University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

Here are the cases added to the Clearinghouse, or updated, over the past 90 days:


CASE ADDITIONS
November 13, 2019
Hatcher v. Genesee County
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 5:18-cv-11986 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0018
On June 25, 2018, detainees in the Genesee County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued individuals and entities responsible for their care in the Jail under 42 U.S.C. §1983. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought punitive and compensatory damages and attorney’s fees. The plaintiffs claimed that the failure to provide adequate safe water was cruel and unusual punishment violating their Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights and caused significant negative health effects.
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 13, 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
November 13, 2019
Vega v. Davis
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-01144-RPM (D. Colo.)
PC-CO-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-CO-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 11, 2019
Rosas v. Baca
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00428-DDP-SH (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0073
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0073)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 11, 2019
Prison Legal News v. The GEO Group
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-01957-JMS-DKL (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-IN-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 10, 2019
The People of the State of New York v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 451130/2018 (State Court)
PR-NY-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-NY-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 9, 2019
Ball v. Kasich
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-282 (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0008
On March 31, 2016, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against the State and State departments. They claimed that they were experiencing, or were at risk of experiencing, pervasive and widespread isolation and segregation in violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Supreme Court’s decision in Olmstead v. L.C., and the Social Security Act. On March 23, 2017, the court denied the defendants' motions to dismiss the case. On March 27, 2017, the court granted class certification, but the defendants subsequently asked for reconsideration, and the court entered a revised class definition on March 30, 2018. On May 10, 2019, the parties filed a joint motion for settlement that would entail expanded options counseling and additional funding for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities.
View Case Detail (PB-OH-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 7, 2019
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
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 7, 2019
EEOC v. C.R. ENGLAND
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-00811-BSJ (D. Utah)
EE-UT-0003
On September 27, 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed suit against Utah based trucking and transportation company C.R. England. The EEOC and an intervening plaintiff, a former driver for C.R. England, alleged that the company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by discriminating against their driver because of his HIV-positive status. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of C.R. England on all claims. Both the named plaintiff and the EEOC appealed the decision. In a sealed opinion answering both plaintiffs' appeals, the Tenth Circuit upheld the district court decision. Judge Holmes found that the plaintiffs had not stated a viable claim under the ADA.
View Case Detail (EE-UT-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 7, 2019
Center for Investigative Reporting v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-07204-EDL (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0110
On Dec. 19, 2017, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and one of its journalists brought this suit in N.D.Cal, suing DHS under FOIA. Plaintiffs sought information on expedited removal of noncitizens since the Trump Administration's Jan. 25, 2017 EO 13767. The parties disagreed whether the defendant complied had complied with the plaintiff's FOIA request, but the case was voluntarily dismissed in 2018. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0110)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 3, 2019
Campbell v. Conectiv
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-05377 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0226
This case was consolidated with an EEOC case that brought suit on behalf of four African-American workers, who claimed that the defendant employers on a large construction site had allowed them to be subjected to severe racial harassment, in violation of Title VII. The court approved a consent decree between the EEOC and each of the defendants, providing monetary awards to the employees and injunctive relief for the employees and all those similarly situated.
View Case Detail (EE-PA-0226)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 3, 2019
Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00709-RC (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007
On December 10, 2013, a non-profit religious organization filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas 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, even with the accommodation for non-profit religious organizations, is unconstitutional. After appeals to the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court, the parties settled in a joint stipulation acknowledging that new regulations acknowledged the plaintiffs' religious rights.
View Case Detail (FA-TX-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 3, 2019
Centro Presente, Inc. v. McAleenan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-02840 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0064
A group of asylum-seekers and two immigration non-profits files suit on September 20, 2019 against the U.S. Attorney General, ICE, and DHS to stop the implementation of a new expedited deportation rule that would greatly expand who could be quickly swept into fast-tracked deportation proceedings.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0064)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 3, 2019
A.I.I.L. v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00481-JAS (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0028
In October 2019, immigrant children and their parents filed a putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Arizona. Plaintiffs alleged that defendants violated their constitutional rights under the Fourth and Fifth Amendments by separating children from their parents at the U.S. border. The case is ongoing
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0028)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 3, 2019
Navarro-Ayala v. Hernandez-Colon
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 74-1301 (D.P.R.)
MH-PR-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (MH-PR-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 1, 2019
C.M. v. United States
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-05217-SRB (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0027
In 2019, five asylum-seeking parents filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the United States under the Federal Tort Claims Act over the government’s family separation policy. The plaintiffs alleged the U.S. government inflicted emotional distress on the plaintiffs and their minor children in order to deter other parents with children from seeking asylum in the United States. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
November 1, 2019
American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-03050-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0119
On May 23, 2018 the ACLU of Northern California filed this lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act, alleging that ICE had not provided the ACLU with documents they had requested related to ICE's purchase of automated license plate reader data. The parties agreed to a schedule for the documents to be released on a rolling basis, which was completed in November 2018. A settlement also required ICE to pay attorneys' fees. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0119)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 31, 2019
California v. Corrective Education Company
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: CGC-15-549094 (State Court)
CJ-CA-0025
In 2015, the San Francisco City Attorney filed this complaint in the Superior Court of California. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant's "restorative justice" program for accused shoplifters was extortive, fraudulent, unfair, and led to false imprisonment, all in violation of California's Unfair Competition Law. The plaintiff sought to enjoin the defendant from operating this program in California. In 2018, Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn granted the plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment and ordered a permanent injunction, in turn barring the defendant from operating this program in California. The parties reached a settlement and dismissed the case with prejudice in 2018. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (CJ-CA-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 31, 2019
Ray v. Ohio Department of Health
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00272-MHW-CMV (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0011
On March 29, 2018, four transgender persons filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Director of the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. Their claims survived a motion to dismiss. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PB-OH-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 30, 2019
Jamison v. Farabee
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 4:78-cv-00445 (N.D. Cal.)
MH-CA-0001
In 1978, persons confined as patients in California under the Welfare and Institutions Act filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the California Department of Mental Health, and related agencies, seeking the right to refuse antipsychotic medication. The parties settled in 1983; the consent decree guaranteed patients the right to refuse antipsychotic medications under prescribed circumstances, but staff retained the right to forcibly medicate in emergency situations. The case is technically open.
View Case Detail (MH-CA-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 30, 2019
Apsley v. Boeing Co.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 6:05-cv-01368-EFM-KMH (D. Kan.)
EE-KS-0026
On December 19, 2005 a group of former employees of the Boeing Company filed suit in the United States District Court of Kansas against the Boeing Company (Boeing), Spirit Aerosystems Inc. (Spirit), the Onex Corporation (Onex) and Midwestern Aircraft (Midwestern). The plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive and monetary relief as well as class certification, alleging pattern or practice of age discrimination, disparate impact and disparate treatment by the defendants during the layoff and rehire process, in connection with Boeing's sale of its commercial airplane manufacturing facilities to Onex. The plaintiffs brought eight claims, two of which were dismissed during the pleading stage, five were dismissed as the District Court granted summary judgment in the defendants' favor in two separate opinions. The plaintiffs appealed to the 10th Circuit Court, but the 10th Circuit affirmed the lower court's decisions. The remaining claim in the case after the Circuit Court decision was the plaintiffs' ADEA claim of disparate treatment. A number of individual plaintiffs settled with defendants. After the plaintiffs failed to appear at a hearing on a motion to dismiss, Judge Melgran granted the motion. The plaintiffs appealed on February 9, 2015, and the appeal was dismissed on June 16, 2015 for failure to prosecute. The case is closed.
View Case Detail (EE-KS-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 28, 2019
Texas v. United States of America
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:18-cv-00167-O (N.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0015
The State of Texas and 19 other states brought suit alleging that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. Plaintiffs claimed that the 2017 amendment that eliminated the tax penalty of the ACA rendered not only the individual mandate unlawful, but also the rest of the ACA. The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas ruled in favor of the plaintiffs on the claim that the individual mandate of the ACA exceeds Congress's Article I constitutional enumerated powers and is inseverable. The judgment is currently stayed pending appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0015)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 27, 2019
Long et al v. Pickell
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-10842 (E.D. Mich.)
PB-MI-0017
On March 8th, 2016, two Genesee County Jail detainees, on behalf of themselves and other detainees, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Sheriff of Genesee County Jail under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs sought class certification, declaratory relief, injunctive relief requiring the Genesee County Jail to provide safe and clean water to all detainees, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The plaintiffs claimed that the Genesee County Jail provided detainees with toxic water for consumption, bathing, and food preparation in violation of the Fourteenth and Eighth Amendments. On June 23, 2016, the lawsuit was resolved via a consent decree. The decree required defendants to test the water in five locations within the Jail every fourteen days for an eight week period, sending copies to the plaintiffs’ counsel. If the tests showed that the lead levels were safe, the defendants were allowed to supply water from the Flint water system to detainees for all uses. The consent decree lasted for one year.
View Case Detail (PB-MI-0017)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 27, 2019
Texas League of United Latin American Citizens v. Whitley
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 5:19-cv-00074-FB (W.D. Tex.)
VR-TX-0445
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-TX-0445)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 27, 2019
G.H. v. Marstiller
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00431-MW-MJF (N.D. Fla.)
JI-FL-0008
Three minors represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Florida Justice Institute, Inc., and Florida Legal Services, filed suit on September 4, 2019 in the Northern District of Florida against the Secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Plaintiffs sought class action certification to represent children subject to solitary confinement in DJJ run detention centers. Plaintiffs alleged DJJ routinely placed children in solitary confinement repeatedly and without any time limit. As of October 27, 2019, the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JI-FL-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 27, 2019
Mays v. County of Sacramento
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-02081 (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0134
Prisoners in Sacramento County jails filed suit against the County of Sacramento alleging a series of issues present in Sacramento County Jails. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that there was understaffing, a lack of adequate mental health care and physical health care, and discrimination on the basis of disability. The plaintiffs argued that the conditions in the jails violated the Eighth Amendment, the Fourteenth Amendment, the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and California State law. In June 10, 2019, the parties submitted a joint notice of settlement, submitting a proposed Consent Decree and Notice of Class Action Settlement. As of October 27, 2019, the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0134)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 26, 2019
Stinnie v. Holcomb
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-00044-NKM (W.D. Va.)
PB-VA-0007
On July 6, 2016, indigent Virginia residents who had suffered indefinite suspension of their driver's licenses for failure to pay court costs and fines that they could not afford, brought this class action lawsuit in the Western District of Virginia. The plaintiffs sued the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that the Commonwealth's scheme of suspending licenses to coerce payment of money owed to the courts unfairly punishes poor people for being poor, and that suspending their licenses was a violation of the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. In March 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge Norman K. Moon dismissed the case without prejudice, holding that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. The plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In May 2018, the Fourth Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction and remanded the case back to the district court with instructions to allow the plaintiffs to amend their complaint. In September 2018, the plaintiffs filed an amended class action complaint and a motion for preliminary injunction, which Judge Moon granted in December 2018, finding it likely that the plaintiffs would succeed on establishing that the Virginia statute violates procedural due process. In 2019, the District Court issued an order staying the proceedings until 2020, citing a budget amendment by Governor Northam that reinstated the driver's licenses that had been revoked for failure to pay fines.
View Case Detail (PB-VA-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 24, 2019
Edgar v. Coats
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 8:19-cv-00985-GJH (D. Md.)
FA-MD-0002
On April 2, 2019, five former employees of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Defense, brought this suit challenging the agencies’ system of pre-publication review. Plaintiffs alleged the regimes of review violated their First Amendment rights in granting executive officers sweeping discretion to suppress publications and speech. The case was assigned to Judge Jarrod Hazel. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss, and the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (FA-MD-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 24, 2019
P.L v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-01336-ALC (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0067
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0067)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 24, 2019
Jewel v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 4:08-cv-04373-JSW (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0002
In 2008, AT&T residential telephone customers sued the United States, claiming that the its electronic surveillance program violated the Fourth Amendment, First Amendment, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA"), the Wiretap Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act or the Stored Communications Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and separation of powers. In 2013, the District Court dismissed the Plaintiffs' statutory claims; and in February 2015, the Court dismissed the Fourth Amendment Claim. In June 2015, the plaintiffs appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; in December 2015, the Ninth Circuit dismissed the appeal for lack of jurisdiction, and given that the questions surrounding Fourth Amendment was intertwined with several other issues that remained pending in district court, and the interlocutory appeal would only have prolonged final resolution of the case. In February 2016, Judge White held that the plaintiffs may state claims under the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act, and in May 2017, Judge White ordered the government defendants to marshal all of their evidence relating to plaintiffs’ standing and to present that evidence to the court. In September 2018, the government defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. In April the court approved the defendants summary judgement motion and denied the plaintiffs'. The plaintiffs appealed in April to the 9th Circuit of Appeals. As of October 2019, this appeal remains pending.
View Case Detail (NS-CA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2019
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00659-AT (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0060
On Jan. 25, 2018, the NIPNLG and a professor sued DHS under FOIA, seeking materials on the government's Nov. 2017 decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals. Due to parallel injunctive litigation and receiving the desired documents the plaintiffs agreed to voluntarily dismiss on April 23, 2019.
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0060)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 23, 2019
Todd v. Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
Case Category: Public Housing
Trial Docket: 4:84-cv-00852 (W.D. Mo.)
PH-MO-0001
In 1984, applicants determined to be ineligible for public housing by the Housing Authority of Kansas City filed a class action lawsuit against the organization and its Executive Director under 42 U.S.C § 1983, alleging that they were not granted due process and were denied assistance. In 1988, they entered into a consent decree that granted the plaintiffs greater rights to appeal their ineligibility, the ability to use a payment plan to pay off debts owed to the Housing Authority, and also provided for attorney fees.
View Case Detail (PH-MO-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 20, 2019
Wyatt B. v. Brown
Case Category: Child Welfare
Trial Docket: 6:19-cv-00556-AA (D. Or.)
CW-OR-0001
Ten children in the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs sued the Oregon Department of Human Services under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act (CWA) of 1980. The plaintiffs, represented by A Better Childhood, Disability Rights Oregon, and private counsel, sought a declaration that the defendants had violated the plaintiffs’ constitutional and statutory rights and injunctive relief to prevent future harm. The defendants have filed a motion to dismiss, and the case is ongoing as of October 2019.
View Case Detail (CW-OR-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
City of Richmond v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-01535 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0090
On Mar. 21, 2017, the city of Richmond, CA challenged Trump’s Executive Order, which withholds federal funding from "sanctuary jurisdictions." Richmond sought declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that it would be subject to financial and legal jeopardy if the federal government withheld funding from its municipal services. On Aug. 21, the Court granted the government's motion to dismiss, distinguishing Richmond's case from the related San Francisco/Santa Clara litigation. Because Richmond had not demonstrated that it had been targeted by the Order or that Richmond was not in compliance with the Administration's interpretation of 8 U.S.C. 1373, Judge William H. Orrick of the District Court for the Northern District of California found that Richmond lacked standing and that its claim was not yet ripe. Richmond declined to amend its complaint, and it appears this case has since been dismissed.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0090)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
Rogers v. Sheriff of Cook County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-11632 (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0053
Three individual plaintiffs seeking class certification sued the Sheriff of Cook County and Cook County for compensatory damages following their forced tapering from opioid agonist therapy while in the custody of the Cook County Jail. Case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JC-IL-0053)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
Disability Rights Montana v. Opper
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00025-SEH (D. Mont.)
PC-MT-0008
Disability Rights Montana filed this lawsuit against the Montana Department of Corrections, the Montana State Prison, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, and the Montana State Hospital, in the United States District Court for the District of Montana. The plaintiff alleged that the Prison and the Department of Corrections were violating the Eighth Amendment rights of seriously mentally ill prisoners by, among other things, putting prisoners with serious mental illnesses in solitary confinement. As for the hospital and the DPHHS, the plaintiff alleged that both were violating the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process rights of prisoners who had been sentenced as "guilty but mentally ill" (GBMI) by transferring them from the hospital to the state prison. This second claim was eventually dropped by the plaintiffs in a stipulated dismissal. After dismissal of their claims by the district court, plaintiffs appealed to the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit reversed the judgment and the case is ongoing on remand in the District Court.
View Case Detail (PC-MT-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
Mendoza-Martinez v. Mackey [Kennedy v. Mendoza-Martinez]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1334-ND (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0139
In 1946, the plaintiff was stripped of his citizenship under Section 401(j) the Nationality Act of 1940 for having fled the U.S. to evade conscription during World War II. He challenged the constitutionality of this provision, and his case was eventually reviewed by the Supreme Court. The Court concluded that the Section 401(j) Expatriation provision of the Nationality Act was unconstitutional. The case is now closed. The Supreme Court found Section 401(j) to be unconstitutional under the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments. According to the Court, the stripping of citizenship was form of cruel and unusual punishment. Further, the Court held that this punishment was imposed through a process lacking procedural protections demanded by the constitution.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0139)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
Novoa v. GEO Group
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-02514 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0142
In 2017, an immigrant who had been detained at the Adelanto Detention Center, a civil immigration detention facility, filed this putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff alleged the defendant, GEO Group, had a practice of wage theft, unjust enrichment, and forced labor: all violating the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and California state law. As of October 2019, the case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0142)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 18, 2019
Tenorio-Serrano v. Driscoll
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-08075 (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0026
Following his arrest and confinement at the Coconino County Detention Facility (CCDF), plaintiff challenged the prolonged detention of inmates at CCDF triggered by detainer requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). Plaintiff claimed this policy violated Article II, section 8 of the Arizona Constitution and the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. He sought class-wide declaratory and injunctive relief for all CCDF detainees subject to this prolonged detention policy despite their eligibility for pretrial release. The U.S. District Court for the district of Arizona denied the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction, citing his inability to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits of his claims. Plaintiff moved to dismiss the case thereafter, which was accepted by the court.
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 17, 2019
Oakland v. Wells Fargo
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-04321-EMC (N.D. Cal.)
FH-CA-0028
The City of Oakland filed suit against Wells Fargo & Co and Wells Fargo Bank NA in the Northern District of California alleging predatory mortgage lending practices that disproportionately affected minority communities. These mortgages are alleged to have caused a loss of property tax revenue, increased municipal spending, and the neutralization of city fair-housing programs. The motion to dismiss was partially denied by the court and is currently on interlocutory appeal with the 9th Circuit.
View Case Detail (FH-CA-0028)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 17, 2019
Taha v. Bensalem Township
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-06867-WB (E.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0037
In 2012, a former detainee of Bucks County Correctional Facility filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs alleged that the County's policy of publishing their personal information and criminal history violated Pennsylvania state law. In 2019, a jury awarded the plaintiffs $68 million in punitive damages. The case is ongoing pending appeal.
View Case Detail (JC-PA-0037)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 17, 2019
Andrews v. Allen
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:18-cv-00047-JRH-RSB (S.D. Ga.)
PC-GA-0022
Two prisoners sued employees of the Georgia State Prisons for two separate instances of unlawful assault occurring on April 19, 2018. The suit was filed under 42 U.S.C § 1983 for violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The parties agreed to an undisclosed settlement, and the case was dismissed with prejudice on June 13, 2019.
View Case Detail (PC-GA-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 16, 2019
Minich v. Spencer
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1482CV00448 (State Court)
PC-MA-0050
Three individuals held at Bridgewater State Hospital challenged the Hospital's use of seclusion and restraints against patients. The plaintiffs obtained an injunction ordering the Hospital to reform its use of seclusion and restraints. Their suit for damages is still open, but it has already resulted in a decision finding a private cause of action against misuse of seclusion and restraints under state law.
View Case Detail (PC-MA-0050)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 16, 2019
Innovation Law Lab v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-01098 (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0007
Innovation Law Lab and a detainee at FCI Sheridan successfully received a Temporary Restraining Order and subsequent Preliminary Injunction to mandate detainee's access to legal services and telephones in 2018. Innovation Law Labs, a Portland based legal advocacy group and the detainee sought relief against DSHS, ICE, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. A.G., and FCI Sheridan. The plaintiffs claimed that Innovation Law Labs' attorneys had been repeatedly denied access to the detainees at Sheridan in violation of the under the Immigration and Nationality Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and Habeas Corpus.
View Case Detail (IM-OR-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 15, 2019
State of New York v. U.S. Department of Justice
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-06471-ER (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0065
In 2018, several states filed a complaint against the Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs alleged that the immigration-related conditions being placed on funding disbursed by the Department of Justice violated the Separation of Powers, the APA and the Tenth Amendment Anti-Commandeering. In 2018, a judge granted partial summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs. In 2019, the defendants appealed this judgment. And later, the plaintiffs made a motion for summary judgment on the 2018 immigration-related conditions. As of October 2019, both the appeal and the motions for summary judgment are still pending.
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0065)


CASE ADDITIONS
October 14, 2019
Rotondo v. JPMorgan Chase Bank
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:19-cv-2328 (S.D. Ohio)
EE-OH-0123
A plaintiff employee at JP Morgan Chase Bank filed this class action against his employer for violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. He claimed that biological mothers were eligible for 16 weeks of paid parental leave, while fathers were only eligible for two weeks of paid parental leave. The case settled and is ongoing pending final approval.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 11, 2019
Owino et al v. CoreCivic, Inc.
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-01112 (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0148
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 10, 2019
Gonzalez v. CoreCivic
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00169 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0050
On February 22, 2018, a former civil immigration detainee filed a putative class action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas. The Plaintiff represented by private counsel sued CoreCivic, Inc. under the Federal Trafficking in Victims Protection Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1589 (the “TPVA”). The Plaintiff claimed that civil immigration detainees had been forced to work for 1-2 dollars a day or no wages under threats including solitary confinement and denial of basic services. Additionally, the Plaintiff also brought claims of negligence and unjust enrichment against CoreCivic. The Plaintiff seeks class certification, declaratory and injunctive relief, and monetary damages including disgorgement of profits and attorneys fees. The Defendant moved to dismiss the complaint on June 8th, 2018 which was denied by Judge Lee Yeakel on March 1st, 2019 (2019 WL 4388425). Judge Yeakel granted Defendant's motion for Certificate of Appealability for Interlocutory Appeal on June 10th, 2019, along with the Defendant’s motion to stay all proceedings until the appeal is completed. On June 24, 2019, this case was appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, (Docket #19-50691). The issue on appeal to the Fifth Circuit is whether the TVPA applies to work programs in federal immigration detention facilities operated by private for-profit contractors. As of October 10, 2019, this case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 9, 2019
Broussard v. First Tower Loan, LLC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-01161 (E.D. La.)
EE-LA-0118
On April 13, 2015, a transgender man who was fired when he refused to sign an agreement to present and be treated as a woman at work as a condition of his employment filed a Title VII sex discrimination claim in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The EEOC later intervened in the case. District Judge Carl Barbier directed the parties to arbitrate the case pursuant to an arbitration agreement between the plaintiff and his employer. After the conclusion of the arbitration, which yielded monetary relief for the individual plaintiff, the EEOC continued to litigate the case to obtain injunctive relief. Judge Barbier entered an 18-month consent decree which required the defendant retrain its employees and post notice of what constitutes a violation of equal employment opportunity policies.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 6, 2019
Torres-Soto v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 7:19-cv-00082-HL (M.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0013
In 2019, immigrants detained at Irwin County Detention Center filed this putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The plaintiffs alleged that the practice of failing to account for ability to pay when setting bonds violated their Fifth Amendment Rights. The case is ongoing pending motions to certify the class and a preliminary injunction.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 6, 2019
L.V.M. v. Lloyd
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01453 (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0063
On February 16, 2018, a minor child detained by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) filed a putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff, represented by New York Civil Liberties Union, alleged that federal officers had removed minor children from their parents in violation of due process, and that ORR had held children in “highly restrictive government-controlled facilities” indefinitely and with no explanation. On June 27, 2018, the plaintiffs received preliminary injunctive relief that vacated a policy that ORR used to keep immigrant children in detention for extended periods of time. The case is ongoing as of October 6, 2019.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 5, 2019
Migrant Justice v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:18-cv-00192 (D. Vt.)
IM-VT-0002
In 2018, Migrant Justice and four individual members of the organization filed this complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. Plaintiffs alleged that the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implemented retaliatory policies in response to their activism on behalf of immigrant farm workers, including extensive surveillance and false imprisonment, in violation of their First Amendment Rights and that the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles aided these practices by consistently and intentionally sharing personally identifying information about the plaintiffs with ICE in a manner that violated their Fourteenth Amendment Right of Equal Protection under the law.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 5, 2019
Bird v. Barr
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-01581 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0081
In May of 2019, a group of female Intelligence Analyst and Agent Trainees at the FBI’s Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of themselves and a class of those similarly situated. The plaintiffs sued the Attorney General of the United States in his official capacity under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. They claimed that they had been sexually harassed, subjected to a hostile work environment and outdated gender stereotypes, terminated, constructively discharged, forced to resign under pressure (or perceived that continuing in the training would be a futile gesture), suffered retaliation, and/or suffered other types of harassment because of their gender since April 10, 2015. As of October 4, 2019, a motion for preliminary injunction for protection from retaliation remained pending. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 5, 2019
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0146
On July 16, 2019, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles brought this suit against the Attorney General and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. Plaintiffs challenged an interim final rule restricting eligibility for asylum for noncitizens who transit through another country prior to reaching the southern border of the United States, claiming the Rule violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Plaintiffs also sought a preliminary nationwide injunction to prevent further implementation of the Rule, which was granted on July 24, 2019. Defendants filed a successful motion to stay the injunction pending an appeal to the Ninth Circuit, arguing its nationwide scope was unwarranted. Judge Jon S. Tigar reissued the nationwide scope of the injunction on September 9, 2019. The appeal is still pending. The case remains open.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 4, 2019
Gonzalez-Garcia v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-11340-GAO (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0016
A refugee and her daughter were separated when they entered Arizona, and the mother sued in federal court in Massachusetts for injunctive and declaratory relief. The case was resolved eight days later, when the mother and daughter were reunited.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 4, 2019
Miller v. Stewart [Brewer]
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-14164-SFC-SDD (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0032
A former prison observation aid witnessed and reported two instances of gross misconduct by prison staff against mentally ill inmates to appropriate supervisors but plaintiff's reports went unanswered. After reporting the misconduct to external organizations and advocates, the plaintiff was fired in retaliation. The case was dismissed after a settlement agreement between the parties; plaintiff was awarded relief and reform was made to the prison's policies.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 4, 2019
Bryant v. Federal Bureau of Prisons
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:11-cv-00254 (C.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0077
In 2011, a hearing-disabled inmate of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons filed a Rehabilitation Act complaint against the Bureau in the U.S. District Court of Central California. The plaintiff alleged that the Bureau of Prisons had denied him necessary accommodations under the Act and had also infringed upon his First, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment rights. In 2016, the parties reached a settlement under the guidance of a mediator magistrate judge, but the terms of the settlement are unknown. The district court closed the case in 2017.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 3, 2019
Muthana v. Pompeo
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-00445 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0061
The father of an Alabama woman who traveled to Syria to join ISIS filed this lawsuit against the Trump administration over its decision to rescind her US citizenship. The lawsuit, which names President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr, asked the court to prevent the federal government from depriving the daughter of her citizenship and to require the government to allow her to return to the country. The case is ongoing pending decision in motion to dismiss.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Ryan v. ICE
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-11003 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0017
In April 2019, two District Attorneys in Massachusetts and two public interest organizations filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs alleged that ICE's practice of conducting civil arrests inside state courthouses violated their common-law privilege against such arrests and Tenth Amendment Rights. In June 2019, Judge Indira Talwani granted the plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction and enjoined ICE from continuing with this practice. The order for Preliminary Injunction is currently pending appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Thorpe v. Virginia Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-00332 (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0024
On May 6, 2019, twelve prisoners who had been held in solitary confinement in two Virginia supermax prisons for at least two years filed this putative class action lawsuit in the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs alleged that each prison had violated their Fourteenth and Eighth Amendment rights by continuing to implement a program that intentionally held prisoners in solitary confinement without the possibility of re-entering the general population. They alleged that this program also violated an earlier settlement agreement, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The defendants, the Virginia Department of Corrections, its employees, and the wardens of each prison, filed two motions to dismiss. District Judge Robert E. Payne has not yet issued a decision on either motion.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Chen v. Western Digital Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 8:19-cv-00909 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0362
In May 2019, female employees of Western Digital, a major computer data storage company, filed this class action complaint in the Central District of California. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant engaged in discriminatory pay, promotion, and job placement policies based on gender, violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The plaintiff filed a proposed settlement agreement, unopposed by the defendants, that granted damages to members of the class and programmatic relief to remedy the alleged discriminatory practices. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
England v. Delaware County Sheriff
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:09-cv-00407-JHP -TLW (N.D. Okla.)
JC-OK-0009
In 2009, former inmates at the Delaware County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs alleged that the Sheriff's Office of Delaware County was guilty of rape, sodomy, sexual battery, and blackmail. The alleged negligence and misconduct of jailers deprived inmates of their the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments Rights. The parties reached a settlement in 2011 for monetary damages. The case closed in May 2012.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Kiakombua v. McAleenan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-01872 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0062
In 2019, IRAP, on the behalf of five asylum seekers, filed this complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that a set of instructions issued by the Trump administration were designed to turn back as many asylum seekers as possible and violated the credible fear process and their due process rights. The plaintiffs sought to enjoin ICE from continuing to apply these instructions during the credible fear process. As of October 2019, the case is still pending in the district court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
United Farm Workers v. Department of Labor
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:07-cv-02241-HHK (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0016
United Farm Workers and Farmworker Justice filed suit against the U.S. Department of Labor due to 7 separate ignored or deficient FOIA requests. The parties agreed to settle after the defendants fulfilled all 7 FOIA requests at no cost. The plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the case with the defendants paying the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs. The case is now closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-06443-JMF (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0068
In 2019, multiple non-profit organizations filed a suit against Attorney General William Barr, the directors of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other U.S. officials. The plaintiffs sought declaratory injunctive relief to prevent the deportation of thousands of immigrants seeking asylum. The court dismissed the complaint in August 2019 for lack of jurisdiction.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Mayor and City Council of Baltimore v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-03636-ELH (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0010
In 2018, the City of Baltimore filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiff alleged that certain rule changes by the U.S. President, Secretary of State, and Department of State were made without following proper administrative procedure. The rule increased the number of immigrants barred from applying for visas for having previously received public assistance. The lawsuit is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
October 2, 2019
Stafford v. Carter
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00289 (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0024
In 2017, prisoners of Pendleton Correctional Facility filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs alleged that employees of Indiana Department of Corrections denied inmates of life saving medical treatment for Hepatitis C virus in violation of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights. Plaintiffs sought relief in the form of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment, compensatory damages and punitive damages for claims under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, and for attorney fees, expenses, and costs. As of October 8, 2019, the parties were finalizing a settlement agreement and the case was ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 30, 2019
Irish International Immigrant Center, Inc. v. Cuccinelli
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-11880-IT (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 29, 2019
District of Columbia and Maryland v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-01596-PJM (D. Md.)
PR-MD-0001
In 2017, Maryland and the District of Columbia filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the State of Maryland. The plaintiffs alleged that President Donald Trump’s continued ownership of and involvement in the Trump Organization violated the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution. In 2019, the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit dismissed the case for lack of standing under Article III of the Constitution. The plaintiffs filed a petition for rehearing in August 2019. As of October 2019, this petition remained pending and the case was ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 29, 2019
Palacios v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-00026 (W.D.N.C.)
IM-NC-0004
In early 2018, two immigrants detained North Carolina filed this putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. The plaintiffs alleged that three Immigration Judges violated their Fifth Amendment Due Process rights by refusing to exercise jurisdiction over bond hearing requests filed while the plaintiffs were held in the Mecklenburg County Jail Central. The District Court judge dismissed the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and denied the plaintiff’s motion to certify the class. In late 2018, the plaintiffs appealed the District Judge’s ruling. The parties are scheduled to appear for oral argument at the end of 2019.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 28, 2019
Allen v. New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 7:19-cv-08173-UA (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0073
In September 2019, 18 prisoners sued the New York Department of Corrections alleging that a medications policy violated the Eighth Amendment. The plaintiffs sought compensation for pain and suffering, as well as an injunctions against the prison's practices. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 28, 2019
J.E.C.M. v. Lloyd
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00903-LMB-MSN (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0007
In 2018, individual minor plaintiffs from Honduras and Guatemala sued the Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Customs and Border Protection, and the directors of two juvenile detention centers for violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, their due process rights, and for writs of habeas corpus. While claims of individual plaintiffs have been dismissed as those plaintiffs are released from custody, the court certified a class of detained minors and the case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 27, 2019
Hardeman v. Curran
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:17-CV-08729 (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0052
In 2017, pretrial inmates at Lake County Adult Correctional Facility filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The Plaintiffs alleged that by shutting down the water in the facility for three days without notice, their due process rights under the 8th and 14th Amendments had been violated. In 2018, Defendants appealed to the 7th Circuit the decision denying them qualified immunity. The 7th Circuit affirmed the district court's decision to reject the defense. As of September 2019, the case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 26, 2019
Harvard v. Inch
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00212-MW-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0032
In 2019, prisoners under the Florida Department of Corrections filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the Florida Department of Corrections’ use of solitary confinement was excessive, unnecessary, and harmful to prisoners’ health, and a violation of the Eighth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Rehabilitation Act. The lawsuit is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 26, 2019
Reynolds v. Arnone
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-01465-SRU (D. Conn.)
PC-CT-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 26, 2019
United States v. Baltimore County
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-02465-ADC (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0152
The United States sued Baltimore County seeking to enjoin the use of discriminatory exams used by the county police department in their hiring process. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 26, 2019
EEOC v. G. A. HOFLER CONSTRUCTION, LLC
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:04-cv-00582-HCM (E.D. Va.)
EE-VA-0040
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a complaint on behalf of a female employee against G.A. Hofler Construction, LLC in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk. Under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, the female employee claimed that she had suffered job discrimination on the basis of sex. Due to procedural issues including improper service of Motion for Default on the Defendant, Judge Henry C. Morgan dismissed the Plaintiff’s action without prejudice on January 31st, 2006.
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CASE ADDITIONS
September 23, 2019
Ndambi v. CoreCivic
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-03521 (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0011
In 2018, three immigrants detained at Cibola County Correctional Center sued the company owning the center, CoreCivic, Inc. The plaintiffs alleged that they were not fairly compensated for the work they performed while detained, as they received less than the federally mandated minimum wage stipulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act. The defendants’ Motion for Conditional Certification is pending, as well as the defendant’s Motion to Dismiss which hinges on the immigrant’s lack of employee status due to their custodial state.
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