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 14, 2019
County of Santa Clara v. U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-02916 (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0052
The County of Santa Clara and various healthcare providers sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Northern District of California for violating the Administrative Procedure Act and various Constitutional clauses in a Final Rule published on May 21, 2019. The Rule, which plaintiffs call the “Denial-of-Care” Rule, changes the way healthcare institutions must protect and accommodate healthcare providers’ religious objections to providing certain medical services. Plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief to strike down the Rule as unlawful and unconstitutional, and enjoin Defendants from implementing and enforcing it. On June 11, 2019, plaintiffs filed a motion for a nationwide preliminary injunction to enjoin the Rule. On June 13, 2019, the court issued an order relating two other Ninth Circuit cases challenging the same HHS rule to this case. Because one or more of the parties in these cases declined to consent to have a magistrate judge hear their cases, all three were randomly reassigned to District Court Judge William Alsup. Judge Alsup noted that plaintiffs in each case filed motions for preliminary relief, and scheduled a hearing on said motions for July 17, 2019. On July 1, the court issued an order approving a stipulated request made by the parties. The order postponed the effective date of the Final Rule to November 22, 2019, and suspended the preliminary injunction motions. It also set a schedule for summary judgement discussions, with a hearing scheduled for October 30, 2019. On July 8, the court issued an order granting all three cases’ parties’ Joint Administrative Motion for Relief from Automatic Referral to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Multi-Option Program, excusing them from mandatory participation. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0052)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2019
State of Washington v. Azar
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-03040-SAB (E.D. Wash.)
PR-WA-0001
On March 5, 2019, the State of Washington filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for violating Title X’s “Nondirective Mandate,” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Title X generally, and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. § 706). On March 4, 2019, HHS published a Final Rule, scheduled to go into effect on May 3, 2019, which would alter longstanding regulations governing Title X grants for family planning services. Washington sought declaratory and injunctive relief to invalidate the Final Rule and prohibit HHS from implementing or enforcing it, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees. On March 18, 2019, this case was consolidated for pretrial proceedings with a separate case filed by the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA; a national membership organization of Title X providers that operate or administer more than 3,500 health centers providing family planning services to more than 3.7 million patients each year), a Washington-based NFPRHA member organization, and two health care professionals, challenging the same HHS Rule on behalf of themselves and their patients. Washington and the NFPRHA parties filed preliminary injunctions on March 22, 2019, seeking to prohibit HHS from implementing the Final Rule. Judge Bastian granted plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, enjoining the Final Rule nationwide until further order of the court. On May 3, 2019, defendants filed a notice of appeal and motion to stay the preliminary injunction, as well as a notice of interlocutory and preliminary injunction appeal regarding plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction. On June 20, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a three-judge panel per curiam decision granting defendant’s motion to stay pending appeal. The Ninth Circuit noted that the Final Rule was challenged in federal court in California, Oregon, and Washington (this case), and district courts in each case granted plaintiffs’ preliminary injunction motions on nearly identical grounds. HHS appealed in each case and sought to stay the injunctions pending a decision of the merits of its appeals. The panel found that HHS was likely to prevail on the merits of the case, and that the remaining factors also favored a stay pending appeal. On June 25, 2019, plaintiffs in the Oregon and Washington cases filed an emergency motion for reconsideration en banc regarding the stay. On July 3, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered that the three cases (California, Oregon, and Washington) be reheard en banc, and that the motions for stay pending appeal granted by the Ninth Circuit panel would not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit. On July 11, 2019, the Ninth Circuit en banc court denied the motions for administrative stay of the three-judge panel’s order granting defendant’s motion to stay pending appeal. The en banc court stated they would proceed expeditiously to rehear and reconsider the merits of Defendant-Appellants’ motions for stay of the district courts’ preliminary injunction orders pending consideration of the appeals on the merits. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PR-WA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2019
Trump v. Committee on Oversight and Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-01136-APM (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0016
On April 22, 2019, President Donald Trump (in his capacity as a private citizen) and various Trump entities filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Representative Elijah E. Cummings (in his official capacity as Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform), Peter Kenny (in his official capacity as Chief Investigative Counsel of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform), and Mazars USA LLP. Plaintiffs alleged that a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform (Committee) on April 15, 2019 to Mazars USA LLP (Plaintiff’s longtime accountant), seeking financial records and information from 2011 through 2018, was unenforceable because it had no legitimate legislative purpose and to take action under the Declaratory Judgment Act (28 U.S.C. § 2201). They asked the court to issue a declaratory judgement that the subpoena was invalid and unenforceable, permanent injunctions to “quash” the subpoena and prevent the committee from enforcing or using it in any way, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction prohibiting Mazars from producing any information related to the subpoena, and reasonable costs and expenses including attorneys’ fees. The case was assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. On May 20, the court issued an opinion entering judgement in favor of the Oversight Committee and against plaintiffs. The court explained that Congress has broad investigative authority (playing an important “informing” function, but confined by Constitutional structures and Supreme Court precedent), and that courts tasked with deciding whether Congress has used its investigative power improperly must be highly deferential to the legislative branch. The court found that the legislative reasons offered by the Committee adequately justified the subpoena (and noted that the Committee had identified several pieces of actual legislation that it asserted was related to its overall investigation of the President), and that the Plaintiff’s contentions as to why those reasons were invalid were not persuasive. It also declined to grant a request made by Plaintiffs at the oral argument seeking to stay the return date of the subpoena beyond the seven days already agreed upon by the parties, pending final appellate review by the D.C. Circuit. Defendants appealed the court’s ruling on May 21. On July 12, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit court heard oral argument regarding the appeal. The appeal is pending.
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2019
In Re: Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:08-mc-00442-TFH (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0124
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0124)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 30, 2019
A Mental-Health Crisis in Alabama’s Prisons
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/alabama-prison-mental-illness/532242/
Date: July 2017
By: Matt Ford (The Atlantic)
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2019
Hines v. Anderson
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 73-387 (D. Minn.)
PC-MN-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-MN-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2019
Dixon v. City of St. Louis
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00112 (E.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0023)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 21, 2019
Mays v. County of Sacramento
disabilityrightsca.org
Date: 07/31/2018
By: Disability Rights California
Brief summary of the subject matter of the case, with detailed summaries on individual plaintiffs and links to key documents, press releases, and news coverage.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 19, 2019
Briggs v. Mass. Dept. of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-40162 (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0046
In November 2015, plaintiff inmates with hearing disabilities sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction and the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Constitution of the United States. After mediation, the parties settled in 2019. Enforcement of the settlement remains in effect for a period of three years.
View Case Detail (PC-MA-0046)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 18, 2019
Project Civic Access Settlement Agreement
ADA
Date: July 2008
By: Department of Justice
The Department of Justice (DOJ) initiated a compliance review of Humboldt County, California under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The DOJ and Humboldt County entered a Project Civic Access settlement agreement with Humboldt County to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2019
United States by Clark v. H. K. Porter Company, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 67-363 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0127
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-AL-0127)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 16, 2019
Dent v. St. Louis- San Francisco Railway Company
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: No. 66-65 (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0126
After pursuing resolution of employment discrimination charges with the EEOC and failing to achieve voluntary compliance by the defendants, an African American employee filed this class action lawsuit against his former railway employer and union in the Northern District of Alabama. The plaintiff alleged that the railroad company had terminated the employment of the plaintiff and other African Americans on account of race, eliminated the job classifications in which they were employed, excluded them from employment in other job classifications, and maintained racially segregated facilities, and that the railroad union maintained racially segregated local unions. He sought injunctive relief to enjoin the defendants from continuing their practices which deprived the plaintiff and other similarly situated employees of equal employment opportunities.
View Case Detail (EE-AL-0126)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 15, 2019
U.S. v. New Castle County
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 85-692 (D. Del.)
EE-DE-0040
The Department of Justice sued a county over a physical agility test for police recruits that disproportionately burdened women.
View Case Detail (EE-DE-0040)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 14, 2019
Smith v. Aroostook County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00352 (D. Me.)
JC-ME-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-ME-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 14, 2019
Mengelkoch v. Industrial Welfare Commission
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 66-1618 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0356
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0356)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 12, 2019
Osgood v. Harrah's Entertainment, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00-CV-00284 (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0124
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NJ-0124)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 12, 2019
Washington v. City of New York
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-12306 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0073
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-NY-0073)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 11, 2019
Want to Shrink the Prison Population? Look at Parole.
Date: Feb. 11, 2019
By: Beth Schwartzapfel (The Marshall Project)
Provides background facts for the Gasca v. Precythe case filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The article discusses the central issues of the class action and reviews previous Supreme Court case holdings that might apply to Gasca v. Precythe. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2019
Gasca v. Precythe
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-04149 (W.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2019
Georgia Advocacy Office v. Jackson
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-01634-WMR-JFK (N.D. Ga.)
JC-GA-0034
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-GA-0034)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2019
Ross v. Blount
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-11076-LJM-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
CJ-MI-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MI-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
His Clients Weren’t Complaining. But the Judge Said This Lawyer Worked Too Hard.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/indigent-defense-lawyer-texas.html
Date: March 2018
By: Richard A. Oppel Jr. (The New York Times)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
M.J. v. District of Columbia
http://www.bazelon.org/mj-v-district-of-columbia
Date: August 2018
(Bazelon Center)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Bagnall v. Sebelius
https://www.medicareadvocacy.org/bagnall-v-sebelius-no-11-1703-d-conn-filed-november-3-2011/
(Center for Medicare Advocacy)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Alexander v. Azar - Litigation
https://www.justiceinaging.org/our-work/litigation/alexander-v-azar-litigation
(Justice in Aging)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents
CharlieSavage.com
Date: October 2015
By: Charlie Savage (New York Times)
With Laura Poitras, one of the recipients of the Snowden archive, NY Times reporter Charlie Savage wrote a story mapping out some of the major rulings of the FISA Court after 9/11 that affected Americans’ privacy rights and that the public did not know about. He then filed a lengthy FOIA request ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Agency Accountability Report - Fiscal Year 2017-2018
Date: Sep. 21, 2018
By: Stirling, Bryan P., Director (South Carolina Department of Corrections)
The original correctional system in South Carolina was established in 1866 when the South Carolina Legislature passed an Act creating the first State-level prison for felons housed in county facilities. In 1960, the South Carolina Governor decided to end the abuses of the correctional system, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
RECENT COURT FILING
Date: Jan. 1, 2016
By: Harvard Law Review
“The Constitution of the United States guarantees adequate counsel
for indigent defendants, and the Department of Justice is committed to
ensuring that right is met,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in
September 2015. Yet this commitment is a relatively recent development ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
EEOC v. IBEW Local 3
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:84-cv-03373-WK-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0084
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0084)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
Adams v. Rankin County Board of Education
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:67-cv-04156 (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0029
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0029)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
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
June 10, 2019
Friedmann v. Corrections Corporation of America
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 08-1105-I (State Court)
PC-TN-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-TN-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
McNeal v. Tate County School District
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 2:70-cv-00029-WAP (N.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0025
This is a school desegregation case arising out of Tate County, Mississippi. A 1970 desegregation order is still being enforced as of March 2017 as the school district continues to struggle with how to draw and maintain attendance zones that create a unitary school system.
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
Montgomery v. Starkville Municipal Separate School District
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:83-cv-00293-MPM (N.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0024)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
DOJ Monitoring of Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Camps
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: (No Court)
JI-CA-0025
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JI-CA-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
T.R. v. South Carolina General Assembly and DOC
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2005-CP-40-02925 (State Court)
PC-SC-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-SC-0006)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
STATEMENT OF THE PLAINTIFFS IN CRUZ-GUZMAN V. STATE OF MINNESOTA EDUCATIONAL ADEQUACY CASE
Date: Nov. 5, 2015
By: Daniel Shulman
Today we are pleased to announce that we have filed an educational
adequacy lawsuit in Hennepin County District Court against the State of
Minnesota on behalf of all children in Saint Paul and Minneapolis public
schools. The lawsuit challenges the unlawful and unconstitutional ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
Justiciability of State Law School Segregation Claims
Date: Jul. 31, 2018
By: Will Stancil; Jim Hilbert (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
Courts have always been the final repository of hope for parents
and students who feel that their schools are consigning them to
second-class citizenship. In the United States, no modern
educational injustice has a longer or more abusive history than racial
segregation, and ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
DOE V. ARPAIO
Date: Mar. 1, 2010
By: ACLU
Women in prison do not lose their reproductive rights. Being incarcerated does not mean a woman gives up her right to have an abortion any more than it means that she gives up her right to bear a child.

The ACLU brought this legal challenge in 2004 after learning that Maricopa County ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
CRUZ-GUZMAN V. STATE OF MINNESOTA
Date: Jun. 1, 2017
By: ACLU Minnesota
On July 24, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-2 that separation-of-powers principles do not prevent the courts from ruling on whether the legislature has violated its duty to ensure an equal education opportunity, free from racial segregation and discrimination. The case will continue ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
GENESEE VALLEY CHAPTER -- TAKING ON THE TOUGHEST SHERIFF
Date: Jan. 27, 2010
By: Scott Forsyth (ACLU of New York)
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County prides himself on being "America's Toughest Sheriff." He also is America's most litigious one. He has commenced a score of lawsuits and defended thousands. Most of the latter involve civil rights violations. His record is not good. Examine a recent ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Cruz-Guzman v. Minnesota
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: (2015_ (State Court)
SD-MN-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MN-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
State v. Washington
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: CR 2007-156830 (State Court)
JC-AZ-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-AZ-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Doe v. Arpaio
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: CV 2004-009286 (State Court)
JC-AZ-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-AZ-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Anderson v. Williams
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2005 CA 005030 B (State Court)
JC-DC-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-DC-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Adams v. Howerton
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: No. CV 79-1003-IH (D. Colo.)
PB-CO-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-CO-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association v. Schwarzenegger
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 06CS01568 (State Court)
PC-CA-0036
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-CA-0036)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Miller v. King
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:98-cv-00109 (S.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-GA-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Murphy v. Madigan
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-11471 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-IL-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 8, 2019
Schwab v. Florida
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: SC07-1603 (State Court)
CJ-FL-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-FL-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 8, 2019
Mims v. County of Fresno
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 10CECG00528 (State Court)
JC-CA-0079
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0079)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 8, 2019
PA Department of Health v. Hanes
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 379-MD-2013 (State Court)
PB-PA-0014
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-PA-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 8, 2019
Lightbourne v. Crist
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: NA 06-2391 (Supreme Ct.) (State Court)
CJ-FL-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-FL-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 7, 2019
Marley v. Denney
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: CV01-17-12594 (State Court)
PR-ID-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-ID-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 6, 2019
M.O.C.H.A. Society, Inc. v. City of Buffalo
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:98-cv-99 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0266
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0266)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 5, 2019
Alexander v. Azar
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-01703-MPS (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0013
Medicare beneficiaries who were denied benefits after being placed on "observation status" by hospitals challenged Department of Health and Human Services regulations that govern observation status.
View Case Detail (PB-CT-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2019
McKee v. City of Amarillo
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00009 (N.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0015
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-TX-0015)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2019
The New York Times Company v. United States Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-03948-VSB (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0014
On June 3, 2014, the New York Times and its reporter filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking production of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) rulings interpreting surveillance law since 9/11. The plaintiff alleged a violation of FOIA because the defendant failed to release these documents in response to a FOIA request. While this litigation was pending, the DOJ produced redacted versions of the FISC documents to the plaintiffs. The case was voluntarily dismissed on October 28, 2015. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2019
United States of America v. Humboldt County
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-05139 (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0060
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-CA-0060)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2019
Prison Legal News v. Sullivan County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00266 (E.D. Tenn)
JC-TN-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-TN-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 4, 2019
Mays v. Snyder
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-14002 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0015
On November 13, 2015, ten residents of Flint, Michigan filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued Governor Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), several MDEQ officials, the Emergency Managers of Flint, the Mayor of Flint, the Director of Public Works for Flint, the Utilities Administrators of Flint, and the City of Flint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. In particular, the plaintiffs alleged that their Due Process rights were violated when the defendants took safe drinking water from Flint and replaced it with water known to contain high levels of lead and other corrosive contaminants. The plaintiffs amended the complaint on May 25, 2016 and alleged that their Equal Protection rights were violated on the basis of race and wealth, that defendants conspired to violate constitution rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3), and state civil rights laws were violated. In addition, the plaintiffs added e Treasurer for the State of Michigan, the Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS), and the Genesee County Drain Commissioner as defendants. On April 6, 2018, this case was consolidated with Waid v. Snyder.
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0015)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 3, 2019
Cleveland v. City of Montgomery & Watts v. City of Montgomery
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00732 (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-AL-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 1, 2019
Harris v. Champion
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 4:90-cv-00448 (N.D. Okla.)
PD-OK-0002
In 1990, an inmate filed a habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Petitioner claimed that the three year filing delay by the Oklahoma Appellate Public Defender’s Office for his criminal appeal was in violation of due process, equal protection, and his right to counsel. The case was consolidated with ten similar cases that sought remedy for their appellate delay. Petitioners sought preliminary injunction to prevent the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals from granting further time extensions to the Public Defender. In 1995, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the petitioners claims and request for relief, however, both parties reached an agreement to cover the petitioners’ attorney fees. The case closed in 1997.
View Case Detail (PD-OK-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 1, 2019
M.J. v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
DR-DC-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-DC-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 1, 2019
U.S. v. Catahoula Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:69-cv-14430-DDD (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-LA-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 31, 2019
U.S. v. Desoto Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 5:67-cv-12589-SMH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-LA-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
United States of America v. Avoyelles Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:65-cv-12721-DDD (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
Hart Electric LLC v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-02253 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
Jones v. Caddo Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 5:65-cv-11055-EEF (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
U.S. v. Daoud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cr-00723 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0002
In 2012, the government initiated criminal prosecution of Adel Daoud in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The government charged Daoud with attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of explosion. In 2013, the government added the charge of soliciting a crime of violence, murder for hire, and witness tampering. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District addressed the tension between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the evidentiary investigation required by the test laid out in Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), for determining the legality of a warrant.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
California Association of Health Facilities v. Maxwell-Jolly; Development Services Network v. Maxwell-Jolly
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-03259 (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0027
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
May 27, 2019
CRUZ-GUZMAN V. STATE OF MINNESOTA
Date: Jun. 1, 2017
By: ACLU Minnesota
https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/cases/cruz-guzman-v-state-minnesota
On July 24, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-2 that separation-of-powers principles do not prevent the courts from ruling on whether the legislature has violated its duty to ensure an equal education opportunity, free from racial segregation and discrimination. The case will continue ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
United States v. Virginia
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:99-cv-642 (E.D. Va.)
MH-VA-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
EEOC v. Management Hospitality of Racine, Inc., d/b/a IHOP
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-00715-LA (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0033
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
M.H. v. Monreal
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-08523 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0003
On October 23, 2012, a teenager detained awaiting a parole revocation hearing filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff alleged that his due process rights were violated by the policies of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board for parole revocation hearings. The case settled with a consent decree in August 2014 and closed after the defendants achieved near-total compliance in October 2018. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
City of Evanston v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-04853 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
United States v. Qazi
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 0:12-cr-60298 (S.D. Fla.)
NS-FL-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 26, 2019
Crisman v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-1871 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0091
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 26, 2019
Raimondo v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-02295-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 26, 2019
Willey v. Ewing
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00081 (S.D. Tex.)
PD-TX-0002
A defense lawyer sued a judge who removed him from cases for spending too much time and money on indigent defendants.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
Latino Officers Ass'n of New York v. City of New York
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:99-cv-09568 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0208
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
In re Black Farmers' Discrimination Litigation
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 08-mc-0511 (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
Augst-Johnson v. Morgan Stanley & Co.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-01142 (RWR) (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0033
Female financial advisers employed by Morgan Stanley sued under Title VII and the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, alleging that Morgan Stanley had a systemic pattern and practice of discriminating against female employees in compensation, promotions, and other areas. The parties settled, with Morgan Stanley paying $46m in damages, fees, and costs of administration, and agreeing to injunctive relief. This case was later consolidated with Amochaev v. Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
EEOC v. RENT-A-CENTER, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-02427-JPM-dkv (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0094
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
Amaechi v. West
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 99-783 (E.D. Va.)
JC-VA-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2019
Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-00545-WHA (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 24, 2019
Service Women’s Action Network v. U.S. Department of Defense
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00137 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 23, 2019
ACLU v. NSA
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-08936 (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 22, 2019
Barrientos v. Corecivic
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-00070-CDL (M.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 22, 2019
The Human Rights Defense Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-01141 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0041
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 21, 2019
S.M.S.R. v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-02838-RDM (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0060
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 17, 2019
Henderson v. Thomas
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-00224-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0033
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 15, 2019
Vo v. Gee
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-15639-ILRL-MBN (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0017
On October 18, 2016, a Louisiana naturalized citizen filed this lawsuit against the state in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for denying his constitutional rights to marriage. The plaintiff challenged the constitutionality of State of Louisiana’s Act 436 for violating the equal protection and due process clauses of the 14th Amendment. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief. On March 23, 2017, Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle granted the plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction; On August 8, 2017, Judge Lemelle granted the motion for permanent injunction. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 12, 2019
Doe v. Hudspeth
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 75-36 (S.D. Miss.)
ID-MS-0003
In 1975 individuals who were incarcerated at an institution called the Central Mississippi Retardation Center brought this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against the Center and related state officials. The Plaintiffs claimed that the conditions of confinement were so substandard that they amounted to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of their Eighth Amendment rights; they also claimed that the Center's procedures for intake and transfer of the inmates deprived the Plaintiffs both of their right to habilitation and their right to challenge their confinement, in violation of their Fourteenth Amendment Due Process rights. Before the case went to the trial, the parties reached an agreement where the Defendants agreed to make significant improvements to the Center. The Court dismissed the case with prejudice three years later in 1980.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 12, 2019
Colotl Coyotl v. Kelly
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01670-MHC (N.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0010
On May 9, 2017, a Georgia resident filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). She challenged USCIS's arbitrary denial of her Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status renewal application in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. On May 25, 2018, the parties filed a joints stipulation of settlement to dismiss this case pursuant to their settlement agreement. Under the settlement agreement, USCIS will grant the plaintiff’s May 2017 DACA renewal request, including her application for work authorization, within two business days after execution of this agreement, such that her DACA and employment authorization will be valid from the date of approval through May 9, 2019. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 11, 2019
Clinton L. v. Cansler
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-00123 (M.D. N.C.)
PB-NC-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 10, 2019
Freitag v. Ayers
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:00-cv-02278–TEH (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0037
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 7, 2019
ACLU v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01351 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0006
In 2017 the ACLU filed this suit for injunctive, mandamus, and declaratory relief against President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging violations of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The court denied the Plaintiff's motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, claiming that jurisdiction for mandamus relief did not exist. President Trump ultimately dissolved the Commission, and the case is stayed pending the outcome of a related case, Dunlap v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 29, 2019
Richardson Independent School District v. United States of America
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:70-cv-4101-O (N.D. Tex.)
SD-TX-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 25, 2019
Jones v. Wittenberg
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:70-cv-00388 (N.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0001
In 1970, inmates at the Lucas County Jail filed a class action suit against several officials associated with the jail. In 1971, the district court for the Northern District of Ohio (Judge Don J. Young) ordered defendants to update the lighting, ventilation, plumbing, paint, and the cell-locking system but denied plaintiffs' request for damages. Monitoring and updated orders have been filed as recently as 2015 when, in September, the court ordered specific procedures to enforce population restrictions ensuring that the general classified population of the jail not exceed 403 (the count to be taken at 3:00 p.m. each day) and that the booking population not exceed 65 at any time.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 25, 2019
Bhattarai v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-00731 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0145
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 25, 2019
Steward v. Perry
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:10-cv-01025-OLG (W.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0003
Plaintiffs, institutionalized adults with developmental disabilities, filed this challenge to policies in Texas the promote the unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities. The United States (DOJ) has intervened in the case, and the Court eventually granted class certification for a class of: All Medicaid-eligible persons over twenty-one years of age with intellectual or developmental disabilities or a related condition in Texas who currently or will in the future reside in nursing facilities, or who are being, will be, or should be screened for admission to nursing facilities pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1396r(e)(7) and 42 C.F.R. § 483.112 et seq. A bench trial was held in late 2018, and as of April 25, 2019, the litigation is ongoing as the parties await the court's decision.
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LINKS TO THE CLEARINGHOUSE
April 24, 2019
Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants and Recipients
https://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/EconomicIssues/
Date: Apr. 24, 2019
By: James M. Jeffords Center, University of Vermont (University of Vermont)
This study looked at different jurisdictions' use of drug testing as an eligibility requirement for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid. It reviewed several different states' approaches and concluded that, in general, states ...
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CASE STUDIES
April 24, 2019
"Drug Testing of Welfare Applicants and Recipients "
https://www.uvm.edu/~vlrs/EconomicIssues/
Date: Apr. 24, 2019
By: James M. Jeffords Center, University of Vermont (University of Vermont)
This study looked at different jurisdictions' use of drug testing as an eligibility requirement for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medicaid. It reviewed several different states' approaches and concluded that, in general, states ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 24, 2019
Thomas v. Kent
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-08013-FMO-AGR (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0048
In 2014, individuals with disabilities receiving Medicaid-funded care at their homes filed this lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California alleging that they were at risk for institutionalization in violation of the Americans with Disability Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. After over 2 years of discovery and multiple Statements of Interests filed by the United States, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed their claims in March of 2018, after the defendants new waiver process did not contain any cost limits. Following that, there was litigation over the plaintiffs motion for attorneys fees and costs. On May 30, 2019, the court granted the plaintiffs motion for attorneys fees.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 24, 2019
Postawko v. Missouri Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 16-cv-4219-NKL-P (W.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0015
On July 14, 2016, inmates at the Missouri Department of Corrections filed this class action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri. Plaintiffs sued the MDOC under U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiffs claimed that Defendants failed to provide medically acceptable care to HCV+ inmates and sought declaratory and injunctive relief. Defendants filed a motion to oppose class certification, but on May 11, 2017, Chief Judge Laughrey granted the plaintiffs class certification. MDOC defendants also filed a motion to dismiss plaintiffs complaint, but on May 11, Judge Laughrey denied defendant MDOC's motion to dismiss on the grounds that plaintiffs plausibly stated claims under both the Eighth Amendment and the American Disabilities Act.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 24, 2019
Redmond v. Bigelow
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00393-DAK (D. Utah)
PC-UT-0004
In 2013, Utah State Prison prisoners suffering from physical and mental health conditions filed this class-action lawsuit. The prisoners sued the warden and two prison employees, claiming that pumping tear gas into plaintiffs' cells violated the Utah Constitution's and the Eighth Amendment's cruel and unusual punishment clauses. In 2014, the court granted class certification. The District Court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment, dismissing the case and finding that the plaintiffs' claims failed on qualified immunity grounds. The Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed the District Court, and specifically found that it was right to analyze the claims under the excessive force rather than conditions of confinement framework.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 23, 2019
Ricci v. Okin
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 72-cv-0469 (D. Mass.)
ID-MA-0001
In 1972 and the years following several class action suits were filed against Massachusetts in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, alleging that the State violated the Social Security Act and the 14th Amendment Due Process rights of the residents. These cases were consolidated, and in 1978 the facilities all accepted court-approved consent decrees, which gave the Court (Judge Tauro) oversight over their practices and set mandatory goals to improve their services and the quality of life of the residents. In 1993, Judge Tauro held that the consent decrees were no longer necessary, and closed the case with a Final Order mandating that Massachusetts provide all services for the mentally disabled necessary to comply with the US Constitution, the Social Security Act, the ADA, and other applicable law. In 2004 and thereafter, after a plan to close the remaining facilities was announced, several attempts were made to reopen the case. Judge Tauro did reopen the case in 2006, however in 2008 the First District Court of Appeals determined that the District Court had lacked jurisdiction to reopen the case in the given circumstances.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 21, 2019
Brown v. Nucor Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:04-cv-22005-CWH (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0050
Plaintiffs, African-American former or current employees of Nucor Corporation, brought this class action lawsuit in 2003 alleging that Nucor discriminated against them on the basis of race. After years of litigation and appeals over class certification, a class was certified which included claims based on a hostile work environment and discriminatory job promotion practices. The case ended with a court approved class settlement in 2018. The settlement agreement provided for comprehensive injunctive relief and monetary relief totaling $22,500,000. Approximately $10,000,000 was awarded to counsel, and much of the remaining amount was used to set up a fund that would distribute money to individual plaintiffs based on the relative strength of their claims according to a system established by the agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 21, 2019
Juan F. v. Rell
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 2:89-cv-00859 (D. Conn.)
JI-CT-0004
The plaintiffs, children placed in the custody, care, or supervision of the defendant Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Children and Youth Services, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the state failed to redress deficiencies in the child welfare system. The case was filed in 1989 and the parties agreed upon and filed a Consent Decree in 1991. In 2010, the state sought to vacate the Consent Decree but the motion was denied by the court. As of April 2019, the parties are continuing to work with the Court Monitor to assess compliance according to the terms of the 2017 Revised Exit Plan.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 20, 2019
United States v. Muhtorov
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cr-00033-JLK (D. Colo.)
NS-CO-0001
In early 2012, the federal government initiated criminal prosecution of Jamshid Muhtorov (January 19) and Bakhityor Jumaev (March 14) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The government charged defendants with providing, conspiring to provide, and attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, in violation of Title 18, U.S.C. § 2339B. This case is in the Clearinghouse because the parties are litigating the constitutionality of Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act (FAA). On October 25, 2013 the government filed a notice of intent to use information obtained under the FAA against Muhtorov. The government did not provide such notice to Jumaev. On January 29, 2014, Muhtorov filed a motion to suppress the evidence obtained through the FAA and a motion for discovery. Muhtorov challenged the constitutionality of Section 702 on the basis that it violated the Fourth Amendment and Article III. The government filed its reply on May 9, 2014, and supplemented this reply on July 2 with the opinion in United States v. Mohamud, 2014 WL 2866749 (D. Or. June 24, 2014), which upheld the constitutionality of Section 702. On November 19, 2015, Judge Kane denied the defendants' motion to supress, holding that Section 702 did not violate the Fourth Amendment or Article III.
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CASE ADDITIONS
April 20, 2019
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00716 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0034
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-WA-0034)