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:


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 20, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Federal Documents on Trump's Border Wall Prototypes
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2017
By: Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection today for failing to provide environmental documents required for the construction of border wall “prototypes” in San Diego County.

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

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

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

Members of Congress say they’re shocked by ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 18, 2018
We Sued for Records About Trump’s Muslim Bans. Here’s What We Found Out.
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 24, 2017
By: Vera Eidelman (American Civil Liberties Union)
On February 2, 2017, 50 ACLU affiliates submitted FOIA requests seeking information about Customs and Border Protection’s on-the-ground implementation of the Muslim Bans at field offices around the country. When the government failed to respond in the time allotted, certain ACLU affiliates filed ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 18, 2018
United Spinal Association v. Board of Elections in the City of New York
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-05653-DAB (S.D.N.Y.)
VR-NY-0357
On July 26, 2010, the United Spinal Association and Disabled in Action filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Board of Elections in the City of New York. On August 8, 2012, the District Court granted the plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, holding that the Board of Elections' failure to remedy the issues at various polling places across the city denied disabled voters a meaningful opportunity to participate in or benefit from the city's voting program. The decision was affirmed by the Second Circuit, and currently the parties are working together to implement the court's remedial order.
View Case Detail (VR-NY-0357)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 18, 2018
Paszko v. O'Brien
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-12298 (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0042
In 2015, Massachusetts prisoners infected with the Hepatitis C virus filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare, LLC under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for violation of the Eighth Amendment, claiming that defendants were deliberately indifferent to the serious medical needs of plaintiffs and members of the class infected with the Hepatitis C virus. The parties announced their intent to settle on February 9, 2018 and settlment negotiations are ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-MA-0042)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 18, 2018
Prison Legal News v. Los Angeles County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: BS119336 (State Court)
JC-CA-0061
In 2009, Prison Legal News (PLN), a monthly magazine that reports on criminal justice issues and prison and jail-related civil litigation, filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles. PLN alleged that Los Angeles County, the Office of County Counsel, and the Sheriff's Department had stopped regularly releasing records related to settlements and verdicts from tort, overdetention, and civil rights claims involving both jail prisoners and employees, which are supposed to be publicly available under the California public records act. Judge Susan Bryant-Deason granted the defendants' motion to dismiss on September 10th, 2009, thereby ending the case. However, because we cannot locate the judge's opinion, we do not know the reason behind the dismissal.
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0061)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 17, 2018
ACLU sues for answers about ICE agents at Oregon's courthouses
www.oregonlive.com
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Aimee Green (The Oregonian)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon sued the federal government Wednesday in an attempt to find answers to the mysterious presence of immigration enforcement agents around Oregon’s courthouses.

The ACLU is asking a federal judge to order U.S. Immigration and Customs ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 17, 2018
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. US Department of Homeland Security & US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
www.creeclaw.org
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center (CREEC)
CREEC filed a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests in August and September 2017 seeking information on a wide range of conditions of confinement issues, including the deaths of detained people, medical care, mental health care, solitary confinement, and sexual assault at the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2018
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00247-PK (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-OR-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 17, 2018
Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00302-RPM (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CO-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 15, 2018
Gilardi v. Dep't of Health and Human Services [Gilardi v. Sebelius]
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00104-EGS (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 14, 2018
Inmates of Boys' Training School v. Lindgren
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 1:71-cv-04529-L-LDA (D.R.I.)
JI-RI-0001
In 1971 a group of juvenile inmates filed suit in the United States District Court, D. Rhode Island pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to challenge conditions of their confinement at the Rhode Island's Boys' Training School. On July 28, 1972, the District Court (Judge Pettine) issued an order finding that various practices at the institution violated the juveniles' due process rights. The Court ordered reforms in the following areas: solitary confinement, minimal conditions of confinement, rehabilitative treatment, vocational training, psychiatric counseling and drug rehabilitation. In 1973, the parties entered into a Consent Decree to resolve the disputed issues, and attorneys' fees were awarded pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1988. On June 22, 2000, the District Court (Senior Judge Ronald R. Lagueux) issued an Order (by consent of the parties) that modified and superseded all Consent Orders and modifications that had been previously entered by the Court. The Order specified continued reforms in the areas of mail, basic entitlements, religious observance, prison transfers, disciplinary procedures, classification, education and exercise. The Order also identified four specific requirements to be achieved by the defendants for full compliance: (1) completion of the construction of a new juvenile facility; (2) full accreditation of the Rhode Island Training School for Youth by the American Correctional Association; (3) development and full implementation of a revised Policy and Procedures Manual; and (4) full continuous implementation of the administrative grievance procedure. In 2014 the parties jointly sought to modify the second provision of the consent decree. They claimed that the accreditation of the American Correctional Association no longer represented the best practices in juvenile justice. Instead, the parties proposed standards based on the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). On June 18, 2014, the District Court (Judge. Lagueux) held that the parties had met the legal standard to modify the consent decree. Based on the Special Master's report dated April 14, 2014, the Training School was in substantial compliance with the three other provisions of the consent decree. The Court held that once the defendants have reached substantial compliance with the modified provision the mastership will terminate and at that point the parties will jointly move to dismiss the case. On June 16, 2016, the case was reassigned to Judge William E. Smith. On July 24, 2017, Judge Smith dismissed the case with prejudice after the parties jointly filed to dismiss the case because the Special Master found the defendants had complied with all components of consent decree.
View Case Detail (JI-RI-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 11, 2018
Multi-Million Dollar Settlement Brings Justice to 7,000 Low-Income New York Families
New York Legal Assistance Group
Date: Apr. 15, 2013
By: New York Legal Assistance Group
Summary of result of case.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
Hercules v. Doar
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-06350 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0029
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0029)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
Center for Independence of the Disabled v. Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02990-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
DR-NY-0012
On April 25th, 2017, a group of New York City disability rights organizations and three individual disabled New York City residents who use wheelchairs and have frequently encountered subway outages filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the interim executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the New York City Transit Authority, the acting president of the New York City Transit Authority, and the City of New York, under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”). The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants’ failure to maintain the limited number of elevators in the subway caused the systematic discriminatory exclusion of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers with mobility disabilities from New York City’s subway system in violation of state and federal law. As of January 19th, 2018, the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (DR-NY-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
EEOC v. AREA ERECTORS, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-C-0516-C (W.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0005
In 2006, the EEOC filed this suit against Area Erectors, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin alleging that the defendant discriminated and retaliated against the complainant on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The parties entered a consent decree in 2009.
View Case Detail (EE-WI-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
Stockman v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-01799 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0359
On September 5th, 2017, three named and two anonymous transgender service members and a transgender rights nonprofit filed this complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the United States District Court Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of the Navy, the Acting Secretary of the Army, the Secretary of the Airforce, and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of a directive issued by President Trump to the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 25th, 2017, requiring the departments to exclude transgender people from federal military service, ban the accession of transgender people into the U.S. military, and prohibit the funding of sex reassignment surgical procedures as part of health care for transgender service members. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment finding that the directive was unconstitutional and an injunction on the enforcement of the directive; they also sought attorney’s fees. The plaintiffs alleged that the directive denied plaintiffs equal protection of the laws, their right to freedom of expression, and their right to liberty and privacy, in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments.
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0359)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
State of California v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00805-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0114
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0114)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 11, 2018
Dent v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-02673-PHX-GMS (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0014
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0014)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 10, 2018
Civil Rights Advocates File Lawsuit to Stop ICE Raids on Cambodian Refugees
www.advancingjustice-la.org
Date: Nov. 1, 2017
By: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
LOS ANGELES - Cambodian refugees detained in recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful arrests. Since early October, ICE has rounded up over a hundred Cambodian refugees with deportation orders, making these the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 10, 2018
The judge Trump disparaged as ‘Mexican’ will preside over an important border wall case
www.washingtonpost.com
Date: Feb. 5, 2018
By: Eli Rosenberg (Washington Post)
The federal judge whom President Trump disparaged as a “Mexican” during his campaign will preside over a case brought against one of the president’s most highly touted initiatives: the U.S-Mexico border wall.

District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, who was targeted by the president ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 10, 2018
A Case That Could Determine the Future for Dreamers
www.newyorker.com
Date: Mar. 15, 2017
By: Blitzer, Jonathan (The New Yorker)
On the morning of February 10th, Daniel Ramirez was sleeping on a couch in his father’s apartment in Des Moines, Washington, when three agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) walked through the front door. The agents had just arrested his father, who is undocumented, in the parking ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2018
Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Civil Clinic and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-833 (N.D. Ohio)
IM-OH-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-OH-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 10, 2018
EEOC v. A & A READY MIX CONCRETE INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:01-cv-02975 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0001
In 2001, the EEOC filed this suit against A & A Ready Mixed Concrete Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Central California alleging the defendant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act by terminating an employee who made a complaint of racial discrimination. The suit was resolved by a two-year consent decree that required the defendant to not discriminate in the future, provide training to employees, and pay $67,400.
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 9, 2018
Litigation: Abdi v. Duke
www.refugeerights.org
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
In summer 2017, IRAP and the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a class action challenge to the detention of asylum-seekers at Batavia, a federal immigration facility in upstate New York. These asylum-seekers had declared themselves at the border and has passed what is known as a “credible fear ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 9, 2018
Abdi et al. v. Duke et al.
www.nyclu.org
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This case, brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union and International Refugee Assistance Project, challenges the federal government’s practice of indiscriminately denying parole and bond to arriving asylum-seekers detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia for the pendency ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 9, 2018
Askins v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-02600-W-BLM (S.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0007
On October 24, 2012, two U.S. citizens detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after taking pictures of ports of entry filed a lawsuit against CBP in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiffs sought injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief, alleging that CBP's policy and practice of prohibiting the use of camera and video recording devices at or near CBP-controlled facilities without CBP's prior approval was unconstitutional. On April 12, 2013, the District Court (Judge Thomas J. Whelan) denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (FA-CA-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 8, 2018
Washington v. Denney
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 14-cv-06118 (W.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0016
Plaintiff is an inmate of CrossRoads Correctional Center who filed a complaint alleging the prison administration was violating his Eighth Amendment rights by not enforcing a nonsmoking policy. As a result, the plaintiff's health was jeopardized. The case went to trial, and the jury awarded the plaintiff both compensatory and punitive damages for the prison staff's deliberate indifference to plaintiff's condition. The parties later agreed to a joint motion that ordered all prisons in Missouri to stop sales of tobacco products to inmates.
View Case Detail (PC-MO-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 8, 2018
George v. Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-00338 (M.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0003
This case was filed in 2014 by a private plaintiff previously incarcerated with a mental disability claiming two state agencies violated his right to due process and discriminated against him as an individual with a mental disability. After a jury verdict on the ADA claim, the plaintiff moved for judgment as a matter of law for that and his remaining claims to be heard in federal court. The court held in favor of the defendants and dismissed the plaintiff's claims with prejudice.
View Case Detail (CJ-LA-0003)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 7, 2018
The Oyez Project, Milliken v. Bradley
www.oyez.org
Date: Feb. 27, 1974
By: Oyez Project
This page summarizes the case and has audio recordings of oral arguments and the Supreme Court's opinion announcement.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 7, 2018
Milliken v. Bradley: The Northern Battle for Desegregation
www.michbar.org
Date: Sep. 1, 2011
By: Samantha Meinke (State Bar of Michigan)
This article discusses the evolution of Milliken v. Bradley and discusses its consequences.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 6, 2018
Wiley Rein and Washington Lawyers' Committee File Fifth Amendment Complaint on Behalf of Immigrants Detained in Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center
www.washlaw.org
Date: Oct. 4, 2017
By: Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
WASHINGTON, DC - Using the pseudonym John Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor who is confined to the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center filed a lawsuit today on behalf of himself and other detained immigrant children challenging the conditions in the Center. The complaint, filed by Wiley Rein LLP ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2018
City of Los Angeles v. JPMorgan Chase
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-04168-ODW-RZ (C.D. Cal.)
FH-CA-0015
On May 30, 2014, the City of Los Angeles filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against JP Morgan Chase Bank, under Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) and Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA). The plaintiff sought damages, declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the defendants lending practices were predatory and intentionally discriminated against minority borrowers, and had a disparate impact on minorities. On August 6, 2015, the plaintiff field an ex parte application to stay the case pending appeal of related action. On September 2, 2015, the case was dismissed as stipulated.
View Case Detail (FH-CA-0015)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 6, 2018
Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative v. Hogan
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-1021 (D. Md.)
CJ-MD-0004
The Maryland Restorative Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting for prisoners' rights, and three inmates who, as juveniles, were sentenced to life in prison, filed a § 1983 suit against Governor Hogan and officials from the Department of Corrections, alleging that Maryland's parole system violated the Eighth Amendment by providing no meaningful opportunity for parole for juvenile lifers.
View Case Detail (CJ-MD-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 4, 2018
Doe v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02005-RCL (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0037
On September 28, 2017 plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint was filed by a Syrian family over Executive Order 13780, hereon known as EO-2; the family filed under a pseudonym to protect its members’ identities. In 2004, one of the plaintiffs filed a petition for an immigrant visa on behalf of her sister and her sister’s family, all Syrian nationals. In 2017 the State Department approved plaintiffs’ visas just as President Trump issued EO-2, which barred Syrian nationals from entering the United States. Following President Trump’s order, a series of legal challenges ensued, some of them ultimately making their way to the Supreme Court. In June 2017, the Supreme Court partially lifted a nationwide injunction on the ban, permitting the government to apply it against anyone who did not have a “bona-fide” relationship with a person or organization in the United States. Plaintiffs alleged that, despite having a bona-fide relationship to a person in the United States, the State Department has failed to issue their visas. In their complaint, plaintiffs argued that defendants wrongly applied EO-2 to them and sought a mandamus compelling defendants to issue their visas. Plaintiffs also sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Judge Royce C. Lamberth was assigned to the case.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0037)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 3, 2018
Class Action Leads to End of Tampon Tax in New York State
Date: Jul. 21, 2016
(EMERY CELLI BRINCKERHOFF & ABADY LLP)
This is a blog post from the law firm representing plaintiffs in the case challenging New York's "Tampon Tax" briefly explaining the state's decision to pass legislation to repeal the tax.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 3, 2018
Justice for Ravi
www.newsanctuarynyc.org
Date: Jan. 29, 2018
By: New Sanctuary Coalition

About Ravi

RAVI’S STORY

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

Mr. Ragbir, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 3, 2018
Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure of Trump Policy Behind the Termination of Haitian TPS
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Jan. 25, 2018
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
(New York, NY) – Today, the National Immigration Project of the NLG and Professor Margaret Satterthwaite filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to obtain records documenting ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 3, 2018
Seibert v. New York State Department of Tax and Finance
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: (State Court)
PA-NY-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PA-NY-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 3, 2018
Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-02671 (S.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0034
Group of individuals sued Chipotle in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleging violations of Title III of the ADA, the California Public Accommodation Law, and the California Health and Safety Code § 19950. The plaintiffs sought class certification, which the court denied. Ultimately, the parties reached a global settlement agreement, which consisted of this case and fourteen other consolidated actions.
View Case Detail (DR-CA-0034)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 3, 2018
Ragbir v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00236-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0061
On Jan. 11, 2018, an LPR held in immigration detention filed this habeas corpus petition against the U.S. government. The plaintiff had been suddenly arrested and detained after many years in the U.S. on a stay of removal. On Jan. 29, the Court granted his petition and ordered his release so that he would have time for an orderly departure before removal.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 2, 2018
ACLU Davies v. Los Angeles
https://www.aclusocal.org/en/cases/davies-v-county-los-angeles
Date: Feb. 2, 2018
By: ACLU
ACLU page containing information on Davies v. County of Los Angeles*
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2018
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00659-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0060
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0060)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2018
Washington v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-03948-CBA-SMG (E.D.N.Y.)
FH-NY-0026
In 2016, four African-American New York City homeowners filed this class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of New York. The plaintiffs claimed that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)'s sale of federally-insured mortgages to private investors had a disparate impact on African-American homeowners and violated homeowner participants' due process rights.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2018
Davies v. County of Los Angeles
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00907-CAS-JEM (C.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0010
On February 6, 2014, various religious leaders and scholars from the greater Los Angeles area filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District Court of California, claiming that the County Board of Los Angeles violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments by reinstating a cross onto the design of the county seal. The court found the seal including the cross violated the Lemon Test and ordered the defendants to remove the seal containing the cross, return to the old seal, and enjoined them from using it in the future.
View Case Detail (FA-CA-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2018
U.S. v. Alabama
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-00368-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0034
This was a 1994 CRIPA investigation of Alabama's Tutwiler prison for women, dealing with conditions of confinement. There were significant findings by the U.S. Department of Justice, but apparently no remedial agreement or lawsuit. The matter was closed in 2002, but reopened in 2015. The parties filed a consent decree and monitoring is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 2, 2018
Jane Doe #1 v. Rich Hobson
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00079-WKW-CSC (M.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0008
Four immigrants born in Mexico with prior arrests for alleged violation of an Alabama state law filed a class action lawsuit alleging that that their prior arrests and scheduled appearances in court would enable defendants to publicize the plaintiffs' names on the online list pursuant to Alabama's legislation of HB 658 §5 of "unlawfully present aliens". The parties entered a settlement agreement set to end in 2019.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 1, 2018
New Lawsuit Filed Against U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Response to Removal of Temporary Protective Status for Haitian Immigrants
http://www.naacpldf.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: NAACP LDF
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) designation for Haitian immigrants discriminates against immigrants of color, in violation of the Fifth Amendment, according to a new lawsuit filed today on behalf of the National Association for ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 1, 2018
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00239-MJG (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0008
On Jan. 24, 2018, the NAACP sued the DHS over its Nov. 2017 revocation of TPS (first implemented after the Jan. 2010 Haitian earthquake) for Haitians living in the United States. Plaintiff alleged that defendant violated the 5th Amendment (by relying on racially discriminatory stereotypes to deprive Haitians of rights).
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 1, 2018
Eternal World Television Network v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00521-CG-C (S.D. Ala.)
FA-AL-0003
This case is a revival of a dismissed claim from the Northern District of Alabama. (FA-AL-0002). In 2013, a Catholic media network filed a RFRA challenge to the Affordable Care Act, arguing that the rules infringed on its religious freedom by requiring it to provide coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. This case has traced the major challenges heard by the Supreme Court, with a win for the government following Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, that was thrown out after the Court's decision in Zubik v. Burwell to request lower courts attempt to oversee negotiated solutions in each of the consolidated cases. Following Zubik, this case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 30, 2018
Uptown Tent City Organizers v. City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-04518 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0016
A community organization appealed a decision made by the City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings to deny a permit to erect tents on behalf of the homeless population in the area. The case was removed to federal court and the plaintiffs brought federal claims of violations of First, Eighth, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment claims in addition to state law claims. The complaint asserted that the City's denial of the permit denied rights to freedom of assembly and imposed cruel and unusual punishment by criminalizing homelessness.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 29, 2018
Locked Up: Class-Action Lawsuits Challenge Mandatory Detention of Immigrants
www.aclu.org
Date: Aug. 8, 2013
By: Sarah Mehta (American Civil Liberties Union)
Friday and again today, the ACLU and its partners filed two class action lawsuits challenging the mandatory detention of people like Gordon in Massachusetts and Washington State. We're arguing that the mandatory detention laws do not apply to people like Richard, and that they instead deserve the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 29, 2018
Gordon v. Johnson and CASTAÑEDA v. Souza
www.aclu.org
Date: Dec. 23, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
In Gordon v. Johnson, the ACLU and its partners obtained a class action ruling making some 150 Massachusetts detainees a year eligible for individual bond hearings. Rather than being held in “mandatory” immigration detention, without a bond hearing, these noncitizens may now obtain their ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 29, 2018
Gordon v. Napolitano [later Johnson]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-30146-MAP (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0005
In 2013, noncitizen detainees sued DHS, DOJ, and local sheriffs, claiming that the government was misapplying the INA's mandatory detention provision. The court ordered defendants to grant plaintiffs individualized bond hearings and adopted plaintiffs' interpretation of the statute. After consolidation with several cases and several appeals to the 1st Cir., this case continues in discovery.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 28, 2018
Resources on the Lawsuit Challenging DAPA and DACA Expansion
www.aila.org
Date: Sep. 8, 2017
By: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Resources on the Lawsuit Challenging DAPA and DACA Expansion*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 28, 2018
United States v. State of Texas
www.nilc.org
Date: Mar. 14, 2016
By: National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Immigration, civil rights and labor groups joined the legal effort to defend President Obama’s executive action on immigration by filing amicus briefs in United States, et al. v. State of Texas, et al. (Since the lawsuit in this case was filed in December 2014 and up until the United States filed ...
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January 28, 2018
United States v. Texas
http://www.scotusblog.com
Date: Jun. 23, 2016
By: SCOTUSblog
Issue: (1) Whether a state that voluntarily provides a subsidy to all aliens with deferred action has Article III standing and a justiciable cause of action under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) to challenge the Secretary of Homeland Security’s guidance seeking to establish a process for ...
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January 28, 2018
Court Officers Can’t Hold People Solely Under ICE Detainers, Massachusetts Justices Rule
www.nytimes.com
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: Jess Bidgood (New York Times)
BOSTON — The highest state court in Massachusetts ruled on Monday that court officers do not have the authority, under state law, to hold people in custody based solely on the requests from federal immigration authorities known as civil detainers.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 28, 2018
“Commonwealth v. Lunn” and “Lunn v. Smith”
www.aclum.org
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts
On March 20, 2017, the ACLU of Massachusetts together with Ropes & Gray, the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project and the Federal Immigration Appeals Project submitted an amicus brief in Commonwealth v. Lunn. The case, which was argued at the Supreme Judicial Court on April 4, 2017, addresses ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 28, 2018
Al Otro Lado v. Kelly
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-02366-BAS-KSC (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0092
In 2017, asylum seekers from Mexico and Honduras filed this class-action lawsuit in the United States District Court Central District of California (Western Division – Los Angeles). The plaintiffs alleged that they arrived at a port of entry at the United States-Mexico border seeking asylum but were prevented from accessing the United States asylum process by CBP officials. On November 21, 2017, the case was transferred to the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 28, 2018
State of Texas v. United States
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-00254 (S.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0034
In Dec. 2014, 22 states, 4 governors, and 1 state AG sued the Obama administration, challenging intended executive actions on immigration -- the expansion of DACA and the creation of DAPA. In Feb. 2015, S.D. Tex. issued a PI preventing the government from implementing the actions; the 5th Cir. affirmed; SCOTUS affirmed on a tie vote. After the Trump administration eliminated the programs, plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 27, 2018
USCIS Takes Too Long To Review Work Docs, Immigrants Say
www.law360.com
Date: May 26, 2015
By: Kevin Penton (Law360)
Law360, New York (May 26, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT) -- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services makes applicants wait too long to receive clearance to legally work in the country, resulting in lost wages and employment opportunities, according to a putative class action filed Friday in federal court.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 27, 2018
Judge Certifies Nationwide Class in Employment Authorization Case (NWIRP v. USCIS)
www.lexisnexis.com
Date: Jul. 19, 2017
By: Daniel M. Kowalski (LexisNexis)
IC, July 19, 2017 - "Today, U.S. District Court Judge James Robert granted a motion to certify a nationwide class in Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. USCIS, recognizing that USCIS must adjudicate asylum seekers’ employment authorization applications within 30 days if they are submitted in a ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 27, 2018
Sampson v. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-10973-DPW (D. Mass.)
DR-MA-0008
On June 8, 2006, the Plaintiff filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts against Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (“Beth Israel”) and two employees of the hospital (one whose claim was dropped on June 24, 2008). The Plaintiff brought this action against the hospital for injunctive and declaratory relief under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Plaintiff also requested injunctive and declaratory relief and compensatory damages under M.G.L. §272, Sec. 98; M.G.L. Chapter 12, Section 11H and 11I; and state tort actions for negligence, assault, battery, and intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress. The actions against the individual employees were for damages for interference with the Plaintiff’s civil rights under Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, malpractice, assault, battery, and intentional or reckless infliction of emotional distress. The Plaintiff sought compensatory and/or punitive damages of $1,000,000, and costs of the suit. The case was settled in March 2009 and closed in March 2011.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 27, 2018
Open Communities Alliance v. Carson
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02192 (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0015
In August 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) abruptly announced it would delay, by two years, a rule that would have allowed low-income families greater choice in their housing options. The Plaintiffs argued that HUD’s failure to implement the rule violated the Administrative Procedures Act and they sought a preliminary injunction, which was granted.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 27, 2018
Rosario [formerly Northwest Immigrant Rights Project] v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-00813-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0025
Noncitizens entitled to employment authorization filed a class action lawsuit alleging that USCIS's policies and practices unlawfully delayed adjudication of their application for employment authorization and that USCIS unlawfully refused to issue interim employment authorization.
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CASE STUDIES
January 26, 2018
"The implementation of consent decrees in correctional institutions: a case study of Fulton county jail, Georgia"
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center
Date: May 1, 1987
By: Thembekile Charles Zingitwa (Atlanta University Student)
Zingitwa, Thembekile Charles, "The implementation of consent decrees in correctional institutions: a case study of Fulton county jail, Georgia" (1987). ETD Collection for AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library. Paper 312.
The paper, a dissertation, examines the problems that impede the implementation of consent degrees in correctional institutions, primarily focusing on the Fulton County Jail in Georgia. The paper explains the changes related to healthcare delivery that were implemented as a result of Fambro v ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 26, 2018
Eidler v. Brookdale Senior Living
Case Category: Nursing Home Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-03962 (N.D. Cal.)
NH-CA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NH-CA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 26, 2018
Georgia State Conference of the NAACP v. City of LaGrange
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00067-TCB (N.D. Ga.)
PB-GA-0009
The Georgia NAACP and other plaintiffs challenged policies in place in the City of LaGrange, GA, limiting provision of utility service to individuals with outstanding court debt and to individuals who lack photo identification and valid social security numbers. The case was dismissed for failure to state a claim, but was appealed to the Eleventh Circuit.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 26, 2018
Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:05-cv-01660-J-WMC (S.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0033
A paraplegic individual who uses a wheelchair sued Chipotle for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and California state law in two of its California restaurants. The defendant implemented a new "Customers with Disabilities" which the district court found to be in compliance with the ADA, but the Ninth Circuit found otherwise, that viewing the ingredients behind the counter was part of the "Chipotle Experience." Ultimately, the defendant lowered the heights of the walls in front of the food-preparation areas in all of its California locations so that customers in wheelchairs could see the ingredients, and the plaintiff was awarded $898,549 in attorneys' fees and costs and $5,000 in statutory damages.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 26, 2018
Fambro v. Fulton County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 82-2136 (N.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0015
Georgia inmates challenged jail's overcrowding, and consent order was entered. Five years later, the district court found that the jail had been in violation of the consent decree since 90 days after it was entered, and found that the effects of overcrowding on medical care and sanitation were unconstitutional. Court ordered the sheriff to release inmates until the jail's capacity was no longer exceeded.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 25, 2018
Meet the Blixt-Zaccari Family
www.immigrationequality.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Immigration Equality
Allison is a U.S. citizen who is married to Stefania, an Italian citizen.

Allison was living in New York City when she met Stefania, who was there on vacation. The two stayed in touch after Stefania went back to Italy and visited each other as much as they could. Though they wanted to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 25, 2018
U.S. v. South Carolina
Case Category: Nursing Home Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:09-CV-00098 (D.S.C.)
NH-SC-0002
On January 15, 2009, the United States Department of Justice filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, following an investigation of the C.M. Tucker, Jr., Nursing Care Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 25, 2018
Gentry v. Floyd County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:14-cv-00054-TAB-RLY (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0026
In 2014, six former inmates of Floyd County Jail filed a class action complaint in the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs claimed the policies of the jail for stripping inmates of their clothes and use of force as enforced against them violated their Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights. In 2017, the parties reached a settlement included a settlement fund of $1,230,000 and a change in policy as well as a update in training of corrections officers
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 25, 2018
Blixt v. Tillerson
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00124 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0043
On Jan. 22, 2018, a mother and her minor son sued DOS for not granting U.S. citizenship to the child plaintiff, because he was born outside of the U.S. to a same-sex dual-nationality couple via reproductive technology. Plaintiffs asserted that DOS had an unconstitutional policy of discrimination against the children of same-sex couples. This case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 24, 2018
Same-sex couples file suits claiming their children were unconstitutionally denied citizenship
www.abajournal.com
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Alvarez, Gerardo (American Bar Association)
Two married same-sex couples have filed lawsuits against the State Department claiming that it has unconstitutionally classified their surrogate-carried children as “born out of wedlock” after each of the couples were informed that one of their children would not be eligible for a U.S ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 24, 2018
Meet the Dvash-Banks Family
www.immigrationequality.org
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: Immigration Equality
Andrew is a U.S. citizen who grew up in Los Angeles. He moved to Israel to work and study, and it was there that he met Elad, his future husband. Andrew and Elad knew they wanted to marry and have a family, but because of the Defense of Marriage Act, Andrew could not sponsor Elad for a visa to be ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 24, 2018
Robinson v. Purkey
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-1263 (M.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0010
On September 13, 2017 low income plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging defendant officials of Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, officials at Wilson and Rutherford County Circuit Court, and officials at Lebanon and Mt. Juliet City Courts violated plaintiffs' rights to equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment under 42 U.S.C § 1983. Plaintiffs seek class action status for similar plaintiffs who were not given the ability to pay their fines through affordable payment plans or notice that their licenses had been suspended or revoked as a result of not making payment of their traffic fine in full. Plaintiffs are also seeking a preliminary injunction to restore class member suspended and revoked licenses.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 24, 2018
Dvash-Banks v. Tillerson
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00523 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0113
On Jan. 22, 2018, a father and his minor son sued DOS for not granting U.S. citizenship to the child plaintiff, because he was born outside of the U.S. to a same-sex dual-nationality couple via reproductive technology. Plaintiffs asserted that DOS had an unconstitutional policy of discrimination against the children of same-sex couples. This case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 23, 2018
SEPTA Conviction Discrimination Lawsuit
SEPTA Conviction Discrimination Lawsuit
Date: Spring 2016
(Outten & Golden)
The plaintiffs' attorneys use this website to provide updates on the case, as well as invite potential class members to share their stories.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 23, 2018
Electronic Privacy Information Center v. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02684 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0042
This Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint was filed on Dec. 15, 2017. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for records pertaining to the data collection systems FALCON and Investigative Case Management (ICM). EPIC argued that ICE's use of these systems risked violating the Privacy Act of 1974 and the E-Government Act. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0042)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 23, 2018
Mi Familia Vota Education Fund v. Detzner
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 8:12-cv-1294 (M.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0168
On June 8, 2012, individual and organizational plaintiffs challenged Florida's voter purge procedures in U.S. District Court in Florida's Middle District, Tampa Division. The plaintiffs, represented by the national and Florida ACLU, private counsel, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, claimed such procedures violated their rights under the Voting Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. §1973c. This case was dismissed with prejudice on July 24, 2013 in accordance with the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v Holder.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 22, 2018
Jacobson v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:14-cv-02485-BGM (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0024
Filed on Nov. 20, 2014, this action sued the Office of Border Patrol for interfering with the plaintiffs' campaign at a border patrol checkpoint in Arizona. The complaint argued that the government violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights, and it sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The court granted summary judgment on Sept. 30, 2016. The plaintiffs filed notice of appeal to the Ninth Circuit on Nov. 29, 2016. The case is ongoing.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 21, 2018
ACLU: Texas Can’t Deny Birth Certificates to Children Born in U.S.
www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 25, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
HOUSTON -- The State of Texas cannot refuse to issue birth certificates to children born in the United States, according to a brief filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the ACLU of Texas in support of 17 families suing the State. The 14th Amendment of the Constitution guarantees ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 21, 2018
Perales Serna, et al. vs Texas Department of State Health Services
www.aclutx.org
Date: Sep. 23, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas
Collaborating with our counterparts at the Immigrants’ Rights Project, the ACLU of Texas filed an amicus brief in support of United States citizens trying to obtain birth certificates and being denied because of their parents’ immigration status. The brief argued that right to citizenship by ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 21, 2018
Lawsuit Forces Texas to Make It Easier for Immigrants to Get Birth Certificates for Children
www.nytimes.com
Date: Jul. 24, 2015
By: Preston, Julia (New York Times)
After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas in 2013, she went to a county office to get a birth certificate, just as she had after her first two children were born in the state.

But officials told Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant living in the United States ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 21, 2018
Immigration Group Seeks Docs Over Detention Center Abuse
www.law360.com
Date: Aug. 14, 2015
By: Germaine, Carmen
Law360, New York (August 14, 2015, 9:06 PM EDT) -- A non-profit immigration rights group asked a D.C. federal court Friday to compel U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release documents on an investigation into sexual abuse of asylum seekers at a Texas detention facility.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 21, 2018
Saravia v. Sessions (Due Process for Immigrant Youth)
https://www.aclunc.org/
Date: Nov. 27, 2017
By: ACLU of Northern California
The ACLU of Northern California is suing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) for using unsubstantiated claims of gang affiliation to illegally detain teenagers in jail- ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 21, 2018
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 preliminary injunction and provisionally certified the class. The government appealed the order on Jan. 19, 2018 in the Ninth Circuit. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0109)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 21, 2018
RAICES v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-01318-JEB (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0024
On Aug. 14, 2015, the immigration advocacy organization RAICES sued ICE under FOIA for records pertaining to possible sexual assaults in an ICE detention facility. After ICE produced records, plaintiff did not file an opposing brief, and the Court granted ICE's motion for summary judgment and closed the case on Aug. 22, 2016.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 21, 2018
Perales Serna v. Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00446-RP (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0042
In May 2015, parents of children born in Texas sued the Texas Department of State Health Services. Plaintiffs, all Mexican or Central American citizens, asked for the release of their U.S.-citizen children's birth certificates, which defendant would not issue after refusing to accept the parents' consular identity documents. The parties privately settled in July 2016.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 20, 2018
RILR v. Johnson
www.aclu.org
Date: Jul. 31, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered a preliminary injunction that puts an immediate halt to the government's policy of locking up mothers and children from Central America – all of whom have been found to have legitimate asylum claims – in order to send a message to ...
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CASE STUDIES
January 20, 2018
"HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban"
HRC Represented By Lambda Legal & OutServe-SLDN in Lawsuit Against Trump’s Trans Military Ban
Date: Aug. 28, 2017
By: Guest Contributor (Human Rights Campaign)
The Human Rights Campaign provides background information on the lawsuit and the parties to the suit.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 20, 2018
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. Although a preliminary injunction against the defendants was issued in December 2017, the case is still pending resolution on the merits as of January 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 20, 2018
L-R v. Johnson
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00011 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0022
On Jan. 6, 2015, Central American immigrant mothers and children filed a class action lawsuit against DHS and ICE, challenging their "No-Release Policy" in making custody determinations for asylum-seeking families. On Feb. 20, 2015, the Court granted a preliminary injunction. Defendants ended the policy in May 2015. This case is now administratively closed.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 19, 2018
ACLU page on Stone v. Trump
Date: Jan. 19, 2018
By: ACLU
ACLU resource page on its litigation for Stone v. Trump.*
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CASE STUDIES
January 19, 2018
"Is There a Constitutional Right to Cash in on the Poor?"
Date: Sep. 11, 2017
By: Andrew Cohen (The Marshall Project)
Andrew Cohen of the Marshall Project examines Justice Network v. Craighead County, providing background information on the case. In particular, it explains why the two defendant judges began the Amnesty Program that gave rise to this case.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Stone v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02459-MJG (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0151
In August of 2017 a group of transgender military individuals filed suit against the President in his official capacity alleging the Transgender Service Member Ban violates the 5th amendment and discriminates against men and women who identify as transgender of the basis of sex. The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment stating the Transgender Service Member Ban violates the 5th Amendment and an order to permanently enjoin the secretaries charged with executing it from enforcing the ban. Until a final judgment is ordered the plaintiffs were granted a preliminary injunction barring the execution of the Transgender Service Member Ban.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
M.B. v. Tidball
Case Category: Child Welfare
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-04102-NKL (W.D. Mo.)
CW-MO-0003
On June 12 2017, five children filed this class action lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri against Missouri's Department of Social Services and the Children's Division ("CD") for substantive due process rights violations, procedural due process rights violations, and violations of the Federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act. Plaintiffs argue that the Plaintiff Class has suffered or will suffer substantial and often irreversible harm to their physical, emotional, and/or mental health because of the Defendants' improper medication of the Plaintiffs. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Hayden v. Keller
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 5:10-ct-3123-BO (E.D.N.C.)
CJ-NC-0006
In 2010, an inmate serving a life sentence in North Carolina for a juvenile offense filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The plaintiff alleged that he had been deprived of a meaningful opportunity for parole in violation of Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010) and sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The court held that the parole review process employed by the Parole Commission for offenders convicted as juveniles and serving life sentences violated the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution. Both parties submitted proposed plans to bring the parole review process into compliance, and the court ordered that the defendant adopt its own plans.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Kennicott v. Sandia Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00188-JB-GJF (D.N.M.)
EE-NM-0065
In 2017, current and former female employees of nuclear weapons developer Sandia National Laboratories filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Plaintiffs alleged that Sandia’s policies and practices in pay, promotion, and performance evaluations discriminate against and adversely impact female employees. The case is currently in discovery focused on class certification and jurisdictional questions due to the location of Sandia on Kirtland Airforce Base, a federal enclave that may preclude plaintiff’s state law claims.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council v. City of Maplewood
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-00886-PLC (E.D. Mo.)
FH-MO-0006
In 2017, a private non-profit corporation filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiff alleged that the city of Maplewood, Missouri's "chronic nuisance ordinance" discriminated against African American residents, women, and/or disabled residents. In 2017, the Judge ruled that the plaintiff failed to state a claim of disparate treatment and/or disparate impact.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms v. New York State Senate
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: Index No. 807-2011 (State Court)
PB-NY-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Raftopol v. Ramey
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2011-R-0094 (State Court)
PB-CT-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-CT-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
Little v. Frederick
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 6:17-cv-00724 (W.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0007
The plaintiff filed a class action on behalf of all arrestees who are or will be detained for any amount of time after an arrest because they are unable to pay money bail. Under a § 1983 action, he claimed that a wealth-based post-arrest detention policy violates equal protection and due process under the 14th amendment by jailing the poor for no reason other than their poverty.
View Case Detail (CJ-LA-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 19, 2018
United States v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-00451 (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0163
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-FL-0163)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 18, 2018
Summary: Wagafe v. Trump, a Preview of ‘Extreme Vetting’ Litigation
www.lawfareblog.com
Date: Jan. 3, 2018
By: Gambhir, Harleen
The Ninth Circuit held on Dec. 22 that President Donald Trump’s latest executive order exceeded both his independent Article II authority and his statutory authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). (See Lawfare analysis of the opinion from Peter Margulies and Josh Blackman.) The ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 18, 2018
U.S. Immigration Department Sued Over "Unlawful Delay" Of Citizenship Applications Of Muslims
www.buzzfeed.com
Date: May 18, 2016
By: Ansari, Talal
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unlawfully delays the citizenship applications of Muslim immigrants due to a secretive immigration program, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis.

The lawsuit — filed by the Hacking Law Practice on behalf of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 17, 2018
Horse v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01216 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0013
Plaintiff photojournalist and demonstrators are suing the District of Columbia for violating their First, Fourth, and Fifth Amendment rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 preventing them from peacefully assembling. Plaintiffs also allege that they were falsely imprisoned by defendant police who used a tactic called "kettling" to trap demonstrators, and further violated plaintiffs' rights to peaceably assemble by using chemical irritants before issuing dispersal orders. Plaintiffs also allege they were subjected to unjustified strip searches. The parties are still awaiting the defendants' answer, and the case is still ongoing as of January 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 17, 2018
Long v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-01991-PBT (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0251
In 2016, three individuals who had applied for jobs at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority filed this class action complaint in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (SEPTA). The plaintiffs alleged that SEPTA had violated federal fair credit law and state law regarding anti-discrimination in hiring. The case was dismissed for lack of standing, and the named parties appealed in 2017. The appeal is pending.
View Case Detail (EE-PA-0251)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 15, 2018
Sheff v. O'Neill
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: HHD-X07-CV89-4026240-S (State Court)
SD-CT-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 14, 2018
Carlos Rene Morales v. United States of America
https://www.splcenter.org/
Date: Dec. 11, 2017
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency entered the homes of immigrant families without warrants, consent or probable cause – in violation of the Fourth Amendment – solely to detain and deport families, mostly women and children. The raids took place in Georgia in January 2016.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 14, 2018
Edwards v. Cofield
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0016
A 29-year old pregnant army veteran filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, Court Clerk, Court Magistrate, and District Court Judge of Randolph County under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and 28 U.S.C. §2201. She claimed that the county practice of setting predetermined bail amounts violated her 14th amendment rights. Judge Moorer granted her motion for a temporary restraining order. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (CJ-AL-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 14, 2018
Justice Network v. Craighead County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00169 (E.D. Ark.)
CJ-AR-0005
In 2017, the plaintiff, a private probation company, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Plaintiff alleged that two defendant-judges unlawfully forgave fees owed by probation clients to the plaintiff. The district court granted each defendant’s motion to dismiss. The plaintiff appealed to the Eighth Circuit, where the case is currently pending.
View Case Detail (CJ-AR-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 14, 2018
The New York Times Company v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-02383-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0016
On March 31, 2015, the Times submitted a complaint requesting that the court order the NSA to release documents. The NSA agreed to provide redacted documents, which in turn caused the Times to request the court to require the NSA to eliminate the redactions. The court deemed the redactions appropriate and granted summary judgment in favor of the NSA on August 25, 2016.
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 14, 2018
Morales v. United States
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05052-CC (N.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0011
This suit, filed on Dec. 11, 2017, challenged the legality of a series of immigration raids on Central American families in the Atlanta area. The complaint argued that ICE officers used ruses to gain entry into the homes of immigrant families, then arresting and detaining them without probable cause or search warrants.
View Case Detail (IM-GA-0011)


CASE STUDIES
January 13, 2018
"Desegregated Differently: A Case Study of the Sheff Case"
http://prospect.org/article/desegregated-differently
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: Rachel M. Cohen (The American Prospect)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Holt v. Hobbs, 574 US _ (2015)
The Oyez Project
Date: 01/20/2015
By: The Oyez Project (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
Information about the Supreme Court litigation in this case, including audio recordings of the oral argument and opinion announcement, and the briefs and the docket and the written opinion.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Case: Doe v. Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11 and E.R. v. Anoka-Hennepin School District No. 11
www.nclrights.org
Date: Mar. 5, 2012
By: National Center for Lesbian Rights
This website explains the case summary and history, as well as details about the consent decree entered into by the six student plaintiffs and the school district.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Sheff Movement Website
sheffmovement.org
Date: Jan. 13, 2018
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Summary of Raftopol v. Ramey
Connecticut General Assembly
Date: Feb. 25, 2011
By: Jennifer Brady (Connecticut General Assembly)
Summary of the facts, issue, and holdings of Raftopol v. Ramey.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Sandra Bland, One Year Later
The Marshall Project
Date: Sep. 15, 2016
By: Maurice Chammah (The Marshall Project)
A short summary of the political, social, and legislative ramifications of the death of Sandra Bland.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
City of Philadelphia Action Guide: Immigration policies: Federal funding and local immigration-related policies
www.phila.gov
Date: Jan. 8, 2018
By: City of Philadelphia
Because the City does not believe DOJ has the authority to place any of these conditions on the JAG program, we filed a lawsuit in federal court in Philadelphia on August 30, 2017. Our legal claims are that DOJ has no legal authority to attach these conditions to the JAG grants; that under the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 13, 2018
Muslim Advocates v. DHS
www.macarthurjusticecenter.org
Date: May 3, 2017
By: MacArthur Justice Center
Representing Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and education organization, the MacArthur Justice Center has filed suit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its failure to provide documents in response to inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 13, 2018
Holbron v. Espinda
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1CC16-1-000692 (State Court)
PC-HI-0008
The plaintiff, a Native Hawaiian inmate, filed suit in the First Circuit Court in Honolulu in April 2016, alleging that he was not allowed to gather with other Native Hawaiian religious practitioners to chant, dance or pray as a group, and denied access to sacred items necessary for practicing his religion. The case is ongoing, and the plaintiff's motion for class certification is pending.
View Case Detail (PC-HI-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
Freedom of Information Act Litigation
www.charliesavage.com
Date: Mar. 16, 2017
By: Savage, Charlie
TOPIC: Seeking communications in January 2017 between the Trump team (transition team, then post-inaugural White House) and the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel about the legality of proposed executive orders and executive actions, including its blessing of the first travel ban order ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
Trump’s DHS Ordered Agents to Block Congressmen During Travel Ban [The Daily Beast]
www.thedailybeast.com
Date: Aug. 2, 2017
By: Woodruff, Betsy (The Daily Beast)
On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.

Members of Congress say they’re shocked by ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
ACLU of Illinois, et al, v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
www.acluohio.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio
On February 2, 2017, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chicago field office. We and nine other ACLU affiliates (the “Midwest Affiliates” – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
ACLU of Virginia, et. al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et. al
www.acluva.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Virginia


Seeking Enforcement of FOIA Request, ACLU of Virginia, et. al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et. al

On February 2, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Unions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia (the “ACLU”) submitted a Freedom of Information Act ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties: Our Current Docket
www.aclusandiego.org
Date: Sep. 1, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego
ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties v. Department of Homeland Security (direct) (Muslim ban FOIAs) – In a series of coordinated requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), multiple ACLU affiliates sought information from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the conduct of ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
January 12, 2018
ACLU of Hawai'i v. US Dept. of Homeland Security (Trump's Muslim Ban)
https://www.aclunc.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country filed 13 coordinated Freedom of Information Act lawsuits demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans. The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Hawai’i, and the ACLU of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 12, 2018
United States v. Indiana
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: IP84-C-0411-N/A (S.D. Ind.)
MH-IN-0001
On March 16, 1984, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997 et seq. The DOJ alleged that the defendants, the state of Indiana and two state hospitals, had failed to provide adequate care and an adequate environment to the people living in the hospital. On April 6, 1984, the court approved a consent degree designed to improve these issues.
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CASE ADDITIONS
January 12, 2018
EEOC v. MACNAB MANUFACTURING INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-00733 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0050
The EEOC's Seattle office filed this suit against Macnab Manufacturing on May 10, 1999, alleging discrimination on the basis of sex and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The case resulted in a consent decree in which the defendant paid complainants $330,000 and was ordered to implement a suite of antidiscrimination policies.
View Case Detail (EE-WA-0050)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 12, 2018
EEOC v. JOHNSON INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:03-cv-00943-TJC (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0020
On September 30, 2003, the EEOC filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against Johnson International, Inc., claiming violations of Title VII because of discrimination based on sex. A two-year consent decree was issued on December 27, 2004, which required defendant to pay the claimant $450,000 and to report to the EEOC the company's hiring decisions regarding female applicants for senior positions.
View Case Detail (EE-WI-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 12, 2018
United States v. Johnson
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-01349-TDS-JLW (M.D. N.C.)
PN-NC-0002
The United States, following an investigation that began in June 2010, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina alleging that the Zlmance County Sheriff's Office intentionally and illegally discriminates against Latinos on the basis of their ethnicity. In August 2015, U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder found for the defendant. The United States' appeal is pending before the Fourth Circuit.
View Case Detail (PN-NC-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 11, 2018
Robinson v. Martin
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2016-CH-13587 (State Court)
CJ-IL-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-IL-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 11, 2018
Antoine v. Winner School District
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-03007-CBK (D.S.D.)
ED-SD-0002
A group of Native American students filed this §1983 lawsuit on March 27, 2006, against Winner School District in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. The students alleged that the District engaged in intentional racial discrimination by disproportionately disciplining Native American middle and high school students and tolerating racial bullying in the schools. Plaintiffs brought claims under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. The case settled, and the court entered a Consent Decree on December 10, 2007. The Consent Decree remained in force until June of 2017, when it was dismissed because the parties agreed that defendants had complied with all terms of the Decree.
View Case Detail (ED-SD-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 9, 2018
U.S. v. State of Tennessee
Case Category: Nursing Home Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:09-CV-01012 (W.D. Tenn.)
NH-TN-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NH-TN-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 9, 2018
Diocese of Cheyenne v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00021-SWS (D. Wyo.)
FA-WY-0001
On Jan. 30, 2014, several Wyoming-based Catholic organizations filed this lawsuit under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment against the federal department of Health and Human Services, claiming that the ACA's contraception mandate, as well as the accommodation provided by HHS, violated their religious beliefs. The district court denied a preliminary injunction, but the plaintiffs appealed to the Tenth Circuit, which granted one. The resulting injunction required the plaintiffs to inform the Secretary of HHS in writing that they were non-profit, religious organizations with religious objections to providing contraceptive services, but did not obligate them to notify their insurers.
View Case Detail (FA-WY-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 8, 2018
Disability Rights Mississippi v. Mississippi Children's Home Services
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-00547-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
MH-MS-0002
Plaintiff, Disability Rights Mississippi, brought this suit against CARES, Inc., a home for children with severe emotional and behavioral disabilities, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia on September 6, 2013. As Mississippi's designated Protection & Advocacy organization, plaintiff argued that defendant was required to grant its staff members access to CARES facilities for monitoring purposes, but that defendant had denied plaintiff access. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief granting it reasonable monitoring access under federal P&A laws. After the U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest supporting plaintiff's claims, the parties reached a private settlement agreement in September of 2014.
View Case Detail (MH-MS-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 8, 2018
Disability Rights Florida v. Jones
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:16-cv-00047 (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0027
Plaintiff, Disability Rights Florida, brought this suit against the Florida Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida on January 26, 2016. Plaintiff brought claims under the ADA, Section 504, the Eighth Amendment, and the Due Process Clause, making extensive allegations about defendant's failure to provide reasonable accommodations and services to inmates with disabilities. After over a year of negotiations, the parties settled the case and the court adopted their stipulated order of dismissal on August 7, 2017. However, in the fall of 2017, one inmate moved for a preliminary injunction due to the alleged continuing violations and, after his motion was denied due to the case's closed status, appealed to the Eleventh Circuit in December 2017. His appeal is pending, but it appears the original parties to the case continue to treat it as closed.
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 8, 2018
U.S. v. State of Georgia
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:09-CV-0119 (N.D. Ga.)
MH-GA-0002
Plaintiff, the U.S. Department of Justice, brought filed this lawsuit against the State of Georgia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on January 15, 2009, following an investigation into conditions and services provided at Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta. The U.S. alleged that the Hospital was providing grossly inadequate services to individuals housed there who had developmental and mental disabilities and that, consequently, individuals in the Hospital faced serious risk of harm. Along with the Complaint, the parties filed a proposed Settlement Agreement aimed at improving these conditions over a period of five years. After a series of setbacks, the Agreement was adopted as a final order of the court on September 23, 2010. The case was dismissed in February of 2014 after the parties notified the court that the State had achieved substantial compliance with the terms of the Agreement.
View Case Detail (MH-GA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 8, 2018
Jane Doe v. Hunter College
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:04-cv-06740-SHS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
MH-NY-0011
Plaintiff, a student at Hunter College of the City University of New York, brought this action against the College and its administrators on August 20, 2004, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiff, who was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, brought claims under the Fair Housing Act, the ADA, and Section 504 after the College forced her to leave its dormitory following her suicide attempt in June 2004. The case eventually settled, with defendants paying plaintiff attorneys' fees and damages.
View Case Detail (MH-NY-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 7, 2018
Brown v. Herbert
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-00652-CW-BCW (D. Utah)
FA-UT-0002
On July 13, 2011, a Mormon man and four Mormon women cohabitating and engaged in a polyamorous relationship filed a lawsuit asking the court to declare that Utah Code Ann. §76-7-101 ("Utah Statute"), which makes it a crime when a person, "knowing he has a husband or wife or knowing the other person was a husband or wife . . . purports to marry another person or cohabits with another person," violated their Constitutional rights. On August 27, 2014, Judge Waddoups ordered that the "cohabitation" prong of the Statute was unconstitutional under the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and struck it from the Statute for vagueness.
View Case Detail (FA-UT-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 7, 2018
Smith v. Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:13-CV-5670-AB (E.D. Pa.)
PB-PA-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-PA-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Troupe v. Barbour
Case Category: Child Welfare
Trial Docket: 3:10-cv-00153-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
CW-MS-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CW-MS-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Union University v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:14−cv−01079−JDB−EGB (W.D. Tenn.)
FA-TN-0002
On April 4, 2014, Union University, a Baptist college, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment against the Department of Health and Human Services. The school claimed the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violated its religious beliefs. The plaintiff sought and was granted a preliminary injunction against the mandate, and a stay of the case, until the resolution of similar, pending appeals before the Sixth Circuit.
View Case Detail (FA-TN-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Illinois League of Advocates for the Developmentally Disabled v. Quinn
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01300 (N.D. Ill.)
ID-IL-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ID-IL-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Ave Maria University v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:13−cv−00630 (M.D. Fla.)
FA-FL-0003
In 2012, a Catholic liberal arts college filed a RFRA challenge to rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that the rules infringed on its religious freedom by requiring it to provide coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. In Oct. 2014, the Court granted the university a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the HHS contraception mandate, and stayed the case pending resolution of a similar appeal.
View Case Detail (FA-FL-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Brandt, Bishop of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Greensburg v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00681-AJS (W.D. Pa.)
FA-PA-0012
On May 27, 2014, a Roman Catholic diocese and its affiliates filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Treasury, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs claimed that the ACA's contraception coverage requirement substantially burdened their religious beliefs in violation of RFRA, APA, and the First Amendment. In June 2014, the District Court granted a preliminary injunction to the plaintiffs enjoining the defendants from enforcing the mandate requirements against the plaintiffs, and in Aug. 2014, the District Court granted the plaintiffs' motion for a permanent injunction.
View Case Detail (FA-PA-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
January 6, 2018
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend v. Burwell
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-00159 (N.D. Ind.)
FA-IN-0002
On May 21, 2012, the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth-South Bend and affiliated Catholic organizations filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of Missouri seeking to enjoin the federal government from enforcing provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. The plaintiffs contended that mandatory contraception coverage violated their sincerely held religious beliefs. On Dec. 27, 2013, the District Judge granted the Church's motion for preliminary injunction. The defendants appealed the decision on Feb. 24, 2014, but on Dec. 23, 2017, the plaintiffs jointly stipulated to dismiss the case.
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January 5, 2018
Jensen v. Minnesota Department of Human Services
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 0:09-cv-01775-DWF-FLN (D. Minn.)
MH-MN-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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January 4, 2018
Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-00044-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0111
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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January 4, 2018
Jewish Family Service of Seattle v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01707-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0036
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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January 4, 2018
United States v. North Carolina
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:12-cv-557 (E.D.N.C.)
PB-NC-0002
The U.S. Department of Justice negotiated a settlement with the State of North Carolina to reform its provision of services to individuals with mental illness to comply with the ADA. The settlement, enforceable by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, will allow individuals with mental illness to live in community-based placements rather than adult care homes (institutional placements).
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January 4, 2018
United States v. Virginia
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-059 (E.D. Va.)
PB-VA-0003
The United States Department of Justice conducted an investigation pursuant to CRIPA and the ADA into the institutionalization of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Virginia. After finding systemic ADA violations, DOJ and Virginia entered into a settlement agreement to increase community-based services and ultimately prevent unnecessary institutionalization.
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January 1, 2018
DHS Hit With FOIA Suit Over Expedited Removal Procedures
www.law360.com
Date: Dec. 20, 2017
By: Tiffany Hu
Law360, New York (December 20, 2017, 6:17 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is being sued under the Freedom of Information Act for documents explaining its procedures and policies concerning expedited removal of people suspected of being undocumented immigrants, according to a ...
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January 1, 2018
Lawsuit Filed to Force ICE and DHS to Release Information on the Use of Mobile Biometric Devices during Raids and Deportations
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Dec. 6, 2017
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
WASHINGTON, D.C. ‐ Yesterday, Mijente and the National Immigration Project of National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) filed a lawsuit demanding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reveal the information requested related to their use of ...
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January 1, 2018
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02596 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0041
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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January 1, 2018
Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-07204-EDL (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0110
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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January 1, 2018
Hernandez v. Lynch [later Sessions]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-00620 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0079
In 2016, noncitizens detained pending immigration removal proceedings brought this class action, alleging a federal practice of detaining noncitizens solely on the basis of indigence, by failing to take into account their ability to pay bond or to consider alternative means of supervision to ensure appearance. The District Court granted plaintiffs' request for a PI, and the 9th Circuit affirmed.
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December 19, 2017
Judge Orders Trump Administration to Stop Blocking Abortion for Two Immigrant Women
www.aclu.org
Date: Dec. 19, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — A federal judge today granted the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Trump administration from blocking two more young immigrant women from obtaining abortions. The judge however put the ruling on ...
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December 7, 2017
Amadei v. Duke
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of passengers of a domestic Delta Airlines flight who were held and searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents before being allowed to deplane. Every single passenger on Flight 1583 ...
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December 7, 2017
Kincaid v. City of Fresno
aclunc.org
Date: 2009
By: ACLU of Northern CA
This article gives a good overview of the case and the terms of the settlement. *
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December 5, 2017
Alabama Sheriff Jailed For Starving Prisoners: States Cut Prisoner Meals
https://www.prisonlegalnews.org
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
By: Gary Hunter (Prison Legal News)
This website provides a lot of information on the injustices performed by the Sherrif that brought about this suit. *
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December 5, 2017
Rosilez-Perez, et al. v. Superior Forestry Services Inc., et al.
https://www.splcenter.org
Date: 2006
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
This article provides great background on the case and what prompted the suit to be filed. *
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December 4, 2017
Settlement Ends Four-Year Fight To Close Hissom
newsok.com
Date: 1989
By: Ed Godfrey (News OK)
This article provides insight on what caused this lengthy case to finally end. *
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December 4, 2017
ACLU of Florida Asks Court to Strike Down Ban on Residential Housing for Recovering Addicts
https://www.aclu.org
Date: 2003
By: American Civil Liberties Union
This website offers background information on why the suit was filed.*
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December 4, 2017
Los Angeles drops mortgage discrimination case against JPMorgan
Reuters.com
Date: 2015
By: Dena Aubin (Reuters)
This article provides information on why and how the case ended.*
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December 4, 2017
Appeals Court Unanimously Affirms Right to Videotape Police
https://www.aclu.org
Date: 2011
By: American Civil Liberties Union
This article offers strong explanation of what impact this case has on American constitutional rights. *
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December 4, 2017
School district settles anti-gay harassment lawsuit
http://sdgln.com
Date: 2013
By: SDGLN Staff (SDGLN)
This article provides insight on the settlement reached. *
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December 4, 2017
How Corey H. overhauled special education in CPS
http://chicagoreporter.com
Date: 2015
By: Maureen Kelleher (Chicago Reporter)
This article gives an explanation of how this case directly brought about change in the Chicago Public Schools. *
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December 4, 2017
Mansourian v. U.C. Regents
http://sturdevantlaw.com
Date: 2013
By: The Sturdevant Law Firm
This article provides a concise summary of the details of the case as well as information on the settlement. *
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December 4, 2017
Tennessee v. Lane: The Legal Issues and the Implications for People with Disabilities
https://ncd.gov
Date: 2003
By: National Council on Disability
This website gives a good explanation of what was at stake in this case and how it could have an impact on people now.*
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December 4, 2017
Chipotle Grill Victim of Legal Shakedown Artists
http://nlpc.org
Date: 2010
By: Carl Horowitz (National Legal & Policy Center)
This article offers an interesting viewpoint on the case and explains why it could be significant for future rulings. *
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December 4, 2017
John B. v. Goetz
https://www.tnjustice.org
Date: 2015
By: Tennessee Justice Center
This website effectively puts the case into a more relatable context. *
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December 4, 2017
NJ - Charlie & Nadine H. v. Christie
http://www.childrensrights.org
Date: 2015
By: Children's Rights Organization
This website gives excellent background on this case. *
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December 3, 2017
Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
Our story, "Policing The Police," published by The Marshall Project with Time.com on April 23, 2015, examined the use of 14141 investigations during the last three presidencies. https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/0 ...
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December 3, 2017
These Guestworkers Just Won $20 Million Back From the Company That Trafficked Them [The Nation]
www.thenation.com
Date: Oct. 2, 2015
By: Chen, Michelle
They came from India to repair the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and were repaid with months of abuse. On Katrina’s 10th anniversary, both the workers and their bosses are finally getting their due. Following a landmark lawsuit victory in February, the maritime company that ...
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December 1, 2017
Signal International, LLC to Pay $5 Million to Settle EEOC Race, National Origin Lawsuit
www.eeoc.gov
Date: Dec. 18, 2015
By: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Signal International, LLC, a Mobile, Ala. ship building and repair company, will pay an estimated $5 million to 476 Indian guest workers to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency ...
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November 29, 2017
Cook County to pay $1.4 million to settle jail civil rights cases
http://www.chicagotribune.com
Date: 2016
By: Hal Dardick (Chicago Tribune)
This article discusses the defendant's practices that prompted the lawsuit and the subsequent settlement. *
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November 29, 2017
Nelson v. Campbell: Life and Death Litigation
http://blogs.law.nyu.edu
Date: 2004
By: Dan Bell (NYU)
This website offers further background information on Nelson v. Campbell as well as a look at why this case was significant. *
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November 26, 2017
Abdi et al. v. Duke et al.
https://www.nyclu.org/
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This case, brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union and International Refugee Assistance Project, challenges the federal government’s practice of indiscriminately denying parole and bond to arriving asylum-seekers detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia for the pendency ...
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November 26, 2017
Project on Fair Representation Announces Lawsuits Challenging Admissions Policies at Harvard Univ. and Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
https://studentsforfairadmissions.org/
Date: Nov. 17, 2014
By: Students for Fair Admissions
The Project on Fair Representation announces the filing of two lawsuits challenging the racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.*
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November 25, 2017
Right to Appointed Counsel for Children in Immigration Proceedings
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Dec. 15, 2016
By: American Immigration Council
On July 9, 2014, the American Immigration Council, with co-counsel American Civil Liberties Union, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP, filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of a right to appointed counsel for unrepresented children in immigration proceedings ...
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November 25, 2017
J.E.F.M. v. Lynch
www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 20, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with legal ...
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November 25, 2017
Brown v. CBP: CBP FOIA Processing Delays
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Sep. 8, 2016
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
This lawsuit challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case was filed as a nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of ...
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November 24, 2017
Signal International Lawsuits
www.splcenter.org
Date: Apr. 20, 2011
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
SPLC complaint in David v. Signal International, LLC
(Filed 03/10/2008)

The SPLC filed suit on behalf of guest workers from India who were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme engineered by a Gulf Coast marine services company, an immigration lawyer and an Indian ...
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November 24, 2017
Signal International Apologizes to Hundreds of Exploited Indian Guest Workers
www.splcenter.org
Date: Sep. 29, 2015
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The SPLC’s $14 million verdict against the company this year led to a settlement of 11 remaining suits.

A marine services company that reached a $20 million settlement agreement earlier this year to resolve labor trafficking lawsuits brought on behalf of hundreds of former Indian ...
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