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
July 15, 2020
University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-OR-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2020
Busby v. Bonner
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
JC-TN-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-TN-0012)


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July 15, 2020
Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-MA-0021)


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July 14, 2020
[Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement Memo]
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: Nov. 7, 2018
By: U.S. Department of Justice
Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements with State and Local Governmental Entities. *
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July 14, 2020
Oakland County, Michigan: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
People detained in the Oakland County Jail, near Detroit, lack consistent access to soap, sanitizer, and are unable to practice social distancing.

Along with partners at the ACLU of Michigan, Advancement Project National Office, LaRene & Kriger P.L.C., and the Law Firm of Pitt, McGhee, ...
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July 14, 2020
Miami, Florida: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 2, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The nearly 2,000 people caged in the Metro West Detention Facility, a majority of whom are Black and Brown, are at grave risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowded conditions make social distancing impossible. Access to handwashing and cleaning supplies is limited. Healthcare is inadequate ...
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July 14, 2020
Prince George's County, Maryland: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 3, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Prince George’s county is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. The majority-Black county has the most confirmed cases and the most confirmed deaths in the entire state. Not surprisingly, the outbreak has made its way into the county jail.

But the county jail has ...
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July 14, 2020
Alamance County, NC: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Nov. 12, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In November 2019, Civil Rights Corps sued the sheriff and court officials in Alamance County. In partnership with the ACLU of North Carolina and the ACLU Criminal Law Reform project, we are challenging a money bail system that keeps poor people detained in jail because they can’t afford money ...
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July 14, 2020
Harris County, TX: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 27, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Our challenge to the money bail system in Harris County is the seminal challenge to the assembly line wealth-based detention that pervades local American courts.

The case challenges the automatic wealth-based detention of tens of thousands of impoverished people every year in Houston, ...
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July 14, 2020
Dallas County, TX: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Sep. 21, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In January 2018, Civil Rights Corps sued Dallas County, challenging their policy of detaining impoverished individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies for days and weeks without ever seeing a judge. Our clients include a transgender woman who is experiencing homelessness and lives in a tent ...
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July 14, 2020
Galveston County, TX: Judicial Interference
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 22, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In Galveston, Texas, Civil Rights Corps is fighting to ensure the effective assistance of zealous defense counsel for indigent people charged with crimes. Our civil rights case in federal court alleges that our client, Drew Willey, is a defense attorney representing indigent clients who was removed ...
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July 14, 2020
Giles County, TN: Private Probation
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Dec. 23, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
Giles County has privatized its probation system to generate profit for two for-profit companies and to fund its court system off the backs of the poorest people in the County. The County contracted with PSI Probation, LLC and Community Probation Services, LLC to run a “user funded” probation ...
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July 14, 2020
Rutherford County, TN: Private Probation
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 5, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps recently announced a landmark settlement in a first-of-its-kind class action case in federal court against Rutherford County and PCC, Inc., a private probation company that made millions of dollars over more than a decade by exploiting the poorest people in Rutherford County ...
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July 14, 2020
Tennessee: State-wide Driver's License Suspensions
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Oct. 16, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In the five years before the lawsuits were filed, Tennessee suspended more than a quarter of a million driver’s licenses for nonpayment of traffic debt, and Tennessee revoked more than 140,000 driver's licenses for nonpayment of court debt.These suspensions occur without basic constitutional ...
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July 14, 2020
St. Louis, MO: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 30, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
In January 2019, Civil Rights Corps joined a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in St. Louis, Missouri. This lawsuit was filed in partnership with ArchCity Defenders, the Advancement Project, and the Georgetown Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP). Our ...
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July 14, 2020
Ferguson, MO: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Feb. 13, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps, in partnership with ArchCity Defenders and the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics, filed a landmark challenge to the City of Ferguson’s conversion of its legal system into a mechanism for generating revenue. When we filed the lawsuit, the City of Ferguson used ...
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July 14, 2020
Jennings, MO: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 16, 2016
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps, in partnership with ArchCity Defenders and the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics, reached a landmark settlement for impoverished people who were illegally jailed in Jennings, Missouri. The City of Jennings, which is next to the City of Ferguson, had converted ...
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July 14, 2020
New Orleans, LA: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Aug. 30, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In Louisiana, the judges who order and collect fines and fees from impoverished criminal defendants also depend on that money to fund their own budgets. We filed suit in federal court against the City of New Orleans and its local judges, who jailed thousands of human beings each year just for being ...
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July 14, 2020
Lafayette Parish, LA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 1, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In June 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Our client and named Plaintiff, Edward Little, lives on a farm with his wife and two children in Carencro, Louisiana. He was confined in a ...
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July 14, 2020
New Orleans, LA: Misconduct
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 21, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Our lawsuit seeks to end the unconstitutional deception and jailing of crime victims and witnesses by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit exposes District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s scheme of fabricating subpoenas to coerce crime victims and witnesses of crimes into ...
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July 14, 2020
Cook County, IL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 25, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps is challenging the unconstitutional money bail in Cook County, Illinois. Our lawsuit alleges that the money bail system that pervaded the Chicago region, in which people are kept in jail cells solely because they cannot make monetary payments, is unconstitutional. After we filed ...
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July 14, 2020
Maricopa County, AZ: Diversion
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 18, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County, Arizona and TASC, Inc. operate a diversion program that charges hundreds of dollars in fees to people accused of possessing small amounts of marijuana. They do this by threatening jail time, six-figure fines, and a felony conviction if the ...
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July 14, 2020
Randolph County, AL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: May 18, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
In May 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in Randolph County, Alabama. Our client and named Plaintiff, Kandace Edwards, a National Guard veteran who was 7.5 months pregnant with her third child, was accused of forging a ...
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July 14, 2020
Tulsa County, OK: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 6, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
On June 6, 2018, Civil Rights Corps filed a lawsuit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, challenging Tulsa County’s unconstitutional wealth-based pretrial detention system. Tulsa County uses a secured money bail schedule to determine conditions of release for almost every person arrested in Tulsa County. The ...
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July 14, 2020
Cullman County, AL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 6, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In August 2017, Civil Rights Corps moved to intervene in a federal class action lawsuit against officials in Cullman County, Alabama who operate an unconstitutional bail system. CRC and our partners filed an intervenor complaint challenging the County’s practice of jailing people arrested for any ...
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July 14, 2020
Orleans Parish, LA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Aug. 29, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a landmark federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each of our clients was confined in the notorious Orleans Parish Prison because he could not afford to pay a money bond after his arrest. In ...
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July 14, 2020
Cook County, Illinois: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 3, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The Cook County Jail in Chicago is being overrun by COVID-19.

The jail has been identified as the single biggest Coronavirus hotspot in the United States. The infection rate in the jail is nearly 32 times the overall rate in the county. Six human beings have died in the jail from ...
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July 14, 2020
Calhoun County, GA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Nov. 22, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps and the Southern Center for Human Rights are litigating a landmark challenge to the unconstitutional money bail system in Calhoun, Georgia. Our client, Maurice Walker, was jailed for six days solely because he could not pay less than $200 after he was arrested for being a ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2020
State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0167
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2020
Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0081
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0081)


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July 13, 2020
Archilla v. Witte
ccrjustice.org
Date: Jun. 12, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Johns Hopkins University regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, ...
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July 13, 2020
Priorities USA v. Nessel
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Date: Nov. 12, 2019
By: Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State University)
Plaintiffs challenge Michigan's Voter Transportation Ban and Absentee Ballot Organizing Ban, arguing that the bans violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.*
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July 13, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. Hughs
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State Unviersity)
Plaintiffs are asking for a relaxing of the vote by mail requirements to allow any eligible voter, regardless of age and physical condition, to request, receive and have counted, a mail-in ballot if they believe they should practice social distancing. *
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July 13, 2020
Defy Ventures, Inc. v. Small Business Administration
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
This case challenges the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) and Department of the Treasury’s unlawful and irrational decision to categorically deny access to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) to small businesses owned by individuals with criminal histories. The SBA’s ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2020
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Newsom
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: S261829 (State Court)
IM-CA-0163
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2020
State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0045
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2020
Z.W. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-01220 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0166
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2020
In Re: J.B., L.H., L.S., R.P.
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: COA-MISC-0019-2019 (State Court)
JI-MD-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JI-MD-0005)


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July 12, 2020
League of Women Voters of Ohio v. LaRose
Demos
Date: May 7, 2020
By: Demos
Challenging the new process for conducting Ohio’s primary election as one that will deprive Ohioans of their fundamental right to vote and the failure of the state to allow voters to register up to 30 days prior to the election as a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.*
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July 12, 2020
LWVNJ v. Way
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 18, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging New Jersey’s policy of rejecting mail-in ballots under an error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.*
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July 12, 2020
Self Advocacy Solutions v. Jaeger
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 1, 2019
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging North Dakota’s policy of rejecting absentee ballots because of its error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.*
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July 12, 2020
League of Women Voters of Minnesota v. Simon
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 19, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is suing to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s law requiring a third-party witness signature for voting by mail. This law threatens Minnesotans’ right to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposes irrational restrictions on who can serve as a witness.*
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July 12, 2020
Busby v. Bonner
aclu.org
Date: Jun. 17, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
CLC is suing to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s law requiring a third-party witness signature for voting by mail. This law threatens Minnesotans’ right to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposes irrational restrictions on who can serve as a witness.*
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July 12, 2020
Denbow v. Liberty
ACLU Maine
Date: May 15, 2020
By: ACLU Maine
The ACLU of Maine filed suit on behalf of Joseph Denbow and Sean Ragsdale, who are being held by the Maine Department of Corrections. Both men have been denied medical furlough, despite being medically vulnerable to serious illness and death from COVID-19. The suit seeks the safe release of Denbow ...
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July 12, 2020
Voto Latino Inc. v. Hobbs
https://moritzlaw.osu.edu
Date: May 20, 2020
By: Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Issue: Whether Arizona's deadline for voters to submit their early ballots by mail is constitutional*
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July 12, 2020
Sierra Club v. Trump - Challenge to Trump's National Emergency Declaration to Construct a Border Wall
ACLU
Date: March 20, 2020
By: ACLU
In February 2019, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency powers declaration to secure funds to build a wall along the southern border. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. The lawsuit argues that the president ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:20-CV-02531 (N.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0014
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Midwest Institute of Health, PLLC v. Whitmer
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00414 (W.D. Mich.)
PR-MI-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-MI-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
R.V. v. Mnuchin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-01148-PWG (D. Md.)
PB-MD-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Does v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00430-jdp (W.D. Wis.)
PB-WI-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-00858 (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0055
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Does v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00704 (E.D. Wis.)
PB-WI-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 11, 2020
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Scholarly Forum @ Montana Law
Date: 2006
By: Jody D. Lowenstein (Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Law Student)
Lowenstein, Jody D. (2017) "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," Public Land and Resources Law Review: Vol. 0 , Article 19
The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to enjoin the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers’ permitting of an oil pipeline was stifled by the United
States District Court of the District of Columbia. In denying the
preliminary injunction, the court held that the Tribe failed to show that ...
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July 11, 2020
Montana Absentee Ballot Collection
Democracy Docket
Date: 2020
By: Democracy Docket
Challenge to two Montana voting restrictions. The first is Montana’s recently enacted restrictions on individuals and organizations that assist absentee voters by collecting and transporting sealed and signed absentee ballots to the county elections office. Montana’s absentee ballot assistance ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2020
The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0165
This lawsuit was filed in response to a July 6, 2020 ICE directive that would effectively force out of the country many international students studying remotely during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The University of California filed suit claiming that the directive was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order and an order vacating and setting aside the policy. They also sought declarative relief and attorney's fees. The case is ongoing as of July 11, 2020.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0165)


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July 10, 2020
Juliana v. United States: Youth Climate Lawsuit
Our Children's Trust
Date: Jan. 1, 2015
By: Our Children's Trust
Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case.

Their complaint asserts that, through the government's ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2020
Alvarez v. LaRose
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00782 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0164
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0164)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2020
ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-02778-BRO-AS (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 9, 2020
Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Nov. 27, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and ...
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July 9, 2020
Disability Advocates Resolve Litigation with Florida Department of Corrections
Disability Rights Florida
Date: May 28, 2015
By: Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida and the Florida Institutional Legal Services Project of Florida Legal Services announce that a settlement has been reached in their lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). The Complaint in that lawsuit, Disability Rights Florida v. Crews et al, 1:14-cv- ...
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July 9, 2020
Scott v. Clarke: Fluvanna Prison Healthcare Case
Legal Aid Justice Center
Date: 2019
By: Legal Aid Justice Center
On November 26, 2014, the Legal Aid Justice Center announced that it had reached a settlement in our lawsuit filed on July 24, 2012 on behalf of women incarcerated at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW). Wiley Rein and Washington Lawyers’ Committed are co-counsel for the plaintiffs in ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00182-JDL (D. Me.)
IM-ME-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-ME-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
Cooper v. Raffensperger
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-1312 (N.D. Ga.)
VR-GA-0168
Two third-party nominees for the Georgia State House of Representatives filed this case alleging that, in light of public health risks associated with COVID-19, requiring them to collect over 20,000 signatures to get on the ballot violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments. On July 9, the court ordered the defendants to reduce the relevant signature requirements by 30% for the 2020 general election.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 8, 2020
Gay v. State of Illinois
MacArthur Justice Center
Date: Oct. 28, 2018
By: MacArthur Justice Center
While held in solitary by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for nearly two decades, Anthony Gay’s severe mental illness worsened, and the extreme isolation without any significant treatment of his mental illness triggered horrific self-mutilation and a lengthy prison stay that ...
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July 8, 2020
ACLU-MN Sues to Release MCF-Moose Lake Inmates Endangered by COVID-19
ACLU of Minnesota
Date: Apr. 15, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union Minnesota
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a petition against the state Department of Corrections Wednesday to keep prisoners and staff at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake (MCF-Moose Lake) safe from the rapidly spreading COVID-19.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00176-JDL (D. Me.)
IM-ME-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-00780 (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 7, 2020
The Tennessee Accountability Center
The Center for State Child Welfare Data
Date: May 22, 2020
By: The Center for State Child Welfare Data
The independent Tennessee Accountability Center, housed at the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall, was established under the terms of the Settlement Agreement in the Brian A. vs. Haslam class action lawsuit. The mission of the Tennessee Accountability Center (AC) is two-fold. First, ...
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July 7, 2020
Class Actions: TN Brian A. v. Haslam
Children's Rights
Date: Feb. 25, 2019
By: Children's Rights
On April 11, 2016 a federal judge ruled that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) had reached all of the mandated milestones to overhaul its foster care system. The state then entered a yearlong hold period, during which it sustained its performance on every measure—the final ...
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July 7, 2020
Brian A. Settlement Agreement
Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Date: Jul. 7, 2020
By: Tennessee Department of Children's Services
The Brian A. lawsuit was filed by Children’s Rights, Inc. in 2000 and settled in 2001. Since that time, the Department of Children's Services worked to fulfill its obligations under the Settlement Agreement and a federal judge removed federal oversight in 2017. *
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July 7, 2020
Bergamaschi et al. v. Cuomo et al
NYCLU
Date: Apr. 3, 2020
By: NYCLU
The New York Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society sued Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to challenge the unconstitutional automatic jailing of people held in New York City jails while waiting for a hearing for alleged parole ...
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July 7, 2020
Remick et al v. City of Philadelphia
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Apr. 20, 2020
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
On April 20, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, and the law firms Kairsy, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg, and Lin LLP and Dechert LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia and the Department of Prisons over the conditions of the city's ...
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July 7, 2020
Alvarez v. La Rose: Otay Mesa Detention Center
National Immigration Project
Date: 2020
By: National Immigration Project
NIPNLG, the ACLU of San Diego, the ACLU, and Ropes & Gray, LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of all persons detained pretrial and post-conviction in US Marshals Service custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center--a facility ...
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July 7, 2020
Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 12, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of seven medically vulnerable people currently held in Adams County Detention Center in Natchez, Mississippi. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order ( ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2020
United States v. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cr-00181 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0003
In January 2016, the defendant was charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California following his arrest. He was arrested on a federal charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism. In March 2016, the defendant was indicted by a grand jury in Sacramento in the Northern District of Illinois for attempting to provide material support to acts of violence overseas. The defendant voluntarily pled guilty in October 2018 subsequent to superseding information filed by the United States Attorney and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 20 years of parole.
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July 6, 2020
Plyler v. Doe
Oyez
Date: Dec. 1, 1981
By: Oyez
A revision to the Texas education laws in 1975 allowed the state to withhold from local school districts state funds for educating children of illegal aliens. This case was decided together with Texas v. Certain Named and Unnamed Alien Child.*
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July 6, 2020
Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe
American Immigration Counsil
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
By: American Immigration Counsil
In June 1982, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. By a 5-4 vote, the Court found that any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented ...
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July 6, 2020
Interview with Mr. Larry Daves
Texas After Violence Project; Human Rights Documentation Initiative
Date: May 28, 2008
By: Texas After Violence Project (University of Texas at Austin)
In Video 1, Larry Daves describes how he and small group of recent University of Texas Law School students first went to Nacogdoches in the early 1970s to assist voter registration efforts in Black communities; the virulent anti-Black racism and poor material conditions the students observed in ...
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July 6, 2020
Plyler v. Doe: The Landmark Maldef Case That Changed Education in America
MALDEF
Date: Dec. 1, 2018
By: MALDEF in History
Every child deserves a fair chance to learn and thrive. That might seem an obvious statement today, but it took years of legal battles fought by MALDEF to ensure that “every” child did not exclude any child – particularly, immigrant children.

After nearly five years of litigation, ...
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July 6, 2020
Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.
mnopedia.org
Date: Nov. 18, 2019
By: Emma Dill
Lois Jenson and her coworkers Patricia S. Kosmach and Kathleen Anderson filed the lawsuit Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co. in 1988, after years of harassment at Eveleth Mines. The case became the first sexual harassment class action tried in US federal court and set a precedent for future harassment ...
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July 6, 2020
Real Women of "North Country"
womenshistory.org
Date: May 6, 2006
By: National Women's History Museum
In April 2006, the Hibbing, Minnesota, chapter of the American Association of University Women held a ceremony honoring the women workers at Eveleth Mines who filed the first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Their story became the basis for the 2005 movie North Country. National Women's ...
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July 6, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 27, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
On March 24, 2020, the ACLU National Prison Project, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the ACLU of Maryland, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition filed Coreas v. Bounds on behalf of immigrants detained at ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Vaughn v. City of Seaside
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 5:99-cv-20462-RMW (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0029
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Doe v. Plyler
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: TY-77-261-CA (E.D. Tex.)
ED-TX-0006
On September 6, 1977, a group of undocumented Mexican immigrant children filed a class action complaint and motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief from a policy in Tyler Independent School District (TISD) requiring undocumented children to pay tuition of $1,000 per school year in order to attend TISD schools. This policy was authorized by a Texas statute (§ 21.031), passed in 1975 in response to concerns about overcrowding in Texas schools due to increased migration from Mexico of both legally present and undocumented immigrants. Plaintiffs, represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), argued that this policy was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that the Texas statute was preempted by the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Judge William W. Justice found the statute to be a violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and found it to be preempted by federal law. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the equal protection holding. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which affirmed on June 15, 1982, holding that undocumented persons are covered by the Equal Protection Clause, and that the Texas statute denying undocumented children access to schools on equal footing with other students could not be justified under any standard of review. 457 U.S. 202.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: Civ. No. 5-88-163 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0087
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
People First of Alabama v. Merrill
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0268
This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs challenged the witness and photo ID requirement, requiring absentee voters to obtain witness or notary signatures, and submit a photocopy of their ID with their ballot. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin enforcement of the Witness and ID requirement and to allow curbside voting during the primary, municipal, and general election in 2020. On June 15, the preliminary injunction was granted in part in favor of the plaintiffs, pertaining to the July 14 primary runoff. The defendants appealed to the Eleventh Circuit; the court denied the defendant’s motion for stay pending appeal on June 25. The defendants then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which granted the stay on July 2. The case is ongoing.
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July 5, 2020
A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Hargett
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 1, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging Tennessee’s strict limitations on who can vote absentee, its criminal penalties to deter people from assisting voters to obtain absentee ballots, and the inability for absentee voters to fix their ballots if they are rejected due to a perceived mismatch with their signature on ...
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July 5, 2020
Lewis v. Hughs
Moritz College of Law
Date: Jun. 26, 2020
By: Election Law at Moritz (The Ohio State University)
The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the following provisions in the context of the current crisis: (1) the requirement that voters pay for the postage to return their early voting ballots by mail (2) the requirement that returned ballots be postmarked no later than 7:00 p.m. on election ...
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July 5, 2020
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld Oral Arguments
Oyez
Date: Apr. 28, 2004
(Oyez)
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/2003/03-6696 (last visited Jul 5, 2020).
The Oyez page for Hamdi v. Rumsfeld offers a variety of information related to the Supreme Court portion of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, including a link to oral arguments.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Thompson v. DeWine
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-02129 (S.D. Ohio)
VR-OH-0085
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Crossey v. Boockvar
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 266-MD-2020 (State Court)
VR-PA-0116
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Bailey v. Andino
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2020-000642 (State Court)
VR-SC-0080
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 4, 2020
Case: Texas V. EEOC
www.naacpldf.org
Date: Feb. 16, 2018
By: NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
In July and August 2017, LDF, along with lawyers at the National Employment Law Project (NELP), Cloutman & Cloutman and Levy Ratner PC, moved to intervene in Texas v. EEOC. This is a pending challenge by Texas to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) 2012 Guidance on the use of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Mays v. Thurston
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-00341 (E.D. Ark.)
VR-AR-0193
This suit was filed against the State of Arkansas by two individual voters and a non-profit organization seeking to waive Arkansas’ Election Day Receipt deadline for the March runoff elections. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order. On March 30, the emergency TRO was denied. On March 31, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Lewis v. Hughs
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 5:20-cv-00577 (W.D. Tex.)
VR-TX-0450
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Hargett
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00374 (M.D. Tenn.)
VR-TN-0070
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
The New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01986 (N.D. Ga.)
VR-GA-0169
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Voto Latino Foundation v. Hobbs
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-05685 (D. Ariz.)
VR-AZ-0056
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
League of Independent Fitness Facilities and Trainers, Inc. v. Whitmer
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. Mich.)
PR-MI-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
SawariMedia LLC v. Whitmer
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-11246 (E.D. Mich.)
VR-MI-0077
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2020
Moran v. Landrum-Johnson
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-13553-CJB-KWR (E.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 2, 2020
Turkmen v. Ashcroft
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 20, 2019
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Turkmen v. Ashcroft (while being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court the case caption briefly changed to Ziglar v. Abbasi) is a civil rights lawsuit filed in 2002 on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up by the INS and FBI in connection with the 9/11 investigation ...
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July 2, 2020
TORRES-SOTO, ET AL. V. WILLIAM BARR, ET AL. Torres-Soto, et al. v. William Barr, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Jun. 6, 2019
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
TORRES-SOTO, ET AL. V. WILLIAM BARR, ET AL.

Federal immigration authorities detained thousands of people each month in Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center and Stewart Detention Center, even though many of these individuals were found eligible for release. Hundreds remained in ...
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July 2, 2020
Torres-Soto v. Barr
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 6, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, and Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s cash bail system that discriminates against people held in Georgia immigration prisons based on their financial status.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2020
Anti Police-Terror Project v. Oakland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-03866 (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0043
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2020
Phansopha v. City of Sacramento
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01229 (E.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0045
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 1, 2020
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: Judicious Balancing at the Intersection of the Executive's Power to Detain and the Citizen-Detainee's Right to Due Process
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
Date: Spring 2005
By: James B. Anderson (Northwestern Faculty)
James B. Anderson, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: Judicious Balancing at the Intersection of the Executive's Power to Detain and the CitizenDetainee's Right to Due Process, 95 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 689 (2004-2005)
In Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the United States Supreme Court held that a
citizen detained by the Government as an enemy combatant is entitled
under due process to a meaningful opportunity to contest the facts
underlying his detention before a neutral decision-maker.2 The Supreme ...
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July 1, 2020
"We Live 24/7 in Hell": Detroit's Wayne County Jail, 1968-76
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/dcc-project/
Date: Jul. 1, 2020
By: Dominic Coschino (University of Michigan Student)
The history of Detroit's Wayne County Jail in the late 1960s and 1970s also includes a much less well known story with lessons for today: the response of radical activists who mobilized against mass incarceration and demanded racial and economic justice. As more poor and black Detroiters flowed ...
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CASE STUDIES
July 1, 2020
""We Live 24/7 in Hell": Detroit's Wayne County Jail, 1968-76"
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/dcc-project/
Date: Jul. 1, 2020
By: Dominic Coschino (University of Michigan Student)
The history of Detroit's Wayne County Jail in the late 1960s and 1970s also includes a much less well known story with lessons for today: the response of radical activists who mobilized against mass incarceration and demanded racial and economic justice. As more poor and black Detroiters flowed ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 1, 2020
Five Percenters v. Moore
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:96-cv-05555 (D.S.C.)
PC-SC-0010
This is a consolidated action of 49 individual cases filed by inmates in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Each inmate was placed in administrative segregation due to their affiliation with the Five Percent Nation of Islam, following increased violence the group was involved with. They brought suit alleging violations of their First and Eighth Amendment rights. The district court granted summary judgment on all issues except the plaintiffs' First Amendment right to be free from defendants' total restriction on literature and granted a preliminary injunction. The parties entered into a settlement agreement which made the preliminary injunction permanent, allowing the plaintiffs access to properly censored Five Percenter literature. The plaintiffs filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit, which which affirmed the district court. The Supreme Court denied certiorari. The case then closed after settling the issue of attorneys' fees
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 1, 2020
Yaser Esam Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:02-cv-439 (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0005
Yaser Esam Hamdi was born in Louisiana but allegedly joined the Taliban at age 20. He was captured alongside enemy forces in Afghanistan in the post-September 11 conflict. His petition for writ of habeas corpus reached the Supreme Court and set a new standard for detaining American citizens alleged to be "enemy combatants." The Supreme Court held that the US government may detain enemy combatants through the powers granted in AUMF, but they must provide them a meaningful opportunity to challenge the detention.
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June 30, 2020
Kennedy v. Esper
Yale Law School
Date: 2019
By: Yale Law School (Yale)
On April 17, 2017, Steve Kennedy and Alicia Carson filed a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of approximately 50,000 less than-Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan-era Army veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related mental health conditions.*
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June 30, 2020
People First of Alabama, et al. v. John Merrill, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: May 1, 2020
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
As elections approached in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state failed to provide safe and accessible voting, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters. The SPLC and its allies filed a federal lawsuit to compel state officials to make absentee and in-person voting more ...
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June 30, 2020
J.B.C.C v. Wolf
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 24, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Oxfam filed the nation’s first legal challenge to the Trump administration’s order restricting immigration at the border based on an unprecedented and unlawful invocation of the Public Health Service Act, located in ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2020
In re Accuracy Concerns Regarding FBI Matters Submitted to the FISC; In re Carter W. Page, a U.S. Person [FISA Dockets Misc. 19-02, 16-1182]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 19-02 (FISC)
NS-DC-0138
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2020
In re Carter W. Page: A U.S. Person [FISA dockets 16-1182, 17-52, 17-375, 17-679]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 16-1182 (FISC)
NS-DC-0127
This entry summarizes the content of the declassified, redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and renewals for surveillance of Carter Page, a foreign policy advisor to the Trump 2016 campaign.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2020
Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:19-cv-01546 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0147
In August 2019, 15 individuals who are currently detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs, as well as two nonprofit groups who advocate for immigrant rights, filed a class action suit against U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for violating their Fifth Amendment rights, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The case is ongoing and is in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs seek injunctive relief and immigration reform. In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the plaintiffs sought emergency relief to obtain protection against the disease. The court granted preliminary injunction on April 20, which the defendants appealed and plaintiffs sought to enforce the injunction.
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June 29, 2020
Thakker, et al. v. Doll, et al.
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Mar. 24, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union Pennsylvania
On March 24, 2020, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project and National Prison Project, and the law firm Dechert LLP filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement arguing that ICE has violated the constitutional rights of 13 people in ...
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June 29, 2020
Alexander et al. v. Mayhew and Prudom
https://www.justiceinaging.org
Date: Dec. 19, 2019
By: Justice in Aging
Mr. Alexander, is partially paralyzed as the result of a back surgery. He cannot bathe, use the bathroom, clean, cook, drive, or maneuver himself in and out of his wheelchair on his own. He lives with his 92 year old mother, who does her best to care for him. He would prefer to remain at home and ...
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June 29, 2020
Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Apr. 24, 2013
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder is a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California brought on behalf of immigration detainees with mental disabilities in Arizona, California, and Washington.

A federal district judge has ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the ...
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June 29, 2020
Catholic Priests and Orthodox Jewish Congregants Sue New York Governor in Federal Court For Civil Rights Violations
The Thomas More Society
Date: Jun. 10, 2020
By: Thomas More Society
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, his Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by two Catholic priests from upstate New York and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants from Brooklyn for violation of civil rights by prejudicial orders and selective ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2020
Soos v. Cuomo
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00651 (N.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0007
When mass protests against police violence were exempted from New York’s COVID-19 gathering restrictions, but congregational worship continued to be prohibited, two Catholic priests and three Orthodox Jews brought this lawsuit, alleging that New York officials were discriminating against people of faith. The court granted a preliminary injunction on June 26, 2020.
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June 28, 2020
Sabata v. Nebraska Department of Corrections et al
aclu.org
Date: Aug. 15, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
COVID-19 summary: On June 10, two Catholic priests and three Orthodox Jews filed this lawsuit against the city and state of New York, alleging that by allowing protests while prohibiting worship, they discriminated against people of faith and violating their constitutional rights. They sought ...
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June 28, 2020
ACLU Sues Governor in CA Supreme Court Over Pandemic Conditions
www.aclusocal.org
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: ACLU of Southern California
It's time for the highest officials in the state to step to their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us — people, including youths, locked up in a way that makes it impossible for the distancing that's the true protection from COVID-19.

Today, the American Civil ...
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June 28, 2020
Planned Parenthood Center for Choice, et al. v. Abbott, et al.
www.reproductiverights.org
Date: Apr. 22, 2020
By: Center for Reproductive Rights
This litigation challenges actions taken by Governor Greg Abbott and other state officials to ensure that patients can continue to access essential, time-sensitive abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. While doctors and nurses in his state worked around the clock to care for patients ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2020
Arizonans for Second Chances v. Hobbs
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: CV-20-0098 (State Court)
VR-AZ-0055
Four political action committees sued the Arizona Secretary of State seeking to allow ballot initiatives to meet Arizona's signature requirement through an online system similar to the method used to gather signatures for political candidates. They alleged the state's disparate treatment of ballot initiative signatures violated the state and national constitutions. On May 13, the Arizona Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs relief.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2020
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. On May 7, 2020, SPLC sought a temporary restraining order in response to COVID-19, and the court partly granted this motion; this case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2020
J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0077
This suit was filed on June 9 by an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation from the United States against various government entities. The plaintiff alleged that the Trump administration’s system which authorizes the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed statutory procedural protections otherwise granted to unaccompanied minor children. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendants from enforcing the new system, and a temporary restraining order (TRO) staying his expulsion scheduled on June 10. On June 24, the TRO was granted pending the plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2020
J.P. v. Educational Testing Services
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-04502 (C.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0037
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 27, 2020
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association et al v. Abbott
ACLU Texas
Date: Apr. 23, 2020
By: ACLU Texas
The ACLU of Texas, along with the Texas Fair Defense Project, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Abbott’s passage of an executive order, GA-13, which unlawfully attempts to remove discretion from ...
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June 27, 2020
Lay v. Goins
ACLU
Date: Jun. 24, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Tennessee, and Dechert LLP filed a lawsuit seeking to make absentee voting available to all eligible Tennessee voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 27, 2020
Mays v. Thomas
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02134 (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0054
This is a 18 U.S.C. § 1983/habeas corpus class action lawsuit brought on behalf of inmates in the Cook County Jail in Chicago in light of over 200 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Jail. Plaintiffs seek release for detainees who are vulnerable because of their underlying medical conditions or age, and transfer to a safer place for detainees exposed to COVID-19. The court issued a temporary restraining order on April 9, 2020. On April 14, 2020, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction which the court granted on April 27, requiring the defendant to implement COVID-19 measures. The defendants appealed to the Seventh Circuit and sought to stay the injunction. On June 19, the Seventh Circuit granted in part the motion to stay the preliminary injunction pending appeal. The injunction was stayed only to the extent that it requires the defendants to put into effect a policy "precluding group housing or double celling of detained persons." The case is ongoing.
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June 27, 2020
Planned Parenthood Center for Choice v. Abbott
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00323 (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0016
On March 25, 2020, Planned Parenthood filed this suit challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's interpretation of Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order. The Attorney General singled out abortion providers and suggested that he believed the provision of nonemergency abortions would violate the Executive Order. On March 30, 2020, the district court issued an order granting plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order, but the Fifth Circuit temporarily stayed the district court's order. On April 20, 2020, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals directed the district court to partially vacate the temporary restraining order and the plaintiffs withdrew their motion for preliminary injunction on April 23. On June 24, the parties submitted a joint stipulation in which the plaintiffs agreed not to seek attorney’s fees other costs or expenses from the defendant, and the defendant agreed not to enforce the March 22 Executive Order until a final non-appealable judgment has been made.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 27, 2020
Flores v. Reno [later Meese, Johnson, Kelly, Sessions]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:85-cv-04544 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0002
This longstanding matter concerns the detention of foreign minors apprehended by immigration authorities. It was filed in the 1980s and settled in 2001. In 2015, C.D. Cal. found that DHS's 2014 family detention policy violated the 2001 settlement, and entered an order to show cause requiring substantial remediation. In 2016, the 9th Cir. largely denied an appeal by the U.S. against C.D. Cal's ruling in favor of plaintiffs. C.D. Cal. continues to order the defendants to comply with the settlement agreement, and defendants continue to appeal these rulings. In September 2019, the district court issued a permanent injunction and the government appealed to the Ninth Circuit in November; the appeal is pending. In March 2020, in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the district court issued an order for the government to promptly dispose of the class members' claims for release to outside sponsors and for the inspection of government facilities to ensure compliance with public health guidelines. The Court issued further orders in April and May of 2020 requiring defendants to comply with the settlement agreement and expressing concern with their compliance. The defendants appealed the orders to the Ninth Circuit on June 23. The case is ongoing.
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June 26, 2020
Reid v. Wetzel
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: ACLU
The ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (DOC) for holding death-sentenced prisoners in permanent, ...
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June 26, 2020
National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (2018)
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Date: August 2018
By: Poverty and Race Research Action Council
On May 8, 2018, alongside other civil rights organizations, PRRAC filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and obligation to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing, for over 900 jurisdictions (the vast majority of ...
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June 26, 2020
Background on NFHA, et. al. v. Carson
National Fair Housing Alliance
Date: August 2018
By: National Fair Housing Alliance
On January 5, 2018, HUD effectively suspended implementation of the agency’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation. It did this by issuing a notice delaying program participants’ submission of their required fair housing plans (known as Assessments of Fair Housing or AFHs) until ...
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June 26, 2020
National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson - Defending Regulation Requiring Jurisdictions to Take Affirmative Steps to Promote Fair Housing
ACLU District of Columbia
Date: August 2019
By: ACLU District of Columbia
In 2015 HUD issued the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule, which requires jurisdictions receiving federal financial aid for housing to account for fair housing issues in their regular planning processes. This means that the jurisdictions would have to actively avoid urban planning ...
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June 26, 2020
Libertarian Party of Illinois v. Pritzker
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02112 (N.D. Ill.)
VR-IL-0133
The Libertarian and Green Parties of Illinois and several of their candidates sued state officials under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. They alleged that enforcing the state's in-person signature requirement for third party ballot access during the COVID-19 pandemic would violate their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights and sought a preliminary injunction. On April 23, the court granted a preliminary injunction permitting ballot access for previously-qualifying new party or independent candidates and loosening the signature requirements for new parties and independent candidates. The defendants appealed the injunction and sought a stay pending appeal, which was denied on June 21. On June 23, a Republican candidate sought to intervene and requested a similar TRO and preliminary injunction for existing candidates as well. The case is ongoing.
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June 26, 2020
Jones v. DeSantis
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0009
In 2018, Florida voters passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to most people with felony convictions, "upon completion of all terms of service." In response, the Legislature and Governor passed Senate Bill 7066, redefining "all terms of service" to include payment of all conviction-related financial obligations. 19 individuals and 3 organizations sued state and county officials, alleging that the new law violated the U.S. Constitution, the Florida Constitution, and the National Voter Registration Act. A preliminary injunction was granted and upheld by the Eleventh Circuit. In May 2020, the district court ruled the law unconstitutional and in violation of the National Voter Registration Act, and granted declaratory and injunctive relief. On appeal, oral arguments will be held in the Eleventh Circuit in August 2020.
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June 26, 2020
Don't Shoot Portland v. City of Portland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00917 (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0002
On June 5, 2020, a non-profit corporation advocating for social and racial justice and individual citizens filed this class action suit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. Plaintiffs sued the City of Portland, alleging that the Portland police violated plaintiffs' First and Fourth Amendment rights by indiscriminately using tear gas against protestors involved in protected speech. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief enjoining Portland police from using tear gas. On June 9, the court granted the TRO and enjoined the defendants from using tear gas. The following week, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint, alleging that the defendants had changed their methods since the TRO, using "less-lethal” weapons against plaintiffs instead, and an additional TRO was issued related to the less-lethal weapons. On June 30, the plaintiffs moved for a finding of contempt and for sanctions against the defendant for non-compliance. They also sought a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
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June 25, 2020
Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: Supreme Court of the United States
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: Vacated in part, reversed in part and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice ...
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June 25, 2020
Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California
Oyez
Date: Jun. 28, 2019
By: Oyez
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adopted a program—known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—to postpone the deportation of undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children and to assign them work permits allowing them to ...
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June 25, 2020
Wilbur v. City of Mount Vernon
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-01100-RSL (W.D. Wash.)
PD-WA-0002
Three indigent persons charged with crimes filed a class action lawsuit in Skagit County Superior Court against the City of Mount Vernon and the City of Burlington alleging defendants failed to provide adequate assistance of counsel. The Cities jointly contracted with two attorneys to handle all public defense assistance cases, and each attorney handled over 1,000 cases per year. The Court found the plaintiffs established their rights were systematically deprived and the Cities were responsible for the deprivation. The Court granted injunctive relief requiring the City of Mount Vernon and City of Burlington re-evaluate their contract for the provision of public defense services and hire one part-time public defense supervisor.
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June 25, 2020
In re Opinions & Orders of this Court Addressing Bulk Collection of Data under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act [FISA Docket Misc. 13-08, FISCR docket 20-1]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 13-08 (FISC)
NS-DC-0026
On June 12, 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIAC) (collectively, "movants") filed a motion in the FISC for release of court records including opinions that address the legal authority for the NSA's bulk telephony metadata program. After various motions surrounding the specific data the movants were seeking and if the movants had standing to bring the case, Judge Rosemary Collyer denied the motion in 2020, saying that while the movants had standing, the First Amendment does not confer an unqualified right to access the material at issue and that this information should remain classified. The movants appealed the decision to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR), but they denied the appeal on jurisdictional grounds in April 2020. The movants could appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but they have not done so as of June 25, 2020.
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June 24, 2020
Karnoski v. Trump
Lambda Legal
Date: Jun. 14, 2019
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal and the Modern Military Association of America (formerly known as OutServe-SLDN and the American Military Partners Association) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. Represented in ...
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June 24, 2020
Knight Institute v. Trump
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Date: May 29, 2020
By: Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
On July 11, 2017, the Knight Institute filed a lawsuit in federal court against President Trump and his aides for blocking seven people from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account based on their criticism of his presidency and policies. *
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June 24, 2020
Police are Attacking Journalists at Protests. We're Suing.
ACLU Minnesota
Date: Jun. 3, 2020
By: Brian Hauss and Teresa Nelson
As people take to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many other Black people who have been killed by police in recent years, journalists have joined them to bear witness. While covering these protests in cities throughout the country, ...
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June 24, 2020
Liborio Ramos v. G4S Secure Solutions (Detainee Transport)
American Civil Liberties Union Northern California
Date: 05/15/2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In July 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding records related to the treatment of immigrants detained by ICE, particularly transportation by contractor G4S Secure Solutions.*
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June 24, 2020
ACLU Foundation of Northern California v. ICE (Detainee Transport)
ACLU Northern California
Date: 07/28/2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on July 10, 2018 demanding records related to the treatment of immigration detainees by ICE, particularly transportation by contractor G4S Secure Solutions.
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June 24, 2020
Lakendra Cook, et al. v. Hal Taylor
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Nov. 19, 2018
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Alabama unlawfully suspended the driver’s licenses of thousands of people unable to pay traffic tickets. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit to stop the state from suspending licenses without considering a person’s ability to pay and finding that the person willfully failed to pay. It also sought ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2020
Roe v. U.S. Dep't of Defense
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01565-LMB-IDD (E.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0141
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00132-GZS (D. Me.)
NS-ME-0001
On Apr. 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island sued CBP under FOIA, for information on the implementation of the travel ban Executive Orders at New England airports. Defendants were unable to consolidate all nationwide ACLU cases in multidistrict litigation. The defendants met their production obligations by the November 30, 2018 deadline, and the parties reached a private settlement agreement in March 2019. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-04105-LB (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0127
On July 10, 2018, the ACLU of Northern California filed this FOIA suit against U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The plaintiff sought records pursuant to a FOIA request about the defendant's use of a contractor to process and transport immigration detainees, some of whom had allegedly suffered injury and death due to the contractor's malfeasance. The plaintiff sought an order from the court that the defendant provide the records. This case was combined with a suit from a private plaintiff alleging mistreatment in ICE and G4S custody in July 2019. Document production appears to be continuing smoothly at a rate of 750 pages per month, but shifting production online due to COVID-19 has yielded some issues in getting documents over to the plaintiff. Document production is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2020
Karnoski v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01297 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0131
On August 2017, transgender individuals, currently serving or hoping to serve in the military, along with civil rights organizations, filed this action against the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs alleged that the federal government's ban on military service by transgender individuals violated their Fifth Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection rights and their First Amendment right to gender expression. On November 23, 2018, Defendants filed in the Supreme Court a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment. The Supreme Court stayed the preliminary injunction until the Ninth Circuit reached a decision on June 14, 2019. The circuit court vacated the order to dissolve the injunction, saying that amendments to the policy in 2018 were enough to warrant a new review of the necessity of the injunction. This remanded the decision to the district court, which is engaged in a protracted discovery dispute on the issue.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2020
Stone v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02459-MJG (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0151
On August 28, 2017, six transgender individuals currently serving in the United States military filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland Maryland contesting the President's ban on transgender service in the U.S. military. Judge Garbis initially granted a motion for a preliminary injunction in September, but this was later stayed in 2019 when the Supreme Court issued a stay of this nationwide injunction in two factually similar cases contesting the ban. This case changed dramatically in 2018 when the government altered its policy on transgender service in the military, eliminating an outright ban and instead putting new guidance on transgender men and women entering the service. Judge Russell, reassigned to the case in 2018, dissolved the preliminary injunction, saying that it was only meant to stay a complete ban on transgender service in the military. This also dismissed all claims against the 2017 outright ban as moot, and removed all plaintiffs that were already in the service and not seeking to join. Discovery is ongoing in the case.
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June 23, 2020
Blumenthal v. Whitaker
Protect Democracy
Date: 2019
By: Protect Democracy
On November 19, 2018, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the ...
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June 23, 2020
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2020
Buchanan v. Trump
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01542 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0015
This lawsuit was filed in response to President Trump's use of chemical weapons on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park. Plaintiffs sued the President, Attorney General William Barr, and other military and law enforcement officials under the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. They also sued under Bivens and the Posse Comitatus Act. The case is ongoing as of June 23, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2020
Williams v. Minneapolis
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 0:20-cv-1303 (D. Minn.)
PN-MN-0006
This class-action alleged that the Minneapolis police used tactics on peaceful protesters that were in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The case arose out of the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd. The plaintiff in this case alleged that a police officer (John Doe 1) used pepper spray on her and her daughter while they were peacefully protesting on the sidewalk. The plaintiff sued under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, claiming that the police violated her right to free speech and free assembly, and that their actions represented excessive force and illegal retaliation. They also launched a Monell complaint, saying that the city is responsible for the police officers' actions. The case is ongoing as of June 23rd, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2020
Goyette v. Minneapolis
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 0:20-cv-01302-WMW-DTS (D. Minn.)
PN-MN-0005
This case, filed on June 2nd, 2020, dealt with the tactics of Minneapolis police amidst the spring and summer protests that erupted nationwide after the police killing of George Floyd. The plaintiff was a freelance journalist who argued that police actions in response to these protests constituted violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. The plaintiff sought class certification that would cover other journalists covering the protests. An amended complaint filed soon after the original added another individual and the Communications Workers of America as plaintiffs, seeking class representative status for them as well. The case is ongoing as of June 23rd, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2020
Blumenthal v. Whitaker
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-02664 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0012
On November 19, 2018, three U.S. Senators (Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Mazie Hirono) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia contesting the nomination of Matthew Whitaker to be acting U.S. Attorney General. They alleged that President Trump's unilateral appointment of Whitaker to serve as acting Attorney General after the resignation of Jeff Sessions without a vote in Congress violated the Constitution's Appointments Clause. The plaintiffs withdrew their suit after William Barr was sworn in as Attorney General on February 14, 2019 through the normal appointment process.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2020
Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00545 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0125
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit in 2018 against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under the Freedom of Information Act. EPIC sought an injunction to access information they requested in an unfulfilled 2016 FOIA request on the use of drones in domestic surveillance. During discovery, EPIC accused DHS of intentionally slowing the search for documents, which led to a court order imposing a deadline for completing document search. DHS complied with the order, and document disclosure and allocation of attorneys fees did not necessitate further court intervention. The case was dismissed on May 12, 2020.
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June 22, 2020
Wolf v. Vidal
SCOTUSblog
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: February 13, 2018, order vacated, November 9, 2017, order affirmed in part, March 29, 20 ...
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June 22, 2020
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Earthjustice
Date: Jun. 8, 2020
By: Earthjustice
The Corps and Dakota Access have filed their final briefs on the question of whether the Dakota Access pipeline should be shut down. The matter is now in the Court’s hands. At this time, no hearing has been scheduled. A decision is anticipated this summer.*
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June 22, 2020
Trump v. NAACP
https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/trump-v-naacp/
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: SCOTUSBlog (SCOUTBlog)
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: Affirmed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 18, 2020 ...
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June 22, 2020
Wilwal v. Kelly
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 13, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union - Minnesota
This case challenges an unlawful search and seizure, as prohibited in the 4th Amendment, and asserts the rights of U.S. citizens—particularly immigrants—traveling across borders.

In March 2015, the Sagal Abdigani and her husband, Abdisalam Wilwal, traveled from their home near ...
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June 22, 2020
Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1)
https://muslimadvocates.org
Date: May 2, 2017
By: Muslim Advocates
In March 2017, Muslim Advocates, in conjunction with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request with DHS, following reports that DHS was—and may continue to—subject travelers who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim (including U.S ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2020
Wilwal v. Kelly
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 0:17-cv-02835 (D. Minn.)
NS-MN-0001
An individual on a terrorist watchlist was stopped by Border Patrol when re-entering the country. He and his family were detained for over ten hours. After the plaintiffs withstood a motion to dismiss from the defendants, the case moved to settlement negotiations. The parties settled for an undisclosed amount, given the national security implications of the subject matter and that the settlement was distributed to minors. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2020
Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01469 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0014
On June 1st, 2020, President Trump and Attorney General Barr ordered military and federal police to attack peaceful protesters using chemical weapons. Protesters were gathered in response to the May 25th killing of George Floyd. The complaint, which eventually sought class certification, claimed that the government's actions represented violations of the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, and constituted conspiracy to deprive rights and failure to prevent conspiracy to deprive rights. Plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief.
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June 22, 2020
Abay v. Denver
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01616-RBJ (D. Colo.)
PN-CO-0003
Alleging violations of the Fourth and First Amendments, plaintiffs brought this class-action in response to police tactics used during the spring and summer protests of 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd. Plaintiffs sought class certification as well as injunctive and monetary relief from the City of Denver. They claimed that the city police used excessive force and violated their rights to free speech and free assembly. Judge R. Brook Jackson granted an initial TRO, but also encouraged the parties to work together to form an agreement. On June 19th, Judge Jackson extended the TRO except insofar as it conflicted with anything that the parties worked out amongst themselves. The case is ongoing as of June 22, 2020.
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June 21, 2020
ACLU, Black Lives Matter - L.A. Sue over Unlawful Curfews
ACLU of Southern California
Date: Jun. 3, 2020
By: ACLU Southern California
LOS ANGELES — Today, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLM-LA) and individual journalists, protesters, and other individuals — the suit challenges the draconian curfews imposed throughout Southern California to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2020
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Abbott
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: D-1-GN-20-002034 (State Court)
CJ-TX-0017
This case is a challenge against the Governor of Texas’ order to limit bail, filed by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and sixteen Harris County Judges. On March 29, Governor Abbott removed the discretion from judges regarding who can receive personal bonds, and banned the use of personal bonds for detainees accused of violent offenses. The plaintiffs alleged that the order discriminated against those unable to afford cash bail and hampered efforts to reduce jail populations during the pandemic. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that the order was unconstitutional, as well as a temporary and permanent injunction prohibiting the defendants from enforcing it. The plaintiffs also sought a TRO (temporary restraining order) to preserve the status quo pending the decision on the validity of the defendant’s order. On April 10, the court granted the TRO. The following day, the defendants filed an appeal to the Texas Supreme court, and the Texas Supreme Court issued a stay on the TRO, reviving Abbott’s order. On April 23, the Texas Supreme Court overturned the district court’s decision, after finding that the judicial plaintiffs lacked standing and therefore lacked subject matter jurisdiction. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2020
Center for Juvenile Law and Policy v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: B305558 (State Court)
JI-CA-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2020
Lay v. Goins
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 20-435-IV (State Court)
VR-TN-0069
This lawsuit was filed by Tennessee voters to ease the application of Tennesse’s voting by mail law during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs alleged that enforcement of the in-person requirement constituted an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote under the Tennessee Constitution. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief, as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining the excuse requirement for the August 6 primary and November 3 general elections, and to expand access to voting by mail for the plaintiffs. Further, the plaintiffs requested an order requiring the defendants to modify the election material and to conduct a public information campaign accordingly. On June 4, the court granted the temporary injunction in favor of the plaintiffs, but unlike other states, Texas was not required to automatically provide absentee ballots to all eligible voters. Instead, the voters were required to apply for an absentee vote. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2020
Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles v. Garcetti
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-04940 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0044
This case challenged curfews in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California. The curfews were issued in response to the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The complaint argued that these curfews were violations of the free speech and free assembly, free movement, and Due Process. It also argued that the San Bernardino curfew violated the Establishment Clause. The complaint sought injunctive and declaratory relief. The case is ongoing as of June 21st, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 20, 2020
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. Executive Office of Immigration Review
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00852 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0072
In March 2020, during the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, immigrant detainees and organizations comprised of immigration attorneys filed this suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued EOIR, ICE, and their directors for violations of statutory and constitutional rights. The plaintiffs challenged defendants' failure to implement a uniform policy suspending in-person court appearances and provide for remote communications. In April, the plaintiffs filed an emergency motion for temporary restraining order, seeking the suspension of in-person court appearances and access to remote communications. The court denied this motion in late April. On June 2, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 20, 2020
High Plains Harvest Church v. Polis
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01480 (D. Colo.)
FA-CO-0009
On May 25, 2020, a small church and its pastor filed this suit against Governor Palis and a Colorado public health official in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. Plaintiffs challenged Colorado's "safer at home" executive orders, which prohibited religious gatherings of more than 10 people, alleging that the orders violated their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest suggesting that the executive orders likely violated plaintiffs' right to the free exercise of religion. Plaintiffs withdrew their request for injunctive relief after the Supreme Court denied an application for similar injunctive relief, and filed an amended complaint on June 10. They also filed a renewed motion for TRO and preliminary injunction, which was denied on June 16. The case is ongoing.
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June 19, 2020
Bostock v. Clayton County
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Oyez
Gerald Bostock, a gay man, began working for Clayton County, Georgia, as a child welfare services coordinator in 2003. During his ten-year career with Clayton County, Bostock received positive performance evaluations and numerous accolades. In 2013, Bostock began participating in a gay recreational ...
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June 19, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Oyez
Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., which is a closely held for-profit corporation that operates several funeral homes in Michigan. For most of her employment at the Funeral Home, Stephens lived and presented as a man. Shortly after she informed ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2020
First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-03287 (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0003
On September 10, 2013, twenty-two organizations filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the National Security Agency ("NSA"), the Department of Justice, and the United States of America, claiming that the government's mass call-tracking program exceeds statutory authority and violates the First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments. The case is pending, though it is stayed pending the outcome of a related case before the Ninth Circuit.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
Regents of University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-05211 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0095
The Regents of the University of California filed this lawsuit challenging DHS's revocation of DACA on September 8, 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs stated that DACA recipients have enabled the nation and the university to greatly benefit from their presence as students and employees at the university. The plaintiffs argued that DHS’ revocation of DACA violates the Fifth Amendment’s Due Process clause and the Administrative Procedure Act. On Jan. 9, 2018, the court ordered a nationwide preliminary injunction, ordering that DACA remain in effect on the same terms and conditions that existed prior to the recession. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court's rulings on Nov. 8, 2018. The defendants petitioned the Supreme Court of the U.S. for a writ of certiorari on Nov. 5 which was granted on July 3, 2019. On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court held that the DACA rescission was subject to judicial review under the APA and that the DHS secretary had offered insufficient justification to rescind the program. The case was remanded and is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01907-CRC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0032
On September 18, 2017, the NAACP sued DHS for ending the DACA program, alleging that rescission violated due process and the APA. Several labor unions joined as co-plaintiffs. On January 18, 2018, the case was consolidated with IM-DC-0028. On April 24, 2018, the Court held that the DHS’ rescission of DACA was arbitrary and capricious, and vacated the DHS decision. In August 2018, the government appealed to the DC Circuit Court, and the District Court granted a limited stay of its April 24, 2018 order as it applies to initial DACA applications and applications for DACA-based advance parole. The defendants later sought certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court, which granted certiorari in this and two other DACA cases. On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court held that the DACA rescission was subject to judicial review under the APA and that the DHS secretary had offered insufficient justification to rescind the program. The case was remanded and is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
Banks v. Booth
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00849 (D.D.C.)
JC-DC-0015
On March 30, 2020, detainees in D.C. jails filed this lawsuit on behalf of all the detainees in D.C. jails in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They sought immediate relief for 1,600-plus detainees at the D.C. jail and its adjacent custodial treatment facility in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, the plaintiffs requested the immediate release of individuals sentenced for misdemeanors, who number nearly 100, immediate appointment of an expert to recommend further releases, and the implementation of 18 precautionary measures in the D.C. Jail. On June 18, the district court granted in part the preliminary injunction and ordered defendants to provide a detailed plan for the review and possible reductions of the DOC population by July 1. On June 18, the district court granted the preliminary injunction in part but refused to order releases. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
Batalla Vidal v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
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. A nationwide injunction was issued, and the defendants petitioned the Supreme Court of the U.S. for a writ of certiorari on Nov. 5 which was granted on July 3, 2019. On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court held that the DACA rescission was subject to judicial review under the APA and that the DHS secretary had offered insufficient justification to rescind the program. The case was remanded and is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
People of the State of New York ex rel. Short v. Capra
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 54815/2020 (State Court)
PC-NY-0083
This is a habeas action filed by inmates in Westchester prisons, seeking the release of medically vulnerable inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic. The petition for habeas corpus was dismissed on May 26, 2020, for a failure to prove deliberate indifference.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2020
Young v. Newton
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00851 (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0017
Four Muslim men incarcerated at Virginia’s Riverside Regional Jail allege that they were discriminated against because of their faith. They allege that jail officials did not allow them to attend religious classes or access religious texts, although inmates of other faiths were allowed such privileges; they were denied adequate nutrition during the month of Ramadan; and they were required to pass arbitrary religiosity tests before receiving meals satisfying religious dietary requirements. They brought suit under the U.S. Constitution, the Virginia Constitution, 42 U.S.C. §§1983 and 2000cc et seq.
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June 17, 2020
Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda
https://www.scotusblog.com/
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch on June 15, 2020. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined ...
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June 17, 2020
Soule et al v. CT Association of Schools et al
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 4, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU will be seeking to join a lawsuit challenging trans-inclusive practices in Connecticut. The lawsuit has been filed against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and multiple school boards and specifically names Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, two transgender student ...
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June 17, 2020
Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools
Alliance Defending Freedom
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
Ever since the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference adopted a policy that allows males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events, boys have consistently deprived Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell of honors and opportunities to compete at elite levels ...
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June 17, 2020
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
SCOTUS Blog
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch on June 15, 2020. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice ...
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June 17, 2020
United States v. Puerto Rico
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-02039 (D.P.R.)
PN-PR-0001
On December 21, 2012, the United States filed suit against the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its police department under 42 U.S.C. § 14141. The Government alleged that the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRDP) violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments by engaging in unlawful patterns or practices. On July 17, 2013, the parties filed a settlement agreement along with a joint motion for dismissal which the court approved. Under the agreement, Puerto Rico is required to hire a Technical Compliance advisor to monitor and report on the departments progress in meeting the goals and requirements of the agreement. The agreement is set to last at least 10 years. On October 7, 2018, the capacity-building period ended and the compliance period began. In August of 2019 the monitor resigned, citing exasperation with the DoJ's lack of care and accusing the defendants of using money meant for police reforms on private attorneys. A new monitor was appointed and he released his first report in March of 2020. Monitoring is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. Abbott
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 5:20-cv-00438-FB (W.D. Tex.)
VR-TX-0449
On April 7, 2020, the Chair of the Texas Democratic Party, the Texas Democratic Party, and individual voters filed this lawsuit in the Western District of Texas in order to secure expanded vote-by-mail in advance of primary election runoffs scheduled for July and the November general election. On May 19, the court granted a preliminary injunction allowing voters to vote by mail, which the defendants appealed. On June 4, the Fifth Circuit stayed the injunction and the case was petitioned to the U.S. Supreme Court. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2020
Rapuano v. Trustees of Dartmouth College
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01070 (D.N.H.)
ED-NH-0001
Seven plaintiffs filed this Title IX class action alleging that Dartmouth employed and retained three professors that the institution knew had sexually harassed and assaulted students. They requested declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The parties released a preliminary settlement agreement guaranteeing compensation to any class member on September 10, 2019, and it was preliminarily approved on September 25. The final settlement has yet to be approved, and notification of the class is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2020
Pitney v. City of Chester
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-00799-PD (E.D. Pa.)
PN-PA-0019
This is a class action lawsuit about Chester, Pennsylvania’s police policy allowing officers to strip-search anyone arrested, regardless of whether there is a suspicion that the arrestee is concealing drugs or weapons. Alleging that the city’s policy was a violation of his rights under Pennsylvania law and the United States Constitution, the plaintiff filed this suit as an individual on February 25, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. In May 2020, he expanded his complaint to seek class certification for all people similarly arrested from 1995 onward.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2020
Saravia v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-03615-VC (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0109
This class action, filed in June 2017, was brought by a parent on behalf of her minor child, and others similarly situated, for arrest and detention by ICE without cause. On Nov. 20, the Court granted a preliminary injunction and provisionally certified the class. The government appealed the order on Jan. 19, 2018 in the Ninth Circuit, which upheld the preliminary injunction. The parties entered mediation in March 2019, and reached a private settlement agreement on December 9, 2019. The case is closed.
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June 16, 2020
Manker v. Spencer
Yale Law School
Date: Mar. 2, 2018
By: Yale Law School
On March 2, 2018, Tyson Manker and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR) filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of less-than-Honorably discharged Navy and Marine Corps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions from the Iraq ...
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June 16, 2020
Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court, SJC-12926
Mass.gov (Mass. Supreme Judicial Court)
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
The SJC Clerk for the Commonwealth posts recently entered cases and orders.*
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June 16, 2020
IN RE C.Z.
Juvenile Law Center
Date: Apr. 1, 2020
By: Juvenile Law Center
Detention centers, jails, and other congregate care facilities are breeding grounds for the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. For the safety of youth, staff and community, children who can be safely released to family should be sent home—with supports as needed—and others should be sent to ...
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June 16, 2020
Gary B. v. Snyder
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-13292-SJM-APP (E.D. Mich.)
ED-MI-0006
On September 13, 2016, seven students at five of Detroit’s lowest performing schools, filed a federal class action suit against Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and state education officials for denying their constitutional right to literacy. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants violated the Constitution and federal civil rights laws by functionally excluding plaintiffs from Michigan’s statewide system of public education, exposing plaintiffs to dangerous conditions at schools and in fact harming them, and intentionally discriminating the plaintiffs based on their race. Lastly, the plaintiffs alleged defendant's violation of Title VI when the defendants utilized criteria or methods of administration which have the effect of subjecting individuals to discrimination because of the plaintiffs' race. Plaintiffs are seeking an order from the federal court that would make the State of Michigan provide the plaintiffs' class appropriate, evidence-based literacy instruction at all grade levels and repair of physical school conditions. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss on November 17, 2016. The court granted the defendants' motion on July 27, 2018. The plaintiffs appealed to the Sixth Circuit, which reversed the district court on April 23, 2020 and found a fundamental right to a basic minimum education under the Constitution. Subsequently, the state and the plaintiffs reached a settlement on May 14, which provided for funding for literacy-related programs in Detroit and across the state as well as the creation of two committees to advise the Governor on education reform in Michigan. The Sixth Circuit voted to rehear the case en banc on May 19, vacating the April 23 opinion. Plaintiffs moved to dismiss given the successful settlement, and the case was dismissed on June 11. The Sixth Circuit opinion remains vacated, but the settlement is in force.
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June 16, 2020
U.S. v. Daoud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cr-00723 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0002
In 2012, the government initiated criminal prosecution of Adel Daoud in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The government charged Daoud with attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of explosion. In 2013, the government added the charge of soliciting a crime of violence, murder for hire, and witness tampering. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit addressed the tension between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the evidentiary investigation required by the test laid out in Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), for determining the legality of a warrant. The Seventh Circuit reversed the order on June 16, 2014; the defendant appealed the decision to the Supreme Court but cert was denied on February 23, 2015. The underlying criminal case continues.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 16, 2020
In re: National Security Letter, Under Seal v. Holder (Sealed)
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-01165-SI (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0014
In 1986, Congress empowered the FBI to issue an administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter (NSL) as part of authorized investigations to protect against international terrorism and clandestine intelligence activities. In 2011, two NSL recipients challenged the NSLs as unconstitutional in the North District of California. The district court issued two conflicting rulings on the NSL statute, and the cases were appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Changes to the USA PATRIOT Act remanded these cases for further review, and the District Court found the nondisclosure provisions constitutional for certain NSLs and not for others. The Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's ruling, and it was not appealed further. The case is closed.
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June 15, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
SCOTUSblog
Date: 05/11/2018
By: SCOTUSblog
Petition GRANTED limited to the following question: Whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on (1) their status as transgender or (2) sex stereotyping under Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U. S. 228 (1989).

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June 15, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Berks County Abruptly Empties Men’s Community Reentry Center Rather Than Provide Incarcerated Women With Equal Access
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
Date: Nov. 11, 2019
By: Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
In a severe step backward for gender equality and reentry services for incarcerated people, the Berks County Commissioners abruptly emptied the Berks County Community Reentry Center (CRC), which provided rehabilitation and reentry services to incarcerated men with the lowest-risk status. This was a ...
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June 15, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC & Aimee Stephens
ACLU
Date: 1/26/2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
From the ACLU: "Aimee Stephens had worked for nearly six years as a funeral director at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes when she informed the funeral home’s owner that she is a transgender woman. She was fired, the EEOC sued on her behalf, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ...
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June 15, 2020
Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
Date: Dec. 9, 2019
By: Office of the Inspector General: U.S. Department of Justice
The Department of Justice (Department) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) undertook this review to examine certain actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department during an FBI investigation opened on July 31, 2016, known as "Crossfire Hurricane," into whether individuals ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Swain v. Junior
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-21457 (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0025
On April 4, 2020 individuals detained in Miami-Dade County jails filed a class action complaint in the Southern District of Florida, seeking habeas, injunctive, and declaratory relief due to the risk that COVID-19 posed to detainees. They obtained a TRO that required the County to take precautions to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in the Metro West facility, and the court granted the preliminary injunction in part. The defendants appealed to the Eleventh Circuit, and the Eleventh Circuit vacated the preliminary injunction on June 15. A jury trial is scheduled for March 1, 2021.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Gumns v. Edwards
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00231-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0020
This class action challenges Louisiana's treatment of people in jail and prison who test positive for COVID-19, specifically the policy of transferring both pre-trial and post-conviction patients to the previously-closed Camp J at Angola Prison. On May 15, the court denied the emergency motion for a temporary restraining order, and the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case on June 1. The court dismissed the case without prejudice on June 11.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-02731 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0162
On April 20, 2020, seven individuals detained at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility (MVDF) and the Yuba County Jail (YCJ) filed a class-action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeking immediate release from unsafe conditions of the jail in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief for release of detainees in order to maintain a number of detainees for social distancing and prohibition against placing plaintiff class members into solitary confinement as a means of achieving social distancing. The court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification and motion for a temporary restraining order, requiring ICE to provide information and access to detainees to facilitate a process of considering bail requests. On June 9, the court granted the motion for preliminary injunction and ordered the defendants to maintain the status quo while the case is pending. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Burgess v. United States
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-11218-LVP-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0020
A group of over 1700 plaintiffs led by a Flint homeowner filed a Federal Tort Claims Act action against the EPA in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on April 18, 2017. Judge Linda V. Walker found that the EPA's actions and lack of actions taken during the Flint Water Crisis did not fall under the discretionary function exception to liability of the FTCA, and issued an opinion on April 18, 2019 ordering that the case move forward. After consolidating this case with several others in March 2020, Judge Walker appointed Deborah Greenspan as a special master for the consolidated cases. The plaintiffs seek $722.4 million dollars in personal and property damages. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Valentine v. Collier
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-01115 (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0025
The district court granted a preliminary injunction for COVID-19 mitigating measures in a geriatric prison run by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, but the Fifth Circuit stayed that injunction as premature and overbroad. On June 5, the Fifth Circuit vacated the preliminary injunction, noting that the defendant had substantially complied with the measures required by the injunction. The court granted class certification on June 27 and denied to dismiss the case on July 2. The trial on the permanent injunction is scheduled for July 13.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2020
Lucero-Gonzalez v. Kline
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00901-DJH-DMF (D. Ariz.)
JC-AZ-0015
On May 8, 2020, five detainees with high-risk medical conditions held at the Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex (CAFCC) filed a class-action habeas action against the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiffs alleged failure to implement basic social distancing and hygiene measures, failure to disclose positive cases of COVID-19, and denial of emergency grievance requests from detainees, and therefore that current confinement conditions exposed detainees to unreasonable risks of contracting COVID-19 in violation of their Eighth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief and/or a writ of habeas corpus requiring social distancing and hygiene measures requiring an independent rule 706 expert to review existing health and safety policies at Corecivic within 48 hours of Court’s order, and if needed, enforce expert-recommended safety procedures. The TRO and preliminary injunction were denied as it was sought without notice to the defendant on May 11, and again on June 2 for failure to satisfy the deliberate indifference requirement. The plaintiffs sought partial reconsideration on June 16. The case is ongoing.
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June 14, 2020
Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: February 24, 2020
By: ACLU
The ACLU and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, representing the Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia Family Pride, intervened in a lawsuit brought by a taxpayer-funded government-contracted foster care agency claiming a constitutional right to discriminate against prospective foster families ...
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June 14, 2020
Costa v. Bazron - Challenging Conditions at St. Elizabeths Hospital During Month-Long Water OUtage and COVID-19 Crisis
ACLU District of Columbia
Date: October 23, 2019
By: ACLU District of Columbia
This case challenges the failure of the District of Columbia government to protect some of its most vulnerable patients from back-to-back crises at their treatment facility: first, an extended water outage in the fall of 2019, and second, the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.
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June 14, 2020
Championing the Rights of People with Serious Medical Needs in Immigration Detention
The Journal of PLI Press
Date: 2020
By: Laura F. Redman
There is a human rights crisis in immigration detention facilities across this country. People in immigration detention live in deplorable conditions that endanger their health, including those that are confined to county jails that contract with the United States Immigration and Customs ...
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June 13, 2020
Ability to Pay, Division Fees, Due Process, Equal Protection, Right to Counsel
Fines & Fees Justice Center
Date: Jun. 18, 2019
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
This case challenges a marijuana diversion program operated by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MACO). Arizona is the only state in the country where possession of any amount of marijuana can be charged as a felony. To avoid criminal prosecution, defendants in Maricopa County are offered a ...
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June 13, 2020
Pittsburgh Airport Forfeiture
https://ij.org
Date: Mar. 4, 2020
By: Institute for Justice
Retired railroad engineer Terry Rolin’s life savings were seized by the government, but he hasn’t been charged with any crime. Terry saved up cash and kept it in his Pittsburgh home over many years. But when he moved out of his old house into a new, smaller apartment he didn’t feel safe ...
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June 13, 2020
Samma v. Department of Defense - Lawsuit Challenging Police Denying U.S. Military Service Members Expedited Path to Citizenship
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Jun. 8, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In April 2020, the ACLU, ACLU of Southern California, and ACLU of District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of military service members challenging a 2017 Trump administration policy blocking their expedited path to citizenship.*
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June 13, 2020
Hightower v. City of Grand Rapids
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 27, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project filed a federal lawsuit in May of 2013, on behalf of Plaintiffs Gilbert Weber and Tyrone Hightower, challenging the Grand Rapids Police Department's longstanding practice of arresting innocent people for ...
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June 12, 2020
Grace v. Barr
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
(American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the ACLU of Texas, and the ACLU of D.C. filed a federal lawsuit in August 2018 challenging the Trump administration’s gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.

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June 11, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds: COVID19 Habeas Petition
National Immigration Project
Date: 2020
By: National Immigration Project
As the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens, ICE continues to detain immigrants at the highest risk of severe COVID-19-related illness or death. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have begun to appear in detention facilities around the country. This litigation seeks urgent action including immediate release of ...
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June 11, 2020
Karl Taylor Died in a New York Prison. Now the State Has Agreed to Pay Millions.
The Marshall Project
Date: Feb. 28, 2020
By: Tom Robbins
In life, Karl Taylor never found his way. A high-school dropout hobbled by mental problems, he labored as a truck driver and kitchen helper in his hometown of Troy, New York, until a rape conviction sent him to prison for up to 55 years. Behind bars, his slippery grip on reality steadily worsened ...
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June 11, 2020
Why is Karl Taylor Dead?
The Marshall Project
Date: Nov. 27, 2018
By: Tom Robbins
On the morning of April 13, 2015, a guard at Sullivan Correctional Facility, a New York State maximum-security prison nestled deep in the woods of the western Catskills, ordered a prisoner named Karl Taylor to clean his cell. By all accounts, the cell, in the prison’s E North housing block—a ...
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June 11, 2020
Hepatitis C Litigation: Healing Inmates as a Public Health Strategy
Social Science Research Network
Date: Apr. 4, 2020
By: Robert Katz (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Faculty)
Curing people of infectious diseases has the side-benefit of protecting uninfected persons from infection. A prime example of this is when inmates are cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), long regarded as the most lethal infectious disease in the United States. HCV is more prevalent in prisons ...
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June 11, 2020
Unconstitutional Debtors' Prison Lawsuit: Santa Fe and Hitchcock
ACLU of Texas
Date: Nov. 3, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Texas’ lawsuit asks the court to protect individuals from being jailed for non-jailable offenses solely because they could not afford a payment. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the police from jailing people who haven’t received a hearing or access to a lawyer. The lawsuit also ...
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June 11, 2020
Torres v. Milusnic
https://www.aclusocal.org
Date: May 16, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
More than 900 people incarcerated in Lompoc have tested positive for the virus — that’s more than 65% of positive tests in all of Santa Barbara County where the prison facilities are located.

While the rest of California took extraordinary measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, ...
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June 10, 2020
Feds Give Chester Housing Authority High Marks in Agency’s First Year of Independence from Court Oversight
Chester Housing Authority
Date: Dec. 1, 2015
By: Ceisler Media
In its first review of the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) since the agency emerged from 20 years of Federal court oversight at the beginning of 2014, the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says CHA is operating its public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs extremely well ...
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June 10, 2020
Negotiating the (legal) right to the city: Public housing demolition and the federal courts in two postindustrial U.S. cities
Taylor & Francis Online
Date: Nov. 23, 2016
By: John N. Robinson III (Northwestern University Faculty)
Public housing reform has fostered widespread revitalization in American cities. Courts have been critical to this process, but so far urban scholars have not yet closely analyzed this role. This article illuminates how courts participated in reform, sometimes empowering and at other times ...
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June 10, 2020
Pen America v. Trump
PEN America
Date: Oct. 16, 2018
By: Jennifer Egan and Suzanne Nossel
Today PEN America, represented by the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy and the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The suit seeks to stop President Trump from using the ...
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June 10, 2020
Gill v. DOJ - Challenge to Government's Suspicious Activity Reporting Program
Date: Jul. 11, 2014
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of California, the ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and the law firm Bingham McCutchen have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's Suspicious Activity Reporting program — a vast expansion of the federal government's domestic intelligence network ...
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June 9, 2020
Dada v. Witte
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Dada v. ICE is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 17 medically vulnerable people currently held in five different immigration detention centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary ...
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June 9, 2020
The Strange Career of the Civil Rights Division's Commitment to Brown
Yale Law Journal
Date: May 1984
By: David L. Norman
93 Yale L.J. (1984)
Dada v. ICE is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 17 medically vulnerable people currently held in five different immigration detention centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 9, 2020
"The Segregation Academy and the Law"
Journal of Negro Education
Date: Winter 1973
By: Anthony M. Champagne (University of Illinois Faculty)
Journal of Negro Education Vol. 42, No. 1 (Winter, 1973), pp. 58-66
A case study of one private school which functions as a segregation academy'' was done in order to learn more about what segregation academies are, how they operate, and how they relate to the community.*
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June 9, 2020
Movement-Countermovement Dynamics and the Emergence of New Institutions: The Case of "White Flight" Schools in Mississippi
Social Forces
Date: March 2002
By: Kenneth T. Andrews (Harvard University Faculty)
Social Forces Vol. 80, No. 3 (Mar., 2002), pp. 911-936
This article examines the foundation of private segregationist academies that emerged throughout the U.S. South in the wake of court-ordered desegregation. I focus on the state of Mississippi where private academies grew dramatically from 1969 to 1971. I provide an analytic history of civil-rights ...
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June 7, 2020
NOLA Jail Monitors
http://www.nolajailmonitors.org
Date: Oct. 21, 2013
By: Orleans Parish Jail Monitors
Welcome to the website of the Independent Monitors for the litigation LASHAWN JONES,et. al. and the United States of America v. Marlin Gusman, Sheriff (Civil Action No. 2:12-cv-00859). This website is intended to provide up-to-date information on the status of this matter.

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June 7, 2020
Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA
https://policy.wikimedia.org
Date: May 30, 2019
By: Wikimedia Foundation
On March 10, 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects, filed suit against the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), among others. The Foundation and its eight co-plaintiffs are represented ...
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June 7, 2020
Wikimedia v. NSA - Challenge to Upstream Surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 6, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In March 2015, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ international Internet communications. At issue is the NSA’s “Upstream” surveillance, through which the U.S. government monitors almost all international – ...
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June 7, 2020
Belton v. Gautreaux
https://ccrjustice.org/
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Belton v. Gautreaux is a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of people imprisoned at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Louisiana. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) seek the immediate release of a subclass of people who are particularly medically ...
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June 7, 2020
Brown v. Lexington County, et al
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Jul. 22, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In the latest front in the nationwide fight against debtors' prisons, on June 1, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina, without a hearing or representation by counsel ...
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June 7, 2020
Edwards v. Cofield
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 18, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging Randolph County, Alabama’s practice of using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. The practice perpetuates a two-tiered and unconstitutional wealth-based incarceration system. In the state of Alabama in ...
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June 7, 2020
Doe v. Mattis - Challenge to Detention of American by U.S. Military Abroad
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 29, 2018
By: ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
On October 5, 2017, the ACLU Foundation filed a habeas corpus petition on behalf of a U.S. citizen unlawfully detained by the U.S. military in Iraq as an “enemy combatant” for allegedly being an ISIS fighter in Syria. He had been detained since approximately September 14 of that year. On ...
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June 7, 2020
James Madison Project et al v. Department of Homeland Security
http://foiaproject.org/
Date: Apr. 19, 2019
By: The FOIA Project
The James Madison Project and Daily Beast reporters Noah Shachtman and Betsy Woodruff submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Safety Administration, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for records concerning instructions for implementing the ...
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June 7, 2020
Kashem, et al. v. Barr, et al. - ACLU Challenge to Government No Fly List
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Mar. 13, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In June 2010, we filed a legal challenge on behalf of ten U.S. citizens and permanent residents who could not fly to or from the U.S. or over American airspace because they are on the government’s secretive No Fly List. (An additional three people later joined the suit.) These plaintiffs were ...
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June 6, 2020
Johnson v. Jessup
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 30, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of North Carolina, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and Southern Coalition for Social Justice are suing the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for indefinitely revoking driver’s licenses of people who cannot afford to pay traffic ...
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June 6, 2020
Southern Poverty Law Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al.
https://www.splcenter.org
Date: May 7, 2020
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Constitution by blocking immigrants in isolated civil immigration prisons from accessing lawyers, the SPLC filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the agency and other high-level federal officials.*
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June 5, 2020
Press Release: Following Court Victory for Iraqi and Afghan U.S. Allies, Government Submits Plan to Process Thousands of Delayed SIV Applicants
https://refugeerights.org/
Date: May 22, 2020
By: International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the government and plaintiffs submitted a proposed joint plan to address the delayed applications of an estimated 10,000 Afghans and Iraqis who supported U.S. missions in their home countries and came under threat as a result. This was in response to a court order in ...
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June 4, 2020
Ayo v. Dunn
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Aug. 7, 2017
By: ACLU
For years, people arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish who appeared before Judge Trudy White have been jailed unless they pay a $525 fee to a private corporation called Rehabilitation Home Incarceration (“RHI”). This fee is paid by each person for their own pre-trial release. This fee is paid in ...
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June 3, 2020
Knight Institute v. DHS
https://knightcolumbia.org/
Date: Sep. 23, 2019
By: Knight First Amendment Institute at Colombia University
On October 4, 2017, the Knight Institute filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking records relating to the government’s ideological screening of immigrants and visitors.*
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June 2, 2020
Color of Change v. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Oct. 20, 2016
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
In July 2016, Color of Change (COC) and CCR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeking information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the surveillance and monitoring of Movement for Black Lives (MBL) protestors and ...
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June 2, 2020
Detroit Civil Forfeiture
Institute for Justice
Date: Feb. 5, 2020
By: Institute for Justice
Wayne County routinely seizes vehicles on the thinnest of pretenses—such as a car’s presence in a neighborhood known for prostitution. Without arresting anyone, officers take the car on the spot, leaving its driver on the side of the road. Without bringing criminal charges, prosecutors then put ...
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June 2, 2020
Thompson v. Alabama
CLC
Date: Dec. 3, 2019
By: CLC (Campaign Legal Center (CLC))
Alabama prevents some people from ever voting again even after they have fully served their sentence while others are only able to restore their rights if they comply with a burdensome process. Alabama is one of 11 other states that restrict voting rights even after a person has served his or her ...
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May 31, 2020
Collins v. City of Milwaukee
ACLU
Date: Jul. 19, 2019
By: ACLU
This resource is the ACLU case description and update page.*
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May 31, 2020
Reproductive Freedom on the Docket
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
Date: May 15, 2019 - ongoing
By: ACLU Ohio
On April 10, 2019 the Ohio Legislature passed Senate Bill 23, called the “Heartbeat Bill,” and Governor DeWine signed the bill into law on April 11. The bill, effectively a total ban on abortion, was scheduled to take effect on July 10, 2019. The ban criminalizes abortion after a fetal ...
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May 31, 2020
Parsons v. Ryan
Arizona American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 1, 2020
By: Arizona American Civil Liberties Union
Attorneys for Arizona prison inmates have filed an emergency motion in federal court asking a judge to order the Department of Corrections to immediately work with an independent medical expert to develop and implement a plan to prevent and management a coronavirus outbreak.*
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May 31, 2020
Parsons v. Ryan
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 22, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The court, finding that “wide-spread and systemic failures remain,” held Arizona prison officials in contempt, and imposed fines of more than $1.4 million.*
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May 30, 2020
Superintendent Letter on Current Practices
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Date: Aug. 30, 2017
By: Amy Maisterra (District of Columbia Schools)
The Superintendent's letter to colleagues noted the progress made in providing services to children with disabilities, but also noted that additional work was needed to identify disabled children and provide additional services.*
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May 28, 2020
Edwards v. Leaders in Community Alternatives
https://equaljusticeunderlaw.org/
Date: Jul. 31, 2018
By: Equal Justice Under Law
Private e-carceration, euphemistically known as “electronic monitoring,” involves a private company acting under a court order to strap one or more monitoring devices onto a person’s ankle that record their every movement. The company charges the wearer as much as $25 (or more) for each day ...
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May 28, 2020
League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections
https://acluva.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: ACLU of Virginia
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia filed a federal lawsuit challenging Virginia’s “witness requirement.” Under Virginia law, any voter who submits an absentee ballot by mail must open the envelope containing the ballot in front of ...
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May 28, 2020
League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: May 5, 2020
By: ACLU
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia filed a federal lawsuit on April 17, 2020, challenging Virginia’s “witness requirement.” Under Virginia law, any voter who submits an absentee ballot by mail must open the envelope containing the ballot ...
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May 28, 2020
Thomas v. Andino
ACLU of South Carolina
By: ACLU of South Carolina
ACLU's case page: "On April 22, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Carolina, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a federal lawsuit over South Carolina’s failure to take action to ensure all eligible voters can vote by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic — even ...
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May 24, 2020
Hamblen County, TN: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 22, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The Hamblen County money bail system traps poor people in jail because they cannot afford to purchase their release. The judge and judicial commissioners in Hamblen County routinely impose unaffordable money bail amounts — sometimes in amounts as high as $1 million. In a county where one in five ...
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May 20, 2020
Little Rock Family Planning Services, et. al v. Rutledge, et. al
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Jun. 29, 2019
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging three new Arkansas laws that would, individually and together, severely restrict abortion rights in the state. These laws would ban abortion care starting at 18 weeks of pregnancy, ban abortion based on the woman’s reason for her ...
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May 20, 2020
ADF lawsuit prompts KS governor to issue new order that no longer targets churches
http://www.adfmedia.org/
Date: Apr. 30, 2020
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
A provision of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s COVID-19 mass gathering ban unconstitutionally treated religious congregations different from many secular gatherings.*
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May 18, 2020
McPherson et al v. Lamont et al
Date: Apr. 20, 2020
(American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union summarized the key players and case against the Connecticut Department of Corrections regarding safety and hygiene protocols for those in prisons and jails. *
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May 18, 2020
ACLU Sues to Protect People Incarcerated in a Private Prison from COVID-19
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: May 8, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and law firm Perkins Coie LLP filed a federal lawsuit today against the warden of a private prison run by CoreCivic, the United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Prisons. The suit demanded that the defendants ensure that the facility ...
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May 17, 2020
ACLU and Denver Civil Rights Attorneys File Class Action Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Weld County Sheriff
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
Date: April 8, 2020
By: ACLU of Colorado
A team of ACLU and civil rights attorneys filed a class action lawsuit last night in federal court, seeking an emergency order to compel Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines – including physical distancing – for all high-risk people being held in the ...
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May 17, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. Abbott
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 11, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging Texas’s strict limitations on who can vote absentee even during the pendency of the COVID-19 crisis, which force voters to choose between jeopardizing their health by voting in person or not voting at all.*
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May 16, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. DeBeauvoir
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, and Texas Civil Rights Project joined a lawsuit on April 1, 2020, seeking to declare that under Texas law all registered voters qualify to request a mail-in ballot as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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May 13, 2020
Gary B. v. Snyder
Right to Literacy Detroit
Date: 2016
By: Right to Literacy Detroit
Gary B. v. Snyder is the first federal case in the nation to seek to vindicate the right of all students to access to literacy, no matter their zip code. The case has been filed by Public Counsel and Sidley Austin LLP on behalf of a class of Detroit students who have been deprived of access to ...
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May 12, 2020
Civil Rights Lawyers File Complaint Against State Officials Over COVID-19 Outbreaks in Arkansas State Prisons
https://www.acluarkansas.org/
Date: Apr. 21, 2020
By: ACLU of Arkansas
LITTLE ROCK – Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the law firm Squire Patton Boggs, Disability Rights Arkansas, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and attorney Laura Fernandez filed an emergency complaint and request for temporary restraining order against ...
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May 12, 2020
Frazier v. Kelley: LDF Files Complaint against Arkansas Officials Allowing COVID-19 to Decimate Prisons
https://www.naacpldf.org/
Date: May 4, 2020
By: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF)
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), ACLU of Arkansas, Disability Rights Arkansas, and law firm Squire Patton Boggs filed an emergency complaint against Governor Asa Hutchinson over outbreaks of COVID-19 within Arkansas’ state prisons, which disproportionately incarcerate ...
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May 12, 2020
Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings (Immigration Detention)
https://www.aclunc.org/
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: ACLU of Northern California
On April 20th, 2020, immigrants detained at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility and the Yuba County Jail filed a class action lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), asking the federal district court to order the immediate release of detainees from fundamentally unsafe conditions ...
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May 12, 2020
Robinson, et al. v. Marshall, et al.
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: May 31, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Alabama, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a lawsuit challenging an extreme law that bans abortion in nearly every case and punishes doctors with up to 99 years in prison for providing care.

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May 11, 2020
‘Ineptitude and Indifference’: Class Action Filed Over Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Handling of COVID-19 Outbreak
ClassAction.org
Date: Apr. 28, 2020
By: Corrado Rizzi
The Metropolitan Correctional Center has been hit with a class-action lawsuit over its allegedly "delayed and patently inadequate response" to the COVID-19 pandemic.*
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May 9, 2020
People Incarcerated in Riverside County Jails Seek Federal Court Action to Address COVID-19
Prison Law Office
Date: April 16, 2020
By: Prison Law Office
On April 6, 2020, the Prison Law Office filed an emergency motion in federal court to force the Riverside County jails to institute physical distancing for all people living in the jails and provide appropriate hygiene supplies to disinfect and protect against the spread of COVID-19.*
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May 9, 2020
Gray v. County of Riverside
Prison Law Office
Date: Not available
By: Prison Law Office
In 2013, the Prison Law Office and co-counsel filed a lawsuit challenging unconstitutional medical and mental health care in the Riverside County Jail.*
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May 9, 2020
Calderon v. Nielsen
ACLUM
Date: Jan. 1, 2018
By: ACLUM
Lilian Calderon, 30 years old, is a Guatemalan immigrant and mother of two was brought to the U.S. when she was three years old. In January 2018, Calderon and her husband visited U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) near their home in Rhode Island to take the first step towards ...
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May 9, 2020
Calderon v. Nielsen
RIACLU
Date: 2018
By: RIACLU
This is a petition for writ of habeas corpus on behalf of ICE detainee Lilian Calderon, 30, a Rhode Islander and Guatemalan immigrant mother of two who came to the U.S. when she was 3.*
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May 7, 2020
Sanchez et al v. Dallas County Sheriff et al
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 13, 2020
By: ACLU
Decarceration has always been an emergency, a life and death proposition, but COVID-19 makes this effort intensely urgent. The ACLU has been working with our partners to litigate for the rights of those who are incarcerated and cannot protect themselves because of the policies of the institutions ...
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May 5, 2020
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al. v. Mayor Bloomberg, et al.
https://dralegal.org/
Date: 3/6/2015
By: Disability Rights Advocates
This federal class action lawsuit was filed in September of 2011. More than a decade after 9/11, New Yorkers with disabilities continued to face disproportionate risks of catastrophic harm and death during disasters – as Hurricanes Irene had shown, and as Sandy soon demonstrated. The class of 900, ...
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April 27, 2020
Celimen Savino, et al. v. Souza
https://law.yale.edu/
Date: Mar. 27, 2020
By: Yale Law School
On March 27, 2020, Maria Alejandra Celimen Savino and Julio Cesar Medeiros Neves, two immigrants detained at Bristol County House of Corrections, filed suit on behalf of themselves and a proposed class of all other persons held by ICE at Bristol. The suit seeks the emergency release of each member ...
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April 23, 2020
Graham et al. v. Allegheny County
https://www.aclupa.org/
Date: Apr. 7, 2020
By: ACLU of Pennsylvania
On April 7, 2020, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, Abolitionist Law Center, Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, and the law firm Dechert LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of three people detained at the Allegheny County Jail, arguing that conditions at the jail increase the likelihood ...
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April 22, 2020
Alasaad V. McAleenan: Challenge to Warrantless Phone and Laptop Searches at U.S. Border
https://www.aclu.org/cases/alasaad-v-mcaleenan-challenge-warrantless-phone-and-laptop-searches-us-border
Date: 09/13/2017
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the ACLU of Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of 11 travelers whose smartphones and laptops were searched without warrants at the U.S. border.*
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April 21, 2020
Fraihat v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
CREEC
Date: Aug. 19, 2019
By: CREEC
A nationwide class-action lawsuit was filed August 19th, 2019 against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and others acting in their official capacities. The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s failure to ensure detained ...
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April 21, 2020
Malam v. Adducci
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 13, 2020
By: ACLU
On April 5, 2020, the ACLU National Prison Project, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, and ACLU of Michigan filed Malam v. Adducci et al in the Eastern District of Michigan on behalf of immigrants detained at the Calhoun County Correctional Center.

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April 21, 2020
Vazquez Barrera et al v. Wolf et al
https://www.aclutx.org/
Date: Apr. 8, 2020
By: ACLU of Texas
The ACLU of Texas, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and ACLU National filed a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials on behalf of four immigrants detained in Conroe, Texas at the ICE Montgomery Processing Center (MPC) ...
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April 21, 2020
Officials Link 7 Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin to In-Person Voting
Time
Date: Apr 2020
By: Associated Press
Associated Press, "Officials Link 7 Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin to In-Person Voting," Time (Apr. 21, 2020), https://time.com/5824707/coronavirus-wisconsin-voting-cases/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_term=u.s._cov
Officials Link 7 Coronavirus Cases in Wisconsin to In-Person Voting*
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April 21, 2020
Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 Tracking
https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/
Date: Apr 2020
By: Bureau of Prison (Bureau of Prisons)
Interactive website to track COVID-19 in federal prisons.*
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April 21, 2020
Ohio Supreme Court justice calls for ‘unprecedented’ steps to prevent ‘catastrophe’ in state prisons
Ohio Capital Journal
Date: Apr 2020
By: Jake Zuckerman (Ohio Capital Journal)
Ohio Supreme Court justice speaks out about the impact of COVID-19 on crowded prison populations.*
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April 21, 2020
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: Population COVID-19 Tracking
https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/
Date: Apr 2020
By: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Statistics showing the impact of COVID-19 on the incarcerated population in California*
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April 18, 2020
Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court
ACLU
Date: Mar. 24, 2020
By: ACLU
In March 2020, the ACLU of Massachusetts, together with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) and the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) filed an emergency petition asking the Supreme Judicial Court to take immediate action to limit the spread of COVID-19 by ...
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April 18, 2020
Dada v. Witte (WDLa)
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Apr. 14, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Dada v. Witte is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 16 medically vulnerable people currently held in six different immigration detention centers in Louisiana. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) seek ...
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April 18, 2020
O.M.G. v. Wolf — Release the Families
Date: Mar. 22, 2020
By: RAICES
RAICES
San Antonio, TX– RAICES, Rapid Defense Network, and ALDEA – The People’s Justice Center filed a case, O.M.G. v. Wolf, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia today (3-21-2020) on an emergency basis seeking release of all families being held in the Family Residential ...
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April 17, 2020
Coronel et al v. Decker et al
The Bronx Defenders
Date: Mar. 20, 2020
By: The Bronx Defenders
The Bronx Defenders and The Legal Aid Society today filed a lawsuit in federal court against U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to seek the immediate release of seven individuals in immigrant detention who are at imminent risk of serious illness or death in the event of a COVID-19 ...
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April 17, 2020
Family Equality, True Colors United, SAGE v. Azar, Department of Health and Human Services
Democracy Forward
Date: Mar. 20, 2020
By: Democracy Forward
Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services violated the law when it halted enforcement of existing anti-discrimination protections without providing the public any notice or an opportunity to comment. In November 2019, HHS proposed new rules to weaken the non-discrimination protections in a ...
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April 17, 2020
Family Equality v. Azar
Lamda Legal
Date: Mar. 19, 2020
By: Lamda Legal
Lambda Legal and Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit on behalf of three organizations serving vulnerable populations — Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE — against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its unlawful November 2019 announcement that it would stop enforcing ...
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April 17, 2020
Williams v. DeSantis
Demos
Date: Apr. 14, 2020
By: Demos
As citizens of Florida faced a public health emergency created by the COVID-19 virus, which threated the health and well-being of millions of Americans, shuttered schools and businesses, and led public health officials to recommend that Americans remain at home and avoid public gatherings, Florida� ...
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April 17, 2020
Jose L. Velesaca v. Chad Wolf et al
NYCLU
Date: 2020
By: NYCLU
The New York Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Defenders filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the New York City ICE field office to challenge their practice of jailing virtually all the thousands of people they have arrested over the last three years.
The NYCLU uncovered the practice as ...
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