University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

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


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 13, 2020
Public Citizen v. Trump
Public Citizen
Date: 2020
By: Public Citizen
On Feb. 8, Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Communications Workers of America sued the Trump administration to block an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 13, 2020
Driscoll v. Stapleton
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: DV 20-408 (State Court)
VR-MT-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-MT-0017)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 12, 2020
Jerry Thomas, et al., v. Jennifer Kent
Disability Rights California
Date: Sep. 19, 2016
By: Disability Rights California
Disability Rights California (DRC) filed a lawsuit in October 2014 on behalf of three individuals with disabilities against the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and its Director. DRC is challenging DHCS' failure to provide medically necessary services that allow the plaintiffs ...
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August 12, 2020
Documents Produced in Response to Protect Democracy FOIA Request Regarding Department of Energy Climate Change Questionnaire
Protect Democracy
Date: 2019
By: Protect Democracy
On February 15, 2017, Protect Democracy sent a FOIA request to the Department of Energy (DOE) regarding a questionnaire that was sent to DOE employees by the Trump presidential transition team. The questionnaire sought, among other things, to identify agency employees who had worked on climate ...
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August 12, 2020
Cohen v. Brown
The Brown University News Bureau
Date: Feb. 19, 1997
By: Mark Nickel (Brown University)
Brown University is taking its Title IX athletics case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Attorneys for the University filed a petition for a writ of certiorari late Tuesday, Feb. 18, 1997, asking the Supreme Court to review a split decision handed down Nov. 21, 1996, in Boston by a three-judge panel of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 12, 2020
Missouri NAACP v. Missouri
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 20AC-CC00169 (State Court)
VR-MO-0062
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-MO-0062)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 12, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon v. City of Portland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: (State Court)
PN-OR-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 11, 2020
Kenny v. Wilson
aclu.org
Date: Mar. 16, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s “disturbing schools” law. The law allows students in school to be criminally charged for normal adolescent behaviors including loitering, cursing, or undefined “obnoxious” actions on school grounds ...
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August 11, 2020
Rosie. D
http://rosied.org/
Date: Jan. 26, 2006
By: Center for Public Representation
Welcome to the Rosie D. website, an information and support resource for parents,attorneys, advocates, providers and other professionals. Click on the index headings on the left for more information about the ongoing transformation of the children’s mental health system in Massachusetts. The ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 11, 2020
LaRose v. Simon
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 62-CV-20-3149 (State Court)
VR-MN-0016
This case, brought by the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund, challenged two provisions of Minnesota election law in state court. The first provision, the Witness Requirement, mandated that voters have an eligible witness to sign off on their ballot sheet if they voted absentee. The second provision, the Election Day Receipt Deadline, said that absentee ballots must be turned in by 3 p.m. on Election Day if submitted individually and by 8 p.m. if submitted by mail. The suit argued that these laws violated the Minnesota constitution and U.S. Constitution even in normal times, but that amidst the COVID-19 pandemic they were even more egregious. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The parties more or less worked together to remedy the problem, submitting a joint stipulation and partial consent decree for the primary election to not enforce the Witness Requirement and to count ballots postmarked for Election Day, regardless of whether they arrived that day or not. In early August the court also issued an order relaxing these provisions with respect to the November 3 general election as well. This order was celebrated by the plaintiffs and the state of Minnesota, but decried as judicial overreach by GOP groups that had intervened in the case. The case is ongoing as of August 11, 2020.
View Case Detail (VR-MN-0016)


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August 10, 2020
Federal Class Action Over Alameda
rbgg.com
Date: Apr. 22, 2020
By: Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP
RBGG’s Ernest Galvan, Jeffrey Bornstein, and Kara Janssen represent eight named plaintiffs in a class action case filed in December 2018 against Alameda County on behalf of all prisoners, including prisoners with psychiatric disabilities, challenging the unconstitutional use of isolation, denial ...
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August 10, 2020
Michigan
https://www.democracydocket.com/
Date: Jun. 2, 2020
By: Democracy Docket
Democracy Docket focuses on detecting, highlighting, and combating suppressive voting laws and practices that have the greatest impact on voters and elections. We spotlight those laws and practices that restrict the right to vote but may not always be the most newsworthy. And, we highlight efforts ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 10, 2020
Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans v. Benson
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 20-000108-MM (State Court)
VR-MI-0078
The Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans and the Detroit/Downriver Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute filed this lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel. They argued that three Michigan election laws were in conflict with the Michigan state constitution and that one was in conflict with superseding federal law. These three laws were: 1) the Ballot Receipt Deadline, which mandates that absentee ballots sent via mail must arrive at the clerk by 8 p.m. on Election Day; 2) the Postage Requirement, which requires that voters use their own stamps and postage to mail their absentee ballots; and 3) the Voter Assistance Ban, which prohibits most third parties from handling a voter's ballot. The plaintiffs said that the three laws were against the Michigan constitution's assurance of equal protection and free speech, and that the third was also in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing as of August 10, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 10, 2020
Collins v. Adams
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
VR-KY-0009
This case was brought by several individual plaintiffs, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of the NAACP Branches against Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear, the Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, and the Chairman of the Kentucky Board of Elections Albert Benjamin Chandler. They argued that two requirements to voting, a photo ID requirement and a requirement mandating a valid excuse to vote absentee, were unconstitutional at least within the context of the 2020 COVID pandemic. They argued that the election laws forced voters to choose between their health and their right to vote. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing as of August 10, 2020
View Case Detail (VR-KY-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 10, 2020
Williams v. Witte
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-00304 (N.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0011
After a rough start, this petition for habeas corpus was filed by 18 petitioners on April 29, 2020. Petitioners were non-citizen detainees who argued that being held in custody by ICE amidst the 2020 COVID pandemic represented violations of their due process rights and federal statutory law. The petitioners had medical problems which rendered them particularly vulnerable to COVID. The petitioners also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order. The court denied the motion for a temporary restraining order, holding that habeas corpus was only a vehicle to challenge the fact of a detainee's detention or its length, but not the conditions of confinement. Petitioners voluntarily dismissed the suit on June 19, 2020. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (IM-AL-0011)


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August 9, 2020
Smith v. Aroostook County
aclumaine.org/
Date: Apr. 30, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Maine joined a case on behalf of Brenda Smith, who uses physician-prescribed medication to keep her opioid use disorder in remission. Treatment with MAT enables Ms. Smith to live free from the devastating symptoms of addiction. Most of Maine's jails block incarcerated people from access ...
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August 9, 2020
Hart v. Berryhill - Litigation
Justice in Aging
Date: 04/25/2017
By: Justice in Aging
In 2015, along with partners Morrison & Foerster LLP and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, we filed a class action lawsuit against SSA on behalf of Mr. Hart and approximately 4,000 other residents of the broader Bay Area and Central Coast whose disability benefits were denied or terminated ...
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August 7, 2020
Jacobson v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
ACLU of Arizona
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
By: ACLU of Arizona
On November 20, 2014 the ACLU of Arizona together with the ACLU of San Diego and filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of local residents of Arivaca, Arizona challenging U.S. Border Patrol’s obstruction of efforts to monitor abuses at an interior checkpoint near the town of Arivaca. The lawsuit ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 7, 2020
Alhman v. Barnes
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-00835 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0143
This putative class-action lawsuit, brought by inmates in Orange County Jail, argued that county and the sheriff violated the U.S. Constitution, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in failing to provide adequate care amidst the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Plaintiffs sought habeas corpus, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and attorneys' fees and costs. The district court granted class certification and partially granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, which mandated more social distancing, providing for more PPE, and improved sanitation policies. The defendants appealed this decision to the Ninth Circuit, and applied in both the district court and the Ninth Circuit to stay the case in the lower court until the appeals court had ruled. Both denied these applications, however the Ninth Circuit remanded to the district court saying that the defendants could try to modify the injunction if there were any changed circumstances. Defendants did so, but the district court denied any modifications once again. The defendants appealed this decision to the Ninth Circuit, which likewise rejected the defendants' motion. Finally, the defendants went to the Supreme Court and asked them to stay the injunction while the Ninth Circuit heard the case on the merits. The Supreme Court obliged on August 5, staying the injunction. The case is ongoing as of August 7, 2020.
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0143)


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August 6, 2020
Jackson's Legacy
Santa Fe Reporter
By: Alexa Schirtzinger
In October 1985, a developmentally disabled man in his late 20s drank a cup of oven cleaner. Despite severe burns, he survived. He also unwittingly kicked off one of the longest lawsuits in the history of the state of New Mexico. Today, the Jackson lawsuit—named for Walter Stephen Jackson, and ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 6, 2020
KPMG Gender Pay, Promotion and Pregnancy Discrimination Class Action
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Date: 2020
By: Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
In June 2011, Class Representative Donna Kassman filed a lawsuit against KPMG to remedy KPMG’s systemic discrimination in pay and promotion, discrimination based on pregnancy, and chronic failure to properly investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment. In late 2011 and ...
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August 6, 2020
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak
Alliance Defending Freedom
Date: Aug. 6, 2020
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
A provision of Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s COVID-19 executive order unconstitutionally treated religious congregations different from many secular gatherings.
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 6, 2020
Don't Shoot Portland v. Wolf
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02040 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-DC-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 6, 2020
Lewis-McCoy v. Wolf
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01142 (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0078
In February, 2020, a group of New York residents filed this class-action lawsuit against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs alleged that the Trump administration retaliated against New York for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain drivers licenses by blocking New York residents from participating in the Global Entry program, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, the Tenth Amendment, and the Fifth Amendment. In July, DHS voluntarily reversed the policy in question, after admitting that they had made misleading and inaccurate statements to the court. As of August 8, 2020, this case is still pending. The court is currently determining the extent the government’s misstatements and deciding if the case should be dismissed as moot.
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0078)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 6, 2020
Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00303 (D. Nev.)
PR-NV-0001
A rural Nevada church brought this lawsuit against the Governor of Nevada on May 22, 2020, alleging that the governor’s COVID-19 gathering ban was a violation of the church’s First Amendment rights. The district court denied the church’s motions for preliminary injunctive relief; the church appealed this denial to the Ninth Circuit. Both the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court denied motions for injunction pending the Ninth Circuit’s appeal; as of August 6, 2020, the appeal is pending in the Ninth Circuit.
View Case Detail (PR-NV-0001)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 5, 2020
Gill v. Whitford
Campaign Legal Center
Date: Oct. 10, 2017
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC, along with private co-counsel, represented 12 Wisconsin voters who have challenged the state’s Assembly district lines as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander in Gill v. Whitford. This case is the first purely partisan gerrymandering case to go to trial in 30 years and has the potential ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2020
Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-05441 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0050
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-NY-0050)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2020
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles
aclusocal.org
Date: Mar. 15, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Angelenos whom the Los Angeles police and prosecutors have unfairly subjected to restrictive "gang injunctions" without due process.

Gang injunctions are civil court orders that ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2020
Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition v. Trump; State of California v. Trump
theusconstitution.org
Date: Jun. 26, 2020
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
In Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition v. Trump and State of California v. Trump, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that President Trump cannot lawfully divert funds that Congress has appropriated for other purposes for the construction of a border wall between ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 4, 2020
Black Lives Matter v. Wolf
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-04319 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0026
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-IL-0026)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2020
Duvall v. Hogan
aclu.org
Date: Jun. 28, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Following court orders dating back to 1993, the ACLU is representing detainees in Duvall v. Hogan, in an effort to respond to health and safety concerns that exist in a Baltimore City Detention center.

The filthy infrastructure and lack of adherence to previously issued court orders ...
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August 3, 2020
Lyon v. ICE (Telephone Access for Immigration Detainees)
https://www.aclunc.org/
Date: Apr. 23, 2019
By: ACLU of Northern California
Approximately 34,000 immigrants are held in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s (ICE) facilities on a daily basis, with roughly 500 to 600 of these immigrants held in northern California detention facilities. These detainees are not serving criminal sentences. They are being ...
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August 3, 2020
2020 Census Litigation
(The Brennan Center)
The Brennan Center collected federal cases related to the 2020 census. The cases challenge attempts to add a citizenship question to the census, and allege insufficient funding budgeted for the Bureau's basic operations, inadequate preparation for the census, and potential politicization of the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2020
Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
PN-KY-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-KY-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 2, 2020
Clark v. Edwards
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00308 (M.D. La.)
VR-LA-0120
This suit was brought on May 19, 2020, by two non-profit organizations and three voter plaintiffs against the state of Louisiana to challenge Louisiana’s Excuse Requirement, Witness Requirement, and Cure Prohibition. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief enjoining the defendants from enforcing the Excuse and Witness Requirement, as well as provide absentee voters with notice and opportunity to cure defects in their absentee ballots for all elections in 2020 held in Louisiana. On June 22, the court dismissed the case.
View Case Detail (VR-LA-0120)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 2, 2020
Democracy NC v. NC BOE
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 20-cv-457 (M.D. N.C.)
VR-NC-0085
This suit was filed on May 22, 2020, by two non-profit organizations and six individual plaintiffs against the state of North Carolina to challenge various election laws in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. No outcome yet.
View Case Detail (VR-NC-0085)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 1, 2020
Langford v. Bullock
https://www.aclu.org
Date: 03/02/2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
This case was filed on behalf of prisoners following a serious disturbance in 1991 at the Montana State Prison (MSP) that resulted in seven deaths. The lawsuit challenges inadequate medical and mental health care, overcrowding, and inadequate environmental and fire safety conditions, classification ...
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August 1, 2020
Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Against Clayton County Sheriff for Failure to Protect People in Jain from Escalating COVID-19 Outbreak
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 2, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
ATLANTA –Last night, the Southern Center for Human Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of four people incarcerated at the Clayton County Jail. The named defendants include the Clayton County Sheriff and several ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 1, 2020
Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
CJ-MD-0006
In response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, Congress passed the CARES Act, which created, among other things, the “Paycheck Protection Program.” Under this program, small business owners could apply for a loan from the Small Business Administration; if they later certified that all of the loan funds had been used for qualifying expenses, the loan would be forgiven. The SBA’s rules disqualified many small business owners with criminal records. Several small business owners brought this lawsuit against the SBA in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, challenging this criminal record exclusion. On June 29, the court granted a preliminary injunction requiring the SBA to extend the application deadline for the named plaintiffs from June 30 to July 21, 2020. The following week, Congress passed follow-up legislation extending the deadline for all applicants to August 8, 2020. As of July 29, 2020, further developments in the litigation are pending.
View Case Detail (CJ-MD-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2020
Brown v. Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00945 (D. Md.)
PC-MD-0014
On March 30, 2016, nine current and former blind prisoners at Roxbury Correctional Institute brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS). The plaintiffs alleged that the DPSCS and its employees discriminated against the inmates on the because of their blindness in violation of the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Eighth Amendment, and the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs alleged that they were not provided access to the courts and grievances producers, that they were not provided with reasonable accommodations and aids that would allow them to live and learn independently, and that they were subjected to serious harm including physical and sexual abuse. The parties reached a settlement agreement in May of 2019 whereby the defendants paid $1,400,000 in damages and attorneys fees and agreed to modify the prison and procedures to better accommodate blind inmates. DPSCS agreed to provide instructors and equipment to improve independence and opportunities for blind inmates. The parties voluntarily dismissed the case in June 2019 after reaching the settlement agreement.
View Case Detail (PC-MD-0014)


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July 30, 2020
We Sued the Trump Administration and Won
https://nwlc.org/
Date: Mar. 5, 2019
By: Sunu P. Chandy (National Women's Law Center)
In its October 29, 2019 ruling, the federal court has required the Trump Administration to continue pay data collection until the collection rate meets the appropriate percentage as argued by NWLC. The court will also be monitoring the Trump Administration through required status reports to ensure ...
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July 30, 2020
ACLU-VA Reaches Settlement in COVID-19 Lawsuit Against VDOC on Behalf of 27 Individuals
ACLU of Virginia
Date: May 12, 2020
By: ACLU Virginia
After weeks of intense negotiations with the Office of the Attorney General, the ACLU of Virginia and Charlottesville attorney Elliott Harding reached a settlement agreement with Gov. Ralph Northam, Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran and other state officials in the lawsuit initially brought on ...
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July 30, 2020
Grinis v. Spaulding
https://www.aclum.org
Date: May 8, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union Massachusetts
In April 2020, the ACLU of Massachusetts, together with Fick & Marx LLP, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of people incarcerated at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Devens, Massachusetts who are at severe risk of illness or death from COVID-19 due to advanced age or preexisting medical ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 30, 2020
Whorley v. Northam
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-255 (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0026
In this case, filed in April of 2020, several inmates in Virginia state prisons sued the Virginia governor, the director of the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, and wardens of state prisons across the state for violations of the Eighth Amendment. The plaintiffs alleged that the lack of care regarding the COVID-19 outbreak that began in early 2020 constituted cruel and unusual punishment, prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. The case was assigned to District Judge Henry E. Hudson. About a month later, the parties had reached a settlement. The defendants agreed to begin an early release program, conditional pardons, expand testing, improve social distancing rules, and enhance PPE and sanitation efforts. The court would have jurisdiction for as long as the court felt it the pandemic still posed a threat. The case is ongoing as of July 30, 2020.
View Case Detail (PC-VA-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 30, 2020
D.A.M. v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 20-cv-1321 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0082
This lawsuit and petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed in May of 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. The petitioners were scores of immigrants subject to deportation, and they brought this suit against Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. They argued that their deportations during the pandemic would subject them almost necessarily to the deadly virus, and that to continue with the deportations would then represent a violation of their due process rights and a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. They sought injunctive and declaratory relief, as well as attorneys' fees and costs. The court denied a request for a temporary restraining order on July 23, 2020. The judge found that the plaintiffs were not likely to succeed on the merits, because the deportations would not represent a violation of the petitioners' due process rights. The case is ongoing as of July 30, 2020.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0082)


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July 29, 2020
Immigrant Advocates File Second Lawsuit Asking Federal Court to Order Immediate Release of Detained Migrants Due to COVID-19 Risk
ACLU of Arizona
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: ACLU of Arizona
Immigrant advocates on Monday filed a second lawsuit in federal court, requesting the immediate release of 13 people who are at high risk for severe illness or death from COVID-19. Since the lawsuit was filed one of the petitioners has been released. The remaining 12 petitioners are detained in two ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 29, 2020
Gomes v. US Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00453 (D.N.H.)
IM-NH-0001
This case comes from a class-action suit and petition for writ of habeas corpus filed in April of 2020 in New Hampshire. Petitioners were a group of civil immigration detainees who were requesting habeas corpus in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. They argued that the only way to maintain safety was to release the inmates who were at an elevated risk for serious illness or death from the COVID-19 outbreak. They sued the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Strafford County Department of Corrections (where the inmates were held). In the middle of May, the respondents filed a motion to dismiss the case. However, a month later the court rejected this motion. The case is ongoing as of July 29, 2020.
View Case Detail (IM-NH-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 29, 2020
Urdaneta v. Keeton
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00654 (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0030
This petition for writ of habeas corpus began in Arizona on April 1, 2020. Petitioners were thirteen civil immigration detainees being held in custody in one of two private immigration centers in Arizona. They alleged that the centers' failures to take measures that would mitigate the spread of COVID-19 represented violations of the Fifth Amendment of the United States. They sought habeas corpus or, in the alternative, injunctive relief that would release them from custody. They also sought attorneys' fees and costs. The court partially granted relief on May 11, 2020. While the court did not order release of the detainees, the judge told both parties to make a list of measures that would bring the centers into compliance with CDC and ICE guidelines regarding COVID-19. The court did order a separate order for one detainee, specifically mandating that the inmate be transferred to a single-occupant cell with no roommates. Over the next few weeks, the parties submitted status reports that explained efforts to bring the centers into compliance. The case is ongoing as of July 28, 2020.
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0030)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2020
Barnes v. Jeffreys
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02137 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0015
Dozens of Murphy v. Raoul class members, still waiting to be released from prison years after their release dates, brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they sought court orders compelling the Illinois Department of Corrections to release them from custody. In three successive orders from April–June 2020, the court ordered the release of the named plaintiffs. On July 1, 2020, the court granted class certification, and the plaintiffs moved for summary judgment. As of July 27, 2020, their summary judgment motion is pending.
View Case Detail (CJ-IL-0015)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2020
Denbow v. Maine Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00175 (D. Me.)
PC-ME-0006
COVID-vulnerable inmates of the Maine Department of Corrections, seeking to represent a class of medically vulnerable and disabled inmates, brought this habeas action in an effort to force the Department to de-densify its prisons by releasing prisoners. Filed May 15, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the complaint alleged that the Department had refused to grant medical furlough or home confinement to inmates; they alleged that this was in violation of the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. The action was assigned to Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr. Although the Department reported its first case of COVID in May 2020, the court dismissed the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunctive relief in June 2020. Motions to dismiss the case and to convert the case to a different form of habeas were pending as of July 28, 2020.
View Case Detail (PC-ME-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2020
Powell v. Benson
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-11023 (E.D. Mich.)
VR-MI-0080
This lawsuit was filed on April 25, 2020 amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson declared she would send absentee ballot applications to all eligible voters in the state. However, even with this expansion, the plaintiffs, two blind voters in Michigan, sued Benson and Michigan Director of Elections Jonathan Brater, arguing that the lack of private and independent vote-casting methods for the blind represented violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Michigan Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act. They sought injunctive and declaratory relief, along with attorney's costs and fees. An amended complaint added the National Federation of the Blind of Michigan as a plaintiff. The parties came to an agreement by May 15, 2020 and entered into a consent order that would mandate the state to make voting more accessible to the blind and severely disabled. The case is ongoing as of July 28, 2020.
View Case Detail (VR-MI-0080)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2020
Jones v. Hill
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0025
Inmates at the Clayton County Jail sued the Sheriff of Clayton County, alleging that the jail was not sufficiently protecting its inmates against the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. They alleged that the jail was infested with mold, cockroaches, and rodents, inmates were given insufficient personal protective equipment, social distancing was impossible, and many prisoners were forced to sleep on the floor next to open toilets. They brought this petition for habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, seeking, on behalf of a class, an order requiring the jail to immediately release prisoners in an effort to de-densify, and to take other precautions against a possible outbreak of COVID-19.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2020
Priorities USA v. Nessel
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-13341 (E.D. Mich.)
VR-MI-0079
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-MI-0079)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 27, 2020
Williams v. Brann
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 451069/2020 (State Court)
JC-NY-0074
During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals particularly susceptible to the virus in pretrial detention at Rikers Island and other New York County jails sought immediate release. The petition was denied by the judge who found that continuing to hold the inmates did not constitute deliberate indifference to the risk of serious medical harm. On appeal, the court denied habeas corpus, affirming the judgment of the lower court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 27, 2020
Grinis v. Spaulding
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-10738 (D. Mass.)
PC-MA-0054
Medically vulnerable prisoners in the Federal Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts, brought this petition for habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on April 15, 2020. They alleged that continuing to incarcerate medically vulnerable prisoners, in facilities where social distancing was not possible, was a violation of the Eighth Amendment. They sought to represent a class of all inmates at FMC Devens, and sought an injunction or a writ of habeas corpus ordering the prison to release enough prisoners to allow social distancing in the prison. The court denied the plaintiffs’ motions for preliminary injunctive relief. On June 11, 2020, the court ruled that habeas corpus was not the proper vehicle for the relief that the plaintiffs sought. Instead, they must reframe their action as a civil complaint, compliant with the Prison Litigation Reform Act, in order to proceed. After the plaintiffs declined that invitation, the court dismissed the action on July 2, 2020. As of July 27, 2020, there has been no appeal.
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July 25, 2020
CREW v. Donald J. Trump
https://www.citizensforethics.org
Date: 2017
By: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
On January 23, 2017, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit against Donald J. Trump to stop him from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.

The foreign emoluments clause of the Constitution prohibits Trump from ...
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July 24, 2020
ACLU Sues Feds, Portland Police for Attacking Medics at Protests
ACLU Oregon
Date: July 22, 2020
By: ACLU Oregon
Multiple volunteer street medics are suing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and the City of Portland for targeting and attacking them at Portland protests against police brutality. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2020
Paul v. Trump
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-1188 (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0005
This case deals with President Trump's deployment of federal law enforcement officers to Portland, Oregon in response to the protests that took place there after the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The complaint was filed on July 21, 2020, and alleged that the federal officers used excessive force against protesters and violated the protesters First Amendment rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government. It also alleged violation of 42 U.S.C. Sections 1985 and 1986. The plaintiff, a private individual, sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The case is ongoing as of August 6, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2020
Rosenblum v. John Does 1-10
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-01161 (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0006
This case was brought on July 17, 2020 by the state of Oregon through the Attorney General of Oregon, Ellen Rosenblum. It sued several federal agencies including the DHS, CBP, USMS, and Federal Protective Services, as well as ten unnamed and unidentified officers. The suit came as President Trump ordered federal law enforcement agencies to exert force in Portland, Oregon, following months of protests against racial inequality after the killing of George Floyd. The complaint alleged that the federal agencies were detaining people off the streets without warrants, putting them into unmarked vans, and taking them to the courthouse without telling them the crime for which they were detained. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, prohibiting the agencies from arresting people without warrants, mandating that the agents identify themselves and the agencies they work for, and explaining to all detainees the crime for which they would be arrested. The case is ongoing as of August 6, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2020
Wise v. Portland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-01193 (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0007
This case was filed by four private individuals who were administering medical assistance to those injured during the protests in Portland, Oregon that followed the police killing of George Floyd. The plaintiffs sued the City of Portland and federal law enforcement for violation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights, claiming that they were illegally attacked while peacefully protesting. They also argued that the federal law enforcement's tactics represented a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. They sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. They also sought attorney's fees and costs. The case is ongoing as of August 6, 2020.
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July 23, 2020
Lawsuit Challenges Trump's Emergency Declaration for Border Wall
Center for Biological Diversity
Date: Feb. 16, 2019
By: Center for Biological Diversity
WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlife and Animal Legal Defense Fund sued the Trump administration today over the president’s emergency declaration to pay for his border walls.

Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ...
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July 23, 2020
J.H. v. Miller (Formerly J.H. V. Dallas)
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Mar. 19, 2019
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
On October 22, 2015, the ACLU of Pennsylvania and the Washington D.C. law firm Arnold & Porter filed a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of people with severe mental illness who have been languishing in Pennsylvania’s county jails, often in solitary confinement, for months and ...
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July 23, 2020
NAACP Alamance v. Peterman (Protest Rights)
ACLU of North Carolina
Date: Jul. 6, 2020
By: ACLU of North Carolina
The American Civil Liberties Union together with a coalition of civil rights groups filed an emergency lawsuit against the city of Graham, North Carolina, seeking to immediately block a city ordinance that the government used to suppress protests against racism, police brutality, and white ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2020
Western States Center v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-01175-JR (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2020
League of Women Voters New Jersey v. Way
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-05990 (D.N.J.)
VR-NJ-0042
This lawsuit was brought by two nonprofit organizations and an individual voter against the Secretary of the State of New Jersey, to challenge New Jersey’s signature matching procedure. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. On June 3, the plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction. On June 17, the parties reached an agreement for the July primaries and the court granted the preliminary injunction in a stipulation and order. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2020
Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-1035 (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2020
NAACP v. Peterman
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
PN-NC-0003
This complaint, filed on July 2, 2020, came amidst the nationwide protests that occurred after the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The complaint alleged that a local ordinance in Graham, North Carolina violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. The ordinance required would-be protesters to acquire a permit at least twenty-four hours in advance of their protest, and the Chief of Police had the authority to issue the permits. Plaintiffs, including the NAACP of Alamance County, the national NAACP, and several individual plaintiffs, sought injunctive relief and declaratory relief against the Mayor of Graham, the Graham Chief of Police, and the Sheriff of Alamance County. The city repealed the ordinance on July 14. Then on July 17, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint which focused on the ability to protest at the historic courthouse, which contained a Confederate monument. They claimed that anti-racist groups were consistently denied permits to protest at the courthouse, in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The case is ongoing as of August 5, 2020.
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July 22, 2020
ACLJ Files Major Lawsuit Challenging California Ban on Singing in Church
The American Center for Law and Justice
Date: 07/16/2020
By: Jordan Sekulow (American Center for Law and Justice)
We have just filed a lawsuit challenging the state of California’s ban on singing and chanting activities in places of worship on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, and River of Life Church, in Oroville, California.

On July 1, 2020, California updated the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 22, 2020
McPherson v. Lamont
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00534 (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0022
On April 20, 2020, five individuals held at the Connecticut Department of Correction (DOC) filed a class action, alleging that the conditions of confinement posed an unreasonable risk of COVID-19 in violation of detainees’ Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The defendant's motion to dismiss was denied on May 4, the court noting that the normal grievance process is “practically . . . incapable of use” for COVID-19 purposes due to the imminent health threat it poses. The class was certified on June 12. On July 17, the parties entered into a settlement agreement which provided for a variety of specific mitigation measures to improve COVID-19-related sanitation, hygiene, testing, and medical monitoring at every Connecticut DOC facility, and discretionary release that prioritizes prisoners who are 65 or older, or with a medical score of 4 or 5. The agreement was approved and the case was dismissed on July 22.
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July 21, 2020
Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: December 2019
By: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General
The Department of Justice ( Department) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) undertook this review to examine certain actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department during an FBI investigation opened on July 31, 2016, known as "Crossfire Hurricane," into whether ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2020
Thiessen v. General Electric Capital Corp.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 96-2410-JWL (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0029
In September 1996, an employee of General Electric filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiff alleged that a policy of age discrimination violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. In 2001, the Tenth Circuit reversed the District Court's order to decertify the collective action that joined multiple plaintiffs alleging the same discrimination. In 2002, the case closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2020
Calvary Chapel of Ukiah et al v. Newsom et al
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01431 (E.D. Cal.)
PR-CA-0005
Three California churches sued state and county officials, challenging COVID-19-related restrictions on singing and chanting during worship services. They alleged that the restrictions, applicable only to worship services, were a violation of the churches' First and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
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July 20, 2020
Significant FISC Opinions
eff.org
Date: Jul. 1, 2020
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Part of the goal of the USA Freedom Act was to end secret law. Section 402 of USA Freedom requires the federal government to declassify and release all "significant" opinions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)—the federal court that reviews the legality of many of the ...
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July 20, 2020
National Federation of the Blind of California, et al. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., et al.
https://dralegal.org/
Date: Apr. 30, 2016
By: Disability Rights Advocates (DRA)
In 2016, DRA reached an unprecedented settlement with Uber to stop discrimination against blind people who use guide dogs on the Uber platform.

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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Crane v. Fort Wayne
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
PN-IN-0004
This case arose out of the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The plaintiffs in this case allege that police used illegal tactics in order to quell the protests, thereby violating their constitutional rights under the First and Fourth Amendments. Plaintiffs were several individuals and, later, two organizations. Defendants were the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Sheriff. Plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief. The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Jeffery v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02843 (E.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0049
This class action lawsuit arose out of the curfews imposed in New York City amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. Plaintiffs were three individuals who had been taken into custody during the curfew, though not when they were at protests. They sued the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and fifty unnamed police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. They sought declaratory and monetary relief. The case is ongoing as of August 5, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Bergamaschi v. Cuomo
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02817 (S.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0081
This is a class action brought on behalf of all those who are or will be detained on parole violations via New York's mandatory detention laws. In light of COVID-19 and the health risks posed by detention, the plaintiffs filed this action to secure an injunction of the mandatory detention laws and for due process in the parole violation hearings. The court denied to enter preliminary relief on April 20 and the case remains ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Martinez v. Donahue
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 7:20-cv-00062 (M.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0016
This is a habeas action brought in the Middle District of Georgia, alleging unconstitutional conditions in ICE detention facilities in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs sought release from detention, or in the alternative, improved conditions that adhered to CDC guidelines. The court denied the TRO on April 10, and denied a preliminary injunction on June 3, finding that the plaintiffs had not proved constitutional violations in the detention centers.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Benavides v. Gartland
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:20-cv-00046 (S.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0015
This is an action filed regarding the conditions of detention in the Folkston ICE Processing Center, on behalf of medically vulnerable inmates seeking release from detention. The plaintiffs alleged that their continued detention, in light of COVID-19, was unconstitutional, and that release from detention was the only appropriate remedy. The court denied a TRO on April 18, and then later on July 8 denied a preliminary injunction, staying discovery until the resolution of the motion to dismiss.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Abrams v. Chapman
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-11053 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0047
This is a class action filed in the Eastern District of Michigan, seeking improved conditions for all inmates in the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought preliminary relief, including protective equipment, soap and sanitizer, social distancing, adequate health care, testing, and quarantine for all members within the class. After a Sixth Circuit decision vacating the injunction in Wilson v. Williams , the case was stayed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles v. Garcetti
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-04940 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0044
This case challenged curfews in Los Angeles and San Bernardino, California. The curfews were issued in response to the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The complaint argued that these curfews were violations of the free speech and free assembly, free movement, and Due Process. It also argued that the San Bernardino curfew violated the Establishment Clause. The complaint sought injunctive and declaratory relief. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case on July 7, 2020, because the city had rescinded the curfews and not attempted to reinstate them.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2020
Remick v. City of Philadelphia
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01959 (E.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0050
This action, brought in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, sought to secure better conditions for inmates in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons (PDP), in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought relief on behalf of all those within PDP through a TRO and preliminary injunction, but before the court ruled on these motions, the parties entered into a partial settlement agreement.
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July 19, 2020
Ethics in the Executive Branch: Enforcing the Emoluments Clause
www.law.georgetown.edu
Date: Nov. 1, 2019
By: Claire Gianotti (The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics)
We live in an extraordinary moment for government ethics in the United States. Throughout American history, Presidents have, in general, proactively complied with the evolving ethical standards associated with the office. These include restrictions codified at the nation’s founding: the Foreign ...
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July 19, 2020
Who has Standing to Sue the President Over Allegedly Unconstitutional Emoluments?
https://openscholarship.wustl.edu
Date: Dec. 3, 2017
By: Matthew Hall (Washington University Law Review Law Student)
Two provisions of the U.S. Constitution that have received comparatively little public attention over the past 227 years are suddenly all over the news, having provided the basis for three pending lawsuits against the president of the United States. The Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses arose ...
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July 19, 2020
The Downtown Soup Kitchen dba Downtown Hope Center v. Municipality of Anchorage
Alliance Defending Freedom
Date: October 3, 2019
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
The city of Anchorage is misapplying a city ordinance against a faith-based women’s shelter after it referred an inebriated and injured man to a hospital and paid for his taxi ride there instead of allowing him to share sleeping quarters with abused and homeless women.*
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July 19, 2020
NAACP v. Bureau of the Census
brennancenter.org
Date: Apr. 21, 2020
By: Brennan Center for Justice
The NAACP has sued the Census Bureau, contending that the Bureau’s inadequate preparations for the 2020 Census will lead to a dramatic undercount of communities of color and a violation of the government’s constitutional duty to conduct a full national head count.

The NAACP, ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2020
Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:20-cv-00106 (S.D. Miss.)
IM-MS-0003
This is a habeas action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, seeking the release of seven medically vulnerable detainees in light of COVID-19, citing constitutional violations associated with their continued detention. The plaintiffs sought a TRO, but it was denied on June 3, 2020 and no further actions have been taken in the case.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2020
League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund v. Simon
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 0:20-cv-01205 (D. Minn.)
VR-MN-0017
This lawsuit was brought on May 19 by the League of Women Voters of Minnesota Education Fund and an individual voter to challenge Minnesota’s absentee voting laws requiring the physical presence of a witness. The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief requiring the defendant to waive the witness requirement for the August 2020 primaries and the November 2020 general elections. No outcome yet.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2020
Chicago Freedom School v. Chicago
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-03718 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0025
This case arose out of the protests that followed after the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs, an activist organization and its directors, sued the City of Chicago, members of the Chicago Police Department, and members of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. Plaintiffs claimed that defendants illegally raided their organization, accusing plaintiffs of housing and preparing food for protesters outside the scope of their business license. The lawsuit claims that defendants' actions were in violation of the First and Fourth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as Illinois state law. The case is ongoing as of July 20, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2020
Black Lives Matter 5280 v. City and County of Denver
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01878 (D. Colo.)
PN-CO-0004
This case arose out of the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The complaint alleges that during the protests in Denver, city police and state patrol officers used less-lethal weapons against protesters in violation of the Fourth/Fourteenth Amendments' prohibitions on excessive force and the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech, free assembly, and freedom to petition. The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2020
Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
PN-IN-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2020
Cruz v. Denver
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01922 (D. Colo.)
PN-CO-0005
This class action lawsuit was filed in response to police actions amidst the nationwide protests that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd. The complaint, filed by seven private individuals, argues that the police use of weapons like pepper balls, pepper spray, and rubber bullets constituted violations of the protesters' First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The suit established two classes of plaintiffs, the Arrest Class and the Direct Force Class. The case is ongoing as of July 17, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2020
NC NAACP v. Cooper
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 20CVS500110 (State Court)
PC-NC-0019
In this case, several non-profit groups, public interest groups, and individual plaintiffs sued the North Carolina Governor and Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections seeking increased action to care for prisoners amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The complaint was filed on April 20, 2020 in North Carolina state court. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants' failure to take care of the inmates constituted a violation of the state constitution's clause against cruel and unusual punishment. While the court denied a temporary restraining order and the writ of mandamus, they eventually granted a preliminary injunction on June 16, 2020. They told the parties to come up with a plan to test inmates and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the prisons.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2020
Lichtenwalter v. DeWine
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2020-0401 (State Court)
PC-OH-0033
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an Ohio prisoner filed a petition for writ of mandamus or, alternatively, writ of habeas corpus, asking the Ohio Supreme Court to release him to avoid contracting the virus. He argued that the correctional facility was not doing enough to prevent the spread of the virus, and requested release. The court denied release on April 16. A month later, the Supreme Court of Ohio denied the prisoner's request, but allowed the ACLU of Ohio to submit an amicus brief on the petitioner's behalf.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2020
Wayne County Jail Inmates v. Wayne County Sheriff
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 173-217 (State Court)
JC-MI-0005
In 1973, prisoners of the Wayne County Jail were successful when the Michigan Supreme Court upheld the trial court's power to issue an injunction and appoint a monitor for the Wayne County Jails. The Wayne County Circuit Court found conditions that violated the constitution and state housing laws. In 1988, after serial noncompliance, the circuit court appointed the Wayne County Executive as a receiver. The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld the appointment as appropriate in light of the 15 years of noncompliance. In 2020, the plaintiffs requested a TRO and preliminary injunction in light of COVID-19. The court amended the consent order to require testing and greater sanitation within the jail, however the court denied the TRO finding the plaintiffs had not sufficiently proved deliberate indifference.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2020
University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0011
This lawsuit was filed in response to a July 6, 2020 directive by ICE that would have effectively forced international students to either attend in-person classes or risk deportation. Twenty public and private universities filed this suit against DHS and ICE, arguing that the directive was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). They sought declaratory and injunctive relief. However, just two days later, plaintiffs in a separate case over the same directive came to an agreement with the government to get them to rescind the order. The court in this case asked the parties to confer and discuss how they would like to proceed given the rescission. The case is ongoing as of July 15, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2020
Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0021
This lawsuit, brought by seventeen states and Washington D.C., was leveled against U.S. DHS and ICE over a July 6, 2020 directive that would have effectively forced all international students to attend in-person classes or risk deportation. The lawsuit alleged two violations of the Administrative Procedure Act. First, the directive was arbitrary and capricious, and therefore illegal. Second, the defendants did not engage in notice-and-comment rule-making, and therefore the directive was unlawful on procedural grounds. The case is ongoing as of July 15, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2020
Busby v. Bonner
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
JC-TN-0012
This petition for writ of habeas corpus was brought by two inmates in Shelby County Jail in Tennessee. Petitioners requested release from the jail for themselves and others similarly situated, given the impact of COVID-19 on jails and prisons. They claimed that failure to take sufficient precautions regarding the virus represented violations of the Fourteenth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Defendants from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office opposed the relief, claiming that they already had a procedure in place to ensure the safety of the inmates. An Independent Inspector was tasked with inspecting the jail to evaluate the conditions. While praising the defendants' professionalism, he wrote that several adjustments needed to be made in order for the jail to be a safe place for inmates. We are awaiting an order from Judge Lipman regarding a temporary restraining order that would release some inmates. The case is ongoing as of July 15, 2020.
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July 14, 2020
[Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement Memo]
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: Nov. 7, 2018
By: U.S. Department of Justice
Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements with State and Local Governmental Entities. *
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July 14, 2020
Oakland County, Michigan: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
People detained in the Oakland County Jail, near Detroit, lack consistent access to soap, sanitizer, and are unable to practice social distancing.

Along with partners at the ACLU of Michigan, Advancement Project National Office, LaRene & Kriger P.L.C., and the Law Firm of Pitt, McGhee, ...
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July 14, 2020
Miami, Florida: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 2, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The nearly 2,000 people caged in the Metro West Detention Facility, a majority of whom are Black and Brown, are at grave risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crowded conditions make social distancing impossible. Access to handwashing and cleaning supplies is limited. Healthcare is inadequate ...
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July 14, 2020
Prince George's County, Maryland: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 3, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Prince George’s county is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Maryland. The majority-Black county has the most confirmed cases and the most confirmed deaths in the entire state. Not surprisingly, the outbreak has made its way into the county jail.

But the county jail has ...
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July 14, 2020
Alamance County, NC: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Nov. 12, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In November 2019, Civil Rights Corps sued the sheriff and court officials in Alamance County. In partnership with the ACLU of North Carolina and the ACLU Criminal Law Reform project, we are challenging a money bail system that keeps poor people detained in jail because they can’t afford money ...
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July 14, 2020
Harris County, TX: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 27, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Our challenge to the money bail system in Harris County is the seminal challenge to the assembly line wealth-based detention that pervades local American courts.

The case challenges the automatic wealth-based detention of tens of thousands of impoverished people every year in Houston, ...
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July 14, 2020
Dallas County, TX: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Sep. 21, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In January 2018, Civil Rights Corps sued Dallas County, challenging their policy of detaining impoverished individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies for days and weeks without ever seeing a judge. Our clients include a transgender woman who is experiencing homelessness and lives in a tent ...
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July 14, 2020
Galveston County, TX: Judicial Interference
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 22, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In Galveston, Texas, Civil Rights Corps is fighting to ensure the effective assistance of zealous defense counsel for indigent people charged with crimes. Our civil rights case in federal court alleges that our client, Drew Willey, is a defense attorney representing indigent clients who was removed ...
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July 14, 2020
Giles County, TN: Private Probation
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Dec. 23, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
Giles County has privatized its probation system to generate profit for two for-profit companies and to fund its court system off the backs of the poorest people in the County. The County contracted with PSI Probation, LLC and Community Probation Services, LLC to run a “user funded” probation ...
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July 14, 2020
Rutherford County, TN: Private Probation
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 5, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps recently announced a landmark settlement in a first-of-its-kind class action case in federal court against Rutherford County and PCC, Inc., a private probation company that made millions of dollars over more than a decade by exploiting the poorest people in Rutherford County ...
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July 14, 2020
Tennessee: State-wide Driver's License Suspensions
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Oct. 16, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In the five years before the lawsuits were filed, Tennessee suspended more than a quarter of a million driver’s licenses for nonpayment of traffic debt, and Tennessee revoked more than 140,000 driver's licenses for nonpayment of court debt.These suspensions occur without basic constitutional ...
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July 14, 2020
St. Louis, MO: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 30, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
In January 2019, Civil Rights Corps joined a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in St. Louis, Missouri. This lawsuit was filed in partnership with ArchCity Defenders, the Advancement Project, and the Georgetown Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection (ICAP). Our ...
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July 14, 2020
Ferguson, MO: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Feb. 13, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps, in partnership with ArchCity Defenders and the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics, filed a landmark challenge to the City of Ferguson’s conversion of its legal system into a mechanism for generating revenue. When we filed the lawsuit, the City of Ferguson used ...
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July 14, 2020
Jennings, MO: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 16, 2016
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps, in partnership with ArchCity Defenders and the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinics, reached a landmark settlement for impoverished people who were illegally jailed in Jennings, Missouri. The City of Jennings, which is next to the City of Ferguson, had converted ...
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July 14, 2020
New Orleans, LA: Debtors' Prison
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Aug. 30, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In Louisiana, the judges who order and collect fines and fees from impoverished criminal defendants also depend on that money to fund their own budgets. We filed suit in federal court against the City of New Orleans and its local judges, who jailed thousands of human beings each year just for being ...
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July 14, 2020
Lafayette Parish, LA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 1, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In June 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. Our client and named Plaintiff, Edward Little, lives on a farm with his wife and two children in Carencro, Louisiana. He was confined in a ...
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July 14, 2020
New Orleans, LA: Misconduct
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 21, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
Our lawsuit seeks to end the unconstitutional deception and jailing of crime victims and witnesses by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit exposes District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s scheme of fabricating subpoenas to coerce crime victims and witnesses of crimes into ...
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July 14, 2020
Cook County, IL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jul. 25, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps is challenging the unconstitutional money bail in Cook County, Illinois. Our lawsuit alleges that the money bail system that pervaded the Chicago region, in which people are kept in jail cells solely because they cannot make monetary payments, is unconstitutional. After we filed ...
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July 14, 2020
Maricopa County, AZ: Diversion
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 18, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County, Arizona and TASC, Inc. operate a diversion program that charges hundreds of dollars in fees to people accused of possessing small amounts of marijuana. They do this by threatening jail time, six-figure fines, and a felony conviction if the ...
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July 14, 2020
Randolph County, AL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: May 18, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
In May 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in Randolph County, Alabama. Our client and named Plaintiff, Kandace Edwards, a National Guard veteran who was 7.5 months pregnant with her third child, was accused of forging a ...
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July 14, 2020
Tulsa County, OK: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Jun. 6, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
On June 6, 2018, Civil Rights Corps filed a lawsuit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, challenging Tulsa County’s unconstitutional wealth-based pretrial detention system. Tulsa County uses a secured money bail schedule to determine conditions of release for almost every person arrested in Tulsa County. The ...
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July 14, 2020
Cullman County, AL: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 6, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In August 2017, Civil Rights Corps moved to intervene in a federal class action lawsuit against officials in Cullman County, Alabama who operate an unconstitutional bail system. CRC and our partners filed an intervenor complaint challenging the County’s practice of jailing people arrested for any ...
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July 14, 2020
Orleans Parish, LA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Aug. 29, 2019
By: Civil Rights Corps
In 2017, Civil Rights Corps filed a landmark federal class action lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional money bail system in New Orleans, Louisiana. Each of our clients was confined in the notorious Orleans Parish Prison because he could not afford to pay a money bond after his arrest. In ...
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July 14, 2020
Cook County, Illinois: COVID-19 & Jails
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Apr. 3, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The Cook County Jail in Chicago is being overrun by COVID-19.

The jail has been identified as the single biggest Coronavirus hotspot in the United States. The infection rate in the jail is nearly 32 times the overall rate in the county. Six human beings have died in the jail from ...
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July 14, 2020
Calhoun County, GA: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Nov. 22, 2017
By: Civil Rights Corps
Civil Rights Corps and the Southern Center for Human Rights are litigating a landmark challenge to the unconstitutional money bail system in Calhoun, Georgia. Our client, Maurice Walker, was jailed for six days solely because he could not pay less than $200 after he was arrested for being a ...
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July 14, 2020
State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0167
This case was filed in response to the July 6, 2020 directive by ICE that would effectively force international students studying under F-1 and M-1 visas to attend in-person classes or risk deportation. The state of California filed this suit against ICE and DHS on July 9, arguing that the directive was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in two ways. First, the directive was arbitrary and capricious in that it failed to take into account students' and universities' reliance interests and the defendants gave no reasoned basis for the new order. Second, the defendants were in violation of procedural elements of the APA, because they failed to use proper notice-and-comment rule-making when issuing the new order. On July 14, Judge Jon S. Tigar found that another case which had been subsequently filed was related to this case. He therefore reassigned that case to himself. The case is ongoing as of July 14, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2020
Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0081
Johns Hopkins University commenced this lawsuit against DHS and ICE after a July 6 directive by ICE that would effectively force international students at American universities to take in-person classes or risk deportation. The lawsuit alleged that the directive violated the Administrative Procedure Act as well as Due Process rights and academic freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. The lawsuit sought injunctive relief prohibiting the government from enforcing the new order, declaratory relief that would call the order illegal, an order vacating and setting aside the directive, and attorney's fees and costs. The case is ongoing as of July 14, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
Archilla v. Witte
ccrjustice.org
Date: Jun. 12, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Archilla v. Witte is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 18 medically vulnerable people currently held in ICE’s Etowah Detention Center in Gadsden, Alabama. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) seek ...
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July 13, 2020
Priorities USA v. Nessel
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Date: Nov. 12, 2019
By: Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State University)
Plaintiffs challenge Michigan's Voter Transportation Ban and Absentee Ballot Organizing Ban, arguing that the bans violate the First and Fourteenth Amendments.*
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July 13, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. Hughs
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Election Law @ Moritz (Ohio State Unviersity)
Plaintiffs are asking for a relaxing of the vote by mail requirements to allow any eligible voter, regardless of age and physical condition, to request, receive and have counted, a mail-in ballot if they believe they should practice social distancing. *
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July 13, 2020
Defy Ventures, Inc. v. Small Business Administration
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
This case challenges the Small Business Administration’s (“SBA”) and Department of the Treasury’s unlawful and irrational decision to categorically deny access to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) to small businesses owned by individuals with criminal histories. The SBA’s ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2020
State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0045
The state of Washington sued the Department of Homeland Security and ICE following the July 6, 2020 directive that would effectively require international students to take in-person classes or be subject to deportation. Washington argued that this violated several provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and sought injunctive relief and a court order vacating the directive. The case is ongoing as of July 13, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
In Re: J.B., L.H., L.S., R.P.
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: COA-MISC-0019-2019 (State Court)
JI-MD-0005
Facing the threat COVID-19, four inmates in Maryland juvenile detention centers filed this petition requesting that the court grant their release and the release of all others similarly situated. They called on the court to establish a procedure by which inmates would be automatically released based on expression of symptoms, co-morbidities, severity of offense, and age. They also requested that the court do an individualized assessment of all other inmates in Maryland juvenile courts. The Appeals Court denied this relief because the Chief Judge would soon issue a directive to Maryland state courts detailing the procedure for release of inmates in juvenile detention centers. This directive came later that day, and Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera told courts to work with the juvenile detention centers to identify candidates for release. She outlined criteria to follow when considering candidates for release, including expression of symptoms, co-morbidities, whether the release posed a risk to the juvenile or others, and whether the inmate's release was "in the interest of justice." The case is closed.
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July 13, 2020
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Newsom
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: S261829 (State Court)
IM-CA-0163
The plaintiffs, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern California Chapter), filed this petition for writ of mandate on April 24, 2020. They were represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Southern California, ACLU of San Diego, and ACLU of Northern California. Respondents were Governor Gavin Newsome and Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Petitioners argued that the state continued to send non-citizen detainees to ICE detention centers, knowing that those centers were doing an inadequate job at attempting to halt the spread of COVID-19. Petitioners argued that the continued transfers constituted a violation of the Due Process rights guaranteed by both the U.S. Constitution and the California state constitution. Meanwhile, respondents argued that the responsibility for the conditions at the detention centers lied with ICE and the federal government, and that litigation in the federal courts provided an adequate remedy for petitioners. The California Supreme Court ultimately sided with the respondents. They held that the respondents had no duty to take the requested action. However, they issued the ruling without prejudice, so that future lawsuits could be brought forward.
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July 13, 2020
Z.W. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-01220 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0166
Seven unnamed individuals sued ICE and DHS over their new directive that would effectively force international students to take in-person classes or risk deportation. The suit alleged violations of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Due Process Clause. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief prohibiting the enforcement of the directive and an order vacating the directive.
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July 12, 2020
League of Women Voters of Ohio v. LaRose
Demos
Date: May 7, 2020
By: Demos
Challenging the new process for conducting Ohio’s primary election as one that will deprive Ohioans of their fundamental right to vote and the failure of the state to allow voters to register up to 30 days prior to the election as a violation of the National Voter Registration Act.*
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July 12, 2020
LWVNJ v. Way
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 18, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging New Jersey’s policy of rejecting mail-in ballots under an error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.*
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July 12, 2020
Self Advocacy Solutions v. Jaeger
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 1, 2019
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging North Dakota’s policy of rejecting absentee ballots because of its error-prone signature verification process without first informing voters there is a problem with their ballot or giving them an opportunity to fix it and have their vote count.*
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July 12, 2020
League of Women Voters of Minnesota v. Simon
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 19, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is suing to suspend enforcement of Minnesota’s law requiring a third-party witness signature for voting by mail. This law threatens Minnesotans’ right to vote safely during the COVID-19 pandemic and imposes irrational restrictions on who can serve as a witness.*
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July 12, 2020
Busby v. Bonner
aclu.org
Date: Jun. 17, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Medically vulnerable people and people with disabilities detained at Shelby County Jail are at grave risk of severe injury or death from COVID-19. An outbreak is already underway, and has infected hundreds of people living and working in the Jail. One staff member has died as a result. Social ...
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July 12, 2020
Denbow v. Liberty
ACLU Maine
Date: May 15, 2020
By: ACLU Maine
The ACLU of Maine filed suit on behalf of Joseph Denbow and Sean Ragsdale, who are being held by the Maine Department of Corrections. Both men have been denied medical furlough, despite being medically vulnerable to serious illness and death from COVID-19. The suit seeks the safe release of Denbow ...
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July 12, 2020
Voto Latino Inc. v. Hobbs
https://moritzlaw.osu.edu
Date: May 20, 2020
By: Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Issue: Whether Arizona's deadline for voters to submit their early ballots by mail is constitutional*
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July 12, 2020
Sierra Club v. Trump - Challenge to Trump's National Emergency Declaration to Construct a Border Wall
ACLU
Date: March 20, 2020
By: ACLU
In February 2019, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s emergency powers declaration to secure funds to build a wall along the southern border. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and the Southern Border Communities Coalition. The lawsuit argues that the president ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-00858 (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0055
This is a class action filed on May 6 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a TRO prohibiting the defendants from enforcing the Exclusion Provision. On July 8, the court denied the TRO restraining order application.
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July 12, 2020
Does v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00430-jdp (W.D. Wis.)
PB-WI-0005
This is a class action filed on May 6 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a TRO prohibiting the defendants from enforcing the Exclusion Provision. On June 12, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case or in the alternative, to stay the case given that similar complaints already were filed in seven different U.S. District Courts. No outcome yet.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Does v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00704 (E.D. Wis.)
PB-WI-0004
This is a putative class-action complaint filed on May 8 challenging the requirement for a social insurance number to qualify for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) stimulus checks. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining the SSN requirement and requiring the defendants to hold in escrow funds for the issuance funds to the proposed class. On June 30, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss, or in the alternative, to stay the case given that similar complaints already were filed in six different U.S. District Courts. The case is ongoing. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
R.V. v. Mnuchin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-01148-PWG (D. Md.)
PB-MD-0007
This is a putative class action complaint filed by seven children and their parents against the Secretary of the Treasury and the U.S.A., challenging the social security number (SSN) requirement of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief prohibiting the refusal of economic impact payments due to the parents’ undocumented status, as well as monetary damages. On May 22, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss which was denied on June 19. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:20-CV-02531 (N.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0014
This is a class action filed on April 24 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a temporary restraining order (TRO). On July 7, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case against all defendants other than the United States of America. No outcome yet.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2020
Midwest Institute of Health, PLLC v. Whitmer
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00414 (W.D. Mich.)
PR-MI-0004
This lawsuit was filed by four medical providers and an individual seeking medical services to challenge the state’s executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. On May 28, the court filed a notice of hearing regarding certification of issues to the Michigan Supreme Court. On June 16 the court stayed the case until the Michigan Supreme Court resolved the state law questions. On June 25, the defendants appealed the decision to the Sixth Circuit. The case is ongoing.
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July 11, 2020
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The Scholarly Forum @ Montana Law
Date: 2006
By: Jody D. Lowenstein (Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana, Law Student)
Lowenstein, Jody D. (2017) "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers," Public Land and Resources Law Review: Vol. 0 , Article 19
The Standing Rock Sioux’s effort to enjoin the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers’ permitting of an oil pipeline was stifled by the United
States District Court of the District of Columbia. In denying the
preliminary injunction, the court held that the Tribe failed to show that ...
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July 11, 2020
Montana Absentee Ballot Collection
Democracy Docket
Date: 2020
By: Democracy Docket
Challenge to two Montana voting restrictions. The first is Montana’s recently enacted restrictions on individuals and organizations that assist absentee voters by collecting and transporting sealed and signed absentee ballots to the county elections office. Montana’s absentee ballot assistance ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2020
The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0165
This lawsuit was filed in response to a July 6, 2020 ICE directive that would effectively force out of the country many international students studying remotely during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The University of California filed suit claiming that the directive was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order and an order vacating and setting aside the policy. They also sought declarative relief and attorney's fees. The case is ongoing as of July 11, 2020.
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July 10, 2020
Juliana v. United States: Youth Climate Lawsuit
Our Children's Trust
Date: Jan. 1, 2015
By: Our Children's Trust
Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case.

Their complaint asserts that, through the government's ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2020
Alvarez v. LaRose
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00782 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0164
This is a habeas action filed in the Southern District of California, brought by individuals in the Otay Mesa Detention Center, seeking release due to COVID-19. The plaintiffs' request for preliminary injunction was denied on June 7, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2020
ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-02778-BRO-AS (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0026
On April 12, 2017, the ACLUs of Southern California and Nevada filed this suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This was one of over a dozen such suits; each aimed to shed light on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection implemented President Trump's January 27 and March 6 Executive Orders that ban admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Defendants began producing documents in December of 2017 and finished the production in March of 2018. Attorneys' fees and costs were settled privately and the case is now closed.
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July 9, 2020
Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Nov. 27, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Virginia filed a lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board for adopting a discriminatory bathroom policy that segregates transgender students from their peers. The policy effectively expels trans students from communal restrooms and ...
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July 9, 2020
Disability Advocates Resolve Litigation with Florida Department of Corrections
Disability Rights Florida
Date: May 28, 2015
By: Disability Rights Florida
Disability Rights Florida and the Florida Institutional Legal Services Project of Florida Legal Services announce that a settlement has been reached in their lawsuit against the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC). The Complaint in that lawsuit, Disability Rights Florida v. Crews et al, 1:14-cv- ...
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July 9, 2020
Scott v. Clarke: Fluvanna Prison Healthcare Case
Legal Aid Justice Center
Date: 2019
By: Legal Aid Justice Center
On November 26, 2014, the Legal Aid Justice Center announced that it had reached a settlement in our lawsuit filed on July 24, 2012 on behalf of women incarcerated at Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women (FCCW). Wiley Rein and Washington Lawyers’ Committed are co-counsel for the plaintiffs in ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00182-JDL (D. Me.)
IM-ME-0002
On May 8, 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. The ACLU sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. By October of 2019, plaintiffs and defendants came to a dispute regarding certain redacted materials, and they asked Judge Levy to adjudicate the issue. In July of 2020, the court issued their findings. Most of the documents that plaintiffs had requested were protected by Exemption 7(E) of FOIA, but some were not covered. The court ordered that defendants release the unprotected documents by July 20, 2020.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
Cooper v. Raffensperger
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-1312 (N.D. Ga.)
VR-GA-0168
Two third-party nominees for the Georgia State House of Representatives filed this case alleging that, in light of public health risks associated with COVID-19, requiring them to collect over 20,000 signatures to get on the ballot violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments. On July 9, the court ordered the defendants to reduce the relevant signature requirements by 30% for the 2020 general election.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2020
President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0020
This lawsuit was filed in response to a July 6, 2020 ICE directive that would effectively force out of the country many international students studying remotely during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Harvard and MIT filed suit claiming that the directive was in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctions prohibiting defendants from enforcing the directive, and an order vacating and setting aside the policy. They also sought declarative relief and attorney's fees. The case was originally assigned to Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, but he then recused himself and was replaced by Judge Allison D. Borroughs. The case is ongoing as of July 9, 2020.
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July 8, 2020
Gay v. State of Illinois
MacArthur Justice Center
Date: Oct. 28, 2018
By: MacArthur Justice Center
While held in solitary by the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) for nearly two decades, Anthony Gay’s severe mental illness worsened, and the extreme isolation without any significant treatment of his mental illness triggered horrific self-mutilation and a lengthy prison stay that ...
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July 8, 2020
ACLU-MN Sues to Release MCF-Moose Lake Inmates Endangered by COVID-19
ACLU of Minnesota
Date: Apr. 15, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union Minnesota
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a petition against the state Department of Corrections Wednesday to keep prisoners and staff at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Moose Lake (MCF-Moose Lake) safe from the rapidly spreading COVID-19.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2020
American Civil Liberties Union of Maine Foundation v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00176-JDL (D. Me.)
IM-ME-0001
This was one of a pair of lawsuits filed by the ACLU of Maine in May 2018 after its FOIA requests concerning federal immigration enforcement practices in Maine and neighboring states went unanswered. The ACLU filed both lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. The particular FOIA request in this case related to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)'s citizenship checkpoints, bus searches, and cooperation with local, state, and federal law enforcement. In July 2018, upon the parties' joint motion, CBP agreed to review and produce documents responsive to the ACLU's request; according to a status report filed in August, it further agreed to review and produce any additional documents by September. By December of 2018, the parties could not agree what to do with several documents that plaintiffs had requested, and they asked the court to adjudicate the matter in camera. Judge Levy found that some documents were covered under Exemption 7(E) of FOIA, while others were not. The plaintiffs then voluntarily dismissed the case in July of 2019, and the case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:20-cv-00780 (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0016
This is a habeas action seeking the release of immigration detainees housed in ICE facilities in Maryland. The court initially denied the detainees' TRO, but eventually granted 2 preliminary injunctions that ordered the release of several detainees from their respective detention centers. The defendants appealed the preliminary injunctions and the appeal is pending.
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July 7, 2020
The Tennessee Accountability Center
The Center for State Child Welfare Data
Date: May 22, 2020
By: The Center for State Child Welfare Data
The independent Tennessee Accountability Center, housed at the Center for State Child Welfare Data at Chapin Hall, was established under the terms of the Settlement Agreement in the Brian A. vs. Haslam class action lawsuit. The mission of the Tennessee Accountability Center (AC) is two-fold. First, ...
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July 7, 2020
Class Actions: TN Brian A. v. Haslam
Children's Rights
Date: Feb. 25, 2019
By: Children's Rights
On April 11, 2016 a federal judge ruled that Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) had reached all of the mandated milestones to overhaul its foster care system. The state then entered a yearlong hold period, during which it sustained its performance on every measure—the final ...
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July 7, 2020
Brian A. Settlement Agreement
Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Date: Jul. 7, 2020
By: Tennessee Department of Children's Services
The Brian A. lawsuit was filed by Children’s Rights, Inc. in 2000 and settled in 2001. Since that time, the Department of Children's Services worked to fulfill its obligations under the Settlement Agreement and a federal judge removed federal oversight in 2017. *
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July 7, 2020
Bergamaschi et al. v. Cuomo et al
NYCLU
Date: Apr. 3, 2020
By: NYCLU
The New York Civil Liberties Union and The Legal Aid Society sued Governor Cuomo and the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to challenge the unconstitutional automatic jailing of people held in New York City jails while waiting for a hearing for alleged parole ...
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July 7, 2020
Remick et al v. City of Philadelphia
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Apr. 20, 2020
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
On April 20, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, and the law firms Kairsy, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg, and Lin LLP and Dechert LLP filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia and the Department of Prisons over the conditions of the city's ...
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July 7, 2020
Alvarez v. La Rose: Otay Mesa Detention Center
National Immigration Project
Date: 2020
By: National Immigration Project
NIPNLG, the ACLU of San Diego, the ACLU, and Ropes & Gray, LLP filed a class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of California on behalf of all persons detained pretrial and post-conviction in US Marshals Service custody at the Otay Mesa Detention Center--a facility ...
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July 7, 2020
Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 12, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Tamayo Espinoza v. Witte is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of seven medically vulnerable people currently held in Adams County Detention Center in Natchez, Mississippi. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order ( ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2020
United States v. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cr-00181 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0003
In January 2016, the defendant was charged in a criminal complaint that was unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California following his arrest. He was arrested on a federal charge of making a false statement involving international terrorism. In March 2016, the defendant was indicted by a grand jury in Sacramento in the Northern District of Illinois for attempting to provide material support to acts of violence overseas. The defendant voluntarily pled guilty in October 2018 subsequent to superseding information filed by the United States Attorney and was sentenced to 5 years in prison and 20 years of parole.
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July 6, 2020
Plyler v. Doe
Oyez
Date: Dec. 1, 1981
By: Oyez
A revision to the Texas education laws in 1975 allowed the state to withhold from local school districts state funds for educating children of illegal aliens. This case was decided together with Texas v. Certain Named and Unnamed Alien Child.*
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July 6, 2020
Public Education for Immigrant Students: Understanding Plyler v. Doe
American Immigration Counsil
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
By: American Immigration Counsil
In June 1982, the Supreme Court issued Plyler v. Doe, a landmark decision holding that states cannot constitutionally deny students a free public education on account of their immigration status. By a 5-4 vote, the Court found that any resources which might be saved from excluding undocumented ...
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July 6, 2020
Interview with Mr. Larry Daves
Texas After Violence Project; Human Rights Documentation Initiative
Date: May 28, 2008
By: Texas After Violence Project (University of Texas at Austin)
In Video 1, Larry Daves describes how he and small group of recent University of Texas Law School students first went to Nacogdoches in the early 1970s to assist voter registration efforts in Black communities; the virulent anti-Black racism and poor material conditions the students observed in ...
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July 6, 2020
Plyler v. Doe: The Landmark Maldef Case That Changed Education in America
MALDEF
Date: Dec. 1, 2018
By: MALDEF in History
Every child deserves a fair chance to learn and thrive. That might seem an obvious statement today, but it took years of legal battles fought by MALDEF to ensure that “every” child did not exclude any child – particularly, immigrant children.

After nearly five years of litigation, ...
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July 6, 2020
Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.
mnopedia.org
Date: Nov. 18, 2019
By: Emma Dill
Lois Jenson and her coworkers Patricia S. Kosmach and Kathleen Anderson filed the lawsuit Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co. in 1988, after years of harassment at Eveleth Mines. The case became the first sexual harassment class action tried in US federal court and set a precedent for future harassment ...
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July 6, 2020
Real Women of "North Country"
womenshistory.org
Date: May 6, 2006
By: National Women's History Museum
In April 2006, the Hibbing, Minnesota, chapter of the American Association of University Women held a ceremony honoring the women workers at Eveleth Mines who filed the first class-action sexual harassment lawsuit. Their story became the basis for the 2005 movie North Country. National Women's ...
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July 6, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 27, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
On March 24, 2020, the ACLU National Prison Project, ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, the ACLU of Maryland, the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Capital Area Immigrants Rights (CAIR) Coalition filed Coreas v. Bounds on behalf of immigrants detained at ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Vaughn v. City of Seaside
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 5:99-cv-20462-RMW (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0029
On May 19, 1998, police shot and killed a man with schizophrenia in Seaside, California. The family members of the decedent sued the City of Seaside and the Monterey County Mental Health Department in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. After a private agency released an investigation report of the incident, the family settled the case with the city and the mental health department for undisclosed amounts. After a private settlement was reached in 2001, the case was dismissed with prejudice. This case changed the way police officers interact with individuals with mental illness. The family members of the decedent established a Crisis Intervention Training Program for police officers in Monterey County to teach them how to de-escalate situations and cooperate with mentally ill individuals.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
People First of Alabama v. Merrill
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
VR-AL-0268
This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs challenged the witness and photo ID requirement, requiring absentee voters to obtain witness or notary signatures, and submit a photocopy of their ID with their ballot. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin enforcement of the Witness and ID requirement and to allow curbside voting during the primary, municipal, and general election in 2020. On June 15, the preliminary injunction was granted in part in favor of the plaintiffs, pertaining to the July 14 primary runoff. The defendants appealed to the Eleventh Circuit; the court denied the defendant’s motion for stay pending appeal on June 25. The defendants then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which granted the stay on July 2. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Doe v. Plyler
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: TY-77-261-CA (E.D. Tex.)
ED-TX-0006
On September 6, 1977, a group of undocumented Mexican immigrant children filed a class action complaint and motion for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief from a policy in Tyler Independent School District (TISD) requiring undocumented children to pay tuition of $1,000 per school year in order to attend TISD schools. This policy was authorized by a Texas statute (§ 21.031), passed in 1975 in response to concerns about overcrowding in Texas schools due to increased migration from Mexico of both legally present and undocumented immigrants. Plaintiffs, represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF), argued that this policy was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that the Texas statute was preempted by the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Judge William W. Justice found the statute to be a violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and found it to be preempted by federal law. The Fifth Circuit affirmed the equal protection holding. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which affirmed on June 15, 1982, holding that undocumented persons are covered by the Equal Protection Clause, and that the Texas statute denying undocumented children access to schools on equal footing with other students could not be justified under any standard of review. 457 U.S. 202.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2020
Jenson v. Eveleth Taconite Co.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: Civ. No. 5-88-163 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0087
This case is the first time a sexual harassment claim was successfully brought against an employer as a class action. On August 15, 1988, a group of three women who worked in the Eveleth iron mine filed suit against the mine under Title VII and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. They sought class action certification as a class of "all women who have applied for, or have been employed in hourly positions at Eveleth Mines at any time since December 30, 1983, and who have been, are being, or as the result of the operation of current practices, will be discriminated against with regard to the terms and conditions of their employment because of their sex, "an injunction forcing the mine to adopt a sexual harassment policy, and damages. The class was certified in 1991, and Judge James M. Rosenbaum also granted injunctive relief. The trial was subsequently bifurcated to consider liability and damages separately. Judge Richard Kyle found the mine liable under both Title VII and the MHRA on the charges of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination in promotion. Class members endured grueling depositions in preparation for a damages trial, and the subsequent damages awarded by special master Judge Patrick J. McNulty were vacated by the Eighth Circuit with a remand for jury trial. Plaintiffs settled with the mine company for $3.5 million before the jury trial began.
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July 5, 2020
A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Hargett
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 1, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging Tennessee’s strict limitations on who can vote absentee, its criminal penalties to deter people from assisting voters to obtain absentee ballots, and the inability for absentee voters to fix their ballots if they are rejected due to a perceived mismatch with their signature on ...
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July 5, 2020
Lewis v. Hughs
Moritz College of Law
Date: Jun. 26, 2020
By: Election Law at Moritz (The Ohio State University)
The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the following provisions in the context of the current crisis: (1) the requirement that voters pay for the postage to return their early voting ballots by mail (2) the requirement that returned ballots be postmarked no later than 7:00 p.m. on election ...
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July 5, 2020
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld Oral Arguments
Oyez
Date: Apr. 28, 2004
(Oyez)
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, Oyez, https://www.oyez.org/cases/2003/03-6696 (last visited Jul 5, 2020).
The Oyez page for Hamdi v. Rumsfeld offers a variety of information related to the Supreme Court portion of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, including a link to oral arguments.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Thompson v. DeWine
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-02129 (S.D. Ohio)
VR-OH-0085
On April 27, 2020, ballot petition circulators and three Ohio voters filed this lawsuit against the Director of Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Secretary of State, challenging the constitutionality of Ohio’s in-person signature and witness requirements for ballot initiatives in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order. The court granted preliminary injunction on May 19, which was stayed by the Sixth Circuit on May 26. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the plaintiff’s application to vacate the stay on June 25. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Crossey v. Boockvar
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 266-MD-2020 (State Court)
VR-PA-0116
On April 22, 2020, three Pennsylvania voters and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans filed this lawsuit against the Secretary of the Commonwealth and the Director of the Bureau of Election Services and Notaries. The petitioners sought declaratory and injunctive relief against restrictions in vote by mail in Pennsylvania. They also sought a preliminary injunction as to the June 2 primary election which the court denied on May 28. The plaintiffs appealed but Supreme Court later dismissed the appeal as moot on June 4 as the primary election was held on June 2.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2020
Bailey v. Andino
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2020-000642 (State Court)
VR-SC-0080
On April 22, 2020, two Democratic candidates, the South Carolina Democratic Party, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed this lawsuit against the South Carolina State Election Commission. The petitioners sought declaratory relief that in the context of the COVID-19, all South Carolina voters are physically disabled persons within the meaning of the South Carolina statute and are eligible to vote absentee. The Supreme Court of South Carolina dismissed the case on May 27.
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July 4, 2020
Case: Texas V. EEOC
www.naacpldf.org
Date: Feb. 16, 2018
By: NAACP Legal Defense Fund (Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
In July and August 2017, LDF, along with lawyers at the National Employment Law Project (NELP), Cloutman & Cloutman and Levy Ratner PC, moved to intervene in Texas v. EEOC. This is a pending challenge by Texas to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) 2012 Guidance on the use of ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Mays v. Thurston
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-00341 (E.D. Ark.)
VR-AR-0193
This suit was filed against the State of Arkansas by two individual voters and a non-profit organization seeking to waive Arkansas’ Election Day Receipt deadline for the March runoff elections. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order. On March 30, the emergency TRO was denied. On March 31, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Lewis v. Hughs
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 5:20-cv-00577 (W.D. Tex.)
VR-TX-0450
On May 11, 2020, the Texas State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, and six individuals filed this lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State, challenging the constitutionality of the laws restricting vote by mail. No outcome yet.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Hargett
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00374 (M.D. Tenn.)
VR-TN-0070
On May 1, 2020, two qualified voters and five organizations filed this lawsuit against the Tennessee Secretary of State, the Tennessee Coordinator of Elections, and the Shelby County district attorney general, challenging Tennessee’s restrictions on absentee voters, its criminal penalties against those who aid voters to obtain absentee ballots, and the inability for absentee voters to fix their ballots if they are rejected due to errors such as a signature mismatch. The petitioners sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
The New Georgia Project v. Raffensperger
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01986 (N.D. Ga.)
VR-GA-0169
Voters and a non-profit organization sued the Georgia Secretary of State, the Georgia State Election Board, and the Board of Registration and Elections of various counties to enjoin absentee voting laws during COVID-19. The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief. They also moved for a preliminary injunction for the upcoming November 3, 2020 election. No outcome yet.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
Voto Latino Foundation v. Hobbs
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-05685 (D. Ariz.)
VR-AZ-0056
On November 26, 2019, two organizations filed this lawsuit to challenge Arizona’s Election Day Receipt Deadline, which requires mail-in ballots to be received by county election officials before 7 PM on Election Day. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief and permanent injunction enjoining the defendants from rejecting ballots postmarked by Election Day that arrives within five business days of Election Day. The plaintiff later argued that COVID-19 further increased voting burdens. The parties entered into a settlement on June 18. Under the terms of the settlement, the Election Day deadline remained but the defendant agreed to expand their efforts for voter outreach. On June 19, the court dismissed all claims.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
League of Independent Fitness Facilities and Trainers, Inc. v. Whitmer
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. Mich.)
PR-MI-0005
This lawsuit was filed against the state of Michigan by 22 individual companies operating fitness businesses in Michigan and an organization representing over 150 fitness facilities in the state. The suit was filed to enjoin orders that required the plaintiffs to keep their facilities closed. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction which was granted on June 19. The defendants filed an appeal to the Sixth Circuit, with a motion for a stay pending appeal. The district court denied the stay on June 22 but the Sixth CIrcuit granted the stay pending appeal on June 24. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2020
SawariMedia LLC v. Whitmer
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-11246 (E.D. Mich.)
VR-MI-0077
This suit was brought by three voters and an advocacy organization seeking to place an initiative on Michigan’s 2020 general election ballot. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the defendants to enjoin the ballot-access signature requirement and filing deadline. The plaintiffs also filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) barring the defendants from enforcing the deadline. On June 11, the preliminary injunction was granted, and the defendants appealed to the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth Circuit denied to stay the preliminary injunction pending appeal. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2020
Moran v. Landrum-Johnson
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-13553-CJB-KWR (E.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 2, 2020
Turkmen v. Ashcroft
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 20, 2019
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Turkmen v. Ashcroft (while being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court the case caption briefly changed to Ziglar v. Abbasi) is a civil rights lawsuit filed in 2002 on behalf of a class of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up by the INS and FBI in connection with the 9/11 investigation ...
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July 2, 2020
TORRES-SOTO, ET AL. V. WILLIAM BARR, ET AL. Torres-Soto, et al. v. William Barr, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Jun. 6, 2019
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
TORRES-SOTO, ET AL. V. WILLIAM BARR, ET AL.

Federal immigration authorities detained thousands of people each month in Georgia’s Irwin County Detention Center and Stewart Detention Center, even though many of these individuals were found eligible for release. Hundreds remained in ...
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July 2, 2020
Torres-Soto v. Barr
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 6, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Georgia, and Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s cash bail system that discriminates against people held in Georgia immigration prisons based on their financial status.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2020
Anti Police-Terror Project v. Oakland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-03866 (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0043
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2020
Phansopha v. City of Sacramento
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01229 (E.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0045
This class action lawsuit was brought on June 18, 2020 in response to the Sacramento Police Department using allegedly illegal tactics to quash the protests that arose after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs alleged violations of the U.S. Constitution, the California state constitution, the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Bane Act. The case is ongoing as of July 2, 2020.
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July 1, 2020
Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: Judicious Balancing at the Intersection of the Executive's Power to Detain and the Citizen-Detainee's Right to Due Process
Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
Date: Spring 2005
By: James B. Anderson (Northwestern Faculty)
James B. Anderson, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld: Judicious Balancing at the Intersection of the Executive's Power to Detain and the CitizenDetainee's Right to Due Process, 95 J. Crim. L. & Criminology 689 (2004-2005)
In Hamdi v. Rumsfeld, the United States Supreme Court held that a
citizen detained by the Government as an enemy combatant is entitled
under due process to a meaningful opportunity to contest the facts
underlying his detention before a neutral decision-maker.2 The Supreme ...
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July 1, 2020
"We Live 24/7 in Hell": Detroit's Wayne County Jail, 1968-76
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/dcc-project/
Date: Jul. 1, 2020
By: Dominic Coschino (University of Michigan Student)
The history of Detroit's Wayne County Jail in the late 1960s and 1970s also includes a much less well known story with lessons for today: the response of radical activists who mobilized against mass incarceration and demanded racial and economic justice. As more poor and black Detroiters flowed ...
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CASE STUDIES
July 1, 2020
""We Live 24/7 in Hell": Detroit's Wayne County Jail, 1968-76"
https://sites.lsa.umich.edu/dcc-project/
Date: Jul. 1, 2020
By: Dominic Coschino (University of Michigan Student)
The history of Detroit's Wayne County Jail in the late 1960s and 1970s also includes a much less well known story with lessons for today: the response of radical activists who mobilized against mass incarceration and demanded racial and economic justice. As more poor and black Detroiters flowed ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 1, 2020
Yaser Esam Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:02-cv-439 (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0005
Yaser Esam Hamdi was born in Louisiana but allegedly joined the Taliban at age 20. He was captured alongside enemy forces in Afghanistan in the post-September 11 conflict. His petition for writ of habeas corpus reached the Supreme Court and set a new standard for detaining American citizens alleged to be "enemy combatants." The Supreme Court held that the US government may detain enemy combatants through the powers granted in AUMF, but they must provide them a meaningful opportunity to challenge the detention.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 1, 2020
Five Percenters v. Moore
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:96-cv-05555 (D.S.C.)
PC-SC-0010
This is a consolidated action of 49 individual cases filed by inmates in the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Each inmate was placed in administrative segregation due to their affiliation with the Five Percent Nation of Islam, following increased violence the group was involved with. They brought suit alleging violations of their First and Eighth Amendment rights. The district court granted summary judgment on all issues except the plaintiffs' First Amendment right to be free from defendants' total restriction on literature and granted a preliminary injunction. The parties entered into a settlement agreement which made the preliminary injunction permanent, allowing the plaintiffs access to properly censored Five Percenter literature. The plaintiffs filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit, which which affirmed the district court. The Supreme Court denied certiorari. The case then closed after settling the issue of attorneys' fees
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June 30, 2020
Kennedy v. Esper
Yale Law School
Date: 2019
By: Yale Law School (Yale)
On April 17, 2017, Steve Kennedy and Alicia Carson filed a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of approximately 50,000 less than-Honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan-era Army veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other related mental health conditions.*
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June 30, 2020
People First of Alabama, et al. v. John Merrill, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: May 1, 2020
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
As elections approached in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state failed to provide safe and accessible voting, potentially disenfranchising tens of thousands of voters. The SPLC and its allies filed a federal lawsuit to compel state officials to make absentee and in-person voting more ...
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June 30, 2020
J.B.C.C v. Wolf
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 24, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and Oxfam filed the nation’s first legal challenge to the Trump administration’s order restricting immigration at the border based on an unprecedented and unlawful invocation of the Public Health Service Act, located in ...
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June 30, 2020
In re Accuracy Concerns Regarding FBI Matters Submitted to the FISC; In re Carter W. Page, a U.S. Person [FISA Dockets Misc. 19-02, 16-1182]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 19-02 (FISC)
NS-DC-0138
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 29, 2020
Thakker, et al. v. Doll, et al.
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Mar. 24, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union Pennsylvania
On March 24, 2020, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project and National Prison Project, and the law firm Dechert LLP filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement arguing that ICE has violated the constitutional rights of 13 people in ...
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June 29, 2020
Alexander et al. v. Mayhew and Prudom
https://www.justiceinaging.org
Date: Dec. 19, 2019
By: Justice in Aging
Mr. Alexander, is partially paralyzed as the result of a back surgery. He cannot bathe, use the bathroom, clean, cook, drive, or maneuver himself in and out of his wheelchair on his own. He lives with his 92 year old mother, who does her best to care for him. He would prefer to remain at home and ...
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June 29, 2020
Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Apr. 24, 2013
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Franco-Gonzalez v. Holder is a class action lawsuit in the Central District of California brought on behalf of immigration detainees with mental disabilities in Arizona, California, and Washington.

A federal district judge has ordered the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the ...
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June 29, 2020
Catholic Priests and Orthodox Jewish Congregants Sue New York Governor in Federal Court For Civil Rights Violations
The Thomas More Society
Date: Jun. 10, 2020
By: Thomas More Society
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, his Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by two Catholic priests from upstate New York and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants from Brooklyn for violation of civil rights by prejudicial orders and selective ...
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June 28, 2020
Sabata v. Nebraska Department of Corrections et al
aclu.org
Date: Aug. 15, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, his Attorney General Letitia James, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by two Catholic priests from upstate New York and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants from Brooklyn for violation of civil rights by prejudicial orders and selective ...
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June 28, 2020
ACLU Sues Governor in CA Supreme Court Over Pandemic Conditions
www.aclusocal.org
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: ACLU of Southern California
It's time for the highest officials in the state to step to their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us — people, including youths, locked up in a way that makes it impossible for the distancing that's the true protection from COVID-19.

Today, the American Civil ...
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June 28, 2020
Planned Parenthood Center for Choice, et al. v. Abbott, et al.
www.reproductiverights.org
Date: Apr. 22, 2020
By: Center for Reproductive Rights
This litigation challenges actions taken by Governor Greg Abbott and other state officials to ensure that patients can continue to access essential, time-sensitive abortion services during the COVID-19 pandemic. While doctors and nurses in his state worked around the clock to care for patients ...
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June 27, 2020
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association et al v. Abbott
ACLU Texas
Date: Apr. 23, 2020
By: ACLU Texas
The ACLU of Texas, along with the Texas Fair Defense Project, the ACLU’s Criminal Law Reform Project, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, filed a lawsuit challenging Governor Abbott’s passage of an executive order, GA-13, which unlawfully attempts to remove discretion from ...
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June 27, 2020
Lay v. Goins
ACLU
Date: Jun. 24, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Tennessee, and Dechert LLP filed a lawsuit seeking to make absentee voting available to all eligible Tennessee voters during the COVID-19 pandemic.*
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June 26, 2020
Reid v. Wetzel
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Jan. 24, 2018
By: ACLU
The ACLU, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, and Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP filed a class action lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections (DOC) for holding death-sentenced prisoners in permanent, ...
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June 26, 2020
National Fair Housing Alliance et al v. Carson (2018)
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Date: August 2018
By: Poverty and Race Research Action Council
On May 8, 2018, alongside other civil rights organizations, PRRAC filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s suspension of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule and obligation to submit an Assessment of Fair Housing, for over 900 jurisdictions (the vast majority of ...
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June 26, 2020
Background on NFHA, et. al. v. Carson
National Fair Housing Alliance
Date: August 2018
By: National Fair Housing Alliance
On January 5, 2018, HUD effectively suspended implementation of the agency’s 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing regulation. It did this by issuing a notice delaying program participants’ submission of their required fair housing plans (known as Assessments of Fair Housing or AFHs) until ...
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June 26, 2020
National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson - Defending Regulation Requiring Jurisdictions to Take Affirmative Steps to Promote Fair Housing
ACLU District of Columbia
Date: August 2019
By: ACLU District of Columbia
In 2015 HUD issued the “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule, which requires jurisdictions receiving federal financial aid for housing to account for fair housing issues in their regular planning processes. This means that the jurisdictions would have to actively avoid urban planning ...
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June 25, 2020
Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: Supreme Court of the United States
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: Vacated in part, reversed in part and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice ...
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June 25, 2020
Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California
Oyez
Date: Jun. 28, 2019
By: Oyez
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adopted a program—known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—to postpone the deportation of undocumented immigrants who had been brought to the United States as children and to assign them work permits allowing them to ...
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June 24, 2020
Karnoski v. Trump
Lambda Legal
Date: Jun. 14, 2019
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal and the Modern Military Association of America (formerly known as OutServe-SLDN and the American Military Partners Association) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender individuals. Represented in ...
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June 24, 2020
Knight Institute v. Trump
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
Date: May 29, 2020
By: Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University
On July 11, 2017, the Knight Institute filed a lawsuit in federal court against President Trump and his aides for blocking seven people from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account based on their criticism of his presidency and policies. *
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June 24, 2020
Police are Attacking Journalists at Protests. We're Suing.
ACLU Minnesota
Date: Jun. 3, 2020
By: Brian Hauss and Teresa Nelson
As people take to the streets to demand justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and too many other Black people who have been killed by police in recent years, journalists have joined them to bear witness. While covering these protests in cities throughout the country, ...
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June 24, 2020
Liborio Ramos v. G4S Secure Solutions (Detainee Transport)
American Civil Liberties Union Northern California
Date: 05/15/2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In July 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit demanding records related to the treatment of immigrants detained by ICE, particularly transportation by contractor G4S Secure Solutions.*
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June 24, 2020
ACLU Foundation of Northern California v. ICE (Detainee Transport)
ACLU Northern California
Date: 07/28/2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit on July 10, 2018 demanding records related to the treatment of immigration detainees by ICE, particularly transportation by contractor G4S Secure Solutions.
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June 24, 2020
Lakendra Cook, et al. v. Hal Taylor
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Nov. 19, 2018
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Alabama unlawfully suspended the driver’s licenses of thousands of people unable to pay traffic tickets. The SPLC filed a federal lawsuit to stop the state from suspending licenses without considering a person’s ability to pay and finding that the person willfully failed to pay. It also sought ...
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June 23, 2020
Blumenthal v. Whitaker
Protect Democracy
Date: 2019
By: Protect Democracy
On November 19, 2018, U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the ...
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June 22, 2020
Wolf v. Vidal
SCOTUSblog
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: February 13, 2018, order vacated, November 9, 2017, order affirmed in part, March 29, 20 ...
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June 22, 2020
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s Litigation on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Earthjustice
Date: Jun. 8, 2020
By: Earthjustice
The Corps and Dakota Access have filed their final briefs on the question of whether the Dakota Access pipeline should be shut down. The matter is now in the Court’s hands. At this time, no hearing has been scheduled. A decision is anticipated this summer.*
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June 22, 2020
Trump v. NAACP
https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/trump-v-naacp/
Date: Jun. 18, 2020
By: SCOTUSBlog (SCOUTBlog)
Holding: The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was arbitrary and capricious under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Judgment: Affirmed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts on June 18, 2020 ...
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June 22, 2020
Wilwal v. Kelly
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 13, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union - Minnesota
This case challenges an unlawful search and seizure, as prohibited in the 4th Amendment, and asserts the rights of U.S. citizens—particularly immigrants—traveling across borders.

In March 2015, the Sagal Abdigani and her husband, Abdisalam Wilwal, traveled from their home near ...
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June 22, 2020
Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1)
https://muslimadvocates.org
Date: May 2, 2017
By: Muslim Advocates
In March 2017, Muslim Advocates, in conjunction with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request with DHS, following reports that DHS was—and may continue to—subject travelers who are Muslim or perceived to be Muslim (including U.S ...
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June 21, 2020
ACLU, Black Lives Matter - L.A. Sue over Unlawful Curfews
ACLU of Southern California
Date: Jun. 3, 2020
By: ACLU Southern California
LOS ANGELES — Today, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California filed an emergency lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLM-LA) and individual journalists, protesters, and other individuals — the suit challenges the draconian curfews imposed throughout Southern California to ...
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June 19, 2020
Bostock v. Clayton County
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Oyez
Gerald Bostock, a gay man, began working for Clayton County, Georgia, as a child welfare services coordinator in 2003. During his ten-year career with Clayton County, Bostock received positive performance evaluations and numerous accolades. In 2013, Bostock began participating in a gay recreational ...
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June 19, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Oyez
Aimee Stephens worked as a funeral director at R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes, Inc., which is a closely held for-profit corporation that operates several funeral homes in Michigan. For most of her employment at the Funeral Home, Stephens lived and presented as a man. Shortly after she informed ...
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June 17, 2020
Altitude Express Inc. v. Zarda
https://www.scotusblog.com/
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judgment: Affirmed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch on June 15, 2020. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Thomas joined ...
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June 17, 2020
Soule et al v. CT Association of Schools et al
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 4, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU will be seeking to join a lawsuit challenging trans-inclusive practices in Connecticut. The lawsuit has been filed against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and multiple school boards and specifically names Andraya Yearwood and Terry Miller, two transgender student ...
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June 17, 2020
Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools
Alliance Defending Freedom
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
Ever since the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference adopted a policy that allows males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events, boys have consistently deprived Selina Soule, Alanna Smith, and Chelsea Mitchell of honors and opportunities to compete at elite levels ...
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June 17, 2020
Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia
SCOTUS Blog
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: SCOTUS Blog
Holding: An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Gorsuch on June 15, 2020. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justice ...
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June 16, 2020
Manker v. Spencer
Yale Law School
Date: Mar. 2, 2018
By: Yale Law School
On March 2, 2018, Tyson Manker and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR) filed a nationwide class-action lawsuit on behalf of thousands of less-than-Honorably discharged Navy and Marine Corps veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions from the Iraq ...
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June 16, 2020
Committee for Public Counsel Services v. Chief Justice of the Trial Court, SJC-12926
Mass.gov (Mass. Supreme Judicial Court)
Date: Jun. 15, 2020
By: Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
The SJC Clerk for the Commonwealth posts recently entered cases and orders.*
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June 16, 2020
IN RE C.Z.
Juvenile Law Center
Date: Apr. 1, 2020
By: Juvenile Law Center
Detention centers, jails, and other congregate care facilities are breeding grounds for the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. For the safety of youth, staff and community, children who can be safely released to family should be sent home—with supports as needed—and others should be sent to ...
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June 15, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
SCOTUSblog
Date: 05/11/2018
By: SCOTUSblog
Petition GRANTED limited to the following question: Whether Title VII prohibits discrimination against transgender people based on (1) their status as transgender or (2) sex stereotyping under Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins, 490 U. S. 228 (1989).

Holding: An employer who fires an ...
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June 15, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Berks County Abruptly Empties Men’s Community Reentry Center Rather Than Provide Incarcerated Women With Equal Access
Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
Date: Nov. 11, 2019
By: Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
In a severe step backward for gender equality and reentry services for incarcerated people, the Berks County Commissioners abruptly emptied the Berks County Community Reentry Center (CRC), which provided rehabilitation and reentry services to incarcerated men with the lowest-risk status. This was a ...
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June 15, 2020
R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC & Aimee Stephens
ACLU
Date: 1/26/2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
From the ACLU: "Aimee Stephens had worked for nearly six years as a funeral director at R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes when she informed the funeral home’s owner that she is a transgender woman. She was fired, the EEOC sued on her behalf, and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that ...
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June 15, 2020
Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
Date: Dec. 9, 2019
By: Office of the Inspector General: U.S. Department of Justice
The Department of Justice (Department) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) undertook this review to examine certain actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department during an FBI investigation opened on July 31, 2016, known as "Crossfire Hurricane," into whether individuals ...
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June 14, 2020
Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: February 24, 2020
By: ACLU
The ACLU and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, representing the Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia Family Pride, intervened in a lawsuit brought by a taxpayer-funded government-contracted foster care agency claiming a constitutional right to discriminate against prospective foster families ...
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June 14, 2020
Costa v. Bazron - Challenging Conditions at St. Elizabeths Hospital During Month-Long Water OUtage and COVID-19 Crisis
ACLU District of Columbia
Date: October 23, 2019
By: ACLU District of Columbia
This case challenges the failure of the District of Columbia government to protect some of its most vulnerable patients from back-to-back crises at their treatment facility: first, an extended water outage in the fall of 2019, and second, the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020.
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June 14, 2020
Championing the Rights of People with Serious Medical Needs in Immigration Detention
The Journal of PLI Press
Date: 2020
By: Laura F. Redman
There is a human rights crisis in immigration detention facilities across this country. People in immigration detention live in deplorable conditions that endanger their health, including those that are confined to county jails that contract with the United States Immigration and Customs ...
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June 13, 2020
Ability to Pay, Division Fees, Due Process, Equal Protection, Right to Counsel
Fines & Fees Justice Center
Date: Jun. 18, 2019
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
This case challenges a marijuana diversion program operated by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MACO). Arizona is the only state in the country where possession of any amount of marijuana can be charged as a felony. To avoid criminal prosecution, defendants in Maricopa County are offered a ...
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June 13, 2020
Pittsburgh Airport Forfeiture
https://ij.org
Date: Mar. 4, 2020
By: Institute for Justice
Retired railroad engineer Terry Rolin’s life savings were seized by the government, but he hasn’t been charged with any crime. Terry saved up cash and kept it in his Pittsburgh home over many years. But when he moved out of his old house into a new, smaller apartment he didn’t feel safe ...
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June 13, 2020
Samma v. Department of Defense - Lawsuit Challenging Police Denying U.S. Military Service Members Expedited Path to Citizenship
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Jun. 8, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In April 2020, the ACLU, ACLU of Southern California, and ACLU of District of Columbia filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of military service members challenging a 2017 Trump administration policy blocking their expedited path to citizenship.*
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June 13, 2020
Hightower v. City of Grand Rapids
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 27, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the ACLU's Criminal Law Reform Project filed a federal lawsuit in May of 2013, on behalf of Plaintiffs Gilbert Weber and Tyrone Hightower, challenging the Grand Rapids Police Department's longstanding practice of arresting innocent people for ...
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June 12, 2020
Grace v. Barr
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
(American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, the ACLU of Texas, and the ACLU of D.C. filed a federal lawsuit in August 2018 challenging the Trump administration’s gutting of asylum protections for immigrants fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.

At ...
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June 11, 2020
Coreas v. Bounds: COVID19 Habeas Petition
National Immigration Project
Date: 2020
By: National Immigration Project
As the global COVID-19 pandemic worsens, ICE continues to detain immigrants at the highest risk of severe COVID-19-related illness or death. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have begun to appear in detention facilities around the country. This litigation seeks urgent action including immediate release of ...
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June 11, 2020
Karl Taylor Died in a New York Prison. Now the State Has Agreed to Pay Millions.
The Marshall Project
Date: Feb. 28, 2020
By: Tom Robbins
In life, Karl Taylor never found his way. A high-school dropout hobbled by mental problems, he labored as a truck driver and kitchen helper in his hometown of Troy, New York, until a rape conviction sent him to prison for up to 55 years. Behind bars, his slippery grip on reality steadily worsened ...
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June 11, 2020
Why is Karl Taylor Dead?
The Marshall Project
Date: Nov. 27, 2018
By: Tom Robbins
On the morning of April 13, 2015, a guard at Sullivan Correctional Facility, a New York State maximum-security prison nestled deep in the woods of the western Catskills, ordered a prisoner named Karl Taylor to clean his cell. By all accounts, the cell, in the prison’s E North housing block—a ...
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June 11, 2020
Hepatitis C Litigation: Healing Inmates as a Public Health Strategy
Social Science Research Network
Date: Apr. 4, 2020
By: Robert Katz (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Faculty)
Curing people of infectious diseases has the side-benefit of protecting uninfected persons from infection. A prime example of this is when inmates are cured of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), long regarded as the most lethal infectious disease in the United States. HCV is more prevalent in prisons ...
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June 11, 2020
Unconstitutional Debtors' Prison Lawsuit: Santa Fe and Hitchcock
ACLU of Texas
Date: Nov. 3, 2016
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Texas’ lawsuit asks the court to protect individuals from being jailed for non-jailable offenses solely because they could not afford a payment. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the police from jailing people who haven’t received a hearing or access to a lawyer. The lawsuit also ...
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June 11, 2020
Torres v. Milusnic
https://www.aclusocal.org
Date: May 16, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
More than 900 people incarcerated in Lompoc have tested positive for the virus — that’s more than 65% of positive tests in all of Santa Barbara County where the prison facilities are located.

While the rest of California took extraordinary measures to stop the spread of coronavirus, ...
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June 10, 2020
Feds Give Chester Housing Authority High Marks in Agency’s First Year of Independence from Court Oversight
Chester Housing Authority
Date: Dec. 1, 2015
By: Ceisler Media
In its first review of the Chester Housing Authority (CHA) since the agency emerged from 20 years of Federal court oversight at the beginning of 2014, the U. S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) says CHA is operating its public housing and Housing Choice Voucher programs extremely well ...
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June 10, 2020
Negotiating the (legal) right to the city: Public housing demolition and the federal courts in two postindustrial U.S. cities
Taylor & Francis Online
Date: Nov. 23, 2016
By: John N. Robinson III (Northwestern University Faculty)
Public housing reform has fostered widespread revitalization in American cities. Courts have been critical to this process, but so far urban scholars have not yet closely analyzed this role. This article illuminates how courts participated in reform, sometimes empowering and at other times ...
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June 10, 2020
Pen America v. Trump
PEN America
Date: Oct. 16, 2018
By: Jennifer Egan and Suzanne Nossel
Today PEN America, represented by the nonpartisan nonprofit Protect Democracy and the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. The suit seeks to stop President Trump from using the ...
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June 10, 2020
Gill v. DOJ - Challenge to Government's Suspicious Activity Reporting Program
Date: Jul. 11, 2014
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of California, the ACLU, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, and the law firm Bingham McCutchen have filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government's Suspicious Activity Reporting program — a vast expansion of the federal government's domestic intelligence network ...
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June 9, 2020
Dada v. Witte
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Apr. 24, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Dada v. ICE is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 17 medically vulnerable people currently held in five different immigration detention centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary ...
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June 9, 2020
The Strange Career of the Civil Rights Division's Commitment to Brown
Yale Law Journal
Date: May 1984
By: David L. Norman
93 Yale L.J. (1984)
Dada v. ICE is a federal lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on behalf of 17 medically vulnerable people currently held in five different immigration detention centers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 9, 2020
"The Segregation Academy and the Law"
Journal of Negro Education
Date: Winter 1973
By: Anthony M. Champagne (University of Illinois Faculty)
Journal of Negro Education Vol. 42, No. 1 (Winter, 1973), pp. 58-66
A case study of one private school which functions as a segregation academy'' was done in order to learn more about what segregation academies are, how they operate, and how they relate to the community.*
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June 9, 2020
Movement-Countermovement Dynamics and the Emergence of New Institutions: The Case of "White Flight" Schools in Mississippi
Social Forces
Date: March 2002
By: Kenneth T. Andrews (Harvard University Faculty)
Social Forces Vol. 80, No. 3 (Mar., 2002), pp. 911-936
This article examines the foundation of private segregationist academies that emerged throughout the U.S. South in the wake of court-ordered desegregation. I focus on the state of Mississippi where private academies grew dramatically from 1969 to 1971. I provide an analytic history of civil-rights ...
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June 7, 2020
NOLA Jail Monitors
http://www.nolajailmonitors.org
Date: Oct. 21, 2013
By: Orleans Parish Jail Monitors
Welcome to the website of the Independent Monitors for the litigation LASHAWN JONES,et. al. and the United States of America v. Marlin Gusman, Sheriff (Civil Action No. 2:12-cv-00859). This website is intended to provide up-to-date information on the status of this matter.

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June 7, 2020
Wikimedia Foundation v. NSA
https://policy.wikimedia.org
Date: May 30, 2019
By: Wikimedia Foundation
On March 10, 2015, the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects, filed suit against the United States National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), among others. The Foundation and its eight co-plaintiffs are represented ...
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June 7, 2020
Wikimedia v. NSA - Challenge to Upstream Surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Sep. 6, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In March 2015, the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the NSA’s mass interception and searching of Americans’ international Internet communications. At issue is the NSA’s “Upstream” surveillance, through which the U.S. government monitors almost all international – ...
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June 7, 2020
Belton v. Gautreaux
https://ccrjustice.org/
Date: May 28, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)
Belton v. Gautreaux is a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of people imprisoned at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in Louisiana. The lawsuit and an accompanying motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) seek the immediate release of a subclass of people who are particularly medically ...
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June 7, 2020
Brown v. Lexington County, et al
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Jul. 22, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In the latest front in the nationwide fight against debtors' prisons, on June 1, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging the illegal arrest and incarceration of poor people in Lexington County, South Carolina, without a hearing or representation by counsel ...
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June 7, 2020
Edwards v. Cofield
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 18, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging Randolph County, Alabama’s practice of using money bail to detain people arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. The practice perpetuates a two-tiered and unconstitutional wealth-based incarceration system. In the state of Alabama in ...
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June 7, 2020
Doe v. Mattis - Challenge to Detention of American by U.S. Military Abroad
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Oct. 29, 2018
By: ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
On October 5, 2017, the ACLU Foundation filed a habeas corpus petition on behalf of a U.S. citizen unlawfully detained by the U.S. military in Iraq as an “enemy combatant” for allegedly being an ISIS fighter in Syria. He had been detained since approximately September 14 of that year. On ...
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June 7, 2020
James Madison Project et al v. Department of Homeland Security
http://foiaproject.org/
Date: Apr. 19, 2019
By: The FOIA Project
The James Madison Project and Daily Beast reporters Noah Shachtman and Betsy Woodruff submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Safety Administration, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for records concerning instructions for implementing the ...
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June 7, 2020
Kashem, et al. v. Barr, et al. - ACLU Challenge to Government No Fly List
https://www.aclu.org
Date: Mar. 13, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In June 2010, we filed a legal challenge on behalf of ten U.S. citizens and permanent residents who could not fly to or from the U.S. or over American airspace because they are on the government’s secretive No Fly List. (An additional three people later joined the suit.) These plaintiffs were ...
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June 6, 2020
Johnson v. Jessup
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 30, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), ACLU of North Carolina, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), and Southern Coalition for Social Justice are suing the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for indefinitely revoking driver’s licenses of people who cannot afford to pay traffic ...
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June 6, 2020
Southern Poverty Law Center v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et al.
https://www.splcenter.org
Date: May 7, 2020
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
After the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Constitution by blocking immigrants in isolated civil immigration prisons from accessing lawyers, the SPLC filed a first-of-its-kind lawsuit against the agency and other high-level federal officials.*
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June 5, 2020
Press Release: Following Court Victory for Iraqi and Afghan U.S. Allies, Government Submits Plan to Process Thousands of Delayed SIV Applicants
https://refugeerights.org/
Date: May 22, 2020
By: International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP)
(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the government and plaintiffs submitted a proposed joint plan to address the delayed applications of an estimated 10,000 Afghans and Iraqis who supported U.S. missions in their home countries and came under threat as a result. This was in response to a court order in ...
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June 4, 2020
Ayo v. Dunn
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Aug. 7, 2017
By: ACLU
For years, people arrested in East Baton Rouge Parish who appeared before Judge Trudy White have been jailed unless they pay a $525 fee to a private corporation called Rehabilitation Home Incarceration (“RHI”). This fee is paid by each person for their own pre-trial release. This fee is paid in ...
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June 3, 2020
Knight Institute v. DHS
https://knightcolumbia.org/
Date: Sep. 23, 2019
By: Knight First Amendment Institute at Colombia University
On October 4, 2017, the Knight Institute filed a FOIA lawsuit seeking records relating to the government’s ideological screening of immigrants and visitors.*
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June 2, 2020
Color of Change v. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Oct. 20, 2016
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
In July 2016, Color of Change (COC) and CCR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeking information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the surveillance and monitoring of Movement for Black Lives (MBL) protestors and ...
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June 2, 2020
Detroit Civil Forfeiture
Institute for Justice
Date: Feb. 5, 2020
By: Institute for Justice
Wayne County routinely seizes vehicles on the thinnest of pretenses—such as a car’s presence in a neighborhood known for prostitution. Without arresting anyone, officers take the car on the spot, leaving its driver on the side of the road. Without bringing criminal charges, prosecutors then put ...
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June 2, 2020
Thompson v. Alabama
CLC
Date: Dec. 3, 2019
By: CLC (Campaign Legal Center (CLC))
Alabama prevents some people from ever voting again even after they have fully served their sentence while others are only able to restore their rights if they comply with a burdensome process. Alabama is one of 11 other states that restrict voting rights even after a person has served his or her ...
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May 31, 2020
Collins v. City of Milwaukee
ACLU
Date: Jul. 19, 2019
By: ACLU
This resource is the ACLU case description and update page.*
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May 31, 2020
Reproductive Freedom on the Docket
American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
Date: May 15, 2019 - ongoing
By: ACLU Ohio
On April 10, 2019 the Ohio Legislature passed Senate Bill 23, called the “Heartbeat Bill,” and Governor DeWine signed the bill into law on April 11. The bill, effectively a total ban on abortion, was scheduled to take effect on July 10, 2019. The ban criminalizes abortion after a fetal ...
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May 31, 2020
Parsons v. Ryan
Arizona American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 1, 2020
By: Arizona American Civil Liberties Union
Attorneys for Arizona prison inmates have filed an emergency motion in federal court asking a judge to order the Department of Corrections to immediately work with an independent medical expert to develop and implement a plan to prevent and management a coronavirus outbreak.*
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May 31, 2020
Parsons v. Ryan
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 22, 2018
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The court, finding that “wide-spread and systemic failures remain,” held Arizona prison officials in contempt, and imposed fines of more than $1.4 million.*
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May 30, 2020
Superintendent Letter on Current Practices
DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Date: Aug. 30, 2017
By: Amy Maisterra (District of Columbia Schools)
The Superintendent's letter to colleagues noted the progress made in providing services to children with disabilities, but also noted that additional work was needed to identify disabled children and provide additional services.*
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May 28, 2020
Edwards v. Leaders in Community Alternatives
https://equaljusticeunderlaw.org/
Date: Jul. 31, 2018
By: Equal Justice Under Law
Private e-carceration, euphemistically known as “electronic monitoring,” involves a private company acting under a court order to strap one or more monitoring devices onto a person’s ankle that record their every movement. The company charges the wearer as much as $25 (or more) for each day ...
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May 28, 2020
League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections
https://acluva.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: ACLU of Virginia
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia filed a federal lawsuit challenging Virginia’s “witness requirement.” Under Virginia law, any voter who submits an absentee ballot by mail must open the envelope containing the ballot in front of ...
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May 28, 2020
League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: May 5, 2020
By: ACLU
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Virginia filed a federal lawsuit on April 17, 2020, challenging Virginia’s “witness requirement.” Under Virginia law, any voter who submits an absentee ballot by mail must open the envelope containing the ballot ...
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May 28, 2020
Thomas v. Andino
ACLU of South Carolina
By: ACLU of South Carolina
ACLU's case page: "On April 22, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Carolina, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a federal lawsuit over South Carolina’s failure to take action to ensure all eligible voters can vote by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic — even ...
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May 24, 2020
Hamblen County, TN: Bail
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/
Date: Mar. 22, 2020
By: Civil Rights Corps
The Hamblen County money bail system traps poor people in jail because they cannot afford to purchase their release. The judge and judicial commissioners in Hamblen County routinely impose unaffordable money bail amounts — sometimes in amounts as high as $1 million. In a county where one in five ...
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May 20, 2020
Little Rock Family Planning Services, et. al v. Rutledge, et. al
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Jun. 29, 2019
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging three new Arkansas laws that would, individually and together, severely restrict abortion rights in the state. These laws would ban abortion care starting at 18 weeks of pregnancy, ban abortion based on the woman’s reason for her ...
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May 20, 2020
ADF lawsuit prompts KS governor to issue new order that no longer targets churches
http://www.adfmedia.org/
Date: Apr. 30, 2020
By: Alliance Defending Freedom
A provision of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s COVID-19 mass gathering ban unconstitutionally treated religious congregations different from many secular gatherings.*
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May 18, 2020
McPherson et al v. Lamont et al
Date: Apr. 20, 2020
(American Civil Liberties Union)
The American Civil Liberties Union summarized the key players and case against the Connecticut Department of Corrections regarding safety and hygiene protocols for those in prisons and jails. *
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May 18, 2020
ACLU Sues to Protect People Incarcerated in a Private Prison from COVID-19
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: May 8, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Arizona, and law firm Perkins Coie LLP filed a federal lawsuit today against the warden of a private prison run by CoreCivic, the United States Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Prisons. The suit demanded that the defendants ensure that the facility ...
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May 17, 2020
ACLU and Denver Civil Rights Attorneys File Class Action Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Weld County Sheriff
American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado
Date: April 8, 2020
By: ACLU of Colorado
A team of ACLU and civil rights attorneys filed a class action lawsuit last night in federal court, seeking an emergency order to compel Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams to comply with COVID-19 public health guidelines – including physical distancing – for all high-risk people being held in the ...
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May 17, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. Abbott
Campaign Legal Center
Date: May 11, 2020
By: Campaign Legal Center
CLC is challenging Texas’s strict limitations on who can vote absentee even during the pendency of the COVID-19 crisis, which force voters to choose between jeopardizing their health by voting in person or not voting at all.*
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May 16, 2020
Texas Democratic Party v. DeBeauvoir
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Apr. 17, 2020
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Texas, and Texas Civil Rights Project joined a lawsuit on April 1, 2020, seeking to declare that under Texas law all registered voters qualify to request a mail-in ballot as a result of the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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