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Equal Justice Under Law
According to its website, Equal Justice Under Law is a non-profit civil rights organization, founded in 2014, dedicated to providing pro bono legal service to those most in need. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and brings cases nationwide.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Rodriguez v. Mach
5:18-cv-01265 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 12/05/2018 - Closed 2019
Chairman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0014
Austin County
Coding Complete
The plaintiffs in this action are Texas residents whose driver’s licenses had been suspended. They brought suit against the Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission in his official capacity on December 5, 2018. The Commission suspended the plaintiffs’ licenses through a Driver Responsibility Program. The program had forced 1 ... [view]
2 Edwards v. Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc.
3:18-cv-04609-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
Leaders in Community Alternatives
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0022
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2018, the plaintiffs, persons required to wear and pay for GPS ankle monitors, filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the company that created and distributed the ankle monitors, the parent company, several individual employees of the company, ... [view]
3 Harold v. Richards
2:18-cv-00115-RK (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/10/2018 - Closed 2018
Governor of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0005
Coding Complete
On January 10, 2018, two Philadelphia residents convicted for possession of small amounts of drugs filed this class lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs sued three secretaries of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the governor of Pennsylvania because they believed a criminal ... [view]
4 DiFrancesco v. Bullock
2:17-cv-00066-SEH (D. Mont.)
Filed 08/31/2017 - Closed 2019
The State of Montana
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MT-0003
Coding Complete
On August 31, 2017, a resident of Bozeman, Montana, who was unable to pay his court debt that grew to nearly $4,000 out of a small $185 civil infraction, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. The plaintiff sued the governor of Montana, the Attorney General of Montana, the administrator of the ... [view]
5 Edwards v. Cofield
3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
Randolph County, Alabama
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0016
Randolph County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, a 29-year old pregnant army veteran filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, Court Clerk, Court Magistrate, and District Court Judge of Randolph County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by Equal ... [view]
6 Fowler v. Johnson
4:17-cv-11441 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/04/2017 - Case Ongoing
The State of Michigan
Secretary of State for the State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0013
Coding Complete
On May 4, 2017, two residents of Detroit, Michigan, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of State for the State of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, represented by the Sugar Law Center and Equal Justice ... [view]
7 Watlington v. City of McCrory
2:17-cv-00002-DPM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 01/05/2017 - Closed 2017
City of McCrory
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-AR-0001
Coding Complete
On January 5, 2017, two residents of the City of McCrory that were living in a trailer worth approximately $1500, filed a putative class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Plaintiffs, represented by Equal Justice Under Law and private counsel, sued the City of McCrory and its Police Chief ... [view]
8 Commonwealth v. Wagle
1613CR003391 (State Court)
Filed 08/05/2016 - Closed
Massachusetts
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0003
Coding Complete
On August 5th, 2016, attorneys from the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts and from Equal Justice Under Law filed a petition in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County in Massachusetts. The attorneys represented an indigent woman charged with possession of a Class A controlled substance who had been jailed for being ... [view]
9 O'Donnell v. Harris County
4:16-cv-01414 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
Harris County Judges
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0010
Harris County
Coding Complete
On May 19, 2016, a 22-year-old detainee filed this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Harris County, Texas and the Harris County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiff, represented by Equal Justice Under Law, claimed that the bail system violated the Equal Protection and Due ... [view]
10 Welchen v. Sacramento
2:16-cv-00185-TLN-DB (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/29/2016 - Case Ongoing
County of Sacramento
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0023
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
This case arises out of an incident beginning on January 29, 2016, when a 50-year-old, disabled, homeless man from Sacramento was arrested and accused of second-degree burglary of an uninhabited dwelling. He was taken to the Sacramento County jail and told that he would only be released if he paid $10,000. The same day, the Plaintiff filed this ... [view]
11 Buffin v. City and County of San Francisco
4:15-cv-04959-YGR (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/28/2015 - Case Ongoing
City and County of San Francisco
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0016
San Francisco
Coding Complete
At the commencement of this lawsuit, the City and County of San Francisco did not release arrestees from jail unless they paid a generic “bond” amount. That amount was determined by a fixed bail schedule set by San Francisco under direction of state law. Because this sum was set by reference to the alleged offense of arrest, no individualized ... [view]
12 Martinez v. City of Dodge City
2:15-cv-09344 (D. Kan.)
Filed 10/21/2015 - Closed 2016
City of Dodge City
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-KS-0002
Ford County
Coding Complete
On October 21, 2015, an arrestee filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiff sued Dodge City and Ford County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff alleged that the Dodge City's wealth-based post-arrest detention scheme violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth ... [view]
13 Bell v. City of Jackson
3:15-cv-732-TSL-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 10/09/2015 - Closed 2016
City of Jackson, Mississippi
Jail Conditions
JC-MS-0024
Hinds County
Coding Complete
On October 9, 2015, seven impoverished individuals incarcerated by the City of Jackson filed this class action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, federal anti-trafficking laws, and the declaratory judgment act in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Mississippi. The plaintiffs alleged that they were imprisoned because they were unable ... [view]
14 Rodriguez v. Providence Community Corrections
3:15-cv-01048 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 10/01/2015 - Closed 2018
Providence Community Corrections
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0007
Rutherford County
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2015, a group of indigent Rutherford County, Tennessee residents who received sanctions for failing to pay probation fees, filed a class action suit against the county and Providence Community Corrections, Inc. (PCC), a private contractor overseeing probation. The plaintiffs alleged that: 1) the arrangement between PCC and Rutherford ... [view]
15 Walker v. City of Calhoun
4:15-cv-00170-SCJ (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 09/08/2015 - Closed
City of Calhoun, Georgia
City of Calhoun
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0012
Gordon County
Coding Complete
This is a case challenging the Georgia city of Calhoun's use of a bail schedule that did not account for ability to pay, leading to longer detention of poor criminal defendants. On September 8, 2015, a 54-year-old indigent man filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the ... [view]
16 Snow v. Lambert
Civ. 15-567-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/25/2015 - Closed 2015
Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0002
Ascension Parish
Coding Complete
On August 25, 2015, a woman jailed for her failure to pay an automatically set bail filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued Ascension Parish under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice ... [view]
17 Cooper v. City of Dothan
1:15-cv-00425-WKW-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 06/16/2015 - Closed 2019
City of Dothan
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0011
Houston County
Coding Complete
On June 16, 2015, an arrestee in Dothan, Alabama, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Represented by attorneys from Equal Justice Under Law, the plaintiff sued the city of Dothan. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, alleging that Dothan ... [view]
18 Thompson v. Moss Point, Mississippi
1:15-cv-00182-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/12/2015 - Closed 2015
City of Moss Point
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MS-0002
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2015, this lawsuit was brought by an indigent person arrested by the City of Moss Point, Mississippi (the City), who was jailed for a prolonged period after she was unable to pay the fee demanded for release under the city’s “secured bail” schedule. Under that policy, persons arrested by the city were required to post a bail ... [view]
19 Powell v. City of St. Ann
4:15-cv-00840 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 05/27/2015 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Ann
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0008
Coding Complete
On May 27, 2015, this lawsuit was brought in the United States for the Eastern District of Missouri by a person arrested by the City of St. Ann (the City), Missouri, who was jailed for a prolonged period after he was unable to pay the fee demanded for his release under the city’s “secured bail” policy. Under that policy, persons arrested for ... [view]
20 Pierce v. City of Velda City
4:15-cv-00570 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 04/02/2015 - Closed 2015
The City of Velda City
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0007
Coding Complete
On April 2, 2015, a pretrial detainee imprisoned in Velda City, Missouri because she could not afford to post bail filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiff sued Velda City under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by Equal Justice Under Law and ArchCity Defenders, ... [view]
21 Jenkins v. City of Jennings
4:15-cv-00252-CEJ (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 02/08/2015 - Closed 2017
The City of Jennings, Missouri
The City of Jennings, Missouri
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0006
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On February 8th, 2015, a class of around 2,000 mostly black, impoverished residents of Jennings, Missouri filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the City of Jennings under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, 18 U.S.C. § 1595, and 28 U.S.C. § 2201, as well as the First, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, ... [view]
22 Fant v. City of Ferguson
4:15-cv-00253 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 02/08/2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Ferguson
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0005
Coding Complete
On February 8, 2015, this case was brought against the City of Ferguson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The Plaintiffs were impoverished persons who were jailed for failing to pay legal fines imposed on them by the City. They made a number of allegations against Ferguson, including: (1) that the City failed to ... [view]
23 Varden v. City of Clanton
2:15-cv-00034-MHT-WC (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 01/15/2015 - Closed 2018
City of Clanton
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0009
Clanton
Coding Complete
On January 15, 2015, an arrested individual who was unable to pay her bail filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Represented by the non-profit Equal Justice Under Law and by private counsel, the plaintiff sued the City of Clanton under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Her complaint alleged that she was ... [view]
24 Lane v. District of Columbia
1:14-cv-01316 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/04/2014 - Closed 2017
The District of Columbia
Policing
PN-DC-0008
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 4, 2014, a 71-year old grandmother living in Washington, DC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia. The plaintiff, represented by the non-profit organization Equal Justice Under Law, sought compensatory damages, punitive damages, costs, and ... [view]
25 S.H. v. District of Columbia
1:14-cv-01317 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/04/2014 - Closed 2018
The District of Columbia
Policing
PN-DC-0009
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 4, 2014, a mother of three minor daughters, those minor daughters (ages 7, 11, and 13 at the time of the incident), and her brother filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by a public interest attorney, sought ... [view]
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