University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

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


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2017
In re Directives to Yahoo Pursuant to Section 105B of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. [105B(g) 07-01]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 105B(g) 07-01 (FISC)
NS-DC-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2017
Cole v. Collier
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:14-cv-01698 (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-TX-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2017
Wilson v. Allen County
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00402 (N.D. Ind.)
PD-IN-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PD-IN-0002)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 10, 2017
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Cases: Notice Letters and Investigations
Papers of Owen Fiss
1966
By: Owen Fiss
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2017
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar v. Hickenlooper
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-02930-JLK (D. Colo.)
PD-CO-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PD-CO-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 7, 2017
William G. v. Pataki
http://www.bazelon.org/william-g-v-pataki/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
William G. v. Pataki was filed on behalf of parolees with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse problems who are languishing in jail, waiting for state-funded treatment services to become available. The parolees are being held in New York City jails for alleged technical violations of their ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 7, 2017
Police Assessment Resource Center: County of Los Angeles
Written: Dec. 31, 2016
(PARC )
The Police Assessment Resource Center (PARC) was founded to provide independent, evidence-based counsel and research on effective, respectful, and publicly accountable policing to law enforcement agencies, government entities, and community groups. It was founded in 2001 by the Vera Institute of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2017
Ali v. Thaler
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 9:09-cv-00052-RC-JKG (E.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-TX-0017)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 6, 2017
Jane Doe v. Hunter College
http://www.bazelon.org/jane-doe-v-hunter-college/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
The plaintiff, “Jane Doe,” had admitted herself to Cabrini Medical Center after taking a large number of Tylenol pills and then calling 911. When she returned to the dorm she found the locks to her room changed. She was allowed to remove her belongings only in the presence of a security guard. ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 6, 2017
Groundbreaking 7th Circuit Ruling in Favor of Ash Whitaker, Transgender Student Seeking Access to Correct Bathroom
Written: May. 30, 2017
By: Transgender Law Center (Transgender Law Center)
An article about the 7th Circuit's ruling in W. v. Kenosha Unified School District No 1 Board of Education, along with other resources pertaining to this case.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 6, 2017
Disability Rights New Jersey v. Velez
http://www.bazelon.org/drnj-v-velez/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
The settlement brought about a significant transformation of New Jersey’s mental health service system. The state greatly expanded supported housing and other community services for people with serious mental illness, helping thousands of people avoid needless hospitalization. It also made ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 6, 2017
Missouri P&A and Scaletty v. Carnahan
http://www.bazelon.org/missouri-pa-and-scaletty-v-carnahan/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
The case was filed on behalf of Bob Scaletty, a retired electrician diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services, which represents people with mental disabilities. Mr. Scaletty had voted consistently until November 2004, when he received a letter saying he ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 28, 2017
Implementing Executive Order 13780 Following Supreme Court Ruling -- Guidance to Visa-Adjudicating Posts
Reuters
Written: Jun. 28, 2017
By: U.S. Department of State
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court partially lifted preliminary injunctions that barred the Department from enforcing section 2 of Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, which suspends the entry to the United States of, and the issuance of visas to, nationals of six designated countries, as well as section ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 28, 2017
#StopSB4
Texas Civil Rights Project
Written: Jun. 27, 2017
By: Texas Civil Rights Project
On May 7th, Texas’ Governor, Greg Abbott, signed SB 4 into law. SB 4 is the most discriminatory piece of anti-immigrant legislation in the United States. SB 4 is currently scheduled to go into effect in September 2017. The bill makes Texas less safe by encouraging racial profiling and forcing ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 28, 2017
Video: Ninth Circuit Hears Travel Ban Oral Arguments
C-SPAN
Written: May. 15, 2017
By: Ninth Circuit
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reviewed the decision of Hawaii U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson regarding the enforcement of President Trump’s travel ban. Judge Watson issued a preliminary injunction and stay blocking President Trump’s enforcement of his revised travel ban involving ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 28, 2017
"Avoyelles Parish Public Schools: Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences’ Admission Policies as a Breeding Ground for a Return to Legal Segregation"
SSRN
Written: Mar. 15, 2017
By: Daisha Latrice Hodges (Southern University Law Center Law Student)
In the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the United States Supreme Court declared that doctrine of “separate but equal” was unconstitutional; however, nearly six decades later schools are divided along racial lines. Avoyelles Parish Public Schools have been ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 28, 2017
Implementation of Executive Order 13768, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
The Washington Post
Written: May. 22, 2017
By: Jefferson Sessions (U.S. Department of Justice)
In accordance with my duties as Attorney General, I have determined that section 9(a) of the Executive Order, which is directed to the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security, will be applied solely to federal grants administered by the Department of Justice or the Department of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 26, 2017
Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00662-RDB (D. Md.)
NS-MD-0001
The plaintiffs, a collection of mostly privacy/human rights non-profit organizations, sued the National Security Agency and Department of Justice for violating their constitutional rights by maintaining widespread, warrantless "Upstream Surveillance" programs of digital communications. The case was dismissed, but plaintiffs appealed. The 4th Circuit vacated and remanded the dismissal as to Wikimedia, but affirmed as to all other plaintiffs.
View Case Detail (NS-MD-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 26, 2017
United States of America v. North Carolina
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-north-carolina/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
Local advocates began calling attention to the declining state of North Carolina’s public mental health system in the early-to-mid-2000s, when the state began downsizing and privatizing psychiatric hospitals without implementing sufficient community-based mental health services.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 26, 2017
United States of America v. Commonwealth of Virginia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-virginia/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
On January 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a complaint against the Commonwealth of Virginia in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleged that the state had violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 26, 2017
Williams v. Quinn
http://www.bazelon.org/williams-v-quinn/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
Williams v. Quinn challenges Illinois’ segregation of individuals with mental illnesses in intermediate care nursing facilities. More than 4,000 people are housed in such facilities in Illinois, commonly referred to as “IMDs” (“institutions for mental diseases”).*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 26, 2017
U.S. v. Georgia
http://www.bazelon.org/u-s-v-georgia/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
On May 18, 2016, the State of Georgia and the United States Department of Justice filed in federal district court an agreement to expand the capacity and improve the quality of community-based services the State provides to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. This “ ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
S.S. v. Springfield Public Schools
http://www.bazelon.org/springfield-massachusetts-school-system/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
Students with mental health needs are being warehoused in a segregated Springfield school without educational opportunities or therapeutic supports, according to this class action lawsuit filed on June 27, 2014, in US District Court.*
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CASE STUDIES
June 25, 2017
"Trump and the Foreign Emoluments Clause"
https://www.theusconstitution.org/trump-and-foreign-emoluments-clause
2017
By: Constitutional Accountability Center (Constitutional Accountability Center)
This website has collected resources for Blumenthal v. Trump.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
Amanda D. v. Hassan
http://www.bazelon.org/amanda-d-v-hassan/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
Advocates from the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Disabilities Rights Center, the Center for Public Representation and Devine, Millimet & Branch, PA, filed a class-action complaint on behalf of New Hampshire residents with serious mental illnesses who are or are at risk of ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
Katie A. v. Bonta
http://www.bazelon.org/katie-a-v-bonta/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
The class action known as Katie A. v. Bonta was filed in July 2002. It challenges California’s failure to provide home-based and community-based mental health services to children who are in the foster care system or at risk of removal from their families. Of special concern is California’s ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
J.K. v. Humble
http://www.bazelon.org/j-k-v-humble/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
J.K. v. Humble (originally filed as J.K. v. Eden) challenged Arizona’s failure to provide mental health services to poor children, resulting in a landmark settlement reforming the state’s behavioral healthcare system for children. However, the glacial pace of implementation has led to a dispute- ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
O'Toole v. Cuomo [Formerly DAI v. Cuomo]
http://www.bazelon.org/otoole-v-cuomo/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
In an enormous victory for more than 4,000 New Yorkers living in large private “adult homes,” on March 1, 2010 the Eastern District Court of New York ordered the State to afford all qualified residents an opportunity to move into supported housing where they can receive mental health and social ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
Office of Protection and Advocacy v. State of Conneticut
http://www.bazelon.org/opa-v-ct/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
Office of Protection and Advocacy v. State of Connecticut alleges that more than 200 people with mental illnesses are “needlessly segregated and inappropriately warehoused” in three Connecticut nursing homes, and asks the court to order state agencies to develop suitable community-living ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
Doe v. Pasadena Unified School District
http://www.bazelon.org/doe-v-pasadena-unified-school-district/
2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
On February 11, 2016, the Bazelon Center and its co-counsel filed a class action complaint in federal district court in Los Angeles on behalf of students with mental health needs who are denied an equal education as a result of their placement in a segregated school operated by the Pasadena Unified ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2017
A.J. v. Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools
http://www.bazelon.org/a-j-v-cesar-chavez-public-charter-schools-et-al/
2017
By: Bazelon Center (Bazelon Center)
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, together with partners University Legal Services and Crowell & Moring, LLP, filed an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) due process complaint with the D.C. Student Hearing Office against Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools (Chavez) and the ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 24, 2017
"From Hospitals to Prisons: A New Explanation"
http://cornelllawreview.org/clronline/from-hospitals-to-prisons-a-new-explanation
2017
By: Fredrick E. Vars & Shelby B. Calambokidis (Cornell Law Review)
"Deinstitutionalization from state mental hospitals was largely over by 1980, but the percentage of prisoners with mental illness did not begin to skyrocket until 1990. The leading theories for the criminalization of mental illness cannot fully explain this gap.

This Essay offers a new ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 24, 2017
Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence
The White House
Written: Jun. 14, 2017
By: Donald Trump (White House)
This memorandum provides guidance for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence in light of two preliminary injunctions that bar enforcement of certain provisions of Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2017
G.G. [Gavin Grimm] v. Gloucester County School Board
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00054-RGD-TEM (E.D. Va.)
ED-VA-0002
In 2015, a transgender boy filed a lawsuit against his school district because they would not allow him to use the boys' bathroom. The court granted the school district's motion to dismiss, but the appeals court reversed and remanded, and the district court has since granted a preliminary injunction allowing plaintiff access to the boy's bathroom. The Supreme Court granted the school district's petition for a writ of certiorari in 2016, but later remanded the case after the Department of Education and Department of Justice withdrew their prior federal statements on the issue. The case is on remand in the Fourth Circuit.
View Case Detail (ED-VA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2017
City of San Antonio v. Texas
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00489-OLG (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0047
This suit challenges Texas's "Sanctuary City" legislation, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the other suits in this special collection, this suit does not challenge President Trump's "Sanctuary City" Executive Order. On June 1, the City of San Antonio filed this suit in the United States District Court Western District of Texas. The suit alleged that SB4 violates the the Supremacy Clause, the Contracts Clause, the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief. Please refer to this case for further updates.
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0047)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2017
El Paso County v. State of Texas
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00459 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0046
This suit challenges Texas's "Sanctuary City" legislation, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the other suits in this special collection, this suit does not challenge President Trump's "Sanctuary City" Executive Order. On May 22, the County of El Paso filed this suit in the United States District Court Western District of Texas. The suit alleged that SB4 violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection and due process clauses, the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the supremacy clause, the First Amendment's protection of expression, and the Texas Constitution. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief. As this case has been consolidated with others, please refer to this case for further updates.
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0046)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2017
Hamama v. Adducci
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-11910 (E.D. Mich.)
IM-MI-0005
Petitioners in this class action habeas petition are Iraqi nationals—many, perhaps most, Chaldean Christian—who have resided in the United States for many years. They have been subject to final orders of removal for years, but the government permitted them to reside in the community under ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2017
Argueta v. Myers
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:08-cv-01652-PGS-DEA (D.N.J.)
IM-NJ-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NJ-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 14, 2017
City of El Cenizo v. State of Texas
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00404 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0045
This suit challenges Texas's "Sanctuary City" legislation, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the , this suit does not challenge President Trump's "Sanctuary City" Executive Order. On May 8, the City of El Cenizo filed this suit in the United States District Court Western District of Texas. The suit alleged that SB4 violates the 10th Amendment by commandeering local government and that it is preempted under federal law. There are, so far, four cases addressing SB4. The State of Texas has been seeking to consolidate this and two other cases with another case, Texas v. Travis County; the opposing side in Travis County (several cities and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) oppose consolidation, arguing that Texas illegitimately raced to the courthouse, filing this case before SB4 had even gone into effect, in order to secure the most favorable court/judge. The four cases are: This one (Judge Orlando L. Garcia). El Paso County v. Texas, No. 5:17-cv-00459 (W.D. Tex.), IM-TX-0046 (Judge Orlando L. Garcia) City of San Antonio, Texas v. State of Texas, No. 5:17-cv-00489 (W.D. Tex.), IM-TX-0047 (Judge Orlando L. Garcia) Texas v. Travis County, No. 1:17-cv-00425 (W.D. Tex.), IM-TX-0044 The three cases pending before Judge Garcia were brought by cities and counties seeking a declaratory judgment and injunction barring implementation of SB4. The other case was brought by brought by Texas against pro-immigration cities and counties. On June 6, Judge Garcia ordered a consolidation of this case with the San Antonio and El Paso cases, with this case becoming the lead case in the consolidation. Travis County, however, remains separate.
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0045)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 13, 2017
Morgan v. Sproat
(Southern Poverty Law Center)
Description of the Southern Poverty Law Center's recent involvement in the 1975 case Morgan v. Sproat.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 13, 2017
Texas v. Travis County
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00425 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0044
This suit seeks to support Texas's law Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the suits that seek to challenge President Trump's "Sanctuary City" Executive Order, this suit aims to support the work of federal immigration officials. On May 7, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed this suit seeking a judgment on SB4 before it is challenged. Defendants are Travis County, City of Austin, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund. In their complaint, Plaintiffs accused defendants of being "openly hostile" to cooperation with federal immigration officials both in policy and in practice. Plaintiffs seek declaratory judgment. Judge Sam Sparks was assigned to the case.
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0044)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 12, 2017
Colotl v. Kelly
ACLU
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, and Kuck Immigration Partners LLC took legal action to restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections to DREAMer Jessica Colotl. The Trump administration suddenly and arbitrarily revoked Colotl’s DACA status, even though immigration ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 12, 2017
Davis v. Buckley
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 80-0569 (E.D. Va.)
ID-VA-0001
In 1980, two plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on behalf of 98 residents with intellectual disabilities of Southside Virginia Training Center ("Southside") who desired community placement. Though the class was eventually denied, plaintiffs succeeded in acquiring the promise of a findings letter on Southside from the Department of Health and Human Services.
View Case Detail (ID-VA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2017
Conn. ARC v. Thorne
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 78-653 (D. Conn.)
ID-CT-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ID-CT-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2017
Will the Virgin Islands finally end the practice of conscripting non-qualified lawyers to represent the indigent accused?
Sixth Amendment Center
Written: May. 18, 2017
By: David Carroll and Phyllis Mann (Sixth Amendment Center)
Although the Virgin Islands has a territorial public defender office, trial court administrative rules historically authorized judges to conscript any attorney barred in the territory – divorce lawyers and real estate lawyers included – to provide representation to the indigent accused in ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 8, 2017
Tucker v. State of Idaho [ACLU resource page]
(ACLU of Idaho)
The ACLU, the ACLU of Idaho, and the global law firm Hogan Lovells filed a lawsuit in 2015 against the State of Idaho over its defective public defense system. This page is the ACLU's collection of relevant documents.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 5, 2017
In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [redacted]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: BR 15-99 (FISC)
NS-DC-0101
In August 2015, the government submitted an application to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requesting bulk collection of telephony metadata during the interim period between the passage of the USA FREEDOM Act on June 2, 2015, and the beginning of the new telephony metadata collection under the Act on November 28, 2015. Judge Michael W. Mosman of the FISC granted the application, and with the assistance of court-appointed amicus, concluded that the USA FREEDOM Act also allowed the government to retain and use the previously bulk-collected metadata for limited purposes in the three months after November 28, 2015.
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0101)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2017
Miller v. Deal
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 2011-CV-198121 (State Court)
PD-GA-0007
Five indigent parents who were incarcerated for their child support debt sued the State of Georgia seeking injunctive relief requiring the State to provide counsel when defendants could be incarcerated for child support debt, and when the State was a represented by its own attorneys. The issue of the class of indigent parent went to the Supreme Court of Georgia, which decided that there is no absolute, inflexible, and categorical right to appointed counsel in child support proceedings as a matter of due process, even when the Department, represented by its own lawyers, pursues the incarceration of an indigent parent.
View Case Detail (PD-GA-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 3, 2017
Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00820 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0109
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit aimed to shed light on the "government’s border searches of electronic devices in the possession of persons from the seven Muslim-majority countries covered by President Donald Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order, in addition to its border searches of electronic devices in the possession of persons – including U.S. citizens – whom U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) agents perceived to be Muslim." The plaintiff, who is a nonprofit organization, argued that such border searches "dramatically increased" after the EO was released. On May 18, the case was randomly assigned to Judge Amy Berman. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0109)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 3, 2017
Tucker v. State of Idaho
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: CV-OC-2015-10240 (State Court)
PD-ID-0001
The Idaho Supreme Court found that plaintiffs could pursue this 2015 class action to seek reform of an allegedly unconstitutional public defender system. The case is proceeding towards trial in Idaho's District Court of the Fourth Judicial District, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law.
View Case Detail (PD-ID-0001)


CASE STUDIES
June 2, 2017
"He Calls Me By Lightning: The Life of Caliph Washington and the forgotten Saga of Jim Crow, Southern Justice, and the Death Penalty"
2017
By: S. Jonathan Bass (Samford University Faculty)
This biography includes a case study of Washington v. Lee, the case in which the Supreme Court held that jails and prisons could not be generally segregated.

A heroic reconstruction of the forgotten life of a wrongfully convicted man whose story becomes an historic portrait of racial ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 1, 2017
Hart v. Colvin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00623-JST (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0046
On February 9, 2015, three individuals whose disability benefits had allegedly been denied or terminated based on consultative examinations (CEs) performed by a now disqualified doctor, filed this class action lawsuit in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Acting Commissioner of Social Security in her official capacity, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that she wrongfully relied on CEs performed by a physician, who at the time of this complaint had been disqualified, in denying or terminating their disability benefits. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant's policy and practice of relying on this disqualified doctor's defective CE reports in denying or terminating disability benefits was in violation of requirement that these determinations be based on evidence from acceptable medical sources. After the defendant's motion to dismiss was denied on July 17, 2015, the court set a number of settlement conferences. For months these conferences were unsuccessful, but the parties reached an agreement on September 19, 2016 by which the defendant agreed to provide relief to class members through procedural mechanisms that vary depending on the status of their claims and the amount of time since their examination by the disqualified doctor and pay $490,000 in attorneys fees. On April 17, 2017, Judge Tigar granted final approval of the class action settlement.
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0046)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 29, 2017
Menocal v. The GEO Group, Inc.
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-02887-JLK (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0009
This class action lawsuit was brought by current and former civil immigration detainees against the GEO Group, Inc., a for-profit corporation that provides detention and correction services. The plaintiffs allege that GEO violated Colorado's Minimum Wage Order by paying its detained employees one dollar per day for their labor and that GEO violated federal law by forcing its detainees to clean the "pods" where they were housed for no pay. The plaintiffs seek monetary damages for themselves and those similarly situated.
View Case Detail (IM-CO-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2017
N.P. v. Georgia
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 14-cv-241025 (State Court)
PD-GA-0008
On January 7, 2014, youth and adult criminal defendants filed this class-action lawsuit in the Georgia Superior Court of Fulton County. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the state to provide free and quality counsel to indigent defendants within three days of their arrest. On March 13, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a Statement of Interest regarding the juvenile justice claims. On April 20, 2015 Judge Todd Markle approved a consent decree, set to last for three years.
View Case Detail (PD-GA-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 26, 2017
Nwanguma v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-00247-DJH-HBB (W.D. Ky.)
PR-KY-0001
Plaintiffs allege that at a campaign rally, Donald Trump incited the crowd to commit violence against them.
View Case Detail (PR-KY-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2017
Northwest Immigrants Rights Project (NWIRP) v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00716 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0034
On May 8, 2017, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ), Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The NWIRP received a “cease-and-desist” letter for providing assistance to unrepresented immigrants in deportation proceedings without appearing as formal counsel for each client. On May 11, 2017, the Court granted a nationwide TRO preventing DOJ enforcement of the prohibition or issuing any similar letters to other non-profits.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2017
Twitter v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-01916 (N.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0013
On March 14, 2017, Twitter received a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) summons to disclose identifying information of the user(s) operating a rogue “alternative” government agency account. Twitter did not comply and instead filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California alleging a violation of First Amendment anonymity of political speech. On April 7, Twitter dismissed the suit when CBP withdrew its summons. The DHS Office of Inspector General is now investigating CBP on the matter.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 24, 2017
Heckman v. Williamson County
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: No. 06-453-C277 (State Court)
PD-TX-0001
A group of indigent defendants charged with misdemeanors punishable by imprisonment brought this suit alleging violations of their Sixth Amendment right to counsel. After six-year dispute regarding subject-matter jurisdiction, the parties reached a settlement forcing the county to provide notice of the right to indigent defense counsel, to provide public access to the courts, and to create a policy that provided quicker access to indigent defense counsel.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 24, 2017
Alford v. Johnson County Commissioners
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 73D01-1601-PL-000003 (State Court)
PD-IN-0003
On October 8, 2015 individuals who were arrested in Johnson County brought this lawsuit alleging a systematic denial of counsel in violation of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments as well as state law. The case is in Indiana Superior Court and was brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the Johnson County Commissioners as well as several judges and public defenders. The defendants filed a motion to dismiss on March 29, 2016 and after hearing, Judge Robert W. Freese granted the motion to dismiss on January 30, 2017 because the plaintiffs' cases were not yet ripe for review as they were active criminal proceedings in the pre-trial stage. The plaintiffs appealed on February 6, 2017 and as of May 24, 2017 the matter is still pending.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
May 24, 2017
Williamson County TX settles “no counsel court” lawsuit
http://sixthamendment.org/williamson-county-tx-settles-no-counsel-court-lawsuit/
Written: Jan. 24, 2013
By: Jon Mosher (sixthamendment.org)
Brief overview of the history of the case, Texas Law regarding sixth amendment rights, and the settlement agreement.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 23, 2017
Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 8866-07 (State Court)
PD-NY-0002
On November 8, 2007, 20 named criminal defendants with cases pending in New York state courts filed a class action lawsuit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in Albany County. The plaintiffs sued the State under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for violations of the Sixth and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and Article 1, Section 6 of the New York Constitution. The plaintiffs, represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union and private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief to ensure meaningful and effective representation for indigent defendants.The parties settled in October 2014.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 22, 2017
ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-02778-BRO-AS (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0026
On April 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Southern California and Nevada filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerned implementation at international airports within the purview of CBP's Los Angeles Field Office, including Los Angeles International Airport and McCarran International Airport. The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Order. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders in the Los Angeles Field Office" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell. On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multidistrict litigation" effectively consolidating them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU's response is due May 30. For the transfer motion see this case. On May 17, the government moved to stay the proceedings pending the consolidation decision. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 22, 2017
Muslim Advocates v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00813-TSC (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0110
The Muslim Advocates filed this suit against DHS under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiffs want information regarding the government's border searches of electronic devices in the possession of persons from the seven Muslim-Majority countries covered by President Trump's Jan. 27 and Mar. 6 Executive Orders, as well as by all persons whom CBP agents "perceived to be Muslim."
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 21, 2017
EEOC v. Associated Security Enforcement, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:04-cv-00391-SPM-AK (N.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0017
In September 2004, the Miami District Office of the EEOC brought this suit against Associated Security Enforcement, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida alleging discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 21, 2017
Renee v. Duncan
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 4:07-cv-04299-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0006
On August 21, 2007, a group of California students, their parents and a non-profit filed a lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-06 in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division for violating the teacher quality provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Specifically, the Plaintiffs alleged that by allowing teachers who were in the process of achieving full certification to teach full time, the Defendants violated the congressional directive that "highly qualified" teachers teach students in their core classes. The District Court granted Summary Judgment for the Defendants, holding under Chevron deference that the Defendants' interpretation of the No Child Left Behind Act was not unreasonable. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, reversed this decision on September 27, 2010, holding that the Defendants' policy was against the clear intent of Congress. On October 12, 2010 the Defendants filed a motion for rehearing en banc, however in December of 2010, the NCLB was amended to allow teachers who had not achieved full state certification to teach as "highly qualified" teachers. This amendment was only in effect through the 2012-2013 school year. The case was closed on July 5, 2012.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 19, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Torrance Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PN-CA-0034
The DOJ opened an investigation on racist policing by the Torrance Police Department in 1995. The DOJ had already filed a lawsuit against the City of Torrance, which the court issued a judgment for the City. However, we do not have further information on Police Department specifically.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 18, 2017
Hassan v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-03401-WJM-MF (D.N.J.)
PN-NJ-0006
Several individuals and organizations affiliated with New Jersey's Muslim community filed suit against the City of New York in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, alleging they had been subjected to illegal surveillance by the New York City Police Department solely because of their religion. The NYPD's monitoring, the plaintiffs claimed, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by discriminating against them on the basis of their religion and contravened the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment because, by singling out Muslims, it was not neutral with respect to religion or general applicability. The District Court granted Defendant's motion to dismiss, finding Plaintiffs lacked standing and nevertheless had pled insufficient facts to state a claim. On October 13, 2015, the Third Circuit reversed the District Court's judgment and the case remanded to the District Court for further proceeding.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 17, 2017
ACLU of San Diego v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00733-L-JLB (S.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0025
On April 12, 2017, the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial counties filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Documents in this case are not yet available.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 17, 2017
ACLU of Virginia v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00441-LMB-IDD (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0007
On April 12, 2017, the ACLU's of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Documents for this case are not yet available.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 16, 2017
CRIPA Investigation of the Topeka Correctional Facility, Topeka, Kansas
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: No Court Case (No Court)
PC-KS-0006
On April 7, 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (“DOJ”) notified Kansas that it was opening an investigation into the conditions and practices at the Topeka Correctional Facility (“TCF”), a prison housing about 550 female prisoners. On September 6, 2012, the DOJ sent its “Findings Letter” to Kansas’ governor, informing him that TCF had failed to protect women prisoners from sexual abuse and harassment. On December 22, 2014 they released a Memorandum of Agreement requiring the state to implement specific procedures to address the sexual abuse.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 16, 2017
Protect Democracy Project v. Office of Management and Budget
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00814-APM (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0112
On May 2, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Plaintiff seeks disclosure of agency records by OMB that will shed light on the degree to which (if at all) the any federal agencies were consulted prior and subsequent to the implementation of President Trump's Jan. 27 Executive Order 13769. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 16, 2017
CRIPA Investigation of the Westchester County Jail, Valhalla, New York
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: No Court Case (No Court)
JC-NY-0066
This DOJ investigation of the Westchester County Jail, under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act began in 2007. In 2009, the investigation led to findings of unlawful jail conditions, such as inadequate medical and mental health care. The DOJ continues to assess information about current conditions at the jail.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 16, 2017
Protect Democracy Project v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00815 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0111
On May 2, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Plaintiff seeks disclosure of agency records by DOJ that will shed light on the degree to which (if at all) the agency was consulted prior and subsequent to the implementation of President Trump's Jan. 27 Executive Order 13769. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and was assigned to Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell. This case now continues consolidated with a similar case at NS-DC-0112 in this Clearinghouse.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 16, 2017
United States v. Qazi
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 0:12-cr-60298 (S.D. Fla.)
NS-FL-0001
Two brothers, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, were arrested while plotting to conduct a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction in New York City in November 2012. Judge Bloom sentenced the younger brother to 35 years in prison, and the older brother for 20 years in prison on June 11, 2015. Their prison terms will be followed by a term of ten years and five years of supervised release, respectively. In June 2016, the younger brother filed a motion under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 to vacate his sentence. As of May 16, 2017, this case is open.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 15, 2017
CRIPA Investigation of the W.F. Green State Veterans’ Home in Bay Minette, Alabama
Case Category: Nursing Home Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
NH-AL-0002
A DOJ CRIPA (42 U.S.C. § 1997) investigation into a Veterans' Nursing home in Alabama led to the discovery of conditions that were detrimental to resident health and restricted patient discharge into the community. A memorandum of understanding by the DOJ as well as preliminary remedies in a findings letter solved these problems.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 14, 2017
United States of America v. Philadelphia Municipal Separate School District
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1368(N) (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0020
This long-lasting school desegregation action commenced in 1966 and ended in 2010. The United States brought this suit, along with many others in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi that were eventually consolidated, because the Philadelphia Municipal Separate School district failed to desegregate its schools. The school district's desegregation efforts were monitored for decades by the court.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
May 13, 2017
International Refugee Assistance Project v. Trump, Fourth Circuit - Oral Argument Audio File - May 8, 2017
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Written: May. 8, 2017
By: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit)
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 11, 2017
Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-10277-MAG-SDD (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0011
In 2016, a nonprofit association of religious leaders in the Flint Area filed this suit in the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief to force the City of Flint and the State of Michigan to provide clean water for citizens plagued by the lead-laden water streaming through their service pipes. The plaintiffs alleged that the damage to their city's aquastructure was caused by the miserly penny-pinching of the City's Emergency Manager. In late 2016, the plaintiffs received a preliminary injunction that forced the defendants to provide bottled water deliveries to eligible recipients. In March of 2017, the parties reached a settlement agreement in which the State agreed to set aside $87 million to replace the damaged water pipes, among other remedies.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 11, 2017
Lambert v. Alexander County Housing Authority
Case Category: Public Housing
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-513 (S.D. Ill.)
PH-IL-0002
In 2016, current and former public housing residents filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs alleged rampant discrimination on the basis of race and family status, rent overcharges, and a failure to maintain rental units. They seek monetary relief and an injunction to enjoin the Alexander County Housing Authority from discriminatory practices and to require adequate housing maintenance. As of May 11, 2017, the case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 11, 2017
Mercado v. Dallas County, Texas
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-03481-D (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0043
On October 26, 2015, individuals held in detention by Dallas County filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The plaintiffs sued Dallas County and the Dallas County Sheriff under 42 USC §1983 for violations of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court to enjoin the defendants from detaining plaintiffs solely based on a request from ICE, an immigration hold, or an Immigration Detainer. Judge Fitzwater initial granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint. The plaintiffs submitted an amendment complaint on July 5, 2016. The parties are now engaged in discovery.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
May 10, 2017
Allen et al. v. Edwards et al.
Lawyerscommittee.org
Written: Feb. 6, 2017
By: Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law)
On February 6, 2017, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, in concert with the Southern Poverty Law Center, Jones Walker LLP, and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, filed a class action lawsuit challenging the State of Louisiana’s failure to provide indigent defendants with effective ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 10, 2017
United States v. Mohammad
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:15-CR-00358-JZ (N.D. Ohio)
NS-OH-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 8, 2017
J.E.F.M. v. Holder
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-01026 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0023
On July 9, 2014, a group of minors in immigration proceedings filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement fail to guarantee their constitutional and statutory rights by not ensuring that minors in immigration proceedings have legal representation. On Sept. 20, 2016, the Ninth Circuit held that the District Court lacked jurisdiction over plaintiffs' claims, but did not reach the merits of the claims.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
May 6, 2017
Desegregation Court Records
Written: Jan. 1, 2017
By: ProPublica (ProPublica)
This website contains desegregation documents related to the United States of America v. Halifax County Board of Education case.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 4, 2017
ACLU of Arizona v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01083-DMF (D. Ariz.)
NS-AZ-0001
On April 12, 2017, the ACLU of Arizona filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding the Executive Order," including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order. The request concerned implementation at sites within the purview of CBP’s Tucson Field Office, including Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Order. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Deborah M. Fine. On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multidistrict litigation" effectively consolidating them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU's response is due May 30. For the transfer motion see this case. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 2, 2017
ACLU Foundation of Texas v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-01128 (S.D. Tex.)
NS-TX-0004
On April 12, 2017, the ACLU Foundation of Texas filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding the Executive Order," including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order. The request concerned implementation at international airports within the purview of CBP's Houston Field Office, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Bush Intercontinental Airport. The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Order. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore. On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multidistrict litigation" effectively consolidating them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU's response is due May 30. For the transfer motion see this case. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 28, 2017
ACLU of Washington v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00562 (W.D. Wash.)
NS-WA-0004
On April 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Washington, Montana, and North Dakota filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerned implementation at international airports within the purview of CBP's Seattle Field Office, including Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Fargo-Hector International Airport. The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Order. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Robert S. Lasnik. On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multidistrict litigation" effectively consolidating them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU's response is due May 30. For the transfer motion see this case. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 28, 2017
ACLU of Oregon v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00575-HZ (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0005
On April 12, 2017, the ACLUs Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Specifically, plaintiffs sought information "concerning CBP’s local implementation of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order...as well as any other judicial order or executive directive issued regarding Executive Order No. 1, including President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order." The request concerned implementation at international airports within the purview of CBP's Portland Field Office, including Portland International Airport, Denver International Airport, Ted Stevens International Airport, Boise International Airport, and Casper/Natrona County International Airport. The request also concerned the number of individuals who were detained or subjected to secondary screening, extended questioning, enforcement examination, or consideration for a waiver at the aforementioned airports pursuant to the Executive Order. In the complaint, the plaintiffs argued that the requested records "would facilitate the public’s understanding of how Defendants implemented and enforced the Executive Orders" and that "[s]uch information is critical to the public’s ability to hold the government accountable." The case was assigned to Judge Marco A. Hernandez. On May 8, the government filed a motion to treat all of these FOIA cases as "multidistrict litigation" effectively consolidating them before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The ACLU's response is due May 30. For the transfer motion see this case. The case is ongoing.
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