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1 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 1st 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 to St ... [view]
2 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]
3 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]
4 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]
5 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]
6 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]
7 Maryville Baptist Church v. Beshear
3:20-cv-00278-DJH (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Kentucky
Kentucky
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-KY-0004
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: This is an action brought by the Maryville Baptist Church against the enforcement of various COVID-19 related gathering orders issued by the Governor of Kentucky, which kept them from holding in-person and drive-in services. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief and a permanent injunction that would keep the defendant from ... [view]
8 First Baptist Church v. Kelly
6:20-cv-01102-JWB-GEB (D. Kan.)
Filed 04/16/2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of Kansas
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-KS-0002
Coding Complete
COVID 19 Summary: This case, filed in April 2020, rejected Kansas Governor Laura Kelley’s executive orders restricting mass gatherings at churches. The case ended in May 2020, when Governor Kelly’s new executive order allowed such gatherings. __________________________________________________________________ On April 7, 2020, Governor Kelly ... [view]
9 Kelly v. Legislative Coordinating Council
122765 (State Court)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Closed 2020
Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-KS-0001
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor of Kansas issued an Executive Order barring mass gatherings, including religious gatherings. The Kansas Legislative Coordinating Council revoked the Order, and in response the Governor sued to reinstitute the Order. The Supreme Court of Kansas held that the Legislative ... [view]
10 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0003
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 Chicago Freedom School v. Chicago
1:20-cv-03718 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IL-0025
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 Crane v. Fort Wayne
1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 2020 - Closed
no defendants on record
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0004
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
13 Soos v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-00651 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
State 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]
14 Doc Society v. Pompeo
1:19-cv-03632 (D.D.C.)
Filed 12/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
U.S. State Department and Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Speech and Religious Freedom
IM-DC-0066
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On December 5, 2019, Doc Society and the International Documentary Associate, U.S.-based documentary film organizations that host screenings and discussions with international partners, filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves as well as their members and partners. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. State Department in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
15 Edgar v. Coats
8:19-cv-00985-GJH (D. Md.)
Filed 04/02/2019 - Case Ongoing
Director of National Intelligence
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-MD-0002
Coding Complete
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, represented by the ACLU and Knight First Amendment Institute, brought this suit challenging a system of prepublication review instituted by these agencies. Specifically, these agencies ... [view]
16 State of New York v. Dept. of Health and Human Servs.
1:19-cv-05435-PAE (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Speech and Religious Freedom
Public Accomm./Contracting
FA-NY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit consolidates a number of challenges to a rule from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment or services that conflict with their religious or moral beliefs. Based on an 2017 executive order by President Trump and a memorandum from then Attorney General Jeff ... [view]
17 Victory v. Berks County
5:18-cv-05170-MAK (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 11/30/2018 - Case Ongoing
Berks County
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
JC-PA-0038
Berks County
Coding Complete
A woman incarcerated at Pennsylvania’s Berks County Jail filed this lawsuit against the County and several county officials and jail officials. Her complaint, filed November 30, 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleged that the jail violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by ... [view]
18 Thompson v. Baldwin
3:18-cv-03230-SEM-TSH (C.D. Ill.)
Filed 09/13/2018 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
PC-IL-0042
Coding Complete
On September 13, 2018, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The plaintiff, an author of a Pulitzer-prize winning book about the Attica Prison uprising, wished for ... [view]
19 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
Coding Complete
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]
20 Young v. Newton
1:18-cv-00851 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 07/09/2018 - Case Ongoing
Riverside Regional Jail
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
JC-VA-0017
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought by four Muslim inmates incarcerated at Virginia’s Riverside Regional Jail, alleging that they had suffered religious discrimination by jail officials. According to the complaint, the jail had funded and proactively provided extensive opportunities and dedicated spaces for Christian religious instruction and worship, but ... [view]
21 Fulton v. City of Philadelphia
2:18-cv-02075 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/18/2018 - Case Ongoing
City of Philadelphia
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0016
Philadelphia County
Coding Complete
On May 17, 2018, a Catholic foster care and social services agency and {} filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, against the City of Philadelphia. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and by conservative public interest organization the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, alleged that city ... [view]
22 Speech First v. Schlissel
2:18-cv-11451 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/08/2018 - Closed 2019
University of Michigan
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-MI-0019
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2018, Speech First, a nationwide membership organization of students, alumni, and others concerned with preserving the protections of the First Amendment, filed this lawsuit, on behalf of members attending the University of Michigan, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiff sued the University of ... [view]
23 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Arizona v. Michele Reagan
2:17-cv-04102-DGC (D. Ariz.)
Filed 11/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Arizona
State of Arizona
Election/Voting Rights
Speech and Religious Freedom
VR-AZ-0053
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On November 7, 2017, the League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona (LULAC-Arizona) and the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of State of Arizona (the Secretary) and the Maricopa County Recorder (the County Recorder) ... [view]
24 State of Washington v. Trump
2:17-cv-01510-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 10/09/2017 - Closed 2018
President of the United States of America
Equal Employment
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-WA-0005
Coding Complete
On October 9, 2017, the State of Washington filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The State sued the President of the United States, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) under the Administrative ... [view]
25 Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/11/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States
President Donald J. Trump
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0004
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
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