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
August 13, 2018
Datz v. Suffolk County (Defending First Amendment Right to Film Police Activity in Public in Suffolk County)
NYCLU Cases
Date: Jul. 1, 2014
(NYCLU)
New York Civil Liberties Union case page, including video the plaintiff took of the police activity*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 9, 2018
Gerber and Berlin v. Cooper - Freedom to Marry in North Carolina
ACLU Cases
Date: Jun. 2, 2014
(ACLU)
The ACLU's page for the case.*
View Link Detail  


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 8, 2018
Flint Water Crisis: Settlement to Launch Groundbreaking Program to Assess Impacts on Flint Children
ACLU of Michigan
Date: Apr. 9, 2018
By: ACLU of Michigan
Attorneys for Flint schoolchildren have reached a historic agreement with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and Flint Community Schools (FCS) to establish an unprecedented program to provide universal screening, and in-depth assessments when ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 8, 2018
Northcutt v. South Carolina Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-03301-BHH-TER (D.S.C.)
PC-SC-0009
On December 7, 2017, eighteen death row prisoners in the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) alleged they have been kept in solitary confinement for between nine and twenty years. Plaintiffs sued SCDC, its Director, and Wardens of prisons within the SCDC under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments rights by being denied any meaningful opportunity to challenge their conditions of confinement. The prisoners alleged that they were placed in solitary confinement regardless of behavioral history or individual status. On December 22, 2017, the plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction, but on June 26, 2018, Magistrate Judge Rogers issued a Report and Recommendation that the plaintiffs request for a preliminary injunction be denied. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-SC-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 8, 2018
Equal Rights Advocates v. United States Department of Education
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00535 (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0027
In January 2018, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the 2017 Title IX guidance created educational access disparities on the basis of sex and hampered the plaintiffs’ ability to do their jobs. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 7, 2018
U.S. v. State of California
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00490 (E.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0116
The United States federal government filed this suit on March 6, 2018, challenging California's "sanctuary city" state laws. This lawsuit comes after a series of lawsuits filed by California jurisdictions challenging the federal government's sanctuary city policies, which deny federal funding to jurisdictions that impede the federal government's immigration policies. The U.S. argued that the three laws "reflect a deliberate effort by California to obstruct the United States’ enforcement of federal immigration law," that the federal law preempted the state laws, and that the federal government had "preeminent authority" regarding immigration. The U.S. argued that California therefore violated the Supremacy Clause, and that the Supremacy Clause rendered the state laws invalid. The U.S. sought declaratory and injunctive relief.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0116)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 6, 2018
Ligon v. City of New York (Challenging the NYPD's Aggressive Patrolling of Private Apartment Buildings)
New York Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 1, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This class-action lawsuit challenges Operation Clean Halls, a part of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to patrol thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2018
United States v. Strickland
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 2:08-cv-00475-ALM-MRA (S.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JI-OH-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2018
Alexander v. Yale
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: Civ. No. N-77-277 (D. Conn.)
ED-CT-0002
This case was the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., which bans sex discrimination in education by institutions that receive federal funding. It further established that sexual harassment of female students could be considered sex discrimination, and was thus illegal.
View Case Detail (ED-CT-0002)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2018
Landmark Settlement in Challenge to NYPD Surveillance of New York Muslims: What You Need to Know
ACLU
Date: Jan. 7, 2016
By: Hina Shamsi (ACLU National Security Project)
Article by director of ACLU's National Security Project describing 2016 joint settlement in Handschu v. Special Services Division and Raza v. City of New York.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2018
Handschu v. Special Services Division (Challenging NYPD Surveillance Practices Targeting Political Groups)
NYCLU
Date: 2008
(ACLU)
Case overview of Handschu v. Special Services Division from New York Civil Liberties Union.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2018
Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.
Center for Constitutional Rights - Active Cases
Date: Jul. 20, 2018
(Center for Constitutional Rights)
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the class action lawsuit in Floyd v. City of New York, has a summary and timeline of the case featured in its "Active Cases."*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2018
Case Study: Floyd v. City of New York
Catalysts for Collaboration
Date: Jan. 1, 2015
(Catalysts for Collaboration)
Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., was a landmark federal class action lawsuit that addressed the controversial stop-and-frisk policies of the New York Police Department. The case was the result of significant collaboration of multiple advocacy, legal, and community groups that challenged ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2018
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Ducey
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01422-SPL (D. Ariz.)
FA-AZ-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-AZ-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2018
States v. U.S. Department of Commerce
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-02921-JMF (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0032
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0032)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2018
United States v. Cooney
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: Crim. A. No. 16837 (D. Colo.)
PN-CO-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-CO-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2018
Roberts v. Sinclair
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00837-RSM-BAT (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0027
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-WA-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 30, 2018
Dowl v. Williams
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00119-HRH (D. Alaska)
PC-AK-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-AK-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 26, 2018
Bandy v. Jury Commission of Lee County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: Civ Action No 720-E (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-AL-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
Elhady v. Piehota
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00375-AJT-JFA (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-VA-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
Afghan and Iraqi Allies v. Pompeo
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01388-TSC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0051
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
S.A. v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-03539-LB (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0125
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0125)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2018
DOJ Investigation of Missoula County Attorney’s Office
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
CJ-MT-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MT-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2018
United States of America v. Leflore County, Mississippi
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00059-DMB-JMV (N.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JI-MS-0011)


LINKS TO THE CLEARINGHOUSE
July 20, 2018
Hill v. Snyder
ACLU Michigan webpage
Date: September 13, 2017
(ACLU of Michigan)
ACLU of Michigan summary of the litigation.*
View Link Detail  


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 20, 2018
J.S.R v. Sessions; V.F.B v Sessions
Yale Law webpage
Date: Summer 2018
(Yale Law School)
Yale Law School clinic summary of the litigation. *
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Trujillo v. United States of America
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00054 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0048
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0048)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
North Carolina Environmental Justice Network v. Taylor
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 4:12-cv-154 (E.D.N.C.)
EJ-NC-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EJ-NC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-NY-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
City of Evanston v. Texaco, Inc.
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 13-cv-2106 (N.D. Ill.)
EJ-IL-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EJ-IL-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Hill v. Snyder
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 5:10-cv-14568-JCO-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
CJ-MI-0003
In November of 2010, juvenile prisoners filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the State of Michigan, challenging the state law that prohibited the Michigan Parole Board from considering for parole those sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder. On January 30, 2013, the Court held that plaintiffs are entitled to a fair and meaningful opportunity to demonstrate that they are appropriate parole candidates, and ordered both parties to provide briefs on what would constitute a "fair and meaningful" opportunity. The defendants appealed the orders from the District Court. On May 11, 2016 the Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the case, urging the District Court to consider new Supreme Court cases and new Michigan Law. On August 3, 2016 the District Court denied the plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction, to prevent re-sentencing of juvenile offenders. The district court's decision to grant the defendant's motion to dismiss was affirmed in part and reversed in part. The plaintiff's ex post facto claims survived and Heck does not bar review of the state's policies and procedures regarding parole eligibility.
View Case Detail (CJ-MI-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Dakota Access
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 16-1534 (D.D.C.)
EJ-DC-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EJ-DC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
A.W. v. South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01346 (D.S.C.)
PB-SC-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-SC-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
Sabata v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-03107 (D. Neb.)
PC-NE-0013
On August 15, 2017, the eleven prisoners filed this class action lawsuit against the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS) and the Nebraska Board of Parole (BOP) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs, claiming violations of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Eighth Amendment. The case is ongoing, and the parties are currently engaged in discovery proceedings.
View Case Detail (PC-NE-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity et al
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01354-CKK (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05427 (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-NY-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
J.S.R. v. Sessions / V.F.B. v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: C.A. No. 3:18cv1106 (VAB) (D. Conn.)
IM-CT-0012
In 2018, two children from Central America filed separate complaints and petitions for habeas corpus ad testificandum in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Plaintiffs alleged that after they had been apprehended by ICE, they were forcibly separated from their parents as part of the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards illegal border crossings, in violation of their Fifth Amendment due process rights. Before the two complaints were filed, a federal district court in California had already held that ICE's forcible family separations violated parents' constitutional rights and ordered the government to reunify them with their children, but the plaintiffs successfully argued that the relief ordered in that case would be inadequate for them, because as children they were not in the class affected by that order. The court ordered ICE to make the parents physically present for a later status conference, and a few days later the government filed a notice of compliance indicating that the plaintiffs would be immediately reunified with their parents and the parents would be paroled from detention by ICE. As of July 20, 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CT-0012)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 18, 2018
The Oyez Project: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 490 US 642 (1989)
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 5, 1989
By: 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 reargument, and the written opinion.*
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
July 18, 2018
Jones v. Gusman
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00859 (E.D. La.)
JC-LA-0028
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-LA-0028)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 18, 2018
Walker v. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Case Category: Public Housing
Trial Docket: 3:85-cv-01210 (N.D. Tex.)
PH-TX-0001
In 1985, several thousand black participants in low-income housing programs in the West Dallas Projects, brought this class action lawsuit against nine Dallas metropolitan suburbs and the Dallas housing authority for purposeful segregation of the participants into West Dallas projects. Following a consent decree, over the next thirty-three years, the Dallas housing authority has worked to develop new projects and provide vouchers for surburban homes with the goal of desegregating the Dallas housing authority under the supervision of the Court, plaintiffs, and a special master.
View Case Detail (PH-TX-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 18, 2018
Barry v. Corrigan
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 13-cv-13185 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2018
People First of Tenn. v. Clover Bottom Devel. Center
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 3:95-cv-01227 (M.D. Tenn.)
ID-TN-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ID-TN-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2018
Doe v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:18-cv-02349-BLF (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0123
A group of Iranian refugees and their U.S. sponsors filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied their refugee resettlement applications en masse in February 2018. The plaintiffs applied for refugee resettlement through the Vienna, Austria-based Lautenberg-Specter program for Iranian religious minorities, but received mass denials with the sole explanation that they were denied "as a matter of discretion." The plaintiffs alleged that this violated the Lautenberg Amendment, which mandates that the denial state "to the maximum extent feasible, the reason for the denial," as well as Fifth Amendment due process and DHS's own regulations. On July 2018, the court declared the denial notices unlawful, and ordered DHS to re-issue new notices. As of July 20, 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0123)


CASE STUDIES
July 16, 2018
"2018 FAIR HOUSING TRENDS REPORT"
http://nationalfairhousing.org
Date: January 2018
By: Shanti Abedin, Cathy Cloud, Alia Fierro, Debby Goldberg, Jorge Andres Soto, and Morgan Williams (National Fair Housing Alliance)
Imagine the house you grew up in, the local pool you swam in, shopping in a grocery store full of fresh fruits and vegetables, the great school you attended with your friends, and the doctor nearby who took care of you when you were sick. That’s how all of us would like to remember our childhoods ...
View Case Study Detail  


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 16, 2018
2018 FAIR HOUSING TRENDS REPORT
http://nationalfairhousing.org
Date: January 2018
By: Shanti Abedin, Cathy Cloud, Alia Fierro, Debby Goldberg, Jorge Andres Soto, and Morgan Williams (National Fair Housing Alliance)
Imagine the house you grew up in, the local pool you swam in, shopping in a grocery store full of fresh fruits and vegetables, the great school you attended with your friends, and the doctor nearby who took care of you when you were sick. That’s how all of us would like to remember our childhoods ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 16, 2018
SINGLETON ET. AL. V. CANNIZZARO ET. AL
http://www.civilrightscorps.org
Date: March 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/prosecutor-project/
The Prosecutor Project's initiating piece of litigation, this lawsuit seeks to end the unconstitutional deception and jailing of crime victims and witnesses by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit details District Attorney Cannizzaro’s illegal scheme of fabricating ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2018
Speech First v. Schlissel
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-11451 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-MI-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2018
National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FH-DC-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2018
Torres v. Goddard
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-02482-SMM (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0007
In October 2006, three individuals who sent money through a wire transfer and had that money seized filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Arizona Attorney General under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging hat the seizures violated their rights secured by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs were ultimately unable to recover because the defendants had qualified immunity.
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
Davis v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-00699-SAS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NY-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
U.S. v. City of Columbus, Ohio
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-01097 (S.D. Ohio)
PN-OH-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-OH-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
DOJ Investigation of the St. Louis County Family Court
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
CJ-MO-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0019)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 11, 2018
RECENT RETALIATION CASES IN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW
American Bar Association
Date: October 2009
By: William R. Tamayo (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
In Fiscal Year 2008, 95,402 charges were filed with the EEOC, reflecting a significant jump form the numbers of charges filed in FY 2007 (82,792) and in FY 2006 (75,768). The retaliation charges increases significantly from 22,555 in FY 2006 to 26,663 in FY 2007 to 32,690 in FY 2008. For a more ...
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CASE STUDIES
July 11, 2018
"RECENT RETALIATION CASES IN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW "
American Bar Association
Date: October 2009
By: William R. Tamayo (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
In Fiscal Year 2008, 95,402 charges were filed with the EEOC, reflecting a significant jump form the numbers of charges filed in FY 2007 (82,792) and in FY 2006 (75,768). The retaliation charges increases significantly from 22,555 in FY 2006 to 26,663 in FY 2007 to 32,690 in FY 2008. For a more ...
View Case Study Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
U.S. v. City of Albuquerque
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:14-CV-1025-RB-SMV (D.N.M.)
PN-NM-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NM-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Anderson v. Lake
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-01236-HE (W.D. Okla.)
PB-OK-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-OK-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Stinson v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 10-cv-04228 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NY-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Hassan v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-03401-WJM-MF (D.N.J.)
PN-NJ-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NJ-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Copeland v. Jones
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00452 (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0024)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Barham v. Ramsey
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:02-cv-02283-EGS-JMF (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-DC-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Duran v. Martinez
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:77-cv-00721 (D.N.M.)
PC-NM-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-NM-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Dowdy v. El-Caruso
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 06-cv-11765 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0031
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-MI-0031)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Wieland v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-01577 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-MO-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:11-CV-3425 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0455
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, for alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that since November of 2005 Bass Pro engaged in a nationwide pattern or practice of denying employment to qualified black and Hispanic applicants and that it retaliated against employees who opposed actions they perceived as unlawful. The case settled in July 2017. Bass Pro paid a total of $10.5 million in damages to be distributed among qualified Black and Hispanic applicants who were denied employment between February 2007 and April 2010. Bass Pro was also required to reform many of its hiring and conduct policies. The retains jurisdiction over this case until January 2021.
View Case Detail (EE-TX-0455)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Nichols Gas and Oil, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 6:05-cv-06482-CJS-MWP (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0117
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0117)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. GRACE CHURCH
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-CV-5302 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0063)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. HONDA OF AMERICA
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-00233-MHW-TPK (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-OH-0034)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. HANNABERY HVAC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-4331 TMG (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0085
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-PA-0085)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Qwest Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 6:05-cv-01521-HO (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-OR-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:04-cv-01892 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-TX-0183)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. VIDEO ONLY INC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-01362-KI (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-OR-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Davis v. Abercrombie
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 11-cv-00144-LEK-BMK (D. Haw.)
PC-HI-0005
Hawaiian residents of Native Hawaiian ancestry held in for-profit prisons in Arizona filed this class action lawsuit against the State of Hawaii and CoreCivic. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant prisons prohibited them from exercising their constitutional and statutory rights to practice their religion. The case involved extensive litigation, with class and sub-class certification granted. However, the case resolved via a settlement that the court held as valid under principles of contract law.
View Case Detail (PC-HI-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-01570 (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0019
On June 18, 2012, prisoners at ADX-Florence, a "Supermax" facility, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and certain BOP officials who are responsible for the operation of ADX. Plaintiffs claim that the defendants violated BOP policy and the Eighth Amendment by failing to properly diagnose and treat prisoners at ADX with serious mental illness. They sought injunctive relief requiring reform of the mental health care system at ADX, among other relief. On December 19, 2016, Judge Richard P. Matsch approved a settlement agreement, which contains negotiated substantive provisions regarding screening and diagnosis of mental illness, provision of mental health care, suicide prevention, and conditions of confinement to reduce the risk of the development or exacerbation of mental illness. On January 17, 2017, Judge Matsch issued a stipulated order certifying the settlement class and subclass and dismissing the action with prejudice, subject to the court’s retention of jurisdiction for enforcement. One objector appealed this settlement approval decision, but the Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court's approval on September 21, 2017. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0021)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
EEOC v. REPUBLIC SVCS OF SOUTHERN NEVADA
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: CV-S-04-1352-HDM-LRL (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0031
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NV-0031)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Mitchell v. Cate
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:08-cv-01196-RAJ (E.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0056
In 2008, a California inmate filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, alleging that the CDCR acted unconstitutionally by segregating the prisoners by race and locking down an entire race of prisoners due to the actions of certain prisoners of that race. The case survived the defendants' motion to dismiss and class certification was granted. In October 2014, the parties entered into a stipulated settlement agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the CDCR agreed to a number of terms, including to cease implementation of race-based modified programs or lockdowns; to provide outdoor activity to prisoners in a modified program or lockdown for longer than fourteen days; to revise its policies concerning modified programs and lockdowns, and to train its staff on modified programs and lockdowns. The defendants also agreed to pay attorneys fees and costs. The court retained jurisdiction for 18 months to enforce compliance with the agreement, and on December 20, 2016, the parties filed notice that the court’s jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement had terminated and that the case was dismissed with prejudice in its entirety. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
EEOC v. Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air conditioning Contractors
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-02717-STA-tmp (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0123
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 3, 2018
The Consequences of Brown v. Plata Are Nothing to Dismiss: The California Prison Case Continues
https://abovethelaw.com
Date: October 2017
By: Tamara Tabo (Above the Law)
https://abovethelaw.com/2013/10/the-consequences-of-brown-v-plata-are-nothing-to-dismiss-the-california-prison-case-continues/
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July 3, 2018
Prison Overcrowding and Brown v. Plata
https://newrepublic.com
Date: June 2011
By: Marie Gottschalk (The New Republic)
https://newrepublic.com/article/89575/prison-overcrowding-brown-plata-supreme-court-california
Today the United States is the world’s warden, incarcerating more people than any other country. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, it has 25 percent of its prisoners. Since the 1970s, the United States has built the largest penal system in the world to accommodate a sixfold ...
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July 3, 2018
BROWN V. PLATA ACLU
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 2011
By: ACLU
https://www.aclu.org/cases/brown-v-plata
Whether a federal court appropriately exercised its authority by ordering the State of California to reduce the size of its prison population, which was more than double the system’s intended capacity, after dozens of remedial orders had failed for more than a decade to ensure that California ...
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July 3, 2018
DAMUS V. NIELSEN
https://www.aclu.org
Date: March 2018
By: ACLU
https://www.aclu.org/cases/damus-v-nielsen
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Human Rights First, and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
EEOC v. HELMERICH & PAYNE INTERNATIONAL DRILLING COMPANY
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:05-cv-00691-DPJ-JCS (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0025
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-MS-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
EEOC v. Sara Lee Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:06-cv-04176-LLP (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0009
In September 2006, the EEOC filed a complaint against Sara Lee Corporation, alleging racial discrimination. The case ended in a settlement granting injunctive and monetary relief to the claimants.
View Case Detail (EE-SD-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Rafferty v. Doar
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01410 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0031
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0031)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Damus v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00578-JEB (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0045
This class action suit, filed on March 15, 2018, sought to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from exercising its policy and practice of detaining asylum seekers in order to deter other potential migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, were asylum seekers who had been imprisoned without individualized determinations that they posed a flight risk or danger to the community. They asserted violations of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Fifth Amendment Due Process. The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Plata v. Brown
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:01-cv-01351-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0018
In 2001, ten male California inmates filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, against officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), alleging that the CDCR's medical services were inadequate, and violated the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and section 504 of Rehabilitation Act. The court ordered injunctive relief and as of April 5, 2017, the defendants are still working to remedy deficiencies in the provision of medical care to prisoners.
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CASE STUDIES
July 2, 2018
"Prison Reforms Can Have Positive Impact on Kids, Expert Says"
The Council of State Governments Justice Center website
Date: October 2016
By: Emily Nohr (The Council of State Governments Justice Center)
Lawmakers can protect the children of nonviolent inmates by expanding existing prison reforms and working with judges who sentence parents, a leading expert in sentencing said Tuesday.

Children of such offenders suffer from low academic achievement and struggle as they become adults, ...
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July 2, 2018
Prison Reforms Can Have Positive Impact on Kids, Expert Says
The Council of State Governments Justice Center website
Date: October 2016
By: Emily Nohr (The Council of State Governments Justice Center)
Lawmakers can protect the children of nonviolent inmates by expanding existing prison reforms and working with judges who sentence parents, a leading expert in sentencing said Tuesday.

Children of such offenders suffer from low academic achievement and struggle as they become adults, ...
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CASE STUDIES
July 2, 2018
"Group Studying Why Prison Population is Up While Crime Declines"
The Council of State Governments Justice Center website
Date: August 2014
By: JoAnne Young (The Council of State Governments Justice Center)
Crime decreased 20 percent in Nebraska over the past 10 years, and adult arrests decreased 15 percent.

So why has Nebraska’s inmate population climbed 17 percent? Why are the state’s prisons at 157 percent of capacity? And what might explain the growth spike over the past two years? ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 2, 2018
Group Studying Why Prison Population is Up While Crime Declines
The Council of State Governments Justice Center website
Date: August 2014
By: JoAnne Young (The Council of State Governments Justice Center)
Crime decreased 20 percent in Nebraska over the past 10 years, and adult arrests decreased 15 percent.

So why has Nebraska’s inmate population climbed 17 percent? Why are the state’s prisons at 157 percent of capacity? And what might explain the growth spike over the past two years? ...
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July 2, 2018
BURKS, ET AL. V. SCOTT COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
aclu.org
Date: Jun. 27, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
After learning that the Scott County Detention Center in Mississippi has held people for as long as a year without indicting them or appointing counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Mississippi, and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed a class action suit ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Stanley v. BarBri
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-01113 (N.D. Tex.)
DR-TX-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-TX-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Mohamed v. Holder
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-00050-AJT-TRJ (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0004
The plaintiff, a citizen and resident of the U.S. who was denied boarding a flight from Kuwait to the U.S., filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that his inclusion on the No Fly List constitutes various constitutional violations and unlawful agency action. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia initially concluded that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the matter, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded. On remand, the federal government moved to dismiss the plaintiff's claims on various grounds, which the District Court largely rejected. On June 20, 2017, the court entered judgment in favor of the United States and against the plaintiff. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
ACLU v. US Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:09-cv-00642-RSL (W.D. Wash.)
NS-WA-0002
On May 8, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") of Washington filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the Western District of Washington. The ACLU sued the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). The ACLU asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to compel the DOJ to disclose and release records it was improperly withholding from the ACLU regarding the National Crime Information Center Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File ("CVGTOF"), which contains entries on suspected terrorist organizations and individuals. Though the DOJ moved to dismiss the case, on March 10, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik only granted the motion to dismiss in part, and ordered the DOJ to edit any inappropriate redactions and provide the Court with more facts that would justify a claimed exemption. After some back and forth regarding the confidentiality of the requested documents, the DOJ was required to release certain documents and on March 7, 2013 the parties came to an agreement whereby the United States was to pay the ACLU $50,000 within 60 days via wire transfer, as full settlement for attorneys' fees and costs incurred by the ACLU in this lawsuit. This case is closed.
View Case Detail (NS-WA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Burks v. Scott County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-00745-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
CJ-MS-0003
Two Scott County, Mississippi residents who had been arrested and detained filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued Scott County, an Eighth Circuit Judge, and Scott County Justice Court judges. The plaintiffs alleged that they were indefinitely detained without individualized bail hearings in Scott County and were indefinitely denied counsel throughout the Eighth Circuit Court District, which violated their Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The parties settled the case in July 2017, requiring the county to provide arrestees with applications for legal representation before their first court appearance.
View Case Detail (CJ-MS-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
U.S. v. State of Georgia
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:09-CV-0119 (N.D. Ga.)
MH-GA-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (MH-GA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
Raza v. City of New York
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-03448 (E.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
Wallace v. Powell/H.T. v. Ciavarella
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:09-cv-00286 (M.D. Pa.)
JI-PA-0007
In February 2009, children and parents who experienced adjudication under judges were accepted payments from private child care facilities and construction companies to place the children into those private facilities brought this class action under RICO and § 1983. The case was consolidated with two other class actions and several other civil actions. The parties settled with various defendants over the following six years. The case remains open.
View Case Detail (JI-PA-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
U.S. v. Robertson County (TN)
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-00392 (M.D. Tenn.)
JC-TN-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-TN-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
United States v. Mohamud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:10-CR-00475-KI-1 (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-OR-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
Keyes v. School District No. 1
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:69-cv-01499-RPM (D. Colo.)
SD-CO-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-CO-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
EEOC v. CONSOLIDATED RESORTS, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-01104-LDG-GWF (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0009
In 2006, the EEOC sued Consolidated Reports in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada alleging violations of Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination. The complaint alleged and employee of the defendant sexually harassed the charging party and created a hostile work environment. In 2008, the case settled when the parties agreed to a 1 year consent decree requiring the defendant to pay $55,000 to the charging party, to adopt anti-discrimination policies, provide training to employees, and comply with other requirements.
View Case Detail (EE-NV-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
United States v. Santa Fe County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:08-cv-00212 (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-NM-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0121
This 2018 class action lawsuit was brought by a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiff alleged that the DHS, ICE, and several other government agencies had violated the Asylum Act, the APA, and the Fifth Amendment by separating the plaintiff and her daughter under the Trump Administration's policy of family separation. The court has granted class certification and a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0121)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 26, 2018
State of Hawaii v. Trump_Full Summary
Date: Jun. 26, 2018
(Civil Rights Clearinghouse Law Student)
Full summary of State of Hawaii v. Trump *
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 26, 2018
Driver v. Marion County Sheriff
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-2076 (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-IN-0024)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2018
Judge Sets Guidelines for Lincoln Hills
https://urbanmilwaukee.com
Date: July 2017
By: Gretchen Schuldt, (Wisconsin Justice Initiative)
https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2017/07/05/court-watch-judge-sets-guidelines-for-lincoln-hills/
The state’s Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons must reduce the maximum amount of time incarcerated youths are held in solitary confinement, a federal judge told lawyers involved in a lawsuit over abusive conditions at the institutions. Other guidelines call for a reduction in the use ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 25, 2018
Settlement Agreement
Prison Legal News
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: Prison Legal News
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
State of Washington v. Trump
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01510-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
FA-WA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-WA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
United States v. Lake County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-00476 (N.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-IN-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Human Rights Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-1082 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0032
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-OH-0032)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Smentek v. Sheriff of Cook County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:09-cv-00529 (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0047
On January 27, 2009, current and former inmates at the Cook County Jail filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County and Cook County, IL in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs asked the court for damages and injunctive relief. In May 2018, the parties reached a settlement whereby the defendant County would establish a settlement fund in the amount of $5,563,000. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JC-IL-0047)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Abadia-Peixoto v. DHS
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-4001 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0070
In 2011, civil immigration detainees filed this lawsuit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Executive Office of Immigration Review for violating the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment by shackling adult detainees. The case settled on March 6, 2014, with defendants agreeing to only restrain violent or combative detainees, with the detainees retaining the right to appeal their restraint. The defendanst also paid $350,000 in attorneys' fees. This case is closed.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0070)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
J.J. v. Litscher
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
JI-WI-0004
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by four minor children under the custody of the Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by wrongfully and unlawfully imposing solitary confinement, mechanical constraints, chemical agents such as pepper spray, and strip searches on the minor prisoners. In September 2017, the parties reached a settlement to change the policies and practices regarding the above punishments. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JI-WI-0004)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 22, 2018
CAIR-Chicago, Hughes Socol Law Firm Sue USCIS, DHS Over Secret Citizenship Vetting Program
CAIR-Chicago Press Center
Date: May 1, 2018
By: CAIR-Chicago
(CHICAGO, IL, 5/1/2018) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), in conjunction with the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick and Dym, Ltd. (HSPRD), today announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-03097 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-IL-0021)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Jewett v. California Forensic Medical Group
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00882-MCE-AC (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0126)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Parenti v. County of Monterey
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:14-cv-05481-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0118
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0118)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Topete v. County of San Bernardino
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-00355 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0125
On February 29th, 2016, a convicted prisoner filed a class action against the San Bernardino County under §1983, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that the county violated the inmates Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. In March 2018, the parties reached a settlement and proposed a consent decree. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
EEOC v. Autozone Stores
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-00862-TJC-MCR (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-FL-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Smith v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00161-ABJ (D.D.C.)
CJ-DC-0003
In November 2014, a man who had been left in jail for twenty-three days after his court-ordered release date filed this lawsuit in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff alleged that his overdetention was illegal false imprisonment, constituted negligence on the part of the defendants, and violated his due process rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. In March 2018, the court granted summary judgment to some but not all of the plaintiff's claims. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (CJ-DC-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2018
United States v. County of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County Sheriff [USDOJ CRIPA Investigation]
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-05903 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2018
Dayo v. Napolitano
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-00728 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0069
On January 1, 2011, immigrants whose work authorization was denied filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Plaintiffs claimed asserting that their applications had been unlawfully denied due to the misinterpretation of the federal immigration law. On August 9, 2012, the court dismissed the case pursuant to a settlement agreement, in which USCIS recognized that adjustment of status application properly renewed with the immigration court by an alien in removal proceedings constitutes a "pending" application for purposes of renewing employment authorization.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0069)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 20, 2018
Times v. Target
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-02993 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0295
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0295)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 20, 2018
Goodman v. City of New York
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-05236-RJS (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0287
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0287)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2018
Aragon v. Raemisch
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01744 (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0027
This 2017 class action lawsuit was brought by four prisoners under the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiffs claimed that the CDOC and other defendants had violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment by refusing to give the plaintiffs medically necessary treatment for Hepatitis C. The plaintiffs have moved to certify class. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-CO-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2018
New York Times Company v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-07439-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-NY-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2018
Coleman v. New York
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-07265 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0293
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0293)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2018
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00176-JDL (D. Me.)
IM-ME-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-ME-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 11, 2018
Challenging Unconstitutional Driver’s License Suspensions
https://www.law.upenn.edu
Date: March 2018
By: Harmann Singh (University of Pennsylvania Law School Law Student)
https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/news/7910-challenging-unconstitutional-drivers-license
Millions of people across the nation have suffered the suspension or revocation of driver’s licenses for the nonpayment of court fines and fees. Forty-three states suspend driver’s licenses and three others prevent renewals for unpaid court debt. Only four states (California, Kentucky, Georgia, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 8, 2018
Dumont v. Lyon FAQ
http://www.aclumich.org/
Date: Sep. 19, 2017
By: ACLU of Michigan
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 8, 2018
Wyoming’s Boot Camp Program for Young, First-Time Offenders Openly Discriminates Against Women in Favor of Men
aclu.org
Date: Jul. 26, 2017
By: Stephan Pevar (ACLU)
Wyoming, like many states, has a “boot camp” program for young, first-time offenders. If the “booter” did well, the judge will likely release the person on probation or place the offender in a halfway house. Ms. Blanchard, a 23-year-old first-time offender who was convicted of a drug- ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 7, 2018
Federal Prisoners Sue Over Unconstitutional Isolation Practices
Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Date: Jun. 9, 2017
By: Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
The DC Prisoners’ Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs filed a class action lawsuit today alleging that the Federal Bureau of Prisons has systematically mistreated seriously mentally ill prisoners at the United States Penitentiary at Lewisburg, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 4, 2018
Hieleras (Iceboxes) in the Rio Grande Valley Sector: Lengthy Detention, Deplorable Conditions, and Abuse in CBP Holding Cells
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Dec. 17, 2015
By: Guillermo Cantor (American Immigration Council)
This report focuses on two aspects of detention in CBP facilities in RGV. First, based on never-before-released government data and documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), it examines length of detention. Second, analyzing new survey data from the Binational Defense and ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 1, 2018
"The mascot that wouldn’t die: a case study of fan identification and mascot loyalty"
Taylor & Francis Online
Date: July 2017
By: Brad Schultz & Mary Lou Sheffer (Journal of Sport in Society)
The issue of sports mascot loyalty, especially to those mascots considered offensive, was investigated through fan identification theory, and applied to the mascot controversy at a large university in the United States. Replicating a previous university survey on the mascot question, a survey of ...
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June 1, 2018
The mascot that wouldn’t die: a case study of fan identification and mascot loyalty
Taylor & Francis Online
Date: July 2017
By: Brad Schultz & Mary Lou Sheffer (Journal of Sport in Society)
The issue of sports mascot loyalty, especially to those mascots considered offensive, was investigated through fan identification theory, and applied to the mascot controversy at a large university in the United States. Replicating a previous university survey on the mascot question, a survey of ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 1, 2018
"Ending the Era of Harmful “Indian” Mascots "
National Congress of American Indians
Date: November 2013
By: National Congress of American Indians
NCAI's Long Standing Opposition to Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots

As the nation’s oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization, NCAI has long held a clear position against derogatory and harmful stereotypes of Native people— ...
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June 1, 2018
Ending the Era of Harmful “Indian” Mascots
National Congress of American Indians
Date: November 2013
By: National Congress of American Indians
NCAI's Long Standing Opposition to Harmful "Indian" Sports Mascots

As the nation’s oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization, NCAI has long held a clear position against derogatory and harmful stereotypes of Native people— ...
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May 30, 2018
Judge limits St. Louis police tactics like chemical agents used in protests
http://www.stltoday.com
Date: November 2017
By: Robert Patrick (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/federal-judge-restricts-st-louis-police-conduct-during-protests/article_32df73a2-26e9-5478-bb20-34ad5f512e0d.html?utm_content=bufferece41&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=LEEDC
A federal judge issued on November 15, 2017, a wide-ranging restrictions on the ability of St. Louis police to declare protests “unlawful” and use chemical agents against protesters.*
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May 29, 2018
Murray v. County of Santa Barbara: Prisoners file class action lawsuit for failures to provide basic health care and to meet ADA requirements at the Santa Barbara County Jail
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org
Date: March 2018
By: Disability Rights California
https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/cases/murray-v-county-of-santa-barbara
On December 6, 2017, DRC and co-counsel filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners in the Santa Barbara County Jail, claiming that conditions at the jail do not meet minimum standards under the U.S. Constitution as well as federal and state disability law. The lawsuit alleges that ...
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May 25, 2018
FFRF prevails: Trump administration admits Johnson Amendment still in force
ffrf.org
Date: Aug. 30, 2017
By: Freedom From Religion Foundation
President Trump has failed to fulfill his promise to “get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment,” according to an admission filed in court by his own lawyers.

The Department of Justice filing comes in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s federal lawsuit ...
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May 24, 2018
University of Denver to Pay $2.66 Million and Increase Salaries to Settle EEOC Equal Pay Lawsuit
https://www.eeoc.gov
Date: May 1018
By: EEOC
The University of Denver will pay $2.66 million and furnish other relief to settle a pay discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today. The EEOC's lawsuit charged that the university violated federal law by paying a ...
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May 22, 2018
Cary restaurant must pay up in sexual harrassment suit
Triangle Business Journal
Date: Sep. 16, 2008
By: Chris Coletta (Triangle Business Journal)
A judge has awarded two former employees at Cinelli’s Restaurant in Cary nearly $90,000 in damages in a ruling in a federal sexual harrasment lawsuit. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Tuesday that the female employees, Meghan O’Connell and Brittany Bumgarner, were in a “ ...
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