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 STUDIES
August 10, 2019
"Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: Law & Practice"
Date: May 2019
By: Alba Conte
View Case Study Detail  


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 3, 2019
The Last Chapter in the Crowley Prison Riot Litigation
https://www.triallawyerscollege.org/blog/the-last-chapter-in-the-crowley-prison-riot-litigation-by-bill-trine/
Date: July 2013
By: Bill Trine (Trial Lawyers College Blog)
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2019
U.S. CRIPA Investigation of Western State Hospital (VA)
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
MH-VA-0003
In 1998, the DOJ opened an investigation of the Western State Hospital, a state mental health facility in Staunton, Virginia. At the same time, Pennsylvania and Western State was developing a plan of correction to fix the conditions at Western State. The DOJ issued a findings letter in October 1999 and concluded a number of practices and inadequate staffing resulted in: inadequate mental health and medical treatment; inappropriate use of restraints and seclusion; unsafe conditions; and inadequate discharge planning. The report suggested Western State reform its treatment process, discontinue certain restraint and seclusion practices, and increase its staffing. It appears that Western State implemented its plan of correction and the DOJ declined to file a complaint in response to these allegations. The DOJ closed the investigation on September 5, 2003.
View Case Detail (MH-VA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2019
Yale University v. Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: HHB-CV-17-6038904-S (State Court)
ED-CT-0006
In December 2016, Yale University requested an exemption from Connecticut's building code, which required there be a minimum number of bathrooms in buildings for women and men, excluding gender-neutral bathrooms. After their request was denied by the Connecticut Codes and Standards Committee, Yale filed an administrative appeal on June 23, 2017 in the State of Connecticut Superior Court Judicial District of New Haven. Yale sought an order permitting their gender-neutral bathrooms be counted to the minimum required bathrooms. The Governor Dannel Malloy intervened to grant Yale's request. The appeal was withdrawn on January 18, 2018 and the case was closed. In October 2018, Connecticut updated their building code such that single-user bathroom facilities for use by any person would count towards the minimum required bathrooms.
View Case Detail (ED-CT-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2019
Abrahamson v. Corrections Corporation of America
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2006 CV 8 (State Court)
PC-CO-0033
Prisoners in a private prison sued the Corrections Corporation of America for negligence that caused a riot in which they were injured. The approximately 200 plaintiffs settled their claims for a total of $600,000
View Case Detail (PC-CO-0033)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2019
Settlement Agreement between the United States of America and Genesis Healthcare System under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: (No Court)
DR-OH-0003
A woman with HIV filed a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice against Genesis Healthcare Systems alleging that she was discriminated against based on her disability, in violation of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She alleged that in April 2013 one of Genesis’ primary care physicians refused to accept her as a new patient because of her HIV. On January 15, 2015, the DOJ and Genesis reached a settlement agreement requiring Genesis to pay the complainant $25,000, pay a $9,000 civil penalty, develop non-discrimination policies, and report to the DOJ each time a person with HIV was denied health care. The agreement remained in effect until January 15, 2018. No further issues were reported and this case appears closed.
View Case Detail (DR-OH-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 3, 2019
U.S. CRIPA investigation of Clark County Detention Center
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
JC-NV-0004
The Department of Justice investigated unsafe and unsanitary conditions in a Nevada detention center and required the County to provide better housing, medical treatment, and mental health services.
View Case Detail (JC-NV-0004)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
August 2, 2019
Project Civic Access Fact Sheet
https://www.ada.gov/civicfac.htm
Date: August 2019
(Department of Justice)
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CASE ADDITIONS
August 2, 2019
United States and Washington County Agreement
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: (No Court)
DR-UT-0002
The Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement with Washington County, Utah, that required the County to reform its hiring and policing practices and modify its polling places and buildings to comply with the ADA.
View Case Detail (DR-UT-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2019
Goodman v. Davis
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00166 (S.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0022
On May 21, 2012, a Native American prisoner incarcerated at the McConnell Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) filed this pro se federal civil rights lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He sued multiple TDCJ employees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He alleged that TDJC policies that prevented his smoking a prayer pipe during Native American pipe ceremonies, limited his ability to wear a religiously significant medicine bag, and prevented him from growing long hair violated his rights under RLUIPA and the First Amendment. He sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief as well as attorney's fees and costs. An additional Native American prisoner plaintiff joined the suit shortly after filing. In February 2013, the plaintiffs amended their complaint, consented to proceedings before a Magistrate Judge, and voluntarily dismissed all of their claims except their three RLUIPA challenges against the TDCJ Director in his official capacity and their First Amendment claim seeking damages against the Program Analyst in his individual capacity. The parties filed cross motions for summary judgment. On February 27, 2014, the defendant’s motion for summary judgment was granted and a final judgment entered in their favor. The plaintiffs appealed to the Fifth Circuit and were successful in getting judgement on the RLUIPA grooming policy claim vacated and remanded. On remand, the defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the RLUIPA grooming claim was denied. As the RLUIPA grooming policy claim moved towards trial, the initial prisoner plaintiff in the case was released and his claims were dismissed. The Court ordered the consolidation of cases Casey v. Davis (2:14-cv-13) and Cobb v. Morris (2:14-cv-22) with this case, as the two cases also were brought by Native American prisoner incarcerated at the McConnell Unit and involved RLUIPA grooming policy claims moving towards trial. After a bench trial, Judge Ramos granted plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief permitting them to grow their hair long, consistent with their Native American religious beliefs and entered a final judgment on February 26, 2019. The defendant appealed, but moved to dismiss the appeal shortly after. The Fifth Circuit granted the motion to dismiss the appeal on July 9, 2019. As of July 22, 2019, the attorney’s fees had yet to be determined and awarded to the plaintiffs. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-TX-0022)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 20, 2019
Ashley Overbey and Baltimore Brew v. BPD
https://www.aclu-md.org/en/cases/ashley-overbey-and-baltimore-brew-v-bpd
Date: July 2019
(ACLU of Maryland)
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2019
Overbey v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01793 (D. Md.)
PN-MD-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-MD-0009)


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 11, 2019
Want to Shrink the Prison Population? Look at Parole.
Date: Feb. 11, 2019
By: Beth Schwartzapfel (The Marshall Project)
Provides background facts for the Gasca v. Precythe case filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The article discusses the central issues of the class action and reviews previous Supreme Court case holdings that might apply to Gasca v. Precythe. *
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2019
Ross v. Blount
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-11076-LJM-EAS (E.D. Mich.)
CJ-MI-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MI-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 11, 2019
Gasca v. Precythe
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-04149 (W.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0022)


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


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
His Clients Weren’t Complaining. But the Judge Said This Lawyer Worked Too Hard.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/indigent-defense-lawyer-texas.html
Date: March 2018
By: Richard A. Oppel Jr. (The New York Times)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
M.J. v. District of Columbia
http://www.bazelon.org/mj-v-district-of-columbia
Date: August 2018
(Bazelon Center)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Bagnall v. Sebelius
https://www.medicareadvocacy.org/bagnall-v-sebelius-no-11-1703-d-conn-filed-november-3-2011/
(Center for Medicare Advocacy)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Alexander v. Azar - Litigation
https://www.justiceinaging.org/our-work/litigation/alexander-v-azar-litigation
(Justice in Aging)
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court documents
CharlieSavage.com
Date: October 2015
By: Charlie Savage (New York Times)
With Laura Poitras, one of the recipients of the Snowden archive, NY Times reporter Charlie Savage wrote a story mapping out some of the major rulings of the FISA Court after 9/11 that affected Americans’ privacy rights and that the public did not know about. He then filed a lengthy FOIA request ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
Agency Accountability Report - Fiscal Year 2017-2018
Date: Sep. 21, 2018
By: Stirling, Bryan P., Director (South Carolina Department of Corrections)
The original correctional system in South Carolina was established in 1866 when the South Carolina Legislature passed an Act creating the first State-level prison for felons housed in county facilities. In 1960, the South Carolina Governor decided to end the abuses of the correctional system, ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 10, 2019
RECENT COURT FILING
Date: Jan. 1, 2016
By: Harvard Law Review
“The Constitution of the United States guarantees adequate counsel
for indigent defendants, and the Department of Justice is committed to
ensuring that right is met,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in
September 2015. Yet this commitment is a relatively recent development ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
Adams v. Rankin County Board of Education
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 3:67-cv-04156 (S.D. Miss.)
SD-MS-0029
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MS-0029)


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


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


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
EEOC v. IBEW Local 3
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:84-cv-03373-WK-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0084
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0084)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 10, 2019
N.P. v. Georgia
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 14-cv-241025 (State Court)
PD-GA-0008
On January 7, 2014, youth and adult criminal defendants filed this class-action lawsuit in the Georgia Superior Court of Fulton County. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring the state to provide free and quality counsel to indigent defendants within three days of their arrest. On March 13, 2015, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted a Statement of Interest regarding the juvenile justice claims. On April 20, 2015 Judge Todd Markle approved a consent decree, set to last for three years.
View Case Detail (PD-GA-0008)


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


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


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


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

The ACLU brought this legal challenge in 2004 after learning that Maricopa County ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
CRUZ-GUZMAN V. STATE OF MINNESOTA
Date: Jun. 1, 2017
By: ACLU Minnesota
On July 24, 2018, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-2 that separation-of-powers principles do not prevent the courts from ruling on whether the legislature has violated its duty to ensure an equal education opportunity, free from racial segregation and discrimination. The case will continue ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
June 9, 2019
GENESEE VALLEY CHAPTER -- TAKING ON THE TOUGHEST SHERIFF
Date: Jan. 27, 2010
By: Scott Forsyth (ACLU of New York)
Sheriff Joseph Arpaio of Arizona's Maricopa County prides himself on being "America's Toughest Sheriff." He also is America's most litigious one. He has commenced a score of lawsuits and defended thousands. Most of the latter involve civil rights violations. His record is not good. Examine a recent ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
State v. Washington
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: CR 2007-156830 (State Court)
JC-AZ-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-AZ-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Cruz-Guzman v. Minnesota
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: (2015_ (State Court)
SD-MN-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (SD-MN-0002)


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


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


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


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


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


CASE ADDITIONS
June 9, 2019
Miller v. King
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:98-cv-00109 (S.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 8, 2019
Lightbourne v. Crist
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: NA 06-2391 (Supreme Ct.) (State Court)
CJ-FL-0003
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June 8, 2019
Mims v. County of Fresno
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 10CECG00528 (State Court)
JC-CA-0079
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June 8, 2019
Schwab v. Florida
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: SC07-1603 (State Court)
CJ-FL-0004
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June 8, 2019
PA Department of Health v. Hanes
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 379-MD-2013 (State Court)
PB-PA-0014
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June 7, 2019
Marley v. Denney
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: CV01-17-12594 (State Court)
PR-ID-0001
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June 6, 2019
M.O.C.H.A. Society, Inc. v. City of Buffalo
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:98-cv-99 (W.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0266
In 1998, Men of Color Helping All Society, Inc. (MOCHA) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts as representative of African American Firefighters employed by the City of Buffalo and the Buffalo Fire Department. MOCHA, along with two other plaintiffs (President of MOCHA and an individual person) sued four Defendants: 1) City of Buffalo; 2) City of Buffalo's Fire Department; 3) Commissioner of Buffalo's Fire Department; and 4) Deputy Commissioner, Fire Department. The Plaintiffs brought employment discrimination claims against the City under §§ 1981, 1983, and Title VII, alleging, inter alia, that the examination used by City to determine promotion was racially biased. After over a decade of discovery, several motions for summary judgment, and the parties' failed attempts to reach an agreement, the Court in 2012 ordered a final judgment in favor of the Defendants. The case closed in 2013 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court's ruling.
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June 5, 2019
Alexander v. Azar
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-01703-MPS (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0013
Medicare beneficiaries who were denied benefits after being placed on "observation status" by hospitals challenged Department of Health and Human Services regulations that govern observation status.
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June 4, 2019
McKee v. City of Amarillo
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00009 (N.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0015
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June 4, 2019
United States of America v. Humboldt County
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-05139 (N.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0060
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June 4, 2019
The New York Times Company v. United States Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-03948-VSB (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0014
On June 3, 2014, the New York Times and its reporter filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) seeking production of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) rulings interpreting surveillance law since 9/11. The plaintiff alleged a violation of FOIA because the defendant failed to release these documents in response to a FOIA request. While this litigation was pending, the DOJ produced redacted versions of the FISC documents to the plaintiffs. The case was voluntarily dismissed on October 28, 2015. The case is now closed.
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June 4, 2019
Prison Legal News v. Sullivan County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00266 (E.D. Tenn)
JC-TN-0011
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June 4, 2019
Mays v. Snyder
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-14002 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0015
On November 13, 2015, ten residents of Flint, Michigan filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued Governor Rick Snyder, the State of Michigan, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), several MDEQ officials, the Emergency Managers of Flint, the Mayor of Flint, the Director of Public Works for Flint, the Utilities Administrators of Flint, and the City of Flint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. In particular, the plaintiffs alleged that their Due Process rights were violated when the defendants took safe drinking water from Flint and replaced it with water known to contain high levels of lead and other corrosive contaminants. The plaintiffs amended the complaint on May 25, 2016 and alleged that their Equal Protection rights were violated on the basis of race and wealth, that defendants conspired to violate constitution rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3), and state civil rights laws were violated. In addition, the plaintiffs added e Treasurer for the State of Michigan, the Director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHSS), and the Genesee County Drain Commissioner as defendants. On April 6, 2018, this case was consolidated with Waid v. Snyder.
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June 3, 2019
Cleveland v. City of Montgomery & Watts v. City of Montgomery
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00732 (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0020
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June 1, 2019
Harris v. Champion
Case Category: Indigent Defense
Trial Docket: 4:90-cv-00448 (N.D. Okla.)
PD-OK-0002
In 1990, an inmate filed a habeas petition in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Petitioner claimed that the three year filing delay by the Oklahoma Appellate Public Defender’s Office for his criminal appeal was in violation of due process, equal protection, and his right to counsel. The case was consolidated with ten similar cases that sought remedy for their appellate delay. Petitioners sought preliminary injunction to prevent the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals from granting further time extensions to the Public Defender. In 1995, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the petitioners claims and request for relief, however, both parties reached an agreement to cover the petitioners’ attorney fees. The case closed in 1997.
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June 1, 2019
U.S. v. Catahoula Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:69-cv-14430-DDD (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0011
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June 1, 2019
M.J. v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
DR-DC-0007
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May 31, 2019
U.S. v. Desoto Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 5:67-cv-12589-SMH (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0010
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May 30, 2019
United States of America v. Avoyelles Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 1:65-cv-12721-DDD (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0004
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May 30, 2019
Hart Electric LLC v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-02253 (N.D. Ill.)
FA-IL-0007
On March 26, 2013, a for-profit corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Administrative Procedure Act against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiffs asked the court to rule that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception insurance mandate is unconstitutional. On April 18, the U.S. District Court (Judge Ruben Castillo) granted the plaintiff's unopposed motion for a preliminary injunction and stayed proceedings. On January 21, 2014, the Court granted an unopposed motion to extend the preliminary injunction and stay the case until forty-five days after the Supreme Court issues a decision in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. On August 1, 2014, the consolidated case of Conestoga Woods and Hobby Lobby ruled that the Mandate imposed a substantial burden on the plaintiffs’ exercise of religion under the statute. In light of the decisions above, on November 3, 2014, the Court ordered a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the Contraceptive Coverage Requirement against plaintiffs and anyone in connection with their health plans.
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May 30, 2019
U.S. v. Daoud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cr-00723 (N.D. Ill.)
NS-IL-0002
In 2012, the government initiated criminal prosecution of Adel Daoud in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The government charged Daoud with attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of explosion. In 2013, the government added the charge of soliciting a crime of violence, murder for hire, and witness tampering. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District addressed the tension between the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the evidentiary investigation required by the test laid out in Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978), for determining the legality of a warrant.
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May 30, 2019
California Association of Health Facilities v. Maxwell-Jolly; Development Services Network v. Maxwell-Jolly
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-03259 (C.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0027
On April 30, 2010, entities that represented Medicaid service providers filed this lawsuit in federal court against the California Department of Health Care Services. The plaintiffs represented intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled and other facilities. The plaintiffs sought injunctions preventing California from implementing legislation that would freeze Medicaid reimbursement rates for these facilities. The Plaintiffs sought relief under the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Court granted a preliminary injunction, which was vacated and remanded following the defendants’ appeal. On June 9, 2014, the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss the case with prejudice. The next day, Judge Snyder dismissed the consolidated case and ordered each party to bear its own attorney’s fees and costs. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 30, 2019
Jones v. Caddo Parish School Board
Case Category: School Desegregation
Trial Docket: 5:65-cv-11055-EEF (W.D. La.)
SD-LA-0002
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 28, 2019
Knee v. Runyon
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 98-527 (M.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0239
In March 1998, eight individual plaintiffs sued the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania on behalf of themselves and all other similarly situated individuals (class action). The Plaintiffs requested injunctive relief to prohibit USPS's conducting medical examinations and making disability-related inquiries before it gives out job offers to its candidates in connection with hiring at the Remote Encoding Center in York, PA. In 2001, the Court approved the Settlement Agreement, which included awarding fees for Plaintiffs' attorneys. The other terms of the Agreement are unavailable to the public.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
United States v. Virginia
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:99-cv-642 (E.D. Va.)
MH-VA-0004
In May 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Virginia and the Virginia-operated institution, Central State Hospital (CSH), in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The DOJ alleged that the conditions at CSH constituted a pattern of violations of the constitutional and federal statutory rights of CSH patients. The U.S. sued pursuant to Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 1997-1997j. In May 1999, the Court approved the parties' Settlement Agreement. In 2001, the Court dismissed the case with prejudice. The case closed in 2001.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
EEOC v. Management Hospitality of Racine, Inc., d/b/a IHOP
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-00715-LA (E.D. Wis.)
EE-WI-0033
In June 2006, the EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against the restaurant chain International House of Pancakes (IHOP), its former president, and another company that together with IHOP operated restaurants throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. The EEOC sued under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e) and Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 (42 U.S.C. § 1981a) on behalf of two female employees and similarly situated employees of the Defendants. Specifically, the EEOC alleged that the Defendants engaged in unlawful employment practices on the basis of sex and retaliation, and that they had subjected female employees to a sexually hostile work environment. In 2009, the jury held for the EEOC. In 2012, the parties settled, and the Court approved a Consent Decree/Settlement Agreement (lasting 2 years) that awarded monetary damages to two female claimants and promised injunctive relief. The case closed in 2012.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
City of Evanston v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-04853 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0022
On July 16, 2018, the City of Evanston, Illinois along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors filed this lawsuit against the Justice Department to enjoin it from imposing three new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (Byrne JAG program). The plaintiffs sued the DOJ under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Declaratory Judgment Act, seeking a declaration that the DOJ’s three conditions on Byrne JAG funding were unlawful, as well as an injunction preventing the DOJ from imposing the conditions. On August 9, 2018, the court held that the plaintiffs had standing and issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the DOJ from attaching the three challenged conditions to grants awarded to the City of Evanston and any Conference member. The defendants appealed the grant of the preliminary injunction to the Seventh Circuit, but the appellate court granted the parties joint motion to hold appellate proceedings in abeyance on October 15, 2018. Currently, cross motions for summary judgment and the defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction are pending before the court. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
United States v. Qazi
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 0:12-cr-60298 (S.D. Fla.)
NS-FL-0001
Two brothers, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, were arrested while plotting to conduct a terrorist attack using a weapon of mass destruction in New York City in November 2012. Judge Bloom sentenced the younger brother to 35 years in prison, and the older brother for 20 years in prison on June 11, 2015. Their prison terms will be followed by a term of ten years and five years of supervised release, respectively. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 27, 2019
M.H. v. Monreal
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-08523 (N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IL-0003
On October 23, 2012, a teenager detained awaiting a parole revocation hearing filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff alleged that his due process rights were violated by the policies of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board for parole revocation hearings. The case settled with a consent decree in August 2014 and closed after the defendants achieved near-total compliance in October 2018. The case is now closed.
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