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1 Black Emergency Response Team v. O'Connor
5:21-cv-01022 (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 10/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Education
Speech and Religious Freedom
ED-OK-0017
Coding In Process
This is a challenge to an Oklahoma state law, House Bill 1775 (codified as 70 O.S. § 24-157 (2021)), which regulated the way that educators could teach about issues of race and gender.* [view]
2 EPIC v. United States Postal Service
1:21-cv-2156 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/12/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0026
District of Columbia County
Coding In Process
EPIC, a privacy and civil liberties organization, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, from using facial recognition and social media monitoring tools. Filed on August 12, 2021, the complaint alleges that the Postal ... [view]
3 NetChoice v. Moody
4:21-cv-00220-RH-MAF (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/27/2021 - Case Ongoing
Florida Elections Commission
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-FL-0008
Coding Complete
This is a case about content regulation of social-media providers in Florida. On May 27, 2021, NetChoice and Computer & Communications Industry Association (two trade associations that seek to promote and protect free speech and free enterprise on the Internet) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The ... [view]
4 Brandt v. Rutledge
4:21-cv-00450 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 05/25/2021 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General of the State of Arkansas
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-AR-0001
Coding Complete
On April 6, 2021, the Arkansas legislature passed H.B. 1570 over the governor’s veto. This bill, also titled the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation” (SAFE) Act, banned healthcare professionals from providing gender transition procedures to anyone under 18 or from referring anyone under 18 to any healthcare professional for such procedures ... [view]
5 ACLU v. Montgomery County
2:21-cv-02316 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
Montgomery County
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0018
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
This is a case about Montgomery County Correctional Facilities (MCCF) restricting access to clients, prospective clients, and witnesses, by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA). On May 20, 2021, ACLU-PA filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. The ACLU-PA sued MCCF and Montgomery County. In ... [view]
6 Hecker v. Krepp
1:21-cv-00839 (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/29/2021 - Case Ongoing
Representative for Single-Member District 6B10
Advisory Neighborhood Commission
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0025
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This case is about a public official who blocked a private citizen from viewing the Twitter account that she used for official communication with her constituents. On March 29, 2021, the plaintiff, a private citizen, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the ... [view]
7 Messina v. City of Fort Lauderdale
0:21-cv-60168-RKA (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-FL-0010
Coding In Process
This is a case challenging Sections 16-82 and 25-267 of the Fort Lauderdale Code of Ordinances, which prohibit panhandling. The plaintiffs alleged that the ordinances singled out certain forms of speech in violation of the First Amendment.* [view]
8 Williams v. City of West Palm Beach
9:21-cv-81537 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
City of West Palm Beach
City of West Palm Beach
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-FL-0011
Palm Beach County
Coding In Process
This lawsuit challenges a West Palm Beach city ordinance prohibiting panhandling on First Amendment grounds. The plaintiffs claimed this constituted a content-based restriction on their speech.* [view]
9 Santa Cruz Lesbian and Gay Community Center v. Trump
5:20-cv-07741-BLF (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/02/2020 - Closed 2021
United States
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-CA-0016
Coding Complete
This case is a challenge to an Executive Order prohibiting government agencies and organizations that receive government funding from discussing unconscious racial or sexual bias during employee trainings. On November 2, 2020, eight plaintiffs—six nonprofits, a sole proprietorship, and an individual—involved in LGBTQ+ advocacy and health care, ... [view]
10 National Urban League v. Trump
1:20-cv-03121 (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/29/2020 - Closed 2021
President of the United States
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0023
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 Turner v. U.S. Agency for Global Media
1:20-cv-02885-BAH (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Agency for Global Media
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0024
Washington D.C.
Coding Complete
On October 8, 2020, former civil servants at the U.S. Agency for Global Media (the Agency) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The former employees sued the Agency under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 706, and further alleged that the Agency violated the First Amendment rights of the Agency's ... [view]
12 Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-04834 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0010
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: A group of Orthodox Jewish synagogues brought this lawsuit against the Governor of New York on October 8, 2020, alleging that the governor's restrictions on gatherings in light of surges in COVID-19 cases violated the Free Exercise Clause. After the district court denied plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, they ... [view]
13 Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-KY-0001
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2020, six individual plaintiffs and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (KAARPR) filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. They were represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, and ... [view]
14 Calvary Chapel of Ukiah v. Newsom
2:20-cv-01431 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-CA-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by several churches in California, challenging state restrictions on worship brought on by COVID-19. The churches requested injunctive relief, claiming violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. No outcome yet.
Three California churches brought this lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and ... [view]
15 Crane v. Fort Wayne
1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0004
Fort Wayne
Coding Complete
On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets ... [view]
16 Chicago Freedom School v. Chicago
1:20-cv-03718 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/25/2020 - Closed 2020
City of Chicago
Chicago
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IL-0025
Chicago
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought on June 25, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This complaint was filed in response to police conduct amidst the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. However, unlike most other cases in this collection, the conduct of the police in this case were aimed at ... [view]
17 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Closed 2020
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0003
Indianapolis
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit was filed in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Indianapolis that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs were Indy 10 Black Lives Matter (a Black Lives Matter chapter out of ... [view]
18 Buchanan v. Trump
1:20-cv-01542 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
President of the United States
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0015
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 11, 2020. The suit was in response to President Trump's June 1, 2020, decision to use chemical weapons against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park, protesting the police killing of George Floyd. In order to clear the path for President Trump to walk ... [view]
19 Soos v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-00651 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0007
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On June 10, two Catholic priests and three Orthodox Jews filed this lawsuit against the city and state of New York, alleging that by allowing protests while prohibiting worship, they discriminated against people of faith and violating their constitutional rights. They sought declaratory relief, a temporary restraining order (TRO), ... [view]
20 High Plains Harvest Church v. Polis
1:20-cv-01480 (D. Colo.)
Filed 05/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Colorado
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-CO-0009
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a suit brought by a church against the State of Colorado's enforcement of stay-at-home orders, including the policy prohibiting in-person religious activities. Following a Supreme Court decision denying a similar application for injunctive relief, plaintiffs withdrew their request for injunctive relief. They later filed ... [view]
21 Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley v. Sisolak
3:20-cv-00303 (D. Nev.)
Filed 05/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Nevada
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NV-0001
Coding Complete
On May 22, 2020, a Nevada church filed this lawsuit against the Governor of Nevada, challenging the state’s restrictions on congregational worship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, the church filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The case was assigned to Judge Larry R. Hicks; ... [view]
22 South Bay United Pentecostal Church v. Newsom
3:20-cv-00865 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of California
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-CA-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a suit brought by a church against the State of California’s enforcement of stay-at-home orders and prohibition of in-person religious policies. The plaintiffs alleged that California’s four-stage “Reopening Plan,” had relaxed the stay-at-home order for certain retail organizations as part of stage 2 of the ... [view]
23 Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-02782 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Illinois
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On May 7, two churches in Illinois sued the Governor of Illinois, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the Governor’s stay-at-home order and restoration plan, which limited gatherings to 10 or fewer people. The court denied the request for a TRO on May 13, the Seventh Circuit denied the plaintiff's request for an ... [view]
24 Elkhorn Baptist Church v. Brown
20CV17482 (State Court)
Filed 05/06/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Oregon
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-OR-0001
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On May 6, a group of Oregon churches and individuals sued the Governor of Oregon, Kate Brown, claiming that her executive orders imposing restrictions due to the pandemic were unconstitutional under the U.S. and Oregon constitutions. The plaintiffs were initially granted a preliminary injunction, but it was vacated by the Supreme ... [view]
25 The Beloved Church v. Pritzker
3:20-cv-50153 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Illinois
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0017
Coding Complete
COVID 19 Summary: The federal district court denied an injunction blocking application of Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker's stay-at-home order against churches. The plaintiff church has appealed.
In his COVID-19 “stay-at-home” executive orders, J. B. Pritzker, the governor of Illinois, required churches to discontinue all in-person ... [view]
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