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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 Unknown Party v. Motel 6
2:18-cv-00242-DGC (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Motel 6 Operating, L.P.
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0025
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
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]
2 La Unión Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross
8:18-cv-01570-GJH (D. Md.)
Filed 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 Villalobos v. District of Columbia
1:17-cv-00352-RMC (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
District of Columbia
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0029
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
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]
4 City of San Antonio v. Texas
5:17-cv-00489-OLG (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 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]
5 Flores v. City of Baldwin Park Police Department
BC560031 (State Court)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
City of Baldwin Park Police Department
City of Baldwin Park
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0078
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
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]
6 Sanders v. Kern High School District
S1500CV283224 (State Court)
Filed 2014 - Case Ongoing
Kern High School District
KHSD
Education
ED-CA-0019
Kern County
Coding Complete
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]
7 Juarez v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.
1:14-cv-05107-KBF (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2015
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0291
Coding Complete
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]
8 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]
9 Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer
2:12-cv-02546 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2012 - Case Ongoing
State of Arizona
Motor Vehicle Division
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-AZ-0019
Coding Complete
10 Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama v. Governor of Alabama
5:11-cv-02484-SLB (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 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]
11 Lowcountry Immigration Coalition v. Haley
2:11-cv-02779 (D.S.C.)
Filed 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]
12 Friendly House v. Whiting
2:10-cv-1061 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 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]
13 Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch
3:08-cv-01551-B (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 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]
14 Valenzuela v. County of Maricopa
2:08-cv-660 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 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]
15 Stewart v. Cherokee County, GA
1:07-cv-00015-TCB (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 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]
16 Melendres v. Arpaio
2:07-cv-02513-GMS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 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]
17 Gray v. City of Valley Park
4:07-cv-00881-ERW (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2007 - Closed
City of Valley Park
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MO-0002
Valley Park
Coding Complete
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]
18 Robinson v. Board of County Commissioners, Otero County, New Mexico
1:07-cv-01044-WJ-WPL (D.N.M.)
Filed 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]
19 Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workers Organizing Network v. City of Los Angeles
2:07-cv-03072-AHM-FFM (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 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]
20 Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting
2:07-cv-02496 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2007 - Closed
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]
21 Reynolds v. City of Valley Park, Missouri
4:06-cv-01487 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2008
Valley Park
Immigration and/or the Border
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
IM-MO-0001
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On September 22, 2006, landlords and employers in Valley Park Missouri and the non-profit Equal Housing Opportunity Council brought suit as plaintiffs in state court against the City of Valley Park. Represented by a large group of lawyers from advocacy organizations (including the ACLU), law school clinics, and several St. Louis law firms, the ... [view]
22 Garrett v. City of Escondido, California
06-cv-2434-JAH-NLS (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 2006 - Closed
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]
23 EEOC v. OGLETHORPE UNIVERSITY INC
1:06-cv-00711-ODE (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2009
Oglethorpe University, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-GA-0065
Coding Complete
In March 2006, the Atlanta District Office of the EEOC filed this suit against Oglethorpe University, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia alleging discrimination on the basis of national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Specifically, the defendant enforced an "English-only" rule, ... [view]
24 Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch
3-06CV2376-R (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 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]
25 Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch
3:06-cv-02371 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 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]
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