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
December 7, 2017
Amadei v. Duke
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Oct. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of passengers of a domestic Delta Airlines flight who were held and searched by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents before being allowed to deplane. Every single passenger on Flight 1583 ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 7, 2017
Kincaid v. City of Fresno
aclunc.org
Date: 2009
By: ACLU of Northern CA (ACLU of Northern CA)
This article gives a good overview of the case and the terms of the settlement. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
December 7, 2017
Amadei v. Duke
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05967-NGG-VMS (E.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0059
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0059)


CASE ADDITIONS
December 7, 2017
Stinson Electric, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 0:14-cv-00830-PJS-HB (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-MN-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
December 7, 2017
Doe v. Harris
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-05713-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
FA-CA-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-CA-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 5, 2017
Alabama Sheriff Jailed For Starving Prisoners: States Cut Prisoner Meals
https://www.prisonlegalnews.org
Date: Aug. 15, 2011
By: Gary Hunter (Prison Legal News)
This website provides a lot of information on the injustices performed by the Sherrif that brought about this suit. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 5, 2017
Rosilez-Perez, et al. v. Superior Forestry Services Inc., et al.
https://www.splcenter.org
Date: 2006
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (Southern Poverty Law Center)
This article provides great background on the case and what prompted the suit to be filed. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
Settlement Ends Four-Year Fight To Close Hissom
newsok.com
Date: 1989
By: Ed Godfrey (News OK)
This article provides insight on what caused this lengthy case to finally end. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
ACLU of Florida Asks Court to Strike Down Ban on Residential Housing for Recovering Addicts
https://www.aclu.org
Date: 2003
By: American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union)
This website offers background information on why the suit was filed.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
Los Angeles drops mortgage discrimination case against JPMorgan
Reuters.com
Date: 2015
By: Dena Aubin (Reuters)
This article provides information on why and how the case ended.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
Appeals Court Unanimously Affirms Right to Videotape Police
https://www.aclu.org
Date: 2011
By: American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union)
This article offers strong explanation of what impact this case has on American constitutional rights. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
School district settles anti-gay harassment lawsuit
http://sdgln.com
Date: 2013
By: SDGLN Staff (SDGLN)
This article provides insight on the settlement reached. *
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December 4, 2017
How Corey H. overhauled special education in CPS
http://chicagoreporter.com
Date: 2015
By: Maureen Kelleher (Chicago Reporter)
This article gives an explanation of how this case directly brought about change in the Chicago Public Schools. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
Mansourian v. U.C. Regents
http://sturdevantlaw.com
Date: 2013
By: The Sturdevant Law Firm (The Sturdevant Law Firm)
This article provides a concise summary of the details of the case as well as information on the settlement. *
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December 4, 2017
Tennessee v. Lane: The Legal Issues and the Implications for People with Disabilities
https://ncd.gov
Date: 2003
By: National Council on Disability (National Council on Disability)
This website gives a good explanation of what was at stake in this case and how it could have an impact on people now.*
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December 4, 2017
Chipotle Grill Victim of Legal Shakedown Artists
http://nlpc.org
Date: 2010
By: Carl Horowitz (National Legal & Policy Center)
This article offers an interesting viewpoint on the case and explains why it could be significant for future rulings. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
John B. v. Goetz
https://www.tnjustice.org
Date: 2015
By: Tennessee Justice Center (Tennessee Justice Center)
This website effectively puts the case into a more relatable context. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 4, 2017
NJ - Charlie & Nadine H. v. Christie
http://www.childrensrights.org
Date: 2015
By: Children's Rights Organization (Cildren's Rights Organization)
This website gives excellent background on this case. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 3, 2017
Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
Our story, "Policing The Police," published by The Marshall Project with Time.com on April 23, 2015, examined the use of 14141 investigations during the last three presidencies. https://www.themarshallproject.org/2015/0 ...
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December 3, 2017
These Guestworkers Just Won $20 Million Back From the Company That Trafficked Them [The Nation]
www.thenation.com
Date: Oct. 2, 2015
By: Chen, Michelle
They came from India to repair the Gulf Coast after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and were repaid with months of abuse. On Katrina’s 10th anniversary, both the workers and their bosses are finally getting their due. Following a landmark lawsuit victory in February, the maritime company that ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
December 3, 2017
State of Oklahoma v. FCC
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: CC Docket No. 16-1057 (No Court)
PC-DC-0030
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-DC-0030)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
December 1, 2017
Signal International, LLC to Pay $5 Million to Settle EEOC Race, National Origin Lawsuit
www.eeoc.gov
Date: Dec. 18, 2015
By: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Signal International, LLC, a Mobile, Ala. ship building and repair company, will pay an estimated $5 million to 476 Indian guest workers to settle a race and national origin discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
December 1, 2017
Jewish Family Service of Seattle v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01707-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0036
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-WA-0036)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 30, 2017
Saieg v. City of Dearborn
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:09-cv-12321 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0001
This 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case was filed on June 16, 2006 against the City of Dearborn and its Chief of Police in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiff alleged that by disallowing him from passing out leaflets at the Arab International Festival, the defendants violated is First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights. On June 7, 2010 the District Court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment, however on May 26, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed, holding that the restrictions on leafleting did not serve a substantial government interest, and even if it did, the plan was not narrowly tailored to achieve such an interest. On remand, the District Court judge granted an injunction and awarded the plaintiff nominal damages and attorney's fees.
View Case Detail (FA-MI-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 29, 2017
Cook County to pay $1.4 million to settle jail civil rights cases
http://www.chicagotribune.com
Date: 2016
By: Hal Dardick (Chicago Tribune)
This article discusses the defendant's practices that prompted the lawsuit and the subsequent settlement. *
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 29, 2017
Nelson v. Campbell: Life and Death Litigation
http://blogs.law.nyu.edu
Date: 2004
By: Dan Bell (NYU)
This website offers further background information on Nelson v. Campbell as well as a look at why this case was significant. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 29, 2017
Breen v. Mineta
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:05-cv-00654-RWR (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0040
This case was brought by current and former employees of the Federal Aviation Administration who were 40 years old or older against the Administrator of the FAA and the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief, back pay and benefits, front pay, record correction, and attorney fees, alleging that the FAA and DOT discriminated against them by targeting their jobs for outsourcing and terminating their federal employment in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (EE-DC-0040)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 28, 2017
Moussouris v. Microsoft Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-01483 (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0132
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-WA-0132)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 27, 2017
U.S. v. Robertson County (TN)
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-00392 (M.D. Tenn.)
JC-TN-0007
After Robertson County failed to adequately respond to a 2011 DOJ letter that found its jail was in violation of the Constitution, on April 26, 2013 the Attorney General filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiff sued Robertson County under Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The plaintiff alleged that the RCDF violated prisoners’ Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by exhibiting deliberate indifference to inmates’ health and safety by not implementing adequate suicide prevention tactics and lacking an overall strategy to assist inmates with mental health illnesses. On April 30, 2013 the parties settled, and status reports regarding compliance are ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 27, 2017
Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-3061 (E.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0118
On July 12, 2005, three U.S. farm works from Yakima Valley who were illegally denied or terminated from agricultural employment brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against Global Horizons, Green Acre Farms, and Valley Fruit Orchards under the Migrants and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 1801, the Farm Labor Contractors Act, 42 U.S.C § 1981 and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. The parties agreed to go to trial, and after years of litigation the plaintiffs received a judgment in their favor under FLCA, as well as attorneys fees, for both trial and appellate legal work. In January 2014, the Court granted the plaintiffs' motion for incentive payments. There has been no further movement in the case.
View Case Detail (EE-WA-0118)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 26, 2017
Abdi et al. v. Duke et al.
https://www.nyclu.org/
Date: Nov. 17, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union (New York Civil Liberties Union)
This case, brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union and International Refugee Assistance Project, challenges the federal government’s practice of indiscriminately denying parole and bond to arriving asylum-seekers detained at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia for the pendency ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 26, 2017
Project on Fair Representation Announces Lawsuits Challenging Admissions Policies at Harvard Univ. and Univ. of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
https://studentsforfairadmissions.org/
Date: Nov. 17, 2014
By: Students for Fair Admissions (Students for Fair Admissions)
The Project on Fair Representation announces the filing of two lawsuits challenging the racial preference admissions policies of Harvard and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 26, 2017
United States v. State of North Carolina
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00425 (M.D. N.C.)
PA-NC-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PA-NC-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 26, 2017
Bravo v. Board of County Commissioners for the County of Doña Ana
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:08-cv-00010-MV-LCS (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0011
This class action was brought on behalf of people with mental disabilities arrested and detained in the Doña Ana County Detention Center (“DACDC”), to redress violations of their constitutional rights, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act. After two years of settlement talks, the parties reached a settlement agreement..
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 26, 2017
Abdi v. Duke
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00721-EAW (W.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0058
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0058)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 25, 2017
Right to Appointed Counsel for Children in Immigration Proceedings
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Dec. 15, 2016
By: American Immigration Council
On July 9, 2014, the American Immigration Council, with co-counsel American Civil Liberties Union, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP, filed a lawsuit seeking recognition of a right to appointed counsel for unrepresented children in immigration proceedings ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 25, 2017
J.E.F.M. v. Lynch
www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 20, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of children who are challenging the federal government's failure to provide them with legal ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 25, 2017
Brown v. CBP: CBP FOIA Processing Delays
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Sep. 8, 2016
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
This lawsuit challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The case was filed as a nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 24, 2017
Signal International Lawsuits
www.splcenter.org
Date: Apr. 20, 2011
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
SPLC complaint in David v. Signal International, LLC
(Filed 03/10/2008)

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

A marine services company that reached a $20 million settlement agreement earlier this year to resolve labor trafficking lawsuits brought on behalf of hundreds of former Indian ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 23, 2017
Stipulation Reached in Case for Abused, Abandoned or Neglected Immigrant Children
www.cliniclegal.org
Date: Mar. 4, 2015
By: Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC)
On March 4, 2015, the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law (CHRCL) and Public Counsel (both based in Los Angeles) reached an important agreement with the DHS that allows certain applicants for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and SIJS-based adjustment of status to request that the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 23, 2017
Update to Settlement Agreement in Perez-Olano v. Holder: USCIS
www.lexisnexis.com
Date: Apr. 18, 2015
By: Daniel M. Kowalski (LexisNexis)
"USCIS and plaintiffs have agreed to a stipulation to the Perez-Olano settlement agreement involving cases in which Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions or SIJ-based applications for adjustment of status were denied, terminated or revoked on or after December 15, 2010 because the applicant’ ...
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November 23, 2017
Supreme Court Refuses to Allow Arizona to Deny Drivers' Licenses to Immigrant Youth
www.maldef.org
Date: Dec. 17, 2014
By: MALDEF
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Immigrant youth will be allowed to receive driver's licenses in Arizona while the Supreme Court considers whether or not to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling in Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer, a lawsuit challenging the state's denial of licenses to immigrants who ...
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November 23, 2017
Arizona Dream Act Coalition, et al v. Brewer
www.aclu.org
Date: Apr. 5, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union, along with a coalition of civil rights organizations, filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s unconstitutional executive order, which denies driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth despite their being authorized ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 23, 2017
Government Accountability Project v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02518-CRC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0040
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0040)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 20, 2017
Argueta, et al. v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, et al.
https://ccrjustice.org
Date: Dec. 17, 2012
By: Center for Constitutional Rights (Center for Constitutional Rights)
Nine individual plaintiffs brought this action against federal and local law enforcement officials, pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unkown Agents Federal Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388 (1971) and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging a pattern and practice in New Jersey by the Immigration and Customs ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 20, 2017
Hernandez v. Lynch
www.aclusocal.org
Date: Mar. 8, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
Hernandez v. Lynch is a class action lawsuit challenging the federal government's policy and practice of setting bonds for non-citizens in immigration proceedings, without consideration of their ability to pay the bond, that results in the detention of individuals merely because they are poor.*
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November 20, 2017
Hernandez v. Sessions
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The federal government sets unreasonable bonds for detained immigrants, including asylum seekers, by failing to consider immigrants' financial resources or ability to pay, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU Foundation of Southern ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 20, 2017
National Lawsuit Seeks to Expose Secrecy of Immigration Raids
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Nov. 13, 2017
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Organizations around the country are highlighting local ICE enforcement tactics and filing a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for refusing to release information regarding Operation Mega, the recent announcement of what ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 20, 2017
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02448 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0039
On Nov. 13, 2017, several immigrant rights' organizations sued ICE under FOIA, seeking records on a mass immigration enforcement operation called "Operation Mega," planned for Sept. 2017, or related operations. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0039)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 19, 2017
Hickox v. Christie
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-07647 (D.N.J.)
PN-NJ-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NJ-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 19, 2017
Knox v. Westly
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-02198-MCE-KJM (E.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0332
This case was brought by California state employees against the California State Employees Association, Local 1000, Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC claiming unlawful deduction of membership fees for political use. After an appeal to the US Supreme Court, the case was decided in favor of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs were awarded a refund of the money inappropriately used for political purposes, with interest, as well as nominal damages and attorney's fees.
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0332)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 19, 2017
P.K. v. Tillerson
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01533-TSC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0031
On August 3, 2017 the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the ACLU, and the National Immigration Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The lawsuit challenged the State Department's practice of denying immigrant visas to diversity lottery winners from countries affected by President Trump's March 6 Executive Order (EO). The diversity visa program awards visas to nationals from countries that have historically sent low numbers of immigrants to the United States. On Mar. 6, 2017 President Trump issued an EO that barred entry to nationals from six majority-Muslim countries - Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen. Litigation ensued immediately, and the lower courts initially enjoined the government from implementing the order (see IRAP v. Trump and Hawaii v. Trump). However, on Jun. 26, the Supreme Court stayed the nationwide injunctions and allowed the order to become effective, except as it applied to immigrants who could establish a "bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." Plaintiffs were nationals from countries affected by the EO who had been selected as diversity visa lottery winners for FY2017 but could not establish a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States. By statute, the State Department was required to issue visas to 2017 winners by Sept. 30; winners whose visas were not issued by that deadline lost their slots in the program. In their complaint, plaintiffs alleged that "nevertheless, the State Department has adopted a policy directing consular officials to deny diversity visas to nationals from the countries barred from entry by the Executive Order." The complaint argued that this practice violated the Administrative Procedure Act and "statutes and regulations requiring the issuance of immigrant visas to diversity visa lottery winners who are statutorily eligible." Plaintiffs also argued that defendants' practice conflated entry with visa issuance. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a write of mandamus requiring consular officials to issue plaintiffs' immigrant visas. Alternatively, plaintiffs requested that the court order the State Department to reserve any unused FY2017 visa numbers for processing following any decision by the Supreme Court's in IRAP v. Trump.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0031)


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November 18, 2017
Settlements End Multiple H-2B Human-Trafficking Suits
www.law360.com
Date: Apr. 7, 2017
By: Knaub, Kelly
Law360, New York (April 7, 2017, 4:48 PM EDT) -- Foreign workers who sued Signal International over alleged human trafficking have reached settlements with two law firms and an attorney who were also defendants in the litigation, leading a Louisiana federal judge to dismiss the cases Thursday.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 17, 2017
United States v. Marion Superior Court
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 1:08-CV-0460-LJM-TAB (S.D. Ind.)
JI-IN-0007
On April 9th, 2013, the United States filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Enforcement Act against the Marion Superior Court, which was responsible for operating the Marion Superior Court Juvenile Detention Center (MSCJDC), for violating the federal statutory and constitutional rights of youths detained at MSCJDC. The plaintiff alleged that MSCJDC failed to protect youths from harm and did not provide required special education programs for youths with disabilities. The parties agreed to a three-year joint settlement agreement to improve MSCJDC's operation. After the three-year period, the parties agreed that the defendant had substantially complied with the provisions of the settlement agreement, so Judge Larry J. Mckinney dismissed the lawsuit on May 2nd, 2011. The case has now ended.
View Case Detail (JI-IN-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 17, 2017
Keels v. The GEO Group, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-06261 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0290
On October 30, 2015, the plaintiff, a job applicant with a criminal record, filed this class action lawsuit against two defendants, a company specializing in privatized corrections and the consumer reporting agency that supplied consumer reports to the company, under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), 15 U.S.C. § 1681. The plaintiff alleged that the company routinely rejected job applicants based on information contained in background check reports in violation of the FCRA.
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0290)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 16, 2017
Holland v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-15487 (S.D. W. Va.)
FA-WV-0001
On June 24, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and upon the joint stipulation of the parties, the court ordered that the defendants were enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement or imposing any fees or penalties for noncompliance.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 16, 2017
The Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Energy
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00779 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0001
In 2017, a nonprofit organization filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiff requested FOIA compliance from the U.S. Department of Energy to produce records concerning Presidential Transition Team questionnaires about climate change, and personnel changes, assignments, and related policies. Defendant began production after the FOIA required deadline. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 16, 2017
Beckwith v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 13-cv-648 (M.D. Fla.)
FA-FL-0005
On March 12, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and upon the joint stipulation of the parties, the court ordered that the defendants were enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement.
View Case Detail (FA-FL-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 16, 2017
Mayer v. Driver Solutions, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-01939 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0250
On April 30, 2010, the plaintiff, an African American job applicant with a felony criminal record, filed this class action lawsuit against the defendants, a company and its affiliates which specialized in training truck drivers and placing them with trucking companies. The plaintiff alleged that the defendants refused to procure placement for applicants with a felony conviction, and because of this practice, disparately impacted African American and Latino applicants. The parties settled on August 17, 2012.
View Case Detail (EE-PA-0250)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
November 15, 2017
Lewis v. City of Chicago: "The Chicago Firefighters Case"
http://www.naacpldf.org/
Date: Feb. 14, 2014
By: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
In 1995, Chicago administered an entry-level firefighter exam to more than 26,000 applicants. The passing score was 65 out of 100, but against the advice of its own expert the City arbitrarily divided those who passed into two groups: applicants who scored between 65 and 88, and applicants who ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 15, 2017
Jamal v. Kane
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-02148 (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0037
Incarcerated prisoners, Prison Radio, Human Rights Coalition, a network of educators, and Prison Legal News, filed these two consolidated lawsuits in the Middle District of Pennsylvania under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 and Pennsylvania state law. The plaintiffs claimed that the Penn. Revictimization Relief Act--which banned certain public speeches by those convicted of crimes--violated their free speech rights. The District Court agreed, striking down the law on April 2015.
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November 14, 2017
Signal International Lawsuits
www.splcenter.org
Date: Feb. 28, 2015
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The SPLC filed suit on behalf of guest workers from India who were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme engineered by a Gulf Coast marine services company, an immigration lawyer and an Indian labor recruiter who lured hundreds of workers to a Mississippi shipyard with false ...
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November 14, 2017
David, et al. v. Signal International, LLC, et al.
www.aclu.org
Date: May 29, 2013
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Hundreds of workers trafficked to the U.S. from India to work in shipyards after Hurricane Katrina were lured here with dishonest assurances of becoming lawful permanent U.S. residents. In February 2015, the company responsible and its representatives were ordered to pay $14 million to five of the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 13, 2017
Caliste v. Cantrell
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-06197 (E.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0008
On June 27, 2017, pre-trial detainees at the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s office filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the magistrate judge of the Criminal District Court alleging unlawful bail setting practices. Plaintiffs claimed that defendant violated the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause by keeping them in jail post-arrest when they cannot afford the bail set by defendant. Plaintiffs further claimed that defendant violated the Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause by holding a dual role of determining pre-trial release conditions and managing the courts finances, thereby creating an institutional conflict of interest and depriving plaintiffs of a neutral tribunal. Defendant moved to dismiss the case twice. As of November 16, 2017, this case is ongoing.
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November 12, 2017
Schultz v. Medina Valley Independent School District
https://www.au.org/
Date: Jul. 18, 2012
By: Americans United for Separation of Church and State (Americans United for Separation of Church and State)
In May 2011, Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a lawsuit to enjoin the Medina Valley Independent School District from violating the Establishment Clause. The parties settled in February 2012.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 12, 2017
The New York Times v. United States Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-06990-WHP (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0019
In October 2011, the New York Times Company (NYT) and one of its reporters filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 5 U.S.C. § 552. The NYT and its reporter sought the release of a report received by congressional intelligence committees from the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence on the intelligence collection authorities that had been authorized under USA Patriot Act Section 215 and had been subject to expire under USA Patriot Act Section 224 before their renewal without amendment. In May 2012, the District Court held that the DOJ had properly withheld the report in its entirety under 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(1) and 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3).
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 12, 2017
Gumm v. Jacobs
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-00041-MTT-CHW (M.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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November 11, 2017
Puente V. Arpaio: Stop the Raids!
www.puenteaz.org
Date: May 26, 2016
By: Puente Arizona
On June 18, 2014, alongside our members who have been arrested in workplace raids, we filed a lawsuit against Arpaio, Montgomery, and MCSO challenging two state laws that turn immigrants into felons simply for working to provide for their families. In January 2015, a federal district court judge ...
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November 11, 2017
Puente Arizona v. Arpaio
www.acluaz.org
Date: May 5, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona
In June 2014, the ACLU of Arizona with co-counsel University of California- Irvine Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the Law Office of Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado filed a challenge to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and Maricopa County Attorney’s ...
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November 10, 2017
Devitri v. Cronen
www.aclu-nh.org
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Hampshire
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of New Hampshire, and the ACLU of Massachusetts have joined a class-action lawsuit to halt the immediate deportation of a group of Indonesian nationals residing in New Hampshire, most of whom have lived in the United States for more than a decade and now ...
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November 10, 2017
Devitri v. Cronen
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a class-action lawsuit to halt the immediate deportation of a group of Indonesian nationals, most of whom have lived in the United States for more than a decade and now face imminent removal to Indonesia where they are in grave danger of persecution, ...
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November 10, 2017
Doe v. Johnson: Challenge to Deplorable Detention Conditions in U.S. Customs & Border Protection Facilities
www.nilc.org
Date: Sep. 1, 2016
By: National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Last year, the National Immigration Law Center, along with the American Immigration Council, the ACLU of Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP, filed a class action lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of three ...
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November 10, 2017
Unconstitutional Conditions in CBP Detention Facilities Challenged in Class Action Lawsuit
www.lccr.com
Date: Jun. 8, 2015
By: Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
Immigrant rights groups have filed a class-action lawsuit challenging detention conditions in CBP (Customs and Border Protection) detention facilities. The complaint alleges that Tucson Sector Border Patrol holds men, women, and children in freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for days at a time ...
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November 10, 2017
Challenging Unconstitutional Conditions in CBP Detention Facilities
www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org
Date: Jun. 12, 2017
By: American Immigration Council
The American Immigration Council, the National Immigration Law Center, the ACLU of Arizona, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Morrison & Foerster LLP have filed a class-action lawsuit challenging detention conditions in U.S. Customs and Border Protection ( ...
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November 10, 2017
Doe v. Johnson
www.acluaz.org
Date: Jun. 8, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arizona
In June 2015, the ACLU of Arizona filed a lawsuit challenging the inhumane and unconstitutional conditions in detention facilities used by the U.S. Border Patrol in the Tucson Sector. The lawsuit comes after several months of investigation and fact-finding including interviews with 75 men and women ...
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November 10, 2017
Lawsuit [Grassroots Leadership v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services]
www.grassrootsleadership.org
Date: Dec. 6, 2016
By: Grassroots Leadership
A watchdog group is suing the agency charged with protecting the state’s most vulnerable Texans, alleging the department fast-tracked a policy change that might help the federal government convince a federal judge to reverse her order shutting down two immigration detention centers in Texas.
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November 10, 2017
ACLU of Northern California v. Wright
www.aclusocal.org
Date: Oct. 11, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
The ACLU, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU of Southern California filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that provide care, including access to medical care, to unaccompanied immigrant minors. The government authorizes ...
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November 10, 2017
ACLU Sues Federal Government for Granting Millions of Dollars to Religious Groups That Deny Young Women Access to Medical Care
www.aclunc.org
Date: Jun. 24, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU Foundation of Southern California today filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that fail to provide crucial medical care to unaccompanied immigrant ...
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November 10, 2017
ACLU of Northern California v. Burwell
www.aclu.org
Date: Jun. 24, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU, the ACLU of Northern California, and the ACLU of Southern California filed a lawsuit against the federal government for awarding millions of dollars annually to organizations that provide care, including access to medical care, to unaccompanied immigrant minors. The government authorizes ...
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November 10, 2017
Roy v Los Angeles County
Date: Oct. 19, 2012
By: National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)
On October 19, 2012, NDLON and other organizations sued Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca for engaging in massive unconstitutional detention of immigrants and U.S. citizens suspected of being immigrants in Los Angeles County jails. The lawsuit alleges that detaining people in County Jails on the ...
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November 10, 2017
Roy v. County of Los Angeles
www.aclusocal.org
Date: Oct. 18, 2012
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California
Roy v. County of Los Angeles is a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and the L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca for denying bail on the basis of ICE holds, and for holding people in County Jail for more than 48 hours based on those ICE holds.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 10, 2017
Public Citizen, Inc. v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00253 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0002
The Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief with regard to President Trump's Executive Order 13771 on Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. This case was initiated on February 8, 2017 and filed in the District Court for D.C.. The case is still pending.
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November 10, 2017
DePaola v. Virginia Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 7:14-cv-00692-JPJ-RSB. (W.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0022
On December 19, 2014, three Virginia prisoners placed in administrative segregation at Red Onion State Prison, filed this pro-se lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. They brought claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Eighth Amendment. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as money damages. The plaintiffs claimed that the VDOC Operating Procedure 830.A, (a self-described Segregation Reduction Step-Down Program designed to help prisoners progress in stages toward a return to the general prison population), violated plaintiffs’ rights. On September 28, 2016, Judge James P. Jones granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgement. On October 6, 2016, the plaintiff appealed the district court’s September 28th ruling to the Fourth Circuit and the case is ongoing.
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November 8, 2017
Stopping the Autism Shuffle
https://www.pubintlaw.org/
Date: Jun. 4, 2014
By: The Public Interest Law Center (The Public Interest Law Center)
In June 2011, the Law Center and Dechert LLP filed PV vs. the School District of Philadelphia, the first major class action lawsuit in the Philadelphia Project. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pa. on behalf of four children with autism, the suit argues that the school ...
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November 8, 2017
Flores v. Reno
Date: Jul. 5, 2017
By: National Center for Youth Law
The 1997 settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno set national standards for the treatment and placement of minors in what was then Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) custody. INS obligations under the agreement are now the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the ...
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November 8, 2017
Documents Relating to Flores v. Reno Settlement Agreement on Minors in Immigration Custody
www.aila.org
Date: Jul. 5, 2017
By: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
The nationwide settlement in Flores v. Reno regulates the treatment and conditions of unaccompanied minors in federal immigration custody.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Brown v. Bush
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:98-cv-00673 (S.D. Fla.)
PB-FL-0001
This case was brought in 1998 by the class of individuals confined to Florida's four state institutions for people with developmental disabilities, alleging failure to habilitate. The parties reached an agreement involving provision of community based services and closure of at least two residential facilities in 2003. On July 2, 2007, the case was dismissed on joing motion in which the parties agreed that the state had substantially complied with the Settlement Agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis v. Burwell
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-02300 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0012
On November 14, 2013, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its affiliated non-profit charities revived their dismissed claim in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri against the Federal Government challenging provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as amended on June 28, 2013, extending universal contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Plaintiffs contended that this mandatory contraception coverage violates their sincerely held religious beliefs. On June 30, 2014, plaintiffs were granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the government from enforcing the contraception mandate against them. The government appealed the injunction and as of March 2017, the case remains in abeyance in light of the pending Supreme Court decision.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Tevyaw v. Colvin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-00425 (D.R.I.)
PB-RI-0001
On September 29, 2014, the surviving widow of a same-sex marriage filed a lawsuit in the District of Rhode Island, U.S. District Court, against the Social Security Administration (SSA). The plaintiff asked the court to affirm that the she met the marriage requirements, declare that a person previously married to someone of the same sex meets the SSA marriage requirements (so long as the courts of the state the individual resides in would find that the marriage valid), declare that the plaintiffs marriage would have been recognized by Rhode Island, enjoin the defendant to process the plaintiff's application for widow's and lump sum death benefits, and to award the plaintiffs any attorney's fees or costs of suit. In a private settlement in December 2014, the plaintiff received back benefits from SSA.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Sioux Chief MFG. Co, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-00036-ODS (W.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0009
On January 14, 2013, Catholic business owners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri under the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury as well as those agencies' secretaries in their official capacities. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court enjoined the defendants from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement or imposing any fees or penalties for noncompliance.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
D.H. v. Moss Point School District
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00466-HSO-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
ED-MS-0003
Represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, on December 17, 2013, a lesbian student sought injunctive relief and damages against Moss Point School District, alleging that the District discriminated against her based on her gender expression and sexual orientation. The parties settled on January 27, 2015. Within the settlement, the District agreed to reform its anti-bullying and discrimination policies as well as its procedures for addressing harassment complaints. The court retains jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Randy Reed Automotive v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 5:13-cv-06117 (W.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0010
On October 8, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri under the First Amendment, Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the court ordered that the defendants were permanently enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement or imposing any fees or penalties for noncompliance.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 8, 2017
Hall v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 0:13-cv-00295-JRT-LIB (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0006
On February 5, 2013, the Catholic owner of a corporation and the corporation itself filed a lawsuit seeking an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate under the APA, RFRA, and First and Fifth Amendments. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and upon the joint stipulation of the parties, the court ordered that the defendants were enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement or imposing any fees or penalties for noncompliance.
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November 7, 2017
Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
White House
Date: Oct. 24, 2017
By: United States (United States)
Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities*
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 7, 2017
Trustees of Princeton University v. U.S.A.
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02325 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0038
This suit, brought on November 3, 2017, challenges President Trump's revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The plaintiffs are the Trustees of Princeton University, Microsoft Corporation, and a DACA recipient currently attending Princeton University as an undergraduate. The plaintiffs benefited from and relied upon DACA in various ways, and they argued that its termination violates the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as Fifth Amendment equal protection and due process. The plaintiffs seek declaratory and injunctive relief.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 6, 2017
Crisp v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-5842-RWS (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0035
In 2012, a resident of New York who was arrested while participating in a the Occupy Wall Street protest filed a lawsuit against the city of New York. The plaintiff alleged that his first, fourth, and fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when a New York City police officer peppersprayed him while he was protesting. The parties reached a settlement in 2015.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 6, 2017
Elliot v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 12-cv-0992 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0043
On February 8, 2012 Two Occupy Wall Street protesters sued in the Southern District of New York for being pepper sprayed by a high-ranking police officer. On June 30, 2015, both parties settled and plaintiff received damages.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 6, 2017
The Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00842 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0003
Plaintiff, The Democracy Project, Inc., filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking injunctive relief against Defendants Department of State, Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The Court granted a preliminary injunction for the production of all documents related to President Trump's legal justifications for his order of the April 6, 2017 Tomahawk cruise missile strikes against a Syrian-government airbase. The Plaintiff contests the sufficiency of this production and litigation is still ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 6, 2017
Lawler v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-05843-RWS (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0034
In July 2012, a New York resident filed a complaint alleging that New York Police Department officers violated her constitutional and commonlaw rights by use of unreasonable force. On November 30, 2012, the case was consolidated with other "Occupy Wall Street" cases arising from the same incident. The parties reached a settlement in 2015.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 6, 2017
In re [Redacted] a U.S. Person
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: PR/TT 2016 (FISC)
NS-DC-0104
FISCR concludes that courts can issue orders approving pen register and trap and trace devices that collect post-cut-through digits and that such collection is constitutional.
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November 5, 2017
California: Ninth Circuit Reverses Finding that Props 9 and 89 are Unconstitutional
https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/
Date: Aug. 2, 2016
By: Prison Legal News (Prison Legal News)
In February 2014, following a bench trial, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence K. Karlton found that two California laws created as a result of state ballot initiatives “retrospectively increased punishments, in violation of the ex post facto clause of the U.S. Constitution.” The Ninth Circuit ...
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November 4, 2017
Mayor Emanuel, City of Chicago Announce Legal Victory as Federal Judge Grants Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Against President Trump's New Conditions on Public Safety Grant Funding
www.cityofchicago.org
Date: Sep. 15, 2017
By: City of Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced that a federal judge granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against Attorney General Sessions because of new conditions the Trump Justice Department attempted to impose on the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, which provides critical public safety ...
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November 4, 2017
Attorney General Becerra Sues Trump Administration for Imposing Unlawful New Grant Conditions Targeted at “Sanctuary Jurisdictions”
oag.ca.gov
Date: Aug. 14, 2017
By: California Attorney General
SAN FRANCISCO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for its unconstitutional attempt to force California law enforcement officials to engage in federal immigration enforcement, rather than allow them to use their discretion to ...
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November 4, 2017
Nine States Sue Feds for Records on Immigration Crackdown
www.courthousenews.com
Date: Oct. 17, 2017
By: Huffman, Zach (Courthouse News)
BOSTON (CN) – Attorneys general for nine states and the District of Columbia demanded Tuesday that Homeland Security respond to requests for records about the detention and deportation of immigrants in each of the states.*
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November 4, 2017
Lawsuit Against President Trump's "Sanctuary Jurisdictions" Executive Order
www.cpmlegal.com
Date: Mar. 22, 2017
By: Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy LLP
March 22, 2017

The City of Richmond has filed a lawsuit today in the Federal District Court in San Francisco against President Donald Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, seeking to have declared unconstitutional an Executive Order ...
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November 4, 2017
Santa Clara County v. Donald J. Trump (Sanctuary Cities)
www.aclunc.org
Date: Mar. 1, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California
On March 1, the ACLU of Northern California representing the YWCA Silicon Valley filed a motion to intervene in County of Santa Clara v. Trump, a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s executive order threatening to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.”

The ...
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November 4, 2017
Sanctuary Cities
www.sfcityattorney.org
Date: Aug. 30, 2017
By: San Francisco City Attorney
On January 31, 2017 City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a federal lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration for his executive order directing enforcement action against sanctuary cities and threatening to withhold federal funding from these cities. The suit claims that the order ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 4, 2017
Chhoeun v. Marin
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-01898 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0108
Two individuals filed this class action suit challenging the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") for arbitrarily and unlawfully detaining them. The plaintiffs represented Cambodian refugees living in the U.S. since they escaped the violence of the Khmer Rouge regime. As of October 2017, these refugees were subject to ICE raids and detentions. The plaintiffs argue that ICE violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by revoking their release from its custody unlawfully and contrary to established procedures, and by detaining them unlawfully when removal was not reasonably foreseeable and without individualized determinations of danger and flight risk. They seek declaratory and injunctive relief.
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November 2, 2017
Lawsuit Challenges San Diego Border-wall Waiver as Unconstitutional
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Date: Sep. 6, 2017
By: Center for Biological Diversity
SAN DIEGO— The Center for Biological Diversity today expanded its lawsuit against border wall and prototype projects in San Diego, challenging the Trump administration’s authority to waive environmental laws and calling for an end to the unconstitutional maneuver.

The new filing, ...
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November 2, 2017
The Border Wall: Disastrous for Wildlife
www.aldf.org
Date: Sep. 14, 2017
By: Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
To protect our ecosystems and the animals that call them home, the Animal Legal Defense Fund joined litigation brought by a coalition of wildlife protection groups that include Defenders of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity against the U.S. Department of Homeland ...
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November 2, 2017
Conservation Groups Challenge Border Wall Construction in San Diego, Imperial Valley
www.sierraclub.org
Date: Sep. 14, 2017
By: Sierra Club
WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2017) – A coalition of national conservation groups including Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club and Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today challenging border wall construction activities that threaten wildlife and public ...
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November 2, 2017
Sierra Club Challenges Trump Administration to Obtain Border Wall Information
www.sierraclub.org
Date: Oct. 13, 2017
By: Sierra Club
OAKLAND,CA-- Today, the Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) challenge against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for failing to release information on proposed walls along the U.S.-Mexico border. The challenge seeks to gain information ...
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November 2, 2017
Americans United Asks Court To Block Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0
www.au.org
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Today, Americans United and our allies will ask a federal court to block President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0 from taking effect until the case we filed challenging the latest ban is decided.

We are filing a request for a preliminary injunction that would stop the Muslim ban from ...
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November 2, 2017
SPLC sues Trump administration for failing to provide information on Muslim ban waiver process
www.splcenter.org
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)
The SPLC, Muslim Advocates and Americans United for Separation of Church and State jointly filed a lawsuit yesterday against the Trump administration, seeking to compel the release of critically important details about how a person can obtain a waiver under the president’s Muslim ban executive ...
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November 2, 2017
Advocates Sue Trump Administration for Failing to Provide Information on Muslim Ban Waiver Process
www.muslimadvocates.org
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: Muslim Advocates
No Information on Eligibility or Application Process for Case-by-Case Waivers Has Ever Been Published

Washington, DC – Last night, Muslim Advocates, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Southern Poverty Law Center filed Muslim Advocates v. Department of Homeland ...
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November 2, 2017
Brennan Center v. Department of State
www.brennancenter.org
Date: Oct. 3, 2017
By: Brennan Center for Justice
The Brennan Center filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act against the Department of State for records pertaining to the president's travel bans, related visa applicant procedures and policies. In 2017, the Trump Administration issued two executive orders and a presidential ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 2, 2017
Bick Holdings Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-00462-AGF (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0008
A for-profit company sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. The case was stayed pending other cases involving the same legal issues and the same defendant. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the parties submitted a consent judgment permanently enjoining the defendants from enforcing the mandate, which was signed on November 18, 2014.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 2, 2017
Doboszenski & Sons, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 0:13-cv-03148 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0007
On November 14, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate was unconstitutional. In light of the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and upon the joint stipulation of the parties, the court ordered that the defendants were enjoined from enforcing the contraceptive coverage requirement or imposing any fees or penalties for noncompliance.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 2, 2017
Lindsay v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01210 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0009
On February 14, 2013, the Catholic managing partner of a law firm and the law firm itself filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ("RFRA"), and the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA"), against the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury. After the Supreme Court's decisions in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga on June 30, 2014, which also involved parties seeking religious exemption from the Affordable Care Act's ("ACA") contraceptive requirement, the parties in this case reached a joint agreement that judgment should be entered in favor of the plaintiffs on their RFPA claim. The defendants were permanently enjoined from requiring the plaintiffs to provide their employees with health coverage for contraceptive methods.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 1, 2017
Right to Life Michigan v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01202-RJJ (W.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0015
On November 4, 2013, Right to Life of Michigan ("Right to Life") filed A U.S. District Court lawsuit in the Southern District of Michigan against the Federal Government seeking the court to grant a preliminary and permanent injunction against enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") extending universal contraception coverage to employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. Citing recent binding Sixth Circuit precedent, the court dismissed the plaintiff's suit and entered judgement for the defendant on October 21, 2015.
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CASE ADDITIONS
November 1, 2017
Doe v. Anoka-Hennepin School District
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 0:11-cv-01999-JNE-SER (D. Minn.)
ED-MN-0001
Five students sued their school district under the Fourteenth Amendment, discrimination on the basis of sex in violation of Title IX, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in violation of the Minnesota Human Rights Act. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendant perpetuated and enforced sexual orientation and sex-based stereotypes through its policies and practices, and that said policies prevented school officials from responding adequately to anti-LGBT bullying. The parties negotiated a five-year consent decree requiring the school district to revise its policies and appropriately respond to student harassment, and the defendant's insurer paid $270,000 to the plaintiffs.
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October 31, 2017
ACLU Files Lawsuits Demanding Local Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
www.aclu.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country filed 13 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans. The lawsuit seeks records from local offices of U.S. Customs and Border ...
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October 31, 2017
ACLU of Maine, et al. v. United States CBP, et al.
www.aclumaine.org
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine
The ACLU of Maine and five other New England ACLU affiliates today filed a lawsuit demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.*
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October 31, 2017
Knight Institute v. DHS — FOIA Suit on Border Searches of Electronic Devices
www.knightcolumbia.org
Date: Sep. 15, 2017
By: Knight First Amendment Institute
Searches of cellphones and laptops by U.S. border agents have increased dramatically, rising to about 25,000 in 2016 from about 5,000 in 2015, according to press reports. These searches, which are routinely conducted without individualized suspicion of wrongdoing, raise serious concerns relating to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 31, 2017
Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02118-RDM (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0036
On Oct. 13, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project sued DHS, CBP, OMB, and OPM in D.D.C. under FOIA. Plaintiff sought disclosure of agency records on the government's policies and plans to hire thousands of additional CBP and ICE immigration enforcement agents, pursuant to Trump's EO 13767 and 13678.
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October 29, 2017
The Case of 23-year-old DREAMer, Daniel Ramirez Medina v. Department of Homeland Security
www.publiccounsel.org
Date: Feb. 24, 2017
By: Public Counsel
In partnership with Barrera Legal Group, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, we have filed a lawsuit challenging the detention of Daniel Ramirez Medina, a DACA recipient who was detained by ICE agents on Fri, Feb 10. We are petitioning for his immediate release, and are ...
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October 29, 2017
NAACP Files Lawsuit in Defense of DACA Eligible People of Color
www.naacp.org
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: NAACP
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s original civil rights organization, filed a lawsuit against President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Homeland Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and ...
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October 29, 2017
Wiley Rein and Washington Lawyers’ Committee File Fifth Amendment Complaint on Behalf of Immigrants Detained in Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center
www.wileyrein.com
Date: Oct. 4, 2017
By: Wiley Rein LLP
Using the pseudonym John Doe, an unaccompanied immigrant minor who is confined to the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center filed a lawsuit today on behalf of himself and other detained immigrant children challenging the conditions in the Center. The complaint, filed by Wiley Rein LLP and the ...
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October 29, 2017
Inland Empire – Immigrant Youth Collective v. Duke
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU and the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of several young immigrants against the Trump administration for its unlawful revocations of their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 29, 2017
Protect Democracy Project v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02202-RDM (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0035
On Oct. 24, 2017, the Protect Democracy Project sued DHS and CBP in D.D.C. under FOIA. Plaintiff sought disclosure of agency records on the extent to which defendants cooperate with armed private militia groups along the U.S.-Mexico border. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 29, 2017
ACLU v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01351 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0006
Plaintiff ACLU filed this suit for 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. The action is currently stayed pending review of materials in Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, et al.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 29, 2017
Zakzok v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02969-GLR (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0007
This is a lawsuit filed against Section 2 of President Trump’s Sep. 24, 2017 Proclamation ("Executive Order #3" or "EO-3") barring travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. The plaintiffs are US citizens or permanent residents who will not be able to reunite with their family members or who otherwise claim injury as a direct result of EO-3. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief: they asked the court to enjoin defendants nationwide from enforcing Section 2 of EO-3 across the nation.
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October 27, 2017
Unite Oregon v Trump, et. al.
www.aclu-or.org
Date: Feb. 1, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Oregon
Oregon Immigrants' rights groups file lawsuit against Trump's Muslim and refugee exclusion

February 1, 2017 - The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Oregon (ACLU of Oregon) and Immigrant Law Group PC filed a lawsuit today in federal district court challenging President Trump? ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 27, 2017
Unite Oregon v. Trump [administratively closed]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00179 (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0005
This action, filed on Feb. 1, 2017, challenged President Trump’s travel ban EO. The plaintiff was Unite Oregon, a nonprofit organization with immigrant and refugee members from the enumerated countries; ACLU Oregon was counsel. This case was administratively stayed in June 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 26, 2017
Blumenthal v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 17-cv-01154 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0004
30 U.S. Senators and 171 members of the U.S. House of Representatives filed this lawsuit against President Trump in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 14, 2017. The Plaintiffs alleged that President Trump violated the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution and sought declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent further violations. President Trump filed a motion dismiss the Plaintiff's amended complaint on September 15, 2017. The motion is currently pending.
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October 25, 2017
After a Month of Obstruction by the Trump Administration, Jane Doe Gets Her Abortion
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 25, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
October 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — More than a month after she made her decision, Jane Doe was able to obtain an abortion this morning. She was able to get the abortion care after an appeals court in Washington, D.C., issued a decision late yesterday, clearing the way for a federal ...
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October 25, 2017
Wagafe v. Trump: "Extreme Vetting" of Immigration Benefit Applicants
www.nationalimmigrationproject.org
Date: Jun. 21, 2017
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
This lawsuit challenges the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program (CAARP), a secret and unlawful government vetting program that targets thousands applicants who are Muslim or from certain Muslim-majority countries for delay or denial of immigration benefits. The amended class action ...
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October 25, 2017
Wagafe v. Trump
www.aclu-wa.org
Date: Jun. 23, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington
A class action that lawsuit challenges provisions of President Donald Trump’s January 27, 2017 executive order and alleges that the government’s “extreme vetting” of people applying for citizenship and permanent residency under the executive order and an existing program known as the ...
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October 25, 2017
Class-Action Lawsuit Challenges Trump Order on Behalf of Tens of Thousands of Immigrants Living in U.S. Legally
www.aclu.org
Date: Feb. 2, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
February 2, 2017

SEATTLE — Civil and immigrant rights groups asked a federal court Wednesday night to lift the unconstitutional ban blocking Muslim immigrants lawfully living in the United States from becoming U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and asylees, among other things.*
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October 25, 2017
Garza v. Hargan - Challenge to Trump Administration's Attempts to Block Abortions for Young Immigrant Women
www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 23, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU has taken the Trump administration to court over its new policy of preventing young immigrant women from having abortions they want. The ACLU represents a 17-year-old woman who came to the United States without her parents and who is currently residing in a government-funded shelter in ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
Hagig v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00289 (D. Colo.)
IM-CO-0010
This action, filed on Jan. 31, 2017 in D.Colo. by a Libyan LPR, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27 EO travel ban which would affect plaintiff's ability to travel outside the U.S. Litigation continued over the subsequent months as the administration revised the ban. Since June 2017, this case has been stayed, pending the outcome of the Hawaii and IRAP cases in SCOTUS.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
Wagafe v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00094 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0031
This suit challenges USCIS's interpretation of Trump's travel-ban EO and its CAARP application review program, alleging unlawful delays and denials of Muslims' adjustment of status and naturalization applications of Muslims. The Court certified two nationwide classes. Discovery is underway and a trial is set for Sept. 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
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
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
G.G. v. Hickenlooper
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00428 (D. Colo.)
CJ-CO-0002
On February 22, 2016, individuals with mental illness and/or in need of addiction and substance abuse services who were exiting jails, prisons, nursing homes, mental health institutes, or who were currently homeless, filed this class-action complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. They brought claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Title XIX of the Social Security Act. The plaintiffs sought a permanent injunction requiring to require defendants to ensure housing, treatment and other services were brought to scale to meet the needs of the class. On July 31, 2016, the plaintiffs moved to voluntarily dismissed the case against the plaintiffs. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
Doe v. Wood County Board of Education
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 6:12-cv-04355 (S.D. W. Va.)
ED-WV-0001
On August 15, 2012, a mother and her three minor daughters filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against the Wood County Board of Education and Van Devender Middle School. The plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief, alleging that the School's single-sex education program approved by the Board violated the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. On July 3, 2013 the parties entered a Consent Decree, awarding the plaintiffs money for damages and attorneys' fees, as well as prohibiting the defendant from having certain single-sex activities for five years. The Consent Decree and the Court's injunction will end on July 4, 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01907-CRC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0032
On Sept. 18, 2017, the NAACP in its organizational capacity sued DHS for ending DACA, affecting plaintiff's DACA-recipient members. Plaintiff alleged that the termination was unlawful under Due Process and the APA. Several labor unions have joined as co-plaintiffs. A hearing on the motion to dismiss will be held on Jan. 31, 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 25, 2017
Daniel Medford v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 13-cv-01726 (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0005
A for-profit company sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
October 24, 2017
Chelsea, Lawrence challenge Trump on sanctuary cities
https://www.bostonglobe.com/
Date: Feb. 8, 2017
By: Boston Globe (Boston Globe)
The cities of Lawrence and Chelsea filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston Wednesday challenging President Trump’s executive order that would strip funding for so-called sanctuary cities, calling the proposal an unconstitutional penalty for local governments that have sought to build trust ...
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October 24, 2017
NWIRP v. Sessions
https://www.nwirp.org/
Date: Jul. 30, 2017
By: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (Northwest Immigrant Rights Project)
Our lawsuit, filed with the help of Davis Wright Tremaine, asserts that this order violates our constitutional right to free speech, impeding our ability to promote and defend the rights of immigrants in Washington State. In addition, our suit charges that the regulation the EOIR claims we are ...
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October 24, 2017
ACLU Files Lawsuits Demanding Local Documents on Implementation of Trump Muslim Ban
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 12, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union (American Civil Liberties Union)
American Civil Liberties Union affiliates across the country filed 13 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today demanding government documents about the on-the-ground implementation of President Trump’s Muslim bans.*
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October 24, 2017
WIRAC Sues Administration for Withholding Records in “Backdoor Muslim Ban”
https://law.yale.edu/
Date: Jun. 27, 2017
By: Yale Law School (Yale Law School)
On June 27, 2017, the Council on American-Islamic Relations – Connecticut (CAIR-CT) and Make the Road New York (MRNY) sued the Trump administration for withholding critical information concerning its continued profiling of Muslims and other marginalized groups, on an informal basis, with respect ...
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October 24, 2017
University of California sues Trump administration on unlawful repeal of DACA program
https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/
Date: Sep. 8, 2017
By: UC Office of the President (University of California )
The University of California today (Sept. 8) filed suit in federal court against the Trump administration for wrongly and unconstitutionally violating the rights of the University and its students by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on “nothing more than ...
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October 24, 2017
New York Dreamer Challenges Trump Administration’s Termination of DACA
https://www.nilc.org
Date: Sep. 5, 2017
By: National Immigration Law Center (National Immigration Law Center)
A young immigrant New Yorker and Make the Road New York (MRNY) went to federal court today to challenge the Trump administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a lawsuit brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Martí ...
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October 24, 2017
A.G. Schneiderman Files Lawsuit To Protect Dreamers And Preserve DACA
https://ag.ny.gov/
Date: Sep. 5, 2017
By: New York State Attorney General (New York State Attorney General)
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 16 Attorneys General in filing suit to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. The lawsuit, which was filed this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, details how the Trump ...
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October 24, 2017
Batalla Vidal v. Baran
https://law.yale.edu
Date: Sep. 6, 2017
By: Yale Law School (Yale Law School)
Summary of case provided by co-counsel Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School*
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October 23, 2017
Meet the Plaintiffs in Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump
Date: Oct. 6, 2017
By: Scott Simpson (Muslim Advocates )
IAAB v. Trump, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, is the first major lawsuit brought against President Trump’s Muslim Ban 3.0. The plaintiffs in this action are Iranian Alliances Across Borders, an Iranian-American diaspora community organization, and six individual ...
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October 23, 2017
INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE ASSISTANCE PROJECT V. TRUMP
Date: Oct. 18, 2017
By: ACLU (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union and other partner organizations filed a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s Muslim ban executive order, charging it violates the Constitution — including the First Amendment’s prohibition of government establishment of religion and the Fifth ...
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October 23, 2017
Herrera and Becerra sue Trump administration to stop latest attack on sanctuary cities
www.sfcityattorney.org
Date: Aug. 14, 2017
By: San Francisco City Attorney
City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced today that he had filed a second lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration, this time over the U.S. Department of Justice instituting unconstitutional new conditions on federal law enforcement grants.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2017
DOJ Investigation of Missoula County Attorney’s Office
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 9:14-cv-00038-DLC (D. Mont.)
CJ-MT-0003
This DOJ pattern or practice investigation into the Missoula County Attorney's Office found that the MCAO failed to adequately investigate and prosecute alleged sexual assaults against women, due to gender discrimination in violation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. The matter led to an out-of-court settlement on June 10, 2014, setting out substantial reforms for the County Attorney's Office, with an oversight role played chiefly by the Montana Attorney General's office.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2017
Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Abercrombie & Fitch
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:09-cv-02757-WYD-KMT (D. Colo.)
DR-CO-0020
In 2013, individuals who use wheelchairs and an organization representing their interests filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado to challenge the inaccessible design of elevated entrances in Hollister stores. The District Court initially held for the plaintiffs, but in 2015, the U.S. Circuit Court for the 10th Circuit reversed, holding that the defendant's stores did not violate the ADA. On remand, the parties came tp a settlement agreement that included injunctive relief and attorney's fees for the plaintiff.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2017
Harris v. Wayne County Airport Authority
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-13630 (E.D. Mich.)
DR-MI-0006
On September 19, 2014, two physically disabled individuals filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") against the Wayne County Airport Authority ("WCAA") alleging that WCAA was violating the ADA in relocating several buses to an inaccessible and dangerously congested transportation center. On October 17, 2014, the parties reached a settlement agreement that would make the transportation center safer for disabled individuals. In 2015, the plaintiffs alleged WCAA had not met the terms of the settlement agreement and filed a motion to enforce the agreement. The court, finding that the defendant had not violated the agreement, denied the plaintiff's motion and dismissed the case with prejudice. 2015 WL 4611376.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2017
Electronic Frontier Foundation v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-00755-CKK (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0088
In 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit focused on civil liberties issues relating to technology, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiff alleged that the Department of Justice (DOJ), specifically the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), had wrongly withheld records the plaintiff requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) pertaining to three expiring provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). After an initial conference between the parties ordered by District Judge Coleen Kollar-Kotelly, the parties worked out a schedule for the processing and release of all responsive documents to plaintiff's FOIA request. However, even after the defendant released all 1,700 pages of requested documents to the plaintiff, the parties still disputed over six remaining pages pertaining to statistical information of the FBI's use of the expiring provisions via cross-motions for summary judgment. Ultimately, the defendant released the remaining six pages to the plaintiff and the parties settled over the plaintiff's attorneys' fees, with the defendant agreeing to pay the plaintiff $4,000. The case was then dismissed on June 16th, 2011.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2017
Gonzales v. City of Austin
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00956 (W.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0012
In 2015, an indigent single mother filed this Civil Rights Act of 1871 complaint in the District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division). Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the city's policy of jailing those too poor to pay their traffic ticket fines violated fundamental rights to due process, equal protection and counsel. The court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim, finding that a magistrate judge's application of discretionary rules cannot constitute municipal policy. The case closed in March 2016.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 22, 2017
Devitri v. Cronen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-11842 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0011
On Sept. 25, 2017, a group of Christian Indonesian nationals living in the United States and threatened with imminent removal filed this suit against the DHS and ICE's Boston and Manchester Field Offices. The court issued a TRO, enjoining defendants from removing all named plaintiffs from the United States. Defendants appealed to the 1st Circuit.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 22, 2017
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-12022 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0013
On Oct. 17, 2017, Massachusetts, DC, California, Hawai'i, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Washington, sued DHS, ICE, USCIS, and CBP under FOIA, seeking agency records on federal immigration enforcement activities within the respective States. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-MA-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 22, 2017
Immigrant Legal Resource Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-06029 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0107
This FOIA suit was filed filed on October 20, 2017. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) sought the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to release records related to sanctuary cities. Specifically, ILRC wanted information related to "whether and to what extent city and county law enforcement agencies agree to assist in ICE’s detention and deportation efforts against immigrants living in the United States." The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0107)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 20, 2017
Garza v. Hargan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02122-TSC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0034
On Oct. 13, 2017, a pregnant unaccompanied minor in immigration custody sued DHHS and component agencies in D.D.C. Plaintiff received a TRO on Oct. 18 and after appeals in D.C.Cir., an amended TRO on Oct. 24, ordering defendants to allow her to be transported for an abortion, which she had on Oct. 25. Class certification is pending. Defendants sought SCOTUS cert.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 20, 2017
Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01961-KBJ (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0084
In December 2013, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 5 U.S.C. § 552. EPIC sought the processing of its expedited FOIA request for the release of semiannual reports and information submitted to Congressional committees on surveillance devices and the records that DOJ used to prepare these submissions. In March, May, and August 2014, DOJ released to the EPIC twenty-five semiannual reports and fifty other documents relating to its FOIA request but withheld other documents in full and portions of the released documents. In February 2016, the District Court held that DOJ had had failed to establish with sufficient specificity its justifications for the withholdings. In March 2016, DOJ released to EPIC previously withheld portions of seventy-three pages from five semiannual reports but redacted portions of these pages that it had previously released as unredacted in 2014.
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October 17, 2017
Reed-Veal v. Encinia
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-02232 (S.D. Tex.)
JC-TX-0025
On August 4, 2015, plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS), Waller County, and several employees of the Waller County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code sections 71.002-004 and 71.021. On October 31, 2016, the parties filed a Joint Order of Dismissal after reaching an out of court settlement wherein the plaintiff received $1.9 million and the case was dismissed on November 1, 2016.
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October 17, 2017
Carson v. Heigel
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-00045-MGL (D.S.C.)
PB-SC-0005
In 2016, a same-sex married couple filed this Civil Rights Act of 1871 complaint in the District Court of South Carolina (Columbia Division). Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming violations of their fundamental right to marry and other protected liberties related to the differential treatment of birth records for children with same-sex married parents. Summary Judgment was granted in favor of the Plaintiffs and a consent decree entered ordering South Carolina to make changes to the policies of their birth-record keeping, as well as the issuance of corrected birth certificates to the Plaintiffs and all who qualified under the new policies and requested such a correction. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement for attorney’s fees and the case closed in June 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 16, 2017
Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-02921-GJH (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0005
On October 2, 2017 the Iranian Alliances Across Borders filed this complaint on behalf of a group of plaintiffs of Iranian descent. The suit challenges President Trumps Sept. 24 Proclamation indefinitely restricting travel from the following eight countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. Otherwise known as EO-3, the proclamation was the President's third attempt to restrict travel from particular countries. The first attempt was by and Executive Order (EO) issued in Jan. 2017. In response to that order, a slew of litigation ensued. That litigation, and the decisions it led to, eventually led the President to issue a new, revised order. However, the litigation continued, and in September President issued his proclamation just as the second EO was about to expire. In response to that proclamation, and alongside other suits challenging the EOs, plaintiffs filed their complaint in the Maryland District Court. Judge Chuang was assigned to the case. In their complaint, plaintiffs alleged that the proclamation targeted and discriminated against Muslims and that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by discriminating based on national origin. Plaintiffs also alleged that the order violated the First Amendment's Establishment and Free Speech Clauses and the Fifth Amendment's Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses. As relief, plaintiffs requested a nationwide injunction barring the government from enforcing the new order.
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October 15, 2017
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, this case remains ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youth, Inc.
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00519-CG-B (S.D. Ala.)
MH-AL-0002
In the Southern District of Alabama in October 2013, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program brought this lawsuit against SafetyNet, Inc., claiming that the defendant had failed to allow the plaintiff access to its facilities as required by the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Act of 1986 (PAIMI), the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (PADD Act), and the Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights Program of 1993 (PAIR). In December 2013, the defendant filed a third-party complaint against the Alabama Department of Human Resources. After all three parties moved for summary judgment, on December 12, 2014,the court granted the plaintiff’s motion, holding that the defendant was required to grant the plaintiff access to its facilities by law and awarding injunctive and declaratory relief to the plaintiff.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Singh v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00732 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0016
On Oct. 15, 2013, two Indian guestworkers filed suit in S.D. Miss. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In Apr. 2014, the court transferred this case to E.D.La where it was consolidated with the Achari lead case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Samuel v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00323 (E.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0035
On May 21, 2013, 17 Indian guestworkers filed suit in E.D. Tx. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In July 2015, the Court ordered to stay the case due to Signal's bankruptcy, with status reports on the proceedings due every 120 days.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Marimuthu v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00499 (E.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0039
On Aug. 7, 2013, 10 Indian guestworkers filed a lawsuit in E.D. Tx. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme by Defendant Signal International. While discovery was underway, Signal filed for bankruptcy and the Court stayed this case pending bankruptcy proceedings.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Kambala v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00498 (E.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0038
On Aug. 7, 2013, 16 Indian guestworkers filed a lawsuit in E.D.Tx. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme by Defendant Signal International. In July 2015, the court stayed the case after Signal filed for bankruptcy. One defendant has settled and the stay remains in effect for the others.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Meganathan v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00497 (E.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0037
On August 7, 2013, four Indian guestworkers filed suit in E.D. Tx. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In July 2015, the Court ordered to stay the case due to Signal's bankruptcy, with status reports on the proceedings due every 120 days.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Joseph v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00324 (E.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0036
On May 21, 2013, 33 Indian guestworkers filed suit in E.D. Tx. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In July 2015, the Court ordered to stay the case due to Signal's bankruptcy, with status reports on the proceedings due every 120 days.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Krishnakutty v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-06220 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0014
On Aug. 7, 2013, two Indian guestworkers filed suit in S.D. Miss. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In Oct. 2013, the court transferred this case to E.D.La where it was consolidated with the Achari lead case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Achari v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-06218 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0012
On May 21, 2013, 33 Indian guestworkers filed suit in S.D. Miss. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. After consolidation with other cases, a jury trial was scheduled for July 2015, but the parties settled. The Court closed this case in May 2017, without prejudice.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00557-SM-DEK (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0011
On Apr. 20, 2011, the EEOC filed suit against Defendant Signal International, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi alleging violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In December 2015, the EEOC announced that the parties had reached a settlement for all 11 cases. Signal was to pay $5 million to 476 guestworkers harmed by its conduct.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2017
Chakkiyattil v. Signal International, LLC
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-06219 (E.D. La.)
IM-LA-0013
On Aug. 7, 2013, 28 Indian guestworkers filed suit in S.D. Miss. for harm suffered as a result of an allegedly fraudulent and coercive employment recruitment scheme. In Oct. 2013, the court transferred this case to E.D.La where it was consolidated with the Achari lead case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 13, 2017
Rabin v. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-02276-JST (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0360
On April 27, 2016, the plaintiff, a certified public accountant over the age of forty, filed this class and collective action against PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”). The defendant moved for a judgement on the pleadings and was denied. As of October 12, 2017, the parties remain engaged in discovery. The deadline for the motion for conditional certification of the ADEA collective class remains vacated. The next telephonic case management conference is scheduled for November 17, 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 13, 2017
Avitia v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-04818-R-SK (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0127
In June 2016, a deaf resident of California, together with the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that the City of Santa Ana's failure to provide ASL interpreters or auxiliary aids to deaf and hard of hearing inmates at the city's jail violated Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state law. In February 2017, the parties reached a settlement requiring Defendants to pay $140,000 in damages to Plaintiffs and to develop measures to ensure that deaf and hard of hearing jail inmates would receive appropriate accommodations and services. The case closed in May 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 13, 2017
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty v. State of New York
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:04-cv-00705-ADS-ARL (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0017
Homeless children and their parents living in Suffolk County, New York, filed suit against various State and County agencies and fourteen school districts, alleging that they had been denied access to a free and appropriate public school education in violation of the McKinney Vento-Homelessness Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 11431-11435; New York Education Law § 3209; and various other laws and regulations thereunder. The Plaintiffs alleged that homeless children in Suffolk County were often turned away at the schoolhouse door, experienced significant delays in enrolling in public school, or were denied access to transportation or other basic services. The Plaintiffs reached three settlement agreements with the school district defendants, New York State defendants, and Suffolk County defendants, respectively.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 12, 2017
Wood v. Ryan
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-01447-NVW (D. Ariz.)
CJ-AZ-0002
Several citizens and residents of Arizona subject to the death penalty brought suit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and several associated governmental employees. The plaintiffs argued that the ADC's lethal injection procedure violated their First Amendment right to access governmental proceedings, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment, and the Federal Supremacy Clause. The parties came to a stipulated agreement prohibiting the defendant from using certain chemicals for execution, among other limitation. The case is ongoing as an appeal continues in the Ninth Circuit as to first amendment issues.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 12, 2017
U.S. v. State of Connecticut
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 3:09-CV-85 (D. Conn.)
MH-CT-0003
On January 20, 2009, the Department of Justice filed and settled a lawsuit with the State of Connecticut for practices at the Connecticut Valley Hospital, a state-run psychiatric facility, that violated the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1997 (CRIPA). In the settlement, Connecticut agreed to a wide variety of practice changes and a period of supervised operation. On May 22, 2015, the Court approved the State’s notice of substantial compliance and motion to terminate the settlement agreement, however, news suggests that as late as mid-2017, patients at the Connecticut Valley Hospital continued to suffer from widespread abuse.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 12, 2017
Moussazadeh v. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:07-CV-574 (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0018
On October 12, 2005, an inmate of Eastham Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), its executive director and the warden of the Eastham Unit under 42 U.S.C. §2000 and Texas State Code §110.001. The plaintiff alleged that the TDCJ and specifically the Eastham Unit have denied his access to a kosher diet, which he requires as part of his sincere religious belief. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, claiming violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). After a number of motions to dismiss and appeals, the parties eventually reached a private settlement agreement which was granted on March 31, 2017 wherein the plaintiff was transferred to a prison with access to a Jewish dietary program.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 12, 2017
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
October 12, 2017
Fowler v. Turco
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 15-cv-12298-NMG (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0045
OnJUne 10,2015, inmates of the Massachusetts Department of Correction filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the Massachusetts Partnership for Correctional Healthcare LLC (“MPCH”) and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants have repeatedly shown deliberate indifference to the serious medical needs of plaintiffs and the members of the class also infected with the Hepatitis C virus. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief for violations of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Discovery is ongoing with a trial date set for April 30, 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 12, 2017
Remick v. Utah
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00789 (D. Utah)
PD-UT-0001
A class-action lawsuit was brought against the State of Utah and the Attorney General of Utah under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants failed to provide constitutionally adequate legal representation to indigent adults accused of crimes in Utah’s District and Justice courts for which there is a possibility of incarceration.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 11, 2017
County of Santa Clara v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-05813 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0106
This suit, brought on October 10, 2017, challenges President Trump's revocation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The plaintiffs are Santa Clara County and a union representing thousands of county employees, and they seek to enjoin the government from ending the program. Not only do the DACA recipients stand to lose benefits and security they have relied upon, but the plaintiffs argued that their employers and communities stand to lose the benefits these recipients provide to them. As a result, the plaintiffs contended that revoking DACA violated Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection, and the Administrative Procedure Act. They seek equitable estoppel, injunctive relief, and declaratory judgment. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 9, 2017
Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) v. Alford
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00757-WCO (N.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0009
On March 9, 2016, the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and students within the University System of Georgia filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. They alleged the students, who had been granted legal status under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, were entitled to in-state tuition, and that the defendants had created an unconstitutional two-tiered system of residency in violation of the Supremacy Clause and the Equal Protection Clause. These proceedings have been stayed since February 16, 2017 as a parallel suit in the Georgia Supreme Court could answer the question of whether denying in-state tuition to DACA students violated state statutory law and Board of Regents policies. As DACA was recently rescinded by the Trump Administration, it is unclear how either case will proceed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 9, 2017
Hacker v. Cain
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-00063-JWD-EWD (M.D. La.)
PC-LA-0018
In 2014, a prisoner at Louisiana State Penitentiary who suffered from cataracts filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Plaintiff alleged that the policy of delaying "elective surgery," failing to make reasonable work accommodations, and excluding prisoners with disabilities from beneficial prison programs violated the American with Disabilities Act and his Eighth Amendment rights. After filing his initial lawsuit, plaintiff received cataracts surgery, but the lawsuit continued over the broader discriminatory policies. The case went to a jury trial in 2017, which returned a verdict for the defendants. The jury said that plaintiff failed to prove that he suffered a disability under the ADA before his cataracts surgery and that the defendants did not violate his Eighth Amendment rights by delaying surgery and requiring him to do manual work despite his visual impairment. The plaintiff motioned for a new trial in March 2017. The case remains open and active.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 9, 2017
T.H. v. Walcott
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-08777-JLC (S.D.N.Y.)
DR-NY-0015
In 2013, children with disabilities in New York City sued the New York Department of Education in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs allege that New York City Schools frequently misused emergency medical services to remove students with disabilities in non-emergency situations, in violation of federal disability laws, among other claims. In 2014, the parties reached a stipulated agreement that required the City change its policies and practices relating to its handling of children with disabilities and awarded monetary damages to the plaintiffs. The period of the stipulation agreement runs until June 30, 2018.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
October 6, 2017
Remick v. Utah (2016)
By: ACLU of Utah
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October 6, 2017
Homeless Claim L.A. Blew Off Court Orders
Courthouse News
Date: Apr. 16, 2013
By: Matt Reynolds
Homeless Claim L.A. Blew Off Court Orders, https://www.courthousenews.com/homeless-claim-l-a-blew-off-court-orders/ (last visited Oct 6, 2017)
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October 6, 2017
L.A. agrees to pay nearly $950,000 in two cases involving the homeless
L.A. Times website
Date: Jun. 14, 2016
By: Emily Alpert Reyes
L.A. agrees to pay nearly $950,000 in two cases involving the homeless Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-attorney-fees-homeless-case-20160613-snap-story.html (last visited Oct 6, 2017)
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October 5, 2017
SUMMARY:The Nationwide Perez-Fuñez Permanent Injunction Provisions for Unaccompanied Children in DHS Custody
www.nilc.org
Date: June 2014
By: National Immigration Law Center (National Immigration Law Center)
The Perez-Fuñez injunction is a nationwide class action permanent injunction that requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain steps before removing unaccompanied children to their countries of origin via voluntary departure. The injunction was originally entered in 1984, ...
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September 29, 2017
Owning Property Without Privacy: How Lavan v. City of Los Angeles Offers Increased Fourth Amendment Protection To Skid Row's Homeless
Date: Apr. 1, 2013
By: Benjamin G. Kassis (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Law Student)
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September 25, 2017
Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats
www.whitehouse.gov
Date: Sep. 24, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
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September 21, 2017
Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
www.dhs.gov
Date: Sep. 5, 2017
By: Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security)
"This memorandum rescinds the June 15, 2012 memorandum entitled 'Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,' which established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ('DACA'). For the reasons and in the manner ...
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