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1 University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-OR-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
2 The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0165
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
3 State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-WA-0045
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
4 Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-DC-0081
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Johns Hopkins University regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
5 State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0167
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of California regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
6 President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-MA-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be granted ... [view]
7 J.P. v. Educational Testing Services
2:20-cv-04502 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
the College Entrance Examination Board
the College Entrance Examination Board
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0037
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: This is a class-action complaint brought by four parents and a public charity against the College Entrance Examination Board and Education Testing Services for breach of contract on behalf of all students registered to take at-home Advanced Placement (AP) exams, for the defendant’s failure to administer its AP exams without ... [view]
8 Know Your IX v. Devos
1:20-cv-01224-RDB (D. Md.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Education
Department of Education
Education
ED-MD-0004
Washington D.C.
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On May 14, 2020, a group of public interest organizations focused on helping student-victims of sexual assault and harassment, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, against Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, in her official capacity, and the Department of Education (ED). The plaintiffs, represented ... [view]
9 Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, Inc.
3:20-cv-00201-RNC (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
CT school athletic association
Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Education
ED-CT-0007
New Haven County
Coding Complete
The four plaintiffs in this case are high school track athletes who alleged that having to compete against transgender female peers (consistently referred to as "biological males" in their briefs) has caused the plaintiffs to lose out on significant opportunities to win competitions and further advance in their track careers. They filed suit on ... [view]
10 Florida Education Association v. Desantis
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Education
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-FL-0002
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) v. DeVos
1:20-cv-02310-GLR (D. Md.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Education
ED-MD-0005
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 NAACP v. DeVos
1:20-cv-01996 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Education
ED-DC-0010
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
13 Black Parallel School Board v. Sacramento City Unified School District
2:19-at-00821 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0035
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2019, the Black Parallel School Board and three students in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) filed a class action in United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued SCUSD and a selection of its officers under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II ... [view]
14 Rapuano v. Trustees of Dartmouth College
1:18-cv-01070 (D.N.H.)
Filed 11/15/2018 - Case Ongoing
Trustees
Dartmouth College
Education
ED-NH-0001
Hanover
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On November 15, 2018, seven female students in Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences filed this putative class action suit against the Trustees of Dartmouth College under Title IX and New Hampshire common law in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire. The plaintiffs claimed a hostile educational environment, ... [view]
15 Young Advocates For Fair Education v. Cuomo
1:18-cv-04167-ILG-JO (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/23/2018 - Closed 2019
Governor of New York
Education
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-NY-0008
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On July 23, 2018, the Young Advocates for Fair Education (YAFFED) filed this lawsuit in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff advocacy group sued the New York governor, the Chancellor of the Board of Regents of New York, and the Commissioner of the New York State Education Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of the First ... [view]
16 Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) v. DeVos
1:18-cv-01636 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/12/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-DC-0008
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2018, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. COPAA sued the U.S. Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). Represented by the National Center for Youth Law and ... [view]
17 The National Federation of the Blind v. U.S. Department of Education
1:18-cv-01568-TDC (D. Md.)
Filed 05/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-MD-0002
Washington, D.C.
Coding Complete
On May 31, 2018, The National Federation of the Blind filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Northern Division). The plaintiff brought this lawsuit under the Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”). It sued the U.S. Department of Education and the Secretary of Education along with the Acting Assistant ... [view]
18 SurvJustice Inc. v. Devos
3:18-cv-00535 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/25/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Department of Education
Education
ED-CA-0027
Coding Complete
On January 25, 2018, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. These three nonprofit organizations sued the U.S. Department of Education under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), ... [view]
19 New York Times Company v. U.S. Department of Justice
1:17-cv-07439-JGK (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/28/2017 - Closed 2018
United States Department of Justice
Education
ED-NY-0018
Coding Complete
On September 28, 2017, the New York Times Company filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory and ... [view]
20 Students for Fair Admissions v. University of Texas at Austin
D-1-GN-17-002930 (State Court)
Filed 06/27/2017 - Closed 2018
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Austin
Education
ED-TX-0005
Travis County
Coding Complete
Students for Fair Admission, Inc. (SFFA), the same group that supported a white student’s allegation of racial discrimination against the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 (see Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, 645 F. Supp. 2d 587, 608 (W.D. Tex. 2009), filed a complaint against the same university, its president, provost, ... [view]
21 Yale University v. Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
HHB-CV-17-6038904-S (State Court)
Filed 06/23/2017 - Closed 2018
Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
Connecticut State Codes and Standards Committee
Education
Public Accomm./Contracting
ED-CT-0006
Hartford County
Coding Complete
At the urging of a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual law students called OutLaws, in December 2016, Yale University requested an exemption from Connecticut’s building code, which required a building to have a minimum number of bathrooms for women and men, not including gender-neutral bathrooms. Seeking to better accommodate ... [view]
22 K.A. v. Hobby
1:17-cv-00099-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed 2019
Worth County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
Education
ED-GA-0002
Worth County
Coding Complete
This case was brought in response to an event that occurred on April 14, 2017 in Worth County. That day, approximately 40 uniformed police officers arrived at Worth County High School and put the school on lockdown to conduct a drug search. They did not have a search warrant. Although the officers had a “target list” of thirteen suspected ... [view]
23 Trustees of Princeton University v. United States Department of Education
1:17-cv-00485-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/17/2017 - Closed 2017
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
Education
ED-DC-0007
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On Mar. 17, 2017, the plaintiff, Princeton University, filed a "reverse Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)" lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education and its sub-agency, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act; 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706; FOIA; 5 U.S.C. § 552; the Trade Secrets Act; and 18 U.S.C. § 1905, ... [view]
24 Gordon v. Jordan School District
2:17-cv-00677 (D. Utah)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
no defendants on record
Education
ED-UT-0002
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Humboldt State University
09-17-2481 (No Court)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
Humboldt State University
Education
ED-CA-0005
Humboldt County
Coding Complete
In the spring of 2017, a student at Humboldt State University filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, San Francisco Office for Civil Rights (OCR). She alleged that the university discriminated against her on the basis of her sex because administrators did not respond to her complaint of sexual assault promptly or equitably. The ... [view]
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