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ACLU National (all projects)
The ACLU is a national organization advocating individual rights and liberties by litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues.

Much of its work is done by national "projects." These include: the Capital Punishment Project, Drug Law Reform Project, Human Rights Project, Immigrant Rights Project, LGBT Rights & AIDS Project, National Prison Project, National Security Project, Racial Justice Project, Reproductive Freedom Project, Voting Rights Project, Women's Rights Project.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 NAACP v. Peterman
1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 07/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mayor of Graham
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The complaint for this case was filed on July 2, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint challenged an ordinance in Graham, North Carolina that forced would-be organizers of protests to obtain a permit from the city at least twenty four hours in advance. The ordinance gave the police chief total ... [view]
2 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Clayton County Sheriff
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Clayton County
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Four inmates of the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the Clayton County Sheriff, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, on July 1, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping through jails and prisons across the country, and the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was ignoring the health and safety of its ... [view]
3 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
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a case challenging the legality of the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude small business owners from parts of the CARES Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 21, the court granted a preliminary injunction extending the deadline to apply for a loan for the named plaintiffs.
In ... [view]
4 J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and/or the Border
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COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on behalf on an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation, alleging that the Trump administrations' system of authorizing the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed procedural protections otherwise granted to minor children. On June 24, the court granted a TRO. On June 2 ... [view]
5 Collins v. Adams
3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 05/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear
Election/Voting Rights
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This suit was filed on May 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit was brought by several individual plaintiffs as well as the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of NAACP Branches. They were represented by lawyers from ACLU National, ACLU of ... [view]
6 Hallinan v. Scarantino
5:20-hc-02088 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on behalf of all individuals incarcerated at FCI Butner, seeking release as well as mitigation measures due to COVID-19. The court denied the plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and writ of habeas corpus on June 11, 2020.
On May 26, 2020, eleven people ... [view]
7 Busby v. Bonner
2:20-cv-02359 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 05/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
Shelby County Sheriff
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Jail Conditions
Shelby County
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas action filed by individuals in the Shelby County Jail, alleging that their underlying medical conditions made them especially vulnerable to COVID-19. They brought constitutional claims under the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as claims of violations of the ADA and Rehabilitation act, requesting release. On June 10, ... [view]
8 Know Your IX v. Devos
1:20-cv-01224-RDB (D. Md.)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Education
Department of Education
Washington D.C.
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On May 14, 2020, a group of public interest organizations focused on helping student-victims of sexual assault and harassment, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, against Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, in her official capacity, and the Department of Education (ED). The plaintiffs, represented ... [view]
9 Lay v. Goins
20-435-IV (State Court)
Filed 05/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Coordinator of Elections for the State of Tennessee
Election/Voting Rights
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COVID-19 summary: This lawsuit was filed by Tennessee voters to ease the application of Tennessee’s voting by mail law during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief, as well as a preliminary and permanent injunction and a temporary restraining order enjoining the excuse requirement for the August 6 primary and November 3 ... [view]
10 Black Voters Matter Fund v. Raffensperger
1:20-cv-01489 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 05/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Georgia
Election/Voting Rights
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action suit brought by a nonprofit organization and an individual against the state of Georgia to challenge the state’s requirement to purchase postage stamps for mail-in ballots. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring election officials to provide prepaid returnable envelopes for ... [view]
11 Lucero-Gonzalez v. Kline
2:20-cv-00901-DJH-DMF (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
CoreCivic Warden
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action brought by five prisoners with high-risk medical issues held at the federal Central Arizona Florence Correctional Complex against the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant’s failure to implement basic social distancing and hygiene measures violated ... [view]
12 Alhman v. Barnes
8:20-cv-00835 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Orange County
Orange County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Orange County
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This putative class-action lawsuit was filed on April 30, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuit was filed by several inmates in Orange County Jail. The suit arose out of the COVID-19 pandemic that swept the world in early 2020. As the virus raged throughout the country, it became particularly ... [view]
13 Samma v. United States Department of Defense
1:20-cv-01104 (D.D.C.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Defense
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
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The Immigration and Nationality Act provides an expedited path to citizenship for non-citizens serving in the U.S. military. In 2017, President Trump’s Secretary of Defense implemented a new internal policy which made the expedited naturalization process lengthier and more difficult. Objecting to this new policy, 6 non-citizen service members, ... [view]
14 Thomas v. Andino
3:20-cv-01552 (D.S.C.)
Filed 04/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
South Carolina State Election Commission
Election/Voting Rights
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COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by four individuals facing a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the Family Unit, a non-profit organization, against the enforcement of South Carolina’s witness signature requirement and the excuse requirement. On May 12, the South Carolina General Assembly passed legislation allowing all ... [view]
15 League of Women Voters of Virginia v. Virginia State Board of Elections
6:20-cv-00024 (W.D. Va.)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Virginia State Board of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
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COVID 19 summary: The League of Women Voters of Virginia and three individual voters filed a suit against the Virginia State Board of Elections to remove Virginia’s witness requirement. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the plaintiffs alleged that the witness requirement posed an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote by forcing voters to ... [view]
16 Missouri NAACP v. Missouri
20AC-CC00169 (State Court)
Filed 04/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of Missouri
Election/Voting Rights
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This putative class-action lawsuit was filed on April 17, 2020 in the state court of Missouri for the Circuit Court of Cole County by the Missouri NAACP, the League of Women Voters of Missouri, and three individual plaintiffs. Represented by lawyers from the ACLU Foundation of Missouri, ACLU National, and the Missouri Voter Protection Coalition, ... [view]
17 Sanchez v. Dallas County Sheriff
3:20-cv-00832 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County Texas
Jail Conditions
Dallas County
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COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action complaint brought on April 9, 2020, by nine detainees at the Dallas County Jail, who have either been infected with COVID-19 or are at risk due to underlying conditions, seeking release from detention due to the risks to their health in light of the virus. The court rejected the request for TRO on April 26 ... [view]
18 Livas v. Myers
2:20-cv-00422 (W.D. La.)
Filed 04/06/2020 - Closed
United States
Warden of Oakdale Federal Correctional Institutions
Prison Conditions
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COVID-19 Summary: Inmates at Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution filed this putative class action lawsuit seeking immediate release of high risk inmates and a plan outlining mitigation efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the prison. On April 26, the court granted defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction.
On ... [view]
19 Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, Inc.
3:20-cv-00201-RNC (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
CT school athletic association
Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference
New Haven County
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The four plaintiffs in this case are high school track athletes who alleged that having to compete against transgender female peers (consistently referred to as "biological males" in their briefs) has caused the plaintiffs to lose out on significant opportunities to win competitions and further advance in their track careers. They filed suit on ... [view]
20 U.T. v. Barr
1:20-cv-00116-EGS (D.D.C.)
Filed 01/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
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On January 15, 2020, six individual plaintiffs, along with the Tahirih Justice Center and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenging the Trump Administration’s new policy of removing asylum seekers to Guatemala pursuant to an “asylum cooperative agreement” ( ... [view]
21 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers v. Newsom
S261827 (State Court)
Filed 2020 - Closed 2020
Governor of California
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
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COVID-19 Summary: This case was an emergency petition brought on behalf of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and criminal defense member organizations to challenge the conditions of incarceration in light of COVID-19 in California correctional facilities. The petitioners sought a release order to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated so ... [view]
22 Grinis v. Spaulding
1:20-cv-10738 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
Federal Medical Facility Devens
Prison Conditions
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This was a habeas action filed on behalf of a class of prisoners at the Federal Medical Center Devens in Massachusetts, seeking the release of inmates in light of COVID-19 so that the facility could properly socially distance. The court denied the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on May 8, 2020 and dismissed ... [view]
23 State of California v. Trump
3:19-cv-00872 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
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In 2018, President Donald Trump asked Congress to appropriate $5.7 billion for construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. On February 14, 2019, Congress denied that request and instead appropriated only $1.375 billion. Although President Trump signed this appropriations bill, he simultaneously declared a national emergency under the ... [view]
24 White v. Hesse
5:19-cv-01145-R (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 12/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Canadian County District Court 26th Judicial District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
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On December 10, 2019, a group of arrestees detained by Canadian County who have a financial condition of release that they cannot afford and was set without the presence of counsel and the NAACP of Oklahoma, on behalf of its members, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs sued the ... [view]
25 Jones v. DeSantis
4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ten Florida Counties
Supervisor of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
Coding Complete
In the fall of 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights to most people convicted of felonies “upon completion of all terms of sentence, including parole or probation.” (This excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses.) On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law, ... [view]
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