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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 Hallinan v. Scarantino
5:20-hc-02088 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-NC-0020
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Lucero-Gonzalez v. Kline
2:20-cv-00901 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
CoreCivic Warden
CoreCivic
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
JC-AZ-0015
Coding Complete
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]
3 Thomas v. Andino
3:20-cv-01552 (D.S.C.)
Filed 04/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
South Carolina State Election Commission
Election/Voting Rights
VR-SC-0078
Coding Complete
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]
4 Leauge 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
VR-VA-0067
Coding Complete
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]
5 Sanchez v. Dallas County Sheriff
3:20-cv-00832 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Dallas County Texas
Jail Conditions
JC-TX-0027
Dallas County
Coding Complete
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]
6 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
PC-LA-0019
Coding Complete
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 April 6, ... [view]
7 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
IM-DC-0068
Coding Complete
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]
8 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)
CJ-OK-0005
Coding Complete
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]
9 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]
10 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]
11 State of Washington v. Azar
1:19-cv-03040-SAB (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 03/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-WA-0001
Coding Complete
On March 5, 2019, the State of Washington (Washington) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for violating Title X’s “Nondirective Mandate,” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Title X generally, and the ... [view]
12 Rotondo v. JPMorgan Chase Bank
2:19-cv-2328 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 2019 - Case Ongoing
JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.
Equal Employment
EE-OH-0123
Coding Complete
In June 2017, a JP Morgan Chase Bank employee filed a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He received a right to due letter from the agency in February 2019. On May 30, 2019, the plaintiff filed this class action against JP Morgan Chase Bank in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio ... [view]
13 Jones et al. v. City of Faribault
0:18-cv-01643 (D. Minn.)
Filed 06/13/2018 - Case Ongoing
Faribault
Criminal Justice (Other)
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-MN-0002
City of Faribault
Coding Complete
On June 13, 2018, a resettlement non-profit for the Somali community and six Black apartment–renters and –seekers in Faribault, Minnesota, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs sued the City of Faribault under the Fair Housing Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
14 National Fair Housing Alliance et al. v. Facebook
1:18-cv-02689 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/27/2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook Inc.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NY-0004
Coding Complete
On March 27, 2018, four nonprofit fair housing organizations filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued Facebook under the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3613; two of the plaintiffs also sued under the New York City Human Rights Law. Represented by private and in-house counsel, the ... [view]
15 Damus v. Nielsen
1:18-cv-00578-JEB (D.D.C.)
Filed 03/15/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0045
Coding Complete
This class action suit, filed on March 15, 2018, sought to enjoin the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from detaining asylum seekers in order to deter other potential migrants from seeking refuge in the United States. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, were asylum seekers who had been detained without ... [view]
16 Ms. L. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-00428 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/26/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0121
Coding Complete
On February 26, 2018, an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo (Ms. L.) filed this lawsuit and a writ for habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. 2018 WL 1310160. The plaintiff sued the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland ... [view]
17 Riddick v. Facebook
3:18-cv-04529 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook Inc.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0004
Coding Complete
Riddick v. Facebook is a lawsuit brought to hold Facebook accountable for discriminatory advertising practices relating to users’ personal characteristics such as sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, marital status, citizenship, primary language, immigration status, and age. Facebook’s discriminatory practices violate ... [view]
18 Spees v. Facebook
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook
Facebook
Equal Employment
EE-DC-0079
Coding Complete
Spees v. Facebook is a lawsuit brought by several women and the Communication Workers of America to hold Facebook accountable for discriminatory advertising practices. This lawsuit was brought in concurrence with 66 civil rights lawsuits filed against employers including employers Nebraska Furniture Mart, Sandhills Publishing Company, Need Work ... [view]
19 Communications Workers of America v. Facebook
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Facebook
Facebook
Equal Employment
EE-DC-0080
Coding Complete
Communications Workers of America v. Facebook is a lawsuit brought by an international labor union representing over 700,000 workers and several older workers to hold Facebook accountable for discriminatory advertising practices relating to age. In an investigation, the union discovered that hundreds of employers and employment agencies were ... [view]
20 Thuraissigiam v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
3:18-cv-00135 (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0153
Coding Complete
This case, currently being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, is about whether the Constitution requires that noncitizens facing "expedited removal" have access to any review by federal judges. The Department of Justice has taken the position before the Supreme Court that there is no constitutional right to any judicial review of any deportation ... [view]
21 Amadei v. Duke [later Nielsen]
1:17-cv-05967-NGG-VMS (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/12/2017 - Closed 2019
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0059
Coding Complete
On October 12, 2017, nine passengers of a domestic flight sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers asked to see every passenger’s identification prior to deplaning. The plaintiffs brought this challenge pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and Declaratory Judgment Act, ... [view]
22 P.K. v. Tillerson
1:17-cv-01533-TSC (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/03/2017 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of State
United States Department of State
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0031
Coding Complete
On August 3, 2017, a group of diversity lottery winners and their family members filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the Secretary of State and consular officials. Represented by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, the ACLU, the National Immigration Law Center, and private ... [view]
23 Blanchard v. Wyoming Department of Corrections
1:17-cv-00124-SWS (D. Wyo.)
Filed 07/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WY-0008
Coding Complete
On July 18, 2017, a woman who had been recommended to Wyoming’s rehabilitative boot camp program filed this putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming. The case was assigned to Judge Scott W. Skavdahl. The plaintiff sued the Wyoming Department of Corrections (“WDOC”) and the Wyoming Women’s ... [view]
24 Wilwal v. Kelly
0:17-cv-02835 (D. Minn.)
Filed 07/13/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
National Security
NS-MN-0001
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2017, plaintiffs, a person on the terrorist watchlist and his family, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the Acting Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, the Acting Director of US Immigration and ... [view]
25 ACLU v. Trump
1:17-cv-01351 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2017 - Case Ongoing
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-DC-0006
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 10, 2017, the American Civil Liberties Union and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation filed this lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia. The Plaintiffs are non-profit, nationwide organizations focused on ensuring the principles of liberty and equality embodied in the Constitution and the nation’s civil rights ... [view]
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