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1 Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Small Business Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-MD-0006
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Does v. Trump
2:20-cv-00704 (E.D. Wis.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WI-0004
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class-action complaint filed on May 8 challenging the requirement for a social insurance number to qualify for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) stimulus checks. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining the SSN ... [view]
3 Doe v. Trump
8:20-cv-00858 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/06/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0055
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on May 6 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a TRO prohibiting the defendants from enforcing the Exclusion Provision. On July 8, the ... [view]
4 R.V. v. Mnuchin
8:20-cv-01148-PWG (D. Md.)
Filed 05/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of the Treasury
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MD-0007
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class action complaint filed by seven children and their parents against the Secretary of the Treasury and the United States, challenging the social security number (SSN) requirement of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief ... [view]
5 Wilkes v. Lamont
3:20-cv-00594 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Public Benefits / Government Services
ID-CT-0007
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COVID-19 Summary: This class-action injunctive and habeas case against the State of Connecticut sought release and improved conditions at two inpatient psychiatric facilities. The plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction for improved conditions on June 8, and the defendants moved to dismiss the case on June 11. The plaintiffs withdrew their ... [view]
6 Women's Health Center of West Virginia v. Morrisey
2:20-cv-00293 (S.D. W. Va.)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Closed 2020
West Virginia
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WV-0005
Coding Complete
On March 31, 2020, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice issued Executive Order (EO) 16-20 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The EO was intended to promote public health and safety by limiting movement throughout the state and conserving limited medical resources and personnel. The Order indefinitely banned all "elective medical procedures". EO 16-20 ... [view]
7 Doe v. Trump
1:20-CV-02531 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IL-0014
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on April 24 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a temporary restraining order (TRO). On July 7, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss ... [view]
8 New York v. United States Department of Labor
1:20-cv-03020 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Labor
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0035
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 14, 2020, the State of New York filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York to challenge Department of Labor regulations interpreting the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, the state alleged that the rule conflicted with the plain ... [view]
9 Planned Parenthood Center for Choice v. Abbott
1:20-cv-00323 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0016
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COVID-19 summary: On March 25, 2020, Planned Parenthood filed this suit challenging Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's interpretation of Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order. The Attorney General singled out abortion providers and suggested that he believed the provision of nonemergency abortions would violate the Executive Order. On March 30, ... [view]
10 Family Equality v. Azar
Case 1:20-cv-02403 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0034
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On March 19, 2020, Family Equality, True Colors United, and Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs sued the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Administrative Procedure Act, challenging the Notice of Nonenforcement ... [view]
11 Jennings v. Wolf
3:20-cv-00148-MEM (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Pennsylvania
Mental Health (Facility)
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-PA-0022
Coding Complete
This case, filed January 29, 2020, objected to the closure of two Pennsylvania intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID) (the Polk Center and the White Haven Center) and the rights of the individuals residing in those facilities. It is what some describe as a "reverse-Olmstead" lawsuit. (See Olmstead v ... [view]
12 Does v. Trump
3:20-cv-00430-jdp (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 2020 - Closed
Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WI-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on May 6 against the U.S. government to challenge the Exclusion Provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as a TRO prohibiting the defendants from enforcing the Exclusion Provision. On June 12, the ... [view]
13 Young v. Azar
1:19-cv-03526 (D.D.C.)
Filed 11/22/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0010
Coding Complete
This case is one of several federal cases challenging the Trump Administration’s ongoing attempts to reduce Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case arose from federal and state efforts to limit the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Medicaid, established under Title XIX of the Social Security Act, requires states to cover ... [view]
14 Doe v. Trump
3:19-cv-01743-SB (D. Or.)
Filed 10/30/2019 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-OR-0009
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On October 30, 2019, seven individual plaintiffs and Latino Network filed this putative class-action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, challenging President Trump’s October 4, 2019 “Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System” ... [view]
15 Gonzalez v. Moore
1:19-cv-03035-TWT (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/02/2019 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Driver Services
Georgia Department of Driver Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0010
Coding Complete
On July 2, 2019, a United States citizen born in Puerto Rico filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and an inspector of the Georgia DDS under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2202, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ... [view]
16 Little Rock Family Planning Services v. Rutledge
4:19-cv-00449 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 06/26/2019 - Case Ongoing
Prosecuting Attorney of Pulaski County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AR-0007
Pulaski County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an ongoing lawsuit regarding Arkansas state laws that limit abortions, which was amended to include abortion restrictions put in place by an executive order banning all elective procedures by Arkansas's governor on April 4, 2020, due to COVID-19. The judge initially granted the temporary restraining order, which ... [view]
17 County of Santa Clara v. U.S. Department of Public Health and Human Services
3:19-cv-02916 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/28/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0052
Coding Complete
On May 28, 2019, the County of Santa Clara, CA and various healthcare providers sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for violating the Administrative Procedure Act and various constitutional clauses in a Final Rule published on May 21, 2019. The Rule, which ... [view]
18 Robinson v. Marshall
2:19-cv-00365-MHT-JTA (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/24/2019 - Case Ongoing
Alabama Attorney General
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In response to the COVID-19 crisis, on March 27, 2020 the State Public Health Officer issued an emergency order restricting any medical or surgical procedure except those necessary to treat an “emergency medical condition,” including abortion. On March 30, the plaintiffs challenged the Order and requested an emergency ... [view]
19 Preterm-Cleveland v. Attorney General of Ohio
1:19-cv-00360 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 05/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ohio Department of Health
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OH-0013
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an ongoing lawsuit regarding Ohio state legislation that would criminalize certain abortions that was amended to include a request for relief in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order against the Department of Health's order which had banned all "non-essential surgeries and procedures" ... [view]
20 M.G. v. Cuomo
7:19-cv-00639 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/23/2019 - Case Ongoing
New York State
Prison Conditions
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
MH-NY-0012
Albany County
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2019, six indigent prison inmates with mental illness whom the defendants held in secure prisons past their release dates filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of other prisoners in similar situations. The plaintiffs sued the Governor of New York, the New York ... [view]
21 Buck v. Nessel
1:19-cv-00286-RJJ-PJG (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0027
Ingham County
Coding Complete
On April 15th, 2019, St. Vincent Catholic Charities (a Michigan foster care agency) and several of their volunteers filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and related agencies under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
22 Alexander v. Senior
4:18-cv-00569 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 12/12/2018 - Case Ongoing
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-FL-0021
Coding Complete
On December 12, 2018, six low-income older adults and adults with disabilities filed a putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The case was assigned to Judge Robert L. Hinkle. Represented by Disability Rights Florida, Southern Legal Counsel, and Justice in Aging, the plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
23 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]
24 Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Dep't of Commerce
1:18-cv-02711 (D.D.C.)
Filed 11/20/2018 - Closed 2020
United States Census Bureau
United States Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0008
Coding Complete
On November 20, 2018, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), an independent non-profit research center dedicated to privacy and civil liberties issues, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was assigned to District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. The plaintiff sued the United States Department ... [view]
25 Mendoza v. Garrett
3:18-cv-01634-HZ (D. Or.)
Filed 09/07/2018 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Transportation
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-OR-0001
Coding Complete
On September 7, 2018, five Oregon residents filed this class-action lawsuit against members of the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Transportation Commission, and the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. The plaintiffs, represented by the Oregon Law Center, sued the defendants under 42 U.S.C. §1983. They alleged that Oregon’s ... [view]
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