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1 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 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]
4 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]
5 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
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]
6 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]
7 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 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]
9 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]
10 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]
11 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]
12 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]
13 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]
14 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]
15 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]
16 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]
17 Hudson v. Montgomery County
2:20-cv-01487-JDW (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 03/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Montgomery County
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0017
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
This is a case about alleged wrongful retaliation and wrongful discharge of a public defender as a result of an amicus brief that was critical of Montgomery County’s money bail system. A former Montgomery County chief public defender filed this suit against Montgomery Country on March 17th, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern ... [view]
18 Jones v. Stanford
1:20-cv-01332 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner
New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Criminal Justice (Other)
Speech and Religious Freedom
CJ-NY-0016
Kings County
Coding Complete
This is a lawsuit about whether the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) can ban individuals required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) from accessing social media and the internet. On March 12, 2020 six people required to register under SORA, filed this lawsuit in the United States ... [view]
19 Williams v. San Francisco
20-587008 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-CA-0050
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
20 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]
21 State of New York v. Dept. of Health and Human Servs.
1:19-cv-05435-PAE (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/21/2019 - 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]
22 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]
23 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]
24 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]
25 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]
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