University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

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


CASE ADDITIONS
September 18, 2018
Cockrum v. Donald J. Trump for President
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01370 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0008
On July 12, 2017, three individuals sued Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and a senior adviser to the Trump campaign team alleging damages stemming from having their private information stolen by Russians who hacked the Democratic National Committee’s electronic database during the 2016 Presidential election cycle. On September 26, 2017, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding additional factual allegations, and on October 25, 2017, the defendants filed motions to dismiss. These motions are still pending.
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0008)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
September 5, 2018
International Profit Associates to Pay $8 Million for Sexual Harassment of Eighty-Two Women
EEOC
Date: Mar. 28, 2011
By: EEOC
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/3-28-11a.cfm
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 30, 2018
HAMAMA V. ADDUCCI
Date: Aug. 30, 2018
By: ACLU
The ACLU sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement in June 2017 after ICE agents arrested more than 100 Iraqis — including many who’ve been in the U.S. for decades — in raids throughout metropolitan Detroit.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 30, 2018
CRIPA Investigation of Clyde L. Choate Developmental Center (2009)
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
ID-IL-0005
In 2007, the U.S. Department of Justice informed the Governor of Illinois that it was going to investigate the conditions of the Clyde L. Choate Development Center pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997. After two on-site reviews, the DOJ found that Choate provided inadequate services to its residents. In 2013, the DOJ closed their investigation of Choate after Illinois expanded its community-based services. There was no litigation or settlement between the parties.
View Case Detail (ID-IL-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 29, 2018
New York Immigration Coalition v. U.S. Department of Commerce
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-05025 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0033
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0033)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 29, 2018
DOJ CRIPA Investigation of the Northwest Habilitation Center, St. Louis, Missouri
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
ID-MO-0004
In 2007, the DOJ opened an investigation of the Northwest Habilitation Center in response to two residents' deaths at the facility that occurred as a result of staff neglect. After an on-site review, the DOJ issued a findings letter in 2008 concluding that staff failed to implement proper intervention strategies that would prevent resident abuse and self-harm. The report suggested the facility develop and implement new policies and skills training for staff. However, the facility closed in 2012 while under monitoring and residents were transferred to other facilities. The investigation subsequently closed that year.
View Case Detail (ID-MO-0004)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 20, 2018
Furlow v. Belmar
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Feb. 28, 2018
(Center for Constitutional Rights)
Case page on Furlow v. Belmar from the Center for Constitutional Rights.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 13, 2018
Datz v. Suffolk County (Defending First Amendment Right to Film Police Activity in Public in Suffolk County)
NYCLU Cases
Date: Jul. 1, 2014
(NYCLU)
New York Civil Liberties Union case page, including video the plaintiff took of the police activity*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 9, 2018
Gerber and Berlin v. Cooper - Freedom to Marry in North Carolina
ACLU Cases
Date: Jun. 2, 2014
(ACLU)
The ACLU's page for the case.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 8, 2018
Flint Water Crisis: Settlement to Launch Groundbreaking Program to Assess Impacts on Flint Children
ACLU of Michigan
Date: Apr. 9, 2018
By: ACLU of Michigan
Attorneys for Flint schoolchildren have reached a historic agreement with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Genesee Intermediate School District (GISD) and Flint Community Schools (FCS) to establish an unprecedented program to provide universal screening, and in-depth assessments when ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 8, 2018
Equal Rights Advocates v. United States Department of Education
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00535 (N.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0027
In January 2018, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Education, alleging that the 2017 Title IX guidance created educational access disparities on the basis of sex and hampered the plaintiffs’ ability to do their jobs. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 8, 2018
Northcutt v. South Carolina Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-03301-BHH-TER (D.S.C.)
PC-SC-0009
On December 7, 2017, eighteen death row prisoners in the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) alleged they have been kept in solitary confinement for between nine and twenty years. Plaintiffs sued SCDC, its Director, and Wardens of prisons within the SCDC under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments rights by being denied any meaningful opportunity to challenge their conditions of confinement. The prisoners alleged that they were placed in solitary confinement regardless of behavioral history or individual status. On December 22, 2017, the plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction, but on June 26, 2018, Magistrate Judge Rogers issued a Report and Recommendation that the plaintiffs request for a preliminary injunction be denied. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-SC-0009)


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


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 6, 2018
Ligon v. City of New York (Challenging the NYPD's Aggressive Patrolling of Private Apartment Buildings)
New York Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 1, 2017
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This class-action lawsuit challenges Operation Clean Halls, a part of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk program that allows police officers to patrol thousands of private apartment buildings across New York City.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2018
Alexander v. Yale
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: Civ. No. N-77-277 (D. Conn.)
ED-CT-0002
This case was the first sexual harassment case brought under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq., which bans sex discrimination in education by institutions that receive federal funding. It further established that sexual harassment of female students could be considered sex discrimination, and was thus illegal.
View Case Detail (ED-CT-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2018
United States v. Strickland
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 2:08-cv-00475-ALM-MRA (S.D. Ohio)
JI-OH-0006
The Attorney General filed suit against the state of Ohio, its governor, the director of youth services, and the superintendents of its juvenile correctional facilities pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 for an alleged pattern or practice of violating the rights of juvenile detainees under the 14th Amendment, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The United States alleged that Ohio failed to protect the youth at its facilities from harm and undue risk of harm, failed to meet their medical and mental health needs, and failed to provide adequate special education services. The suit was filed as a result of Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations into the conditions of confinement at the Scioto and Marion centers that began in 2005. The Marion facility closed soon after the first injunction in this case. Ohio achieved substantial compliance in 2015, and the consent decree was terminated on December 3, 2015.
View Case Detail (JI-OH-0006)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2018
Landmark Settlement in Challenge to NYPD Surveillance of New York Muslims: What You Need to Know
ACLU
Date: Jan. 7, 2016
By: Hina Shamsi (ACLU National Security Project)
Article by director of ACLU's National Security Project describing 2016 joint settlement in Handschu v. Special Services Division and Raza v. City of New York.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 4, 2018
Handschu v. Special Services Division (Challenging NYPD Surveillance Practices Targeting Political Groups)
NYCLU
Date: 2008
(ACLU)
Case overview of Handschu v. Special Services Division from New York Civil Liberties Union.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2018
Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.
Center for Constitutional Rights - Active Cases
Date: Jul. 20, 2018
(Center for Constitutional Rights)
The Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed the class action lawsuit in Floyd v. City of New York, has a summary and timeline of the case featured in its "Active Cases."*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2018
Case Study: Floyd v. City of New York
Catalysts for Collaboration
Date: Jan. 1, 2015
(Catalysts for Collaboration)
Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., was a landmark federal class action lawsuit that addressed the controversial stop-and-frisk policies of the New York Police Department. The case was the result of significant collaboration of multiple advocacy, legal, and community groups that challenged ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2018
States v. U.S. Department of Commerce
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-02921-JMF (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0032
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0032)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2018
Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice v. Ducey
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01422-SPL (D. Ariz.)
FA-AZ-0001
A group of criminal defense lawyers challenged the constitutionality of an Arizona law that bars counsel for criminal defendants from contacting crime victims or their relatives without having the prosecutor's office serve as an intermediary. They brought their lawsuit in May 2017 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. They alleged that the "victim's rights" law was unconstitutionally overbroad and constituted an impersmissible prior restraint of free speech in violation of the First Amendment. In March 2018, the court granted a motion to dismiss, but gave the plaintiffs leave to re-plead. The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint in May 2018. As of August 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (FA-AZ-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2018
Roberts v. Sinclair
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00837-RSM-BAT (W.D. Wash.)
PC-WA-0027
In June 2018, a group of Muslim prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex who were fasting during Ramadan filed this lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. They alleged that prison staff subjected them to a "starvation policy" by refusing to provide them with meals outside of the hours in which they were fasting, in violation of the First, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The same day they filed their complaint, the plaintiffs obtained a temporary restraining order ordering the prison to provide them with legally adequate meals meeting their religious needs through the end of Ramadan. The DOC denied all of the pertinent allegations in its answer filed in July 2018. The case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-WA-0027)


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


CASE ADDITIONS
July 30, 2018
Dowl v. Williams
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00119-HRH (D. Alaska)
PC-AK-0002
Two practicing Muslim prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska in May 2018. They alleged that the prison instituted a "Ramadan Policy" during the Ramadan seasons of 2017 and 2018 that provided them with meals that were less in number and nutritional content than that which was legally required, and in some cases included pork, which their faith forbids them from eating. Plaintiffs alleged that this "Ramadan Policy" violated their rights under the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause, the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause, the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. On May 23, 2018, they obtained a temporary restraining order compelling the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) to provide them with legally adequate meals that met their religious needs through the end of Ramadan that year. In June 2018, the court approved the parties joint discovery plan, which anticipates discovery being completed by May 30, 2019. As of July 31, 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-AK-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 26, 2018
Bandy v. Jury Commission of Lee County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: Civ Action No 720-E (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0012
A black criminal defendant brought this civil action in the Middle District of Alabama in 1966, alleging that the Lee County jury commission and district attorney systemically excluded members of his race from juries. He sought declaratory and injunctive relief, and a temporary restraining order was denied the day after he filed the complaint.
View Case Detail (CJ-AL-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
Afghan and Iraqi Allies v. Pompeo
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01388-TSC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0051
Iraqis and Afghans who worked for the U.S. government in their home countries who applied for special immigrant visas (SIVs) to the U.S. filed this lawsuit against the Departments of State and Homeland Security in 2018 when they experienced long delays in the processing of their applications. The plaintiffs alleged that both agencies were violating a 2013 congressional mandate that SIV applications must be processed fully within nine months. This class action follows earlier lawsuits filed in 2015 featuring individual plaintiffs who made substantially similar factual and legal allegations and won settlements from the government. As of July 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
S.A. v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-03539-LB (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0125
Applicants and beneficiaries of the Central American Minors (CAM) program filed this class action challenge in June 2018 to the Trump Administration's termination of the program in the U.S. District Court for the the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that the termination of the program and the revocation of parole for children who had already been approved violated the Administrative Procedure Act, DHS regulations, Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection, and the doctrine of equitable estoppel. In July, plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction to prevent the government from terminating the program and restore the conditional parole approvals that had been granted prior to the CAM program's termination. As of July 24, 2018, the government had yet to respond and the court had not set a date to hear oral arguments on the motion.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0125)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2018
Elhady v. Piehota
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00375-AJT-JFA (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0008
This case marks the first time the Trump Administration has invoked the state secrets privilege in a challenge to the Terrorism Screening Database (TSDB or “the watch list”). The plaintiffs, a group of Muslim-American U.S. citizens who believed that they were on the watchlist, filed their lawsuit in April 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. They said that the watchlist subjected them to invasive travel screening and reputational harm, and lacked a constitutionally adequate mechanism for having their names removed. The plaintiffs alleged that this violated their Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the nondelegation doctrine. In 2017, Judge Anthony J. Trenga dismissed the plaintiffs' substantive due process, equal protection, and non-delegation claims, while allowing their procedural due process and APA claims to proceed to discovery. In April 2018, the government formally invoked the state secrets privilege in response to a motion to compel filed by the plaintiffs the month prior, asserting that they were seeking documents that touched on information shared by foreign governments and other sensitive national security information. After oral arguments in May 2018, Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson ordered the government to produce the documents requested by the plaintiffs, redacted of any classified or privileged information, and also ordered the government to produce the same documents for the court's in camera ex parte inspection. The case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (NS-VA-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2018
DOJ Investigation of Missoula County Attorney’s Office
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 9:14−cv−00038−DLC (D. Mont.)
CJ-MT-0003
This DOJ pattern or practice investigation into the Missoula County Attorney's Office found that the MCAO failed to adequately investigate and prosecute alleged sexual assaults against women, due to gender discrimination in violation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968. The matter led to an out-of-court settlement on June 10, 2014, setting out substantial reforms for the County Attorney's Office, with an oversight role played chiefly by the Montana Attorney General's office.
View Case Detail (CJ-MT-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2018
United States of America v. Leflore County, Mississippi
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00059-DMB-JMV (N.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0011
On March 31, 2011, the DOJ issued an investigative findings letter concluding that conditions at the Leflore County Juvenile Detention Center violated the constitutional and federal statutory rights of the youth confined there. The United States concluded that youth confined to LCJDC are: (1) exposed to excessive physical restraint and isolation as a means of discipline; (2) given inadequate educational opportunities; and (3) exposed to great risk of harm from inadequate mental health care, including inadequate screening, monitoring and treatment of youth who are suicidal. On May 12, 2015, the DOJ filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi. On June 18, 2015, the court entered a settlement agreement and as of July 23, 2015, the case is ongoing for compliance purposes.
View Case Detail (JI-MS-0011)


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


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


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0004
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, as well as various political writers and professors, in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued President Donald Trump and other agents of the executive branch through a bivens claim, alleging unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment right to free speech after the named individual plaintiffs were blocked from the Twitter account @realDonaldTrump for being critical of President Trump and/or his policies. On May 23, 2018, the court granted in part the plaintiffs motion for summary judgment and the defendants appealed this decision to the Second Circuit. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PR-NY-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
North Carolina Environmental Justice Network v. Taylor
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 4:12-cv-154 (E.D.N.C.)
EJ-NC-0001
This 2012 lawsuit was brought by the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN), the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation, Inc., and the Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The plaintiffs sued the Taylor Finishing Company under the CWA and the RCRA, alleging that the company had caused the release of hazardous pollutants into the Neuse River Basin. In June 2018, the parties entered into a private consent decree and the court approved it in August.
View Case Detail (EJ-NC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
City of Evanston v. Texaco
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 13-cv-2106 (N.D. Ill.)
EJ-IL-0001
This 2013 lawsuit was brought by the City of Evanston, IL in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The City sued Chevron U.S.A. Inc., E-Town Community Ventures, LLC, Texaco, Inc., the Chevron Corporation, and the Chevron Environmental Management Company under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and local ordinances, alleging that the defendants have caused the release of hazardous substances at a vacant commercial property in the city. In 2015, the parties reached a private settlement agreement. The case is ongoing for settlement purposes.
View Case Detail (EJ-IL-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2018
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. Dakota Access
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 16-1534 (D.D.C.)
EJ-DC-0001
This 2016 lawsuit was brought by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, alleging that they had violated the NHPA, the CWA, and NEPA by authorizing the construction of a pipeline over reservation land. The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe intervened in support of the plaintiff and Dakota Access, LLC intervened as a defendant. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (EJ-DC-0001)


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


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


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
A.W. v. South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01346 (D.S.C.)
PB-SC-0006
On May 24, 2017, six individuals, persons with mental disabilities and patients of South Carolina’s G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital (Bryan Hospital), and Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities Inc, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. This lawsuit was brought against the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the South Carolina Mental Health Commission, Bryan Hospital was operated by these entities. The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs claiming violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had a practice of arbitrarily preventing patients the opportunity to discharge from Bryan Hospital, isolation these patients from the community, and charging them for their confinement. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-SC-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01354-CKK (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0007
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. LCCRUL sued President Trump and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity under FACA, the Mandamus and Venue Act, and the APA. LCCRUL alleged that the Committee was in violation of FACA, which imposed strict transparency requirements when any part of the executive branch seeks the advice or recommendation of a group that includes non-federal officials. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2018
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05427 (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0003
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund against President Donald J. Trump and the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity under the Federal Advisory Commission Act (FACA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The NAACP claimed that this Commission was created to manufacture evidence supporting President Trump’s false claim of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 Presidential Election. On February 28, 2018, the NAACP voluntarily dismissed the case. The case is presumed closed.
View Case Detail (PR-NY-0003)


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


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 18, 2018
The Oyez Project: Wards Cove Packing v. Atonio, 490 US 642 (1989)
www.oyez.org
Date: Jun. 5, 1989
By: Oyez Project (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
Information about the Supreme Court litigation in this case, including audio recordings of the oral argument and reargument, and the written opinion.*
View Link Detail  


CASE ADDITIONS
July 18, 2018
Jones v. Gusman
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00859 (E.D. La.)
JC-LA-0028
In 2012, a class of men, women and children imprisoned at Orleans Parish Prison (OPP) brought forth a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Orleans Parish Sheriff. over the objection of the city of New Orleans, which will have to fund the reforms, the matter settled. The resulting court-enforceable decree includes new policies regarding protection from harm; mental health care; medical care; sanitation and environmental conditions; fire and life safety; language assistance; and youthful prisoners, and an independent monitor, to assist/ensure that reforms are carried out. The case is ongoing for monitoring and compliance purposes.
View Case Detail (JC-LA-0028)


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


CASE ADDITIONS
July 18, 2018
Barry v. Corrigan
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 13-cv-13185 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0006
On July 24, 2013, a group of individuals who had been denied Food Assistance without proper notification due to a "criminal justice disqualification," filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Michigan Department of Human Services (MDHS). On January 9, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy granted class certification and summary judgment for the plaintiffs. Plaintiffs continue to work with MDHS to implement all ordered changes to their administration of FAP benefits.
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2018
People First of Tenn. v. Clover Bottom Devel. Center
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 3:95-cv-01227 (M.D. Tenn.)
ID-TN-0002
On December 22, 1995, People First of Tennessee filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the State of Tennessee on behalf of residents of the Clover Bottom Developmental Center, Greene Valley Developmental Center, and Winston Developmental Center. The parties settled, and the case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 17, 2018
Doe v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:18-cv-02349-BLF (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0123
A group of Iranian refugees and their U.S. sponsors filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied their refugee resettlement applications en masse in February 2018. The plaintiffs applied for refugee resettlement through the Vienna, Austria-based Lautenberg-Specter program for Iranian religious minorities, but received mass denials with the sole explanation that they were denied "as a matter of discretion." The plaintiffs alleged that this violated the Lautenberg Amendment, which mandates that the denial state "to the maximum extent feasible, the reason for the denial," as well as Fifth Amendment due process and DHS's own regulations. On July 2018, the court declared the denial notices unlawful, and ordered DHS to re-issue new notices. As of July 20, 2018, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0123)


CASE STUDIES
July 16, 2018
"2018 FAIR HOUSING TRENDS REPORT"
http://nationalfairhousing.org
Date: January 2018
By: Shanti Abedin, Cathy Cloud, Alia Fierro, Debby Goldberg, Jorge Andres Soto, and Morgan Williams (National Fair Housing Alliance)
Imagine the house you grew up in, the local pool you swam in, shopping in a grocery store full of fresh fruits and vegetables, the great school you attended with your friends, and the doctor nearby who took care of you when you were sick. That’s how all of us would like to remember our childhoods ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 16, 2018
2018 FAIR HOUSING TRENDS REPORT
http://nationalfairhousing.org
Date: January 2018
By: Shanti Abedin, Cathy Cloud, Alia Fierro, Debby Goldberg, Jorge Andres Soto, and Morgan Williams (National Fair Housing Alliance)
Imagine the house you grew up in, the local pool you swam in, shopping in a grocery store full of fresh fruits and vegetables, the great school you attended with your friends, and the doctor nearby who took care of you when you were sick. That’s how all of us would like to remember our childhoods ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 16, 2018
SINGLETON ET. AL. V. CANNIZZARO ET. AL
http://www.civilrightscorps.org
Date: March 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
http://www.civilrightscorps.org/prosecutor-project/
The Prosecutor Project's initiating piece of litigation, this lawsuit seeks to end the unconstitutional deception and jailing of crime victims and witnesses by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. The lawsuit details District Attorney Cannizzaro’s illegal scheme of fabricating ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2018
National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
FH-DC-0018
On May 8, 2018, several Texas organizations filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. They alleged that HUD suspended a provision of the Fair Housing Act that would require cities to report incidents of housing discrimination and that that this suspension violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The latest activity on the docket as of July 17, 2018, was a minute order that set a hearing for motions on August 9, 2018. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2018
Speech First v. Schlissel
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-11451 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0019
In May 2018, Speech First, a nationwide membership organization of students, alumni, and others concerned with preserving the protections of the First Amendment, filed this lawsuit, on behalf of members attending the University of Michigan, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiff sued the University of Michigan under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees, claiming violations of the First Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause. The plaintiff alleged that the University of Michigan’s policies and enforcement of those policies chilled the speech and expression of student claimants. In June 2018, the plaintiff’s sought a preliminary injunction against the University. The court will hold a hearing for preliminary injunction request on July 31, 2018. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2018
Torres v. Goddard
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-02482-SMM (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0007
In October 2006, three individuals who sent money through a wire transfer and had that money seized filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Arizona Attorney General under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging hat the seizures violated their rights secured by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. The plaintiffs were ultimately unable to recover because the defendants had qualified immunity.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
DOJ Investigation of the St. Louis County Family Court
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
CJ-MO-0019
On July 31, 2015, the DOJ released a findings letter which concluded that the St. Louis County Family Court violated the Fourteenth Amendment by failing to ensure that juveniles facing delinquency charges received adequate due process protections and failing to provide African-American youth in the juvenile justice system with equal protection under the law. On December 14, 2016, the DOJ reached an agreement to resolve allegations of violations of due process and equal protection rights by the court. The agreement required the court to address racial disparities among youth during the juvenile justice process.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
Davis v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:10-cv-00699-SAS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2018
U.S. v. City of Columbus, Ohio
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-01097 (S.D. Ohio)
PN-OH-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 11, 2018
RECENT RETALIATION CASES IN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW
American Bar Association
Date: October 2009
By: William R. Tamayo (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
In Fiscal Year 2008, 95,402 charges were filed with the EEOC, reflecting a significant jump form the numbers of charges filed in FY 2007 (82,792) and in FY 2006 (75,768). The retaliation charges increases significantly from 22,555 in FY 2006 to 26,663 in FY 2007 to 32,690 in FY 2008. For a more ...
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CASE STUDIES
July 11, 2018
"RECENT RETALIATION CASES IN FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION LAW "
American Bar Association
Date: October 2009
By: William R. Tamayo (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission)
In Fiscal Year 2008, 95,402 charges were filed with the EEOC, reflecting a significant jump form the numbers of charges filed in FY 2007 (82,792) and in FY 2006 (75,768). The retaliation charges increases significantly from 22,555 in FY 2006 to 26,663 in FY 2007 to 32,690 in FY 2008. For a more ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
U.S. v. City of Albuquerque
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:14-CV-1025-RB-SMV (D.N.M.)
PN-NM-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Hassan v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-03401-WJM-MF (D.N.J.)
PN-NJ-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Anderson v. Lake
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-01236-HE (W.D. Okla.)
PB-OK-0004
In 2017, six individuals, persons with physical and/or intellectual impairments that relied on ADvantage waivers and/or In-Home Supports waivers to receive health services at their homes, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs sued Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) and Oklahoma State Department of Human Services (DHS) under 28 U.S.C. § 1331. The plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, sought injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming violations of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the 504 Rehabilitation Act. In 2018, the court dismissed the plaintiffs' claims for mootness because the controversy had been resolved.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2018
Stinson v. City of New York
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 10-cv-04228 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Wieland v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-01577 (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0007
Private citizens sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring employers to provide contraception coverage on that basis that paying for this insurance plan violated their Catholic religious beliefs. On October 16, 2013, the Eastern District of Missouri (Judge Jean C. Hamilton) dismissed the claim for want of standing, but on July 20, 2015, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and remanded for merits decision. Judge Hamilton dismissed all but one of the plaintiff's claims but granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff on that claim, enjoining the defendants from requiring the plaintiffs to pay for contraception through their insurance. The government appealed this determination, but following President Trump's May 4, 2017 executive order directing a change in regulations to allow for conscience-based exceptions to the contraceptive-care mandate, the parties agreed to have the case dismissed. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Copeland v. Jones
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00452 (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0024
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Dowdy-El v. Caruso
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 06-cv-11765 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0031
A group of Muslim and Christian prisoners in various Michigan correctional facilities filed a class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections ("MDOC"). The prisoners claimed that the MDOC violated § 3 of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 ("RLUIPA"); and both the Fourteenth and First Amendments. The prisoners sought the access to religious services and religiously-required diets. On May 24, 2013, Judge Cohn dismissed several claims, but the Free Exercise claims relating to a halal diet were allowed to proceed as were the RLUIPA claims relating to both prayer services and dietary accommodations. Following the MDOC's adoption of new policies, the parties settled the remaining issues before the Court. On November 20, 2013, Judge Cohn approved the settlement agreement and monitoring is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Duran v. Martinez
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:77-cv-00721 (D.N.M.)
PC-NM-0001
In 1977, inmates of the Penitentiary of New Mexico, represented by the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a Section 1983 class action suit in the District of New Mexico against the governor of New Mexico and officials of the New Mexico Department of Corrections. The plaintiffs alleged overcrowding and living standards that fell beneath human decency. The parties settled, but significant litigation has followed. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2018
Barham v. Ramsey
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:02-cv-02283-EGS-JMF (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0005
This case was one of several against the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department relating to its Civil Disturbance Unit's practice of disrupting mass demonstrations. The plaintiffs were a class of individuals-numbering about 400-who were arrested in September 2002 at a mass political demonstration in Washington, D.C.; there were various federal defendants, as well. The plaintiffs claimed they were falsely arrested and imprisoned without probable cause, in deprivation of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. While the case was pending, the Council of the District of Columbia enacted the "First Amendment Rights and Police Standards Act of 2004," which was specifically crafted to provide the relief plaintiffs sought, thus eliminating their need for equitable relief from the Court. The claims against the municipal defendants ended in settlement totaling about $8.25 million, with the District additionally agreeing to allocate funds to implement a document management system to prevent the loss or destruction of evidence relating to mass demonstrations and protests. The settlement agreement terminated in July 2018. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. Honda of America
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-00233-MHW-TPK (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0034
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. Grace Church
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-CV-5302 (E.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0063
In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed this lawsuit against Grace Episcopal Church of Whitestone, Inc (Grace Church). and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island (Diocese) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleging discrimination on the basis of sex, female, and retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complainant intervened in this lawsuit. In 2013, the court approved the parties' consent decree. This decree concerned monetary and injunctive relief. For the monetary relief, the Grace Church agreed to pay $192,000.00 to the charging party and claimant. For injunctive relief, the defendants agreed to refrain from retaliation and sex discrimination. The case is presumably closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Nichols Gas and Oil
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 6:05-cv-06482-CJS-MWP (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0117
In 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit against Nichols Gas and Oil, Inc. (Nicholas) and Townsend Oil Corporation (Townsend) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York. The complaint alleged discrimination based on sex, female, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case ended in and court approved consent decree granting monetary and injunctive relief.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2018
EEOC v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:11-CV-3425 (S.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0455
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Bass Pro Outdoor World, LLC, for alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that since November of 2005 Bass Pro engaged in a nationwide pattern or practice of denying employment to qualified black and Hispanic applicants and that it retaliated against employees who opposed actions they perceived as unlawful. The case settled in July 2017. Bass Pro paid a total of $10.5 million in damages to be distributed among qualified Black and Hispanic applicants who were denied employment between February 2007 and April 2010. Bass Pro was also required to reform many of its hiring and conduct policies. The retains jurisdiction over this case until January 2021.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Qwest Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 6:05-cv-01521-HO (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0012
In 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Qwest Communications in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The complaint alleged discriminatory discipline and termination of two employees based on national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and discriminatory discipline and termination of one employee based on association with the other two employees in violation of Title VII. In addition, three individuals intervened as plaintiffs. In 2009, the court approved the parties' consent decree. This decree required the defendant to provide anti-discrimination training, post a notice of the lawsuit's resolution, and to report to the EEOC. This case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. Jefferson Dental Clinics, P.A.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:04-cv-01892 (N.D. Tex.)
EE-TX-0183
In August 2004, the Dallas District Office of the EEOC sued Dental Clinics, P.A. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The EEOC brought the case after four female complainants alleged sexual harassment and constructive discharge. The case ended in a settlement in 2008, which lasted one year.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. Video Only
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-01362-KI (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2018
EEOC v. Hannabery HVAC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-4331 TMG (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0085
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Cunningham v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-01570 (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0019
On June 18, 2012, prisoners at ADX-Florence, a "Supermax" facility, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and certain BOP officials who are responsible for the operation of ADX. Plaintiffs claim that the defendants violated BOP policy and the Eighth Amendment by failing to properly diagnose and treat prisoners at ADX with serious mental illness. They sought injunctive relief requiring reform of the mental health care system at ADX, among other relief. On December 19, 2016, Judge Richard P. Matsch approved a settlement agreement, which contains negotiated substantive provisions regarding screening and diagnosis of mental illness, provision of mental health care, suicide prevention, and conditions of confinement to reduce the risk of the development or exacerbation of mental illness. On January 17, 2017, Judge Matsch issued a stipulated order certifying the settlement class and subclass and dismissing the action with prejudice, subject to the court’s retention of jurisdiction for enforcement. One objector appealed this settlement approval decision, but the Tenth Circuit affirmed the district court's approval on September 21, 2017. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
EEOC v. Tri-State Plumbing, Heating & Air conditioning Contractors
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-02717 (W.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0123
In September 2005, the EEOC brought this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. The complaint alleged race and sex discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and violations of equal protection rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. Eight complainants intervened in the EEOC's suit in January 2006. The case settled as to most of the plaintiffs in November 2005, with the defendants agreeing to enter a consent decree providing for anti-discrimination policies and damages payments to seven of the employees. The one remaining plaintiff's case was dismissed for failure to prosecute in 2011.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Mitchell v. Cate
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:08-cv-01196-RAJ (E.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0056
In 2008, a California inmate filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, alleging that the CDCR acted unconstitutionally by segregating the prisoners by race and locking down an entire race of prisoners due to the actions of certain prisoners of that race. The case survived the defendants' motion to dismiss and class certification was granted. In October 2014, the parties entered into a stipulated settlement agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the CDCR agreed to a number of terms, including to cease implementation of race-based modified programs or lockdowns; to provide outdoor activity to prisoners in a modified program or lockdown for longer than fourteen days; to revise its policies concerning modified programs and lockdowns, and to train its staff on modified programs and lockdowns. The defendants also agreed to pay attorneys fees and costs. The court retained jurisdiction for 18 months to enforce compliance with the agreement, and on December 20, 2016, the parties filed notice that the court’s jurisdiction to enforce the settlement agreement had terminated and that the case was dismissed with prejudice in its entirety. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Disability Rights Florida v. Crews
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-23323 (S.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0021)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
EEOC v. Republic SVCS of Southern Nevada
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: CV-S-04-1352-HDM-LRL (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0031
In 2004, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Republic Services, Inc. and Republic Silver State Disposal, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The complaint alleged that the defendants discharged and/or did not allow employees over 40 to transfer because of their age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The court consolidated this case with a private party suit, 2:04-cv-01479 (D.C. Nev. October 27, 2004) in October 2006. And then in 2010, the court approved the parties’ consent decree. The decree pertained to monetary and injunctive relief. The defendant agreed to pay $2,975,000, and to have an Equal Employment Opportunity compliance officer to monitor the defendants’ procedures and practices to ensure that the defendant did not engage in age discrimination and/or retaliation. In addition, the decree required the defendants to provide anti-discrimination training for their employees and to post notices that detailed the terms of this decree to be visible to their employees. The decree had a duration of three years. The case is presumably closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2018
Davis v. Abercrombie
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 11-cv-00144-LEK-BMK (D. Haw.)
PC-HI-0005
Hawaiian residents of Native Hawaiian ancestry held in for-profit prisons in Arizona filed this class action lawsuit against the State of Hawaii and CoreCivic. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant prisons prohibited them from exercising their constitutional and statutory rights to practice their religion. The case involved extensive litigation, with class and sub-class certification granted. However, the case resolved via a settlement that the court held as valid under principles of contract law.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 3, 2018
The Consequences of Brown v. Plata Are Nothing to Dismiss: The California Prison Case Continues
https://abovethelaw.com
Date: October 2017
By: Tamara Tabo (Above the Law)
https://abovethelaw.com/2013/10/the-consequences-of-brown-v-plata-are-nothing-to-dismiss-the-california-prison-case-continues/
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July 3, 2018
Prison Overcrowding and Brown v. Plata
https://newrepublic.com
Date: June 2011
By: Marie Gottschalk (The New Republic)
https://newrepublic.com/article/89575/prison-overcrowding-brown-plata-supreme-court-california
Today the United States is the world’s warden, incarcerating more people than any other country. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, it has 25 percent of its prisoners. Since the 1970s, the United States has built the largest penal system in the world to accommodate a sixfold ...
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July 3, 2018
BROWN V. PLATA ACLU
https://www.aclu.org
Date: May 2011
By: ACLU
https://www.aclu.org/cases/brown-v-plata
Whether a federal court appropriately exercised its authority by ordering the State of California to reduce the size of its prison population, which was more than double the system’s intended capacity, after dozens of remedial orders had failed for more than a decade to ensure that California ...
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July 3, 2018
DAMUS V. NIELSEN
https://www.aclu.org
Date: March 2018
By: ACLU
https://www.aclu.org/cases/damus-v-nielsen
The American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, Human Rights First, and Covington & Burling LLP filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s arbitrary detention of asylum seekers fleeing persecution, torture, or death in their countries of origin.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Plata v. Brown
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:01-cv-01351-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0018
In 2001, ten male California inmates filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, against officials of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), alleging that the CDCR's medical services were inadequate, and violated the Eighth Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and section 504 of Rehabilitation Act. The court ordered injunctive relief and as of April 5, 2017, the defendants are still working to remedy deficiencies in the provision of medical care to prisoners.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Rafferty v. Doar
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01410 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0031
A class of plaintiffs, New York City residents who were substantially limited in sight and Food Stamps and/or Medicaid eligible sued New York City offices involved with the Food Stamps and/or Medicaid application or information dissemination processes for not providing accessible materials for those applicants substantially limited in sight. A settlement was reached and approved by the court on October 23, 2015. The settlement included a number of date-specific deadlines. It also explained that the district court would retain jurisdiction until a year after that last specified deadline, unless the period was extended by the court. The implementation period is thus ongoing--it is set to end December 2018 or later. The case is ongoing as of July 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
Damus v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00578-JEB (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0045
This class action suit, filed on March 15, 2018, sought to enjoin the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from exercising its policy and practice of detaining asylum seekers in order to deter other potential migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, were asylum seekers who had been imprisoned without individualized determinations that they posed a flight risk or danger to the community. They asserted violations of the Immigration and Naturalization Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Fifth Amendment Due Process. The plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
EEOC v. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:05-cv-00691-DPJ-JCS (S.D. Miss.)
EE-MS-0025
In 2005, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed this lawsuit against Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The complaint alleged discrimination based on race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The case ended in a consent decree and is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2018
EEOC v. Sara Lee Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:06-cv-04176-LLP (D.S.D.)
EE-SD-0009
In September 2006, the EEOC filed a complaint against Sara Lee Corporation, alleging racial discrimination. The case ended in a settlement granting injunctive and monetary relief to the claimants.
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CASE STUDIES
July 2, 2018
"Prison Reforms Can Have Positive Impact on Kids, Expert Says"
The Council of State Governments Justice Center website
Date: October 2016
By: Emily Nohr (The Council of State Governments Justice Center)
Lawmakers can protect the children of nonviolent inmates by expanding existing prison reforms and working with judges who sentence parents, a leading expert in sentencing said Tuesday.

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

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

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

So why has Nebraska’s inmate population climbed 17 percent? Why are the state’s prisons at 157 percent of capacity? And what might explain the growth spike over the past two years? ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 2, 2018
BURKS, ET AL. V. SCOTT COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
aclu.org
Date: Jun. 27, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
After learning that the Scott County Detention Center in Mississippi has held people for as long as a year without indicting them or appointing counsel, the American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Mississippi, and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center filed a class action suit ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Mohamed v. Holder
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:11-cv-00050-AJT-TRJ (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0004
The plaintiff, a citizen and resident of the U.S. who was denied boarding a flight from Kuwait to the U.S., filed a lawsuit against the federal government, alleging that his inclusion on the No Fly List constitutes various constitutional violations and unlawful agency action. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia initially concluded that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over the matter, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed and remanded. On remand, the federal government moved to dismiss the plaintiff's claims on various grounds, which the District Court largely rejected. On June 20, 2017, the court entered judgment in favor of the United States and against the plaintiff. The case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Burks v. Scott County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-00745-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
CJ-MS-0003
Two Scott County, Mississippi residents who had been arrested and detained filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued Scott County, an Eighth Circuit Judge, and Scott County Justice Court judges. The plaintiffs alleged that they were indefinitely detained without individualized bail hearings in Scott County and were indefinitely denied counsel throughout the Eighth Circuit Court District, which violated their Sixth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The parties settled the case in July 2017, requiring the county to provide arrestees with applications for legal representation before their first court appearance.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
ACLU v. US Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:09-cv-00642-RSL (W.D. Wash.)
NS-WA-0002
On May 8, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") of Washington filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the Western District of Washington. The ACLU sued the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"). The ACLU asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to compel the DOJ to disclose and release records it was improperly withholding from the ACLU regarding the National Crime Information Center Violent Gang and Terrorist Organization File ("CVGTOF"), which contains entries on suspected terrorist organizations and individuals. Though the DOJ moved to dismiss the case, on March 10, 2011, U.S. District Court Judge Robert S. Lasnik only granted the motion to dismiss in part, and ordered the DOJ to edit any inappropriate redactions and provide the Court with more facts that would justify a claimed exemption. After some back and forth regarding the confidentiality of the requested documents, the DOJ was required to release certain documents and on March 7, 2013 the parties came to an agreement whereby the United States was to pay the ACLU $50,000 within 60 days via wire transfer, as full settlement for attorneys' fees and costs incurred by the ACLU in this lawsuit. This case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2018
Stanley v. BarBri
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-01113 (N.D. Tex.)
DR-TX-0003
In 2016, three individuals who were blind recent law school graduates enrolled in the BarBri bar preparation course, filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Plaintiffs alleged that BarBri’s website, that offers ample bar preparation resources, was not accessible to blind students that rely on screen readers to access the internet. Furthermore, the plaintiffs alleged that BarBi failed to provide reasonable accommodations, when the students requested for accommodations in advance. In late 2017, the parties reached a confidential settlement agreement, and then in early 2018, the court approved the parties consent decree. This decree granted the court jurisdiction over the matter for three years. In this consent decree, the defendant agreed to make their website accessible to students that rely on screen readers and other similar technology to access information on the internet. Moreover, the defendant was required to provide anti-discrimination training to its employees, audit their website to ensure its accessibility to blind students, and refrain from discriminatory conduct. This case is ongoing. The court still retains jurisdiction to ensure compliance with the consent decree.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
U.S. v. Robertson County (TN)
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-00392 (M.D. Tenn.)
JC-TN-0007
After Robertson County failed to adequately respond to a 2011 DOJ letter that found its jail was in violation of the Constitution, on April 26, 2013, the Attorney General filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiff sued Robertson County under Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §1997. The plaintiff alleged that the RCDF violated prisoners’ Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by exhibiting deliberate indifference to inmates’ health and safety by not implementing adequate suicide prevention tactics and lacking an overall strategy to assist inmates with mental health illnesses. On April 30, 2013, the parties settled. On March 30, 2018, the court dismissed the case and terminated the settlement agreement. The case is presumably closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
U.S. v. State of Georgia
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:09-CV-0119 (N.D. Ga.)
MH-GA-0002
Plaintiff, the U.S. Department of Justice, brought filed this lawsuit against the State of Georgia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on January 15, 2009, following an investigation into conditions and services provided at Georgia Regional Hospital of Atlanta. The U.S. alleged that the Hospital was providing grossly inadequate services to individuals housed there who had developmental and mental disabilities and that, consequently, individuals in the Hospital faced serious risk of harm. Along with the Complaint, the parties filed a proposed Settlement Agreement aimed at improving these conditions over a period of five years. After a series of setbacks, the Agreement was adopted as a final order of the court on September 23, 2010. The case was dismissed in February of 2014 after the parties notified the court that Georgia had achieved substantial compliance with the terms of the Agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
Wallace v. Powell/H.T. v. Ciavarella
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:09-cv-00286 (M.D. Pa.)
JI-PA-0007
In February 2009, children and parents who experienced adjudication under judges were accepted payments from private child care facilities and construction companies to place the children into those private facilities brought this class action under RICO and § 1983. The case was consolidated with two other class actions and several other civil actions. The parties settled with various defendants over the following six years. The case remains open.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
Raza v. City of New York
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-03448 (E.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2018
United States v. Mohamud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:10-CR-00475-KI-1 (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
United States v. Santa Fe County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:08-cv-00212 (D.N.M.)
JC-NM-0005
In March of 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, acting pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act ("CRIPA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1997 et seq., commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The DOJ concluded that the conditions and practices at the Detention Center violated the constitutional rights of convicted inmates and pre-trial detainees. On November 11, 2004, the DOJ and Sante Fe County entered into a Memorandum of Agreement, which detailed the agreed reforms and set forth timetables for completion. By its terms, the Agreement was to last for a period of three years, and remedy unconstitutional practices relating to: (1) medical and mental health care; (2) suicide prevention; (3) protection of inmates from harm; (4) fire safety; (5) sanitation; and (6) inmate grievance procedures (including court access). On November 1, 2009, after a two year extension to compel Santa Fe County to meet the benchmarks in the agreement, the DOJ allowed the terms of the agreement to expire. The DOJ is no longer monitoring the county.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
EEOC v. CONSOLIDATED RESORTS, INC.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-01104-LDG-GWF (D. Nev.)
EE-NV-0009
In 2006, the EEOC sued Consolidated Reports in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada alleging violations of Title VII's prohibition on sex discrimination. The complaint alleged and employee of the defendant sexually harassed the charging party and created a hostile work environment. In 2008, the case settled when the parties agreed to a 1 year consent decree requiring the defendant to pay $55,000 to the charging party, to adopt anti-discrimination policies, provide training to employees, and comply with other requirements.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
Keyes v. School District No. 1
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:69-cv-01499-RPM (D. Colo.)
SD-CO-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 28, 2018
Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0121
This 2018 class action lawsuit was brought by a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. The plaintiff alleged that the DHS, ICE, and several other government agencies had violated the Asylum Act, the APA, and the Fifth Amendment by separating the plaintiff and her daughter under the Trump Administration's policy of family separation. The court has granted class certification and a preliminary injunction. The case is ongoing.
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June 26, 2018
State of Hawaii v. Trump_Full Summary
Date: Jun. 26, 2018
(Civil Rights Clearinghouse Law Student)
Full summary of State of Hawaii v. Trump *
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 26, 2018
Driver v. Marion County Sheriff
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-2076 (S.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0024
In 2014, individuals who were incarcerated in the Marion County correctional system filed this class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs sued the Marion County sheriff under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs sought monetary relief pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Marion County Sheriffs Office. The plaintiffs claimed that they were incarcerated for longer than legally authorized as a result of unreasonable processing and release procedures. The case is ongoing.
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June 25, 2018
Judge Sets Guidelines for Lincoln Hills
https://urbanmilwaukee.com
Date: July 2017
By: Gretchen Schuldt, (Wisconsin Justice Initiative)
https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2017/07/05/court-watch-judge-sets-guidelines-for-lincoln-hills/
The state’s Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile prisons must reduce the maximum amount of time incarcerated youths are held in solitary confinement, a federal judge told lawyers involved in a lawsuit over abusive conditions at the institutions. Other guidelines call for a reduction in the use ...
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June 25, 2018
Settlement Agreement
Prison Legal News
Date: Jul. 24, 2017
By: Prison Legal News
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Smentek v. Sheriff of Cook County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:09-cv-00529 (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0047
On January 27, 2009, current and former inmates at the Cook County Jail filed a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Cook County and Cook County, IL in the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs asked the court for damages and injunctive relief. In May 2018, the parties reached a settlement whereby the defendant County would establish a settlement fund in the amount of $5,563,000. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Human Rights Defense Center v. Management & Training Corporation
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-1082 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0032
In May 2017, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. HRDC alleged that the Management and Training Corporation (MTC) censored HRDC’s prisoners' rights publications in violation of HRDC’s free speech rights and HRDC’s rights to due process and equal protection. The case was resolved through a nationwide settlement requiring MTC to eliminate its pre-approval policy. The case was dismissed in August 2017 and the settlement remains in effect.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
United States v. Lake County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-00476 (N.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0023
The plaintiff, the United States of America, filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for Northern Indiana under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C § 1997, on December 3, 2010. It alleged violations of constitutional rights of inmates at the Lake County Jail through acts and omission of Lake County, Indiana. The parties entered into a settlement agreement, approved by the Court, under which the Lake County is to provide bi-annual compliance reports with the obligations under the settlement agreement. The Court retained jurisdiction over the matter to ensure timely and proper implementation of the settlement agreement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
Abadia-Peixoto v. DHS
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-4001 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0070
In 2011, civil immigration detainees filed this lawsuit against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Executive Office of Immigration Review for violating the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment by shackling adult detainees. The case settled on March 6, 2014, with defendants agreeing to only restrain violent or combative detainees, with the detainees retaining the right to appeal their restraint. The defendanst also paid $350,000 in attorneys' fees. This case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
State of Washington v. Trump
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01510-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
FA-WA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 25, 2018
J.J. v. Litscher
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
JI-WI-0004
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by four minor children under the custody of the Copper Lake School for Girls and the Lincoln Hills School for Boys in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants had violated their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights by wrongfully and unlawfully imposing solitary confinement, mechanical constraints, chemical agents such as pepper spray, and strip searches on the minor prisoners. In September 2017, the parties reached a settlement to change the policies and practices regarding the above punishments. The case is ongoing.
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June 22, 2018
CAIR-Chicago, Hughes Socol Law Firm Sue USCIS, DHS Over Secret Citizenship Vetting Program
CAIR-Chicago Press Center
Date: May 1, 2018
By: CAIR-Chicago
(CHICAGO, IL, 5/1/2018) – The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), in conjunction with the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick and Dym, Ltd. (HSPRD), today announced the filing of a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Parenti v. County of Monterey
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:14-cv-05481-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0118
In 2014, the estate of an inmate who died in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued Monterey County and other defendants under 42 U.S.C. §1983. The plaintiffs claimed a failure to provide medical care in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and a deprivation of substantive due process in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. As of June 2018, the plaintiff's state law claims survived a motion to dismiss. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-03097 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0021
In May 2018, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Chicago (CAIR-Chicago) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services for failing to process its FOIA request for immigration records since the 2008 institution of the Controlled Application Review & Resolution Program, alleging that this conduct was a wrongful delay of release of records in violation of FOIA. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Topete v. County of San Bernardino
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-00355 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0125
On February 29th, 2016, a convicted prisoner filed a class action against the San Bernardino County under §1983, the ADA, and the Rehabilitation Act in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that the county violated the inmates Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. In March 2018, the parties reached a settlement and proposed a consent decree. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Jewett v. California Forensic Medical Group
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00882-MCE-AC (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126
This case was filed in 2013 by an inmate at Shasta County Jail claiming that the prison had infringed on his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation act as a prisoner with a mobility disability. The parties reached a settlement agreement in January 2018 that required the defendant Jail to reform jail conditions and policies as to improve prisoners' daily lives and their access to grievance forms. The court has preliminarily approved the settlement agreement. The case was ongoing on June 22, 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
EEOC v. Autozone Stores
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-00862-TJC-MCR (M.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0009
In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the complainant, who intervened to become a plaintiff, brought this suit against Autozone, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The complaint alleged sex discrimination in violation of Title VII. The case ended in a consent decree.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2018
Smith v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00161-ABJ (D.D.C.)
CJ-DC-0003
In November 2014, a man who had been left in jail for twenty-three days after his court-ordered release date filed this lawsuit in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff alleged that his overdetention was illegal false imprisonment, constituted negligence on the part of the defendants, and violated his due process rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. In March 2018, the court granted summary judgment to some but not all of the plaintiff's claims. The case is ongoing.
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