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Lambda Legal
Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.
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1 Whitman-Walker Health v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1:20-cv-01630 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0013
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This is a case about the Trump Administration's limits on LGBTQ protections under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. § 18116). On June 22, 2020, a group of LGBTQ-focused private healthcare providers, organizations providing community services, health professional associations, and individual providers filed this lawsuit in ... [view]
2 Family Equality v. Azar
Case 1:20-cv-02403 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States
Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0034
Coding Complete
On March 19, 2020, Family Equality, True Colors United, and Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs sued the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Administrative Procedure Act, challenging the Notice of Nonenforcement ... [view]
3 County of Santa Clara v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
3:19-cv-02916 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/28/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0052
Coding Complete
On May 28, 2019, the County of Santa Clara, CA and various healthcare providers sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for violating the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and various constitutional clauses in a Final Rule published on May 21, 2019. The Rule, ... [view]
4 Roe v. U.S. Dep't of Defense
1:18-cv-01565-LMB-IDD (E.D. Va.)
Filed 12/19/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Defense
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
EE-VA-0141
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2018 two US Airmen under pseudonym and OutServe-SLDN, a network of LGBTQ military service-people, filed suit against the U.S. Department of Defense, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Plaintiffs argued that the Department of Defense had violated equal protection under the Fifth Amendment and the ... [view]
5 Harrison v. Spencer
1:18-cv-00641 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 05/30/2018 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Defense
Department of Defense
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
EE-VA-0142
Arlington County
Coding Complete
This is a case about the legality of the U.S. military’s policy prohibiting the enlistment or promotion of people with HIV. On May 30, 2018, an enlisted service member and attorney, along with the Modern Military Association of American (formerly OutServe-SLDN), filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of ... [view]
6 Marouf v. Azar
1:18-cv-00378-APM (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/20/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-DC-0017
Coding Complete
On February 20, 2018, a married same-sex couple filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Administration for Children and Families, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for violating the ... [view]
7 Karnoski v. Trump
2:17-cv-01297 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 08/28/2017 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Secretary of Defense
Equal Employment
EE-WA-0131
Coding Complete
On August 28, 2017, three transgender individuals, either currently serving or hoping to serve in the military, along with two civil rights organizations, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs, represented by the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, sued the President of the United ... [view]
8 Hicklin v. Precynthe
4:16-cv-01357-NCC (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 08/22/2016 - Closed
State of Missouri
Missouri Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
PC-MO-0017
Coding Complete
On August 22, 2016, a 37-year-old transgender woman incarcerated in the Potosi Correctional Center filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiff sued the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Corizon LLC, the contracted medical provider for MDOC, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by ... [view]
9 Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community, LLC
1:16-cv-07598 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 07/27/2016 - Closed 2019
Glen St. Andrew Living Community
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-IL-0019
Coding Complete
On July 27th, 2016, a 68-year-old woman who identifies as lesbian brought a civil right action under the Fair Housing Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The action was brought in the Northern District Court of Illinois. The plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive, and compensatory and punitive damages against Defendants Glen St. Andrew Living ... [view]
10 Carcaño v. McCrory
1:16-cv-00236 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
State of North Carolina
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-NC-0002
Coding Complete
This is one of several federal lawsuits addressing North Carolina Session Law 2016-3, House Bill 2 (“H.B. 2”), which was passed in March 23, 2016. For the others, see the related cases section below. On February 22, 2016, the Charlotte City Council passed Ordinance 7056, which prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or ... [view]
11 Carson v. Heigel
3:16-cv-00045-MGL (D.S.C.)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2017
State of South Carolina
State Registrar of Vital Statistics
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-SC-0005
Coding Complete
The Plaintiffs, same-sex parents filing on behalf of their minor twins, filed this lawsuit in the District Court of South Carolina (Columbia Division) on January 7, 2016. The Plaintiffs sued the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control/State Registrar of Vital Statistics under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Plaintiffs, represented by ... [view]
12 Dorn v. Michigan Department of Corrections
1:15-cv-00359-PLM (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 04/02/2015 - Closed 2018
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-MI-0037
Coding Complete
On April 2, 2015, a HIV positive prisoner filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The plaintiff sued under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (RA), and 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988 against the Michigan Department of Corrections. The ... [view]
13 Passion Star a/k/a Zollicoffer v. Livingston
4:14-cv-03037 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 10/23/2014 - Closed 2018
Texas
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Prison Conditions
PC-TX-0020
Coding Complete
On October 23, 2014, a transgender woman in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice ("DCJ") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. The plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive relief, and damages against the defendants, several officials of DCJ, for violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and §198 ... [view]
14 Romero v. Brown
2:14-cv-00325-JVB-PRC (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 09/08/2014 - Closed 2014
Lake County Clerk
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IN-0009
Lake County
Coding Complete
On September 8, 2014, a same-sex couple filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against a county clerk and the Indiana Department of Health. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
15 Inniss v. Aderhold
1:14-cv-01180 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/22/2014 - Closed 2015
State of Georgia
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-GA-0006
Coding Complete
On April 22, 2014, three same-sex couples and one individual filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Two couples wished to marry in Georgia, one couple sought recognition of their marriage celebrated in Connecticut, and the widow of a couple married in New York sought recognition of that ... [view]
16 Conde-Vidal v. Garcia-Padilla
3:14-cv-01253-PG (D.P.R.)
Filed 03/25/2014 - Closed
Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-PR-0001
Coding Complete
On March 25, 2014, a same-sex couple filed a pro se complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. The couple, legally married in another state, asked the District Court to enter an order ruling Article 68 of the Civil Code of Puerto Rico, 31 L.P.R.A. § 221, unconstitutional. The law in question limits marriage to ... [view]
17 Majors v. Jeanes
2:14-cv-00518-JWS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 03/12/2014 - Closed 2015
Arizona
Department of Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AZ-0004
Coding Complete
On March 12, 2014, a number of same-sex couples filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state's Department of Health Services and the Department of Revenue. The plaintiffs, represented both by private counsel and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, asked the court for ... [view]
18 Baskin v. Bogan
1:14-cv-0355-TWP-MJD (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 03/10/2014 - Closed 2014
Boone County
Penny Bogan, Clerk of Boone County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IN-0005
Boone County
Coding Complete
On March 10, 2014, three same-sex couples filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against the State of Indiana and Boone, Porter, and Lake Counties, in Indiana. The plaintiffs, represented by Lambda Legal and a number of private attorneys, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and sought declaratory relief ... [view]
19 Henry v. Wymyslo
1:14-CV-00129 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 02/10/2014 - Closed 2015
Cincinnati Health Department
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OH-0004
Hamilton County
Coding Complete
On February 10, 2014, four same-sex couples and one of the couples' adopted children filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that Ohio's ban on same sex marriage and the manner in which that ban was applied were unconstitutional ... [view]
20 Condon v. Haley
2:14-cv-04010-RMG (D.S.C.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2015
State of South Carolina
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-SC-0004
Coding Complete
This case was initiated by two female South Carolina residents who wanted to marry. On October 15, 2014, they brought this claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, represented by attorneys from Lambda Legal and a private firm. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief against the ... [view]
21 Freeman v. Parker
4:13-CV-03755 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 12/26/2013 - Closed 2015
City of Houston
Equal Employment
Public Benefits / Government Services
EE-TX-0471
Houston
Coding Complete
On December 26, 2013, three city employees married to same-sex partners filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the city of Houston. The plaintiffs, represented by an attorney from the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
22 Gray v. Orr
1:13-CV-08449 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 11/22/2013 - Closed
Cook County
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IL-0012
Cook County
Coding Complete
On November 22, 2013, two women in a long term relationship filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Cook County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, the ACLU, and Lambda Legal, asked the Court to prohibit the County from enforcing the state marriage ban and to ... [view]
23 McGee v. Cole
3:13-cv-24068 (S.D. W. Va.)
Filed 10/01/2013 - Closed 2015
Cabell County Clerk
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WV-0002
Cabell County
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2013, three same-sex couples and the minor child of one of the couples filed a lawsuit against Kanawha County, West Virginia in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The plaintiffs, represented by Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, asked the court to declare unconstitutional any West Virginia laws ... [view]
24 Harris v. McDonnell
5:13-cv-00077-MFU-RSB (W.D. Va.)
Filed 08/01/2013 - Closed 2015
State of Virginia
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-VA-0004
Coding Complete
On August 1, 2013, two same-sex couples filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia against the state of Virginia, under 42 U.S. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act. The plaintiffs, represented by the national ACLU, the ACLU of Virginia, Lambda Legal and private counsel, asked the court for both declaratory ... [view]
25 Lee v. Orr
1:13-cv-08719 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 2013 - Closed 2014
Cook County Clerk
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IL-0011
Cook County
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs -- four same-sex Illinois couples who wished to marry--filed this case on December 6, 2013, in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of Illinois. They sued the Cook County Clerk; the state attorney general intervened. Plaintiffs brought the suit just a month after the Illinois legislature enacted Senate Bill 10, which ... [view]
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