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MALDEF
Founded in 1968, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) is the nation's leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Often described as the "law firm of the Latino community," MALDEF promotes social change through advocacy, communications, community education, and litigation in the areas of education, employment, immigrant rights, and political access.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Amador v. Mnuchin
1:20-cv-01102 (D. Md.)
Filed 04/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MD-0009
Washington, D.C.
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This action was filed on April 28, 2020 by sixteen individuals with undocumented spouses alleging violations of the First and Fifth Amendment within the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Plaintiffs soughtan injunction allowing them to receive recovery payments and a declaration that the eligibility ... [view]
2 La Unión Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross
8:18-cv-01570-GJH (D. Md.)
Filed 05/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Census Bureau
United States Department of Commerce
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MD-0006
Coding Complete
This case is one of many ongoing cases around the country challenging the Census Bureau's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. One of these cases, Department of Commerce v. New York, is currently pending before the Supreme Court. This lawsuit challenging the citizenship question was filed on May 31, 2018 in the U.S ... [view]
3 Alabama v. United States Dep't of Commerce
2:18-cv-00772 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/21/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Census Bureau
United States Department of Commerce
Election/Voting Rights
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0018
Coding Complete
On May 21, 2018, Alabama and a representative from its Fifth Congressional District filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The case was assigned to District Judge R. David Proctor. The plaintiffs sued the United States Department of Commerce and the United States Census Bureau under the Actual ... [view]
4 Unknown Party v. Motel 6
2:18-cv-00242-DGC (D. Ariz.)
Filed 01/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
Motel 6 Operating, L.P.
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0025
Maricopa County
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On January 23, 2018, eight individuals who separately stayed at various Motel 6 locations in Arizona filed this class action in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued Motel 6 Operating L.P., its parent company G6 Hospitality LLC, and 10 unnamed employees of various Motel 6 locations throughout Arizona under 42 U.S.C. � ... [view]
5 City of San Antonio v. Texas
5:17-cv-00489-OLG (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed 2017
State of Texas
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0047
Coding Complete
This suit challenges Texas's "Sanctuary City" legislation, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the other suits in this special collection, this suit ... [view]
6 Villalobos v. District of Columbia
1:17-cv-00352-RMC (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/28/2017 - Closed 2017
District of Columbia
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0029
District of Columbia County
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On February 28, 2017, an incoming college student whose mother was not a U.S. citizen filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was assigned to Judge Rosemary Collyer. The plaintiff sued the District of Columbia and several government employees involved in the D.C. Tuition Assistance Grant Program (DCTAG) ... [view]
7 Flores v. City of Baldwin Park Police Department
BC560031 (State Court)
Filed 10/08/2014 - Case Ongoing
City of Baldwin Park Police Department
City of Baldwin Park
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0078
Los Angeles County
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On October 8, 2014, two individuals filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles under state law against the City of Baldwin Park Police Department. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, asked the court for damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming that defendants ... [view]
8 Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.
1:14-cv-05107-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/09/2014 - Closed 2015
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0291
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On July 9, 2014, a lawfully-present alien authorized to work in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff sued Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Inc., under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, alleging ... [view]
9 Sanders v. Kern High School District
S1500CV283224 (State Court)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
Kern High School District
KHSD
Education
ED-CA-0019
Kern County
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On October 9, 2015, African-American and Latino students and parents, a Kern County taxpayer, and the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF, a non-profit membership organization promoting academic success for all students) filed this lawsuit in the California Superior Court of Kern County. The plaintiffs brought this action against Kern High School ... [view]
10 Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer
2:12-cv-02546 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 11/29/2012 - Closed 2018
State of Arizona
Motor Vehicle Division
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-AZ-0019
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs--young undocumented immigrants residing in Arizona--filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act against the State of Arizona and the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona on Nov. 29, 2012. Represented by the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project and the Mexican American ... [view]
11 Texas v. Holder
1:2012cv00128 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2014
U.S.
Election/Voting Rights
VR-DC-1167
Coding Complete
This case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the State of Texas on January 24, 2012, which sought judicial approval of its voter ID law. Texas was required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to seek either U.S. Department of Justice or federal court "preclearance" of the law, prior to its implementation. The ... [view]
12 Lowcountry Immigration Coalition v. Haley
2:11-cv-02779 (D.S.C.)
Filed 10/12/2011 - Closed
The State of South Carolina
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-SC-0001
Coding Complete
On October 12, 2011, a coalition of immigrant rights groups and individual immigrants filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Division, against the State of Carolina and Charleston County. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of South Carolina, the national ACLU's Immigrants' Rights ... [view]
13 Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Governor of Alabama
5:11-cv-02484-SLB (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 07/08/2011 - Closed 2013
State Superintendent of Education
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AL-0006
Coding Complete
On July 8, 2011, a group of non-profit organizations and individual plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, under 42 U.S.C. §1983, against the governor of Alabama and several other state and county officials. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest attorneys from the ACLU, ... [view]
14 Friendly House v. Whiting
2:10-cv-1061 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/17/2010 - Closed
County Attorney
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0016
Coding Complete
On May 17, 2010, a group of organizations and individuals filed this lawsuit against the sheriff and district attorney of each of the fifteen counties in Arizona, in their official capacities, in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. The plaintiff, represented by organizations such as the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center along with ... [view]
15 Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch
3:08-cv-01551-B (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 09/03/2008 - Closed
City of Farmers Branch, TX
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0028
Dallas County
Coding Complete
On September 3, 2008, several lessors and lessees of residential accommodations in Farmers Branch, Texas, filed a lawsuit against that city in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, under the Supremacy Clause; 42 U.S.C. § 1981; 42 U.S.C. § 1983; the Fair Housing Act (FHA), 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et. seq.; and ... [view]
16 Valenzuela v. County of Maricopa
2:08-cv-660 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 04/04/2008 - Closed
Maricopa County
Jail Conditions
JC-AZ-0013
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On April 4, 2008, immigrant detainees in Maricopa County filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against the County of Maricopa and head staff. The plaintiffs claimed that the Count of Maricopa violated the plaintiffs' rights under the Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments and the Due Process Clause of ... [view]
17 Melendres v. Arpaio
2:07-cv-02513-GMS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 12/12/2007 - Case Ongoing
County of Maricopa
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
PN-AZ-0003
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On December 12, 2007, a group of plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in United States District Court for the District of Arizona against the County of Maricopa and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO), as well as Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class of Latino persons who have been or will be stopped, detained, ... [view]
18 Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting
2:07-cv-02496 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 12/09/2007 - Closed 2011
State of Arizona
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0013
Coding Complete
This case is the reincarnation of a previously filed suit challenging the constitutionality of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (the "Act"). The District Court (Judge Wake) dismissed that suit, Arizona Contractors Assoc., Inc. v. Napolitano, on December 7, 2007 for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The court found that there was no justiciable ... [view]
19 Robinson v. Board of County Commissioners, Otero County, New Mexico
1:07-cv-01044-WJ-WPL (D.N.M.)
Filed 10/17/2007 - Closed 2008
Otero County, New Mexico
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NM-0001
Otero County
Coding Complete
On October 17, 2007, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of New Mexico filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of five Latino families in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. Plaintiffs alleged that the Sheriff's Department ... [view]
20 Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network v. City of Los Angeles
2:07-cv-03072-AHM-FFM (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/09/2007 - Closed 2009
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Police Department
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-CA-0002
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On May 9, 2007 organizations and individuals present at a May 1st immigration rally in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, CA filed suit against the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Police Department in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the Mexican American Legal ... [view]
21 Gray v. City of Valley Park
4:07-cv-00881-ERW (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 04/12/2007 - Closed 2009
City of Valley Park
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MO-0002
Valley Park
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This lawsuit was filed in state court in March 2007 by a landlord in Valley Park, Missouri, to challenge the City's anti-immigration ordinances, which reached both housing and employment issues. The plaintiff was one of several parties to an earlier case, in which the court had ruled prior versions of the ordinances unlawful under state law ... [view]
22 Stewart v. Cherokee County, GA
1:07-cv-00015-TCB (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 01/04/2007 - Closed 2007
Cherokee County, GA
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-GA-0001
Cherokee County
Coding Complete
On January 4, 2007, plaintiffs, the owner and operator of multiple rental units and unnamed tenants, filed suit against Cherokee County, Georgia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to challenge County Ordinance No. 2006-003 which purported to establish penalties for "the harboring of illegal aliens" in the County. The ... [view]
23 Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch
3-06CV2376-R (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 12/26/2006 - Closed 2008
City of Farmers Branch, TX
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0001
City of Farmers Branch, TX
Coding Complete
On December 26, 2006 the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU), along with the ACLU's National Immigrants' Rights Project, filed a civil rights suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the City of Farmers Branch, challenging ... [view]
24 Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch
3:06-cv-02371 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 12/22/2006 - Closed 2008
City of Farmers Branch, TX
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0003
City of Farmers Branch, TX
Coding Complete
This case is one of four lawsuits filed against the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, to challenge the City's anti-immigrant housing law, Ordinance 2892 (subsequently repealed and reenacted in slightly altered form as Ordinance 2903). See IM-TX-0001, ... [view]
25 Garrett v. City of Escondido, California
06-cv-2434-JAH-NLS (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/03/2006 - Closed 2006
City of Escondido
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0001
San Diego County
Coding Complete
This is another case, like those in Hazleton, Pennsylvania (IM-PA-1), Valley Park, Missouri (IM-MO-1), and Riverside, New Jersey (IM-NJ-1, and IM-NJ-2) about a city's efforts to bar undocumented immigrants from its jurisdiction. In this case, the City of Escondido passed an ordinance preventing landlords from renting or "harboring" illegal ... [view]
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