulles International Airport access to counsel and prohibiting deportation of detainees. The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on January 30, 2017, clarifying the class. The plaintiffs defined the class as: "individuals with legal permanent resident status or who are traveling on valid U.S. immigrant visas who have been or will be either detained and/or coerced into signing a Form I-407." The Commonwealth of Virginia moved to intervene in the case on Jan. 31. On February 7, Judge Brinkema granted the plaintiffs' motion to voluntarily dismiss the case. This case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 30, 2017
Jane Jones v. Annucci
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-01473 (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0070
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 30, 2017
Vayeghan v. Kelly
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 17-0702 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0083
This action, filed on January 28, 2017 with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, challenges President Donald Trump’s January 27, 2017 executive order banning nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States. The action was filed on behalf of an Iranian citizen with a U.S. visa as a petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking immediate release from detention and a civil complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The complaint argued that detaining a lawful U.S. visa holder solely pursuant to the executive order violates Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights, the First Amendment Establishment Clause, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Immigration and Nationality Act. Counsel for the plaintiff are the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California. The plaintiff is an Iranian citizen with a U.S. visa issued pursuant to a petition filed by his son, who is a U.S. citizen. When he landed at Los Angeles International Airport on the evening the executive order was issued, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained him and threatened to deport him back to Iran as soon as the next day. Had he been granted admission to the U.S., he was to receive a green card seven weeks later. While detained at the airport, the plaintiff was denied access to counsel. The same day the complaint was filed, the plaintiff also filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order to stay his removal (deportation). However, before the court could review the application, the plaintiff was placed on a flight to Dubai to be sent back to Iran. The plaintiff filed an amended application on January 29, 2017, and Judge Dolly Gee granted the temporary restraining order that same day. Per the order, the plaintiff is to be transported back to the U.S. and permitted to enter the country. The case was assigned to Judge S. James Otero on January 30, 2017. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Doe v. Trump [voluntarily dismissed]
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 17-cv-00126 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0027
On January 28, 2017, plaintiffs represented by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed an Emergency Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in response an executive order issued by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017 banning admission to the United States of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The petition was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. The same day, Judge Zilly granted stay of removal (deportation) and enjoined the defendants from deporting the plaintiffs prior to further court orders. On January 29, 2017, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case, and the court closed the case the next day.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Reese v. Atlantic Steel Company
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: No. 10309 (N.D. Ga.)
EE-GA-0112
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Hicks v. Crown Zellerbach Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: No. 16638 (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0119
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Maxwell v. Good Samaritan Hospital Association, Inc.
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: No. 1098 (State Court)
PB-FL-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Darweesh v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00480 (E.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0053
This class action, filed Jan. 28, 2017 in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenges President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It was filed as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (to seek immediate release of plaintiffs from detention) and a civil complaint, on behalf of two individuals and the class of "all individuals with refugee applications approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as part of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, holders of valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas, and other individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen legally authorized to enter the United States, but who have been or will be denied entry to the United States on the basis of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order." The complaint argued that their continued detention based solely on the executive order violated their Fifth Amendment procedural and substantive due process rights, and exceeded the government's authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act. At 7:30 pm the day the matter was filed, Judge Donnelly heard an emergency motion to stay all removals (that is, deportations) under the order; after a hearing, she granted a nationwide stay of removals to all members of the class. The case was randomly reassigned to Judge Carol Bagley Amon on January 30, 2017. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2017
Louhghalam v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 17-cv-10154 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0007
On January 28, 2017, two lawful permanent residents of the United States, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, after being detained at Boston Logan Airport as they were trying to return home to Massachusetts. The complaint claimed that the plaintiffs were detained solely due to an executive order issued by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017 suspending entry into the United States of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The complaint was filed as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus (to seek immediate release of plaintiffs from detention) and a civil complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs were detained at the airport upon returning home from an academic conference. They are both associate professors at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, lawful permanent residents of the United States, Iranian nationals, and Muslims. Counsel for the plaintiffs attempted to contact them at Logan Airport, but was unable to due to the detention. A hearing was held before Judge Allison Burroughs on January 28, 2017 for a temporary restraining order. On January 29, 2017, Judge Burroughs granted a seven-day temporary restraining order and ordered the plaintiffs to file an amended complaint. Per the temporary restraining order, defendants are to comply with airport screening protocols in effect prior to the executive order. Further, they are prohibited from detaining or removing individuals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who have lawful visas to enter the United States. The scope of the TRO is unclear--it references people "similarly situated" to the plaintiff, but does not explain whether that means just in the District of Massachusetts or nationwide. The case has been assigned to Judge Burroughs just for the weekend; on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, it was reassigned in the normal course to Judge Nathaniel Gorton. On Jan. 31, the state of Massachusetts moved to intervene, citing its role as the plaintiffs' employer. On Feb. 1, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint on behalf of plaintiffs designated as "noncitizens who are lawfully in the United States after being thoroughly vetted by the U.S. government" as well as on behalf of Oxfam America, Inc., "a U.S. organization dedicated to reducing poverty around the world." In addition to seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, the plaintiffs also seek an order requiring defendants to immediately notify airlines about the relief granted. The amended complaint argues that the executive order continues to be enforced despite the court's grant of the temporary restraining order. It further alleges that the executive order violates Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process rights; the Administrative Procedure Act; and the First Amendment Establishment, Free Speech, Free Association, and Petitioning clauses. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 28, 2017
Sanchez v. Carnival Corporation
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-21319-MGC (S.D. Fla.)
PA-FL-0001
A class action lawsuit was filed in federal court against Carnival Corporation after two Cuban-born Americans were denied a ticket to Cuba. Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case after Carnival changed its discriminatory policy.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 28, 2017
Prison Legal News v. Cook County
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-06862 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0037
On June 30, 2016, PLN filed a lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cooks County against Cook County Jail, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 27, 2017
Whitford v. Gill
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00421-bbc (W.D. Wis.)
VR-WI-0018
In 2015, democratic voters in Wisconsin filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs alleged their first and fourteenth amendment rights had been violated by Act 43, Wisconsin's redistricting plan. In 2016 a judge held that the redistricting plan was developed to ensure a Republican majority in the Wisconsin State Assembly and was unconstitutional.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 27, 2017
ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-03539 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0080
In 2016, the ACLU of Northern California sued the HHS Secretary of State. The plaintiff alleged the unconstitutional use of federal taxes to fund religiously-based restrictions on unaccompanied minors' access to reproductive healthcare while in immigration custody programs managed by religious organizations. The parties are in discovery and a bench trial is scheduled for March 2018.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 22, 2017
Brad H. v. City of New York
https://mhp.urbanjustice.org/
Written: Oct. 6, 2016
By: Urban Justice Center (Urban Justice Center)
Resource page by plaintiffs' counsel:
The Urban Justice Center filed this class action lawsuit in 1999, challenging New York City's practice of discharging people with mental illness from the City jails in the middle of the night with only $1.50 and two tokens, and without any psychiatric ...
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January 17, 2017
Prison Legal News Homepage
Prison Legal News
By: Prison Legal News
Prison Legal News (PLN), a project of the non-profit Human Rights Defense Center, is a 72-page monthly magazine that reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation, with an emphasis on prisoners' rights. PLN has published continuously since 1990 and covers a wide ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 7, 2017
An Interactive Guide to the Civil Rights Division’s Police Reforms
https://www.justice.gov/
Written: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (U.S. Department of Justice)
The Justice Department released a comprehensive report today that provides an overview of the Civil Rights Division’s police reform work under Section 14141 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

The report, “The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 7, 2017
The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present
https://www.justice.gov/
Written: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice (U.S. Department of Justice)
This report describes one of the United States Department of Justice’s central tools for accomplishing police reform, restoring police-community trust, and strengthening officer and public safety – the Civil Rights Division’s enforcement of the civil prohibition on a “pattern or practice” ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 30, 2016
This Deaf Immigrant Was Ignored in Jail. Now He Will Get $250,000.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/deaf-man-wins-250000-settlement-from-arlington-jail/2016/11/18/f44f6fce-adc9-11e6-8b45-f8e493f06fcd_story.html?utm_term=.b8bcbe19a309
Written: Nov. 19, 2016
By: Rachel Weiner (The Washington Post)
Rachel Weiner, This Deaf Immigrant Was Ignored in Jail. Now He Will Get $250,000., The Washington Post (Nov. 19, 2016), https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/deaf-man-wins-250000-settlement-from-arlington-jail/2016/11/18/f44f6fce-adc9-11
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CASE STUDIES
December 23, 2016
"At Angola Prison, Getting Sick Can Be A Death Sentence "
http://inthesetimes.com/features/angola-prison-healthcare-abuse-investigation.html
Written: Dec. 20, 2016
By: Katie Rose Quant and James Ridgeway (In These Times)
Katie Rose Quant & James Ridgeway, At Angola Prison, Getting Sick Can Be A Death Sentence, In These Times (December 20, 2016).
A 6-month investigation into Louisiana’s Angola prison, the largest maximum-security state prison in the country, reveals substandard and inhumane healthcare—leading to extremely high death rates for prisoners. Does this amount to unconstitutional “cruel and unusual punishment”?*
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