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Impact Fund
The Impact Fund was founded in 1992, by its Executive Director Brad Seligman, who had the idea of helping smaller firms and nonprofits litigate big cases. It describes its mission on its website:
"The Impact Fund provides strategic leadership and support for litigation to achieve economic and social justice. We provide funds for impact litigation in the areas of civil rights, environmental justice, and poverty law. We offer innovative technical support, training, and expertise on issues that arise in large scale impact litigation. We serve as lead counsel, co-counsel and amicus counsel in select class action and impact litigation."
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Williams v. City of Antioch
4:08-cv-02301-SBA (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/02/2008 - Closed 2015
City of Antioch
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Coding Complete
On May 2, 2008, five African-American residents of Antioch, California filed this class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the City of Antioch and its police department for allegedly engaging in a discriminatory campaign that targeted African-American households whom the city ... [view]
2 Ellis v. Costco
3:04-cv-03341 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/17/2004 - Closed 2015
Costco Wholesale Corporation
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On August 17, 2004, a female employee filed this suit against Costco in United States District Court in the Northern District of California under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000e, and the Fair Employment and Housing Act, California Government Code 12940. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory ... [view]
3 Moeller v. Taco Bell
4:02-cv-05849 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/17/2002 - Closed 2014
Taco Bell Corporation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Coding Complete
On December 17, 2002 plaintiffs, California residents with disabilities that required them to rely on wheelchairs or scooters for mobility, filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton) against Taco Bell Corporation. Plaintiffs, represented by the Impact Fund and ... [view]
4 Parra v. Bashas', Inc.
2:02-cv-0591-PHX-RCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 04/04/2002 - Closed 2015
Bashas', Inc
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On April 4, 2002, current and former Hispanic employees of Bashas', Inc. filed a class action in the U.S. District Court of Arizona under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1981, against Bashas'. The plaintiffs, represented by an Impact Fund attorney and private counsel, sought declaratory, ... [view]
5 Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
3:01-cv-02252 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/08/2001 - Closed 2016
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On June 8, 2001, a female Wal-Mart employee filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against her employer claiming gender discrimination. Although the original complaint was filed pro se, on June 19, 2001, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint with counsel. Dozens of lawyers have ... [view]
6 Mitchell v. Metropolitan Life Insurance
1:01-cv-02112 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/13/2001 - Closed 2004
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Equal Employment
New York County
Coding Complete
On March 13, 2001, female sales associates and managers working for MetLife Insurance Company filed a class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge William H. Pauley III alleging systemic gender discrimination in hiring, pay, promotion, and benefits, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 4 ... [view]
7 Brown v. Sacramento Regional Transit District
2:98-cv-01719 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/04/1998 - Closed 2003
Sacramento Regional Transit
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On September 4, 1998, a female former employee of Sacramento Regional Transit filed a lawsuit under both Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq., and California's Fair Emplyment and Housing Act, Cal. Gov't Code § 12900, against Sacramento Regional Transit in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of ... [view]
8 Babbitt v. Albertson's Inc.
4:92-cv-01883-SBA (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/27/1992 - Closed 2000
Alberton's Inc.
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On May 27, 1992, a group of female and Hispanic employees filed a lawsuit under the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1866, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and the Equal Pay Act against Albertson's Inc. in the Northern California District Court. The plaintiffs, represented by private and public-interest counsel, asked the court for ... [view]
9 Barnhart v. Safeway Stores Inc.
2:92-cv-00803 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/21/1992 - Closed 1994
Safeway Stores, Inc.
Safeway Stores, Inc.
Equal Employment
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On October 25th, 1991, four female food clerks filed a class action lawsuit, under 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) and the Cal. Government. Code § 12940, against Safeway Stores, Inc. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that they were victims of sex discrimination evident by: the denial of promotions, including to full time, night shift, ... [view]
10 Stender v. Lucky Stores, Inc.
3:88−cv−01467 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/22/1988 - Closed 2004
Lucky Stores
Equal Employment
Coding Complete
On April 22, 1988, employees of Lucky Stores ("Lucky") brought this suit against Lucky and Alpha Beta Co. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs brought this suit on behalf of a class of all female, Black, and Hispanic employees of Lucky, past, present, and future. Plaintiffs alleged that Lucky ... [view]
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