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Legal Services/Legal Aid
Across the United States, there are hundreds of civil legal aid providers offering free legal services for people with low income. Their largest funder is the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which funds over a hundred independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices serving every county and territory in the country. LSC Is headed by a bipartisan board of directors whose 11 members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. This category in the Clearinghouse brings together cases litigated by many of these organizations (though no doubt we have missed some).
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Williamson v. Maciol
9:20-cv-00537 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/12/2020 - Case Ongoing
County Sheriff and Chief Deputy of the County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0082
Oneida County
Coding Complete
This is a class action about the unequal treatment of female general custody prisoners in the Oneida County Jail (“the Jail”). On May 12, 2020, three female general custody prisoners filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York on behalf of themselves and the jail's female general custody prisoners ( ... [view]
2 Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-02782 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 05/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Illinois
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0018
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On May 7, two churches in Illinois sued the Governor of Illinois, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the Governor’s stay-at-home order and restoration plan, which limited gatherings to 10 or fewer people. The court denied the request for a TRO on May 13, the Seventh Circuit denied the plaintiff's request for an ... [view]
3 People of the State of New York ex rel. Short v. Capra
54815/2020 (State Court)
Filed 05/06/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0083
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This was a state court habeas petition filed by medically vulnerable inmates in Westchester prisons (represented by Legal Aid), requesting immediate release in light of COVID-19. The case was dismissed on May 26, 2020.
On May 6, 2020, six inmates filed this action in the Westchester County Court. Represented by the Legal ... [view]
4 Wilkes v. Lamont
3:20-cv-00594 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Connecticut
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Public Benefits / Government Services
ID-CT-0007
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class-action injunctive and habeas case against the State of Connecticut sought release and improved conditions at two inpatient psychiatric facilities. The plaintiffs sought a preliminary injunction for improved conditions on June 8, and the defendants moved to dismiss the case on June 11. The plaintiffs withdrew their ... [view]
5 Martinez-Brooks v. Easter
3:20-cv-00569 (D. Conn.)
Filed 04/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Warden of Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury
Federal Correctional Institution at Danbury
Prison Conditions
PC-CT-0021
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 27, 2020, four individuals held at the Federal Correctional Center (FCI) brought this emergency putative class action requesting the immediate release or home confinement of medically vulnerable individuals and implementation of safety measures to lower the risk of COVID-19. Settlement conferences were held in June. On ... [view]
6 Gayle v. Meade
1:20-cv-21553 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Miami Field Office
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-FL-0029
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This class action lawsuit for declaratory, injunctive and habeas relief, brought on behalf of detainees in civil immigration detention at three ICE detention centers in Florida. The petitioners sought a writ of habeas corpus, requesting the immediate release of all individuals in custody, as well as a declaration that continued ... [view]
7 Toure v. Hott
1:20-cv-00395 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0008
Coding Complete
COVID-19: This is a habeas action filed by nine immigration detainees confined in the Caroline and Farmville Detention Centers, seeking either writs of habeas corpus for each petitioner, or in the alternative, injunctive relief. The petitioners alleged that they were particularly vulnerable to the virus, either due to medical conditions or their ... [view]
8 Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association v. Abbott
D-1-GN-20-002034 (State Court)
Filed 04/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Texas
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0017
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a challenge to the Texas governor's order to limit bail for detainees accused of violent offenses, filed by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and sixteen Harris County Judges. The plaintiffs sought a declaratory judgment that the order was unconstitutional, as well as a temporary and permanent injunction and ... [view]
9 Ruffin v. Brann
260211/2020 (State Court)
Filed 04/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections
New York City Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0079
New York City
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 7, 2020, inmates detained on parole warrants in New York City jails filed this state court lawsuit alleging that holding the inmates in jails amidst the COVID-19 outbreak represented deliberate indifference to the welfare of the inmates in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and New York Constitution's right to Due ... [view]
10 People ex rel. Stoughton o/b/o Little v. NYS Department of Corrections
260154/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Closed 2020
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections
New York City Department of Corrections
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0076
New York County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: 106 individuals held at New York City's Rikers Island jail on non-criminal technical parole violations secured their release after alleging that their continued incarceration constituted deliberate indifference to the risk of serious medical harm in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment and state constitutional right to due ... [view]
11 Freeman v. Hansell
451130/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
New York City
Administration for Children's Services
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0012
New York County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: In this case, 5 teens detained by Family Courts in New York City detention centers sued New York City's Administration for Children's Services seeking immediate release. On April 17, the petition for habeas corpus was denied. On March 25, 2020, 5 youth detained by Family Courts in New York City during pendency of their ... [view]
12 People of the State of NY ex rel. Corey Stoughton, Esq., on behalf of Jeffrey v. Brann
451078/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction
New York City Department of Correction
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0077
New York City
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this case, New York State Supreme Court Justice Mark Dwyer ordered that the NY Department of Correction should release 18 COVID-vulnerable individuals incarcerated in New York City jails because detention during the pandemic violated their federal and state due process rights.
On March 24, 2020, 32 COVID-19 vulnerable ... [view]
13 Coronel v. Decker
1:20-cv-02472 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0074
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: In this case, federal district judge Allison Nathan (SDNY) granted emergency relief on March 27, 2020, requiring ICE to release seven at-risk detainees from immigration detention in light of the grave threat posed by congregate detention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 20, 2020, seven persons held in civil ... [view]
14 Williams v. Brann
451069/2020 (State Court)
Filed 03/19/2020 - Case Ongoing
New York
New York City Department of Correction
Jail Conditions
JC-NY-0074
New York County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: An emergency petition for immediate release of individuals in pretrial detention or held on parole violation at Rikers Island or other NYC jails was denied on March 20, 2020 by Judge Joel M. Cohen, who held that continuing to hold the inmates did not constitute deliberate indifference to the risk of serious medical harm under the ... [view]
15 Make the Road New York v. Pompeo
1:19-cv-11633 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/19/2019 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0070
Coding Complete
This is a challenge to the Trump Administration's changes to the immigration "Public Charge" Rules. On December 19, 2019, individuals facing deportation, their United States citizen relatives, and nonprofit organizations that assist noncitizens filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs sued ... [view]
16 Steele-Warrick v. Microgenics
1:19-cv-06558 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 11/20/2019 - Case Ongoing
Microgenics Corporation
Microgenics
Prison Conditions
PC-NY-0074
Fremont
Coding Complete
On November 19, 2019, a formerly incarcerated individual filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The case sought damages for alleged negligence by Microgenics Corporation and its parent company Thermo Fischer Scientific Corporation. Represented by Prisoners Legal Services and the ... [view]
17 Doe v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:19-cv-08892-AJN (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/25/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0075
Washington
Coding Complete
This is an access to courts case to stop U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from making arrests at courthouses without warrants. More information about a similar challenge to ICE’s courthouse arrest policy is available here. A dual Venezuelan-Spanish citizen who had ... [view]
18 Harvard v. Inch
4:19-cv-00212-MW-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/08/2019 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-FL-0032
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2019, six prisoners with mental and/or physical disorders of the Florida Department of Corrections filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs sued the Florida Department of Corrections and its Secretary under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and ... [view]
19 Belle v. New York
1:19-cv-02673-VEC (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/25/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0051
New York
Coding Complete
This is a case about detaining people for warrant searches without reasonable suspicion. On March 25, 2019, two African-American and Latino men filed this putative class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of New York under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs sought ... [view]
20 P.L v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1:19-cv-01336-ALC (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 02/12/2019 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0067
Coding Complete
On February 12, 2019, seven immigrants, Brooklyn Defender Services, and Legal Aid filed this class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York alleging they had a constitutional and statutory right to attend immigration court and removal proceedings in person, instead of by video teleconference hearings (VTC). The plaintiffs sued ... [view]
21 M.G. v. Cuomo
7:19-cv-00639 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/23/2019 - Case Ongoing
New York State
Prison Conditions
Mental Health (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
MH-NY-0012
Albany County
Coding Complete
On January 23, 2019, six indigent prison inmates with mental illness whom the defendants held in secure prisons past their release dates filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, on behalf of other prisoners in similar situations. The plaintiffs sued the Governor of New York, the New York ... [view]
22 Mendoza v. Garrett
3:18-cv-01634-HZ (D. Or.)
Filed 09/07/2018 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Transportation
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-OR-0001
Coding Complete
On September 7, 2018, five Oregon residents filed this class-action lawsuit against members of the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Oregon Transportation Commission, and the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles. The plaintiffs, represented by the Oregon Law Center, sued the defendants under 42 U.S.C. §1983. They alleged that Oregon’s ... [view]
23 J.E.C.M. v. Lloyd
1:18-cv-00903-LMB-MSN (E.D. Va.)
Filed 07/20/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Health and Human Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-VA-0007
Coding Complete
On July 20, 2018, a group of minors from Honduras and Guatemala and their guardians and sponsors filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The plaintiffs sued the Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Customs and Border Protection, the Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center, Youth for ... [view]
24 N.T.C. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-01626-DMS-JLB (S.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/16/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0128
Coding Complete
On July 16, 2018, a group of minor children who recently came to the United States filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and all relevant sub- ... [view]
25 J.S.R. v. Sessions / V.F.B. v. Sessions
3:18-cv-1106 (D. Conn.)
Filed 07/02/2018 - Closed 2018
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
IM-CT-0012
Coding Complete
This lawsuit grew out of the Trump Administration's family separation policy, by which kids were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. On July 2, 2018, two children from Central America who had been separated from their parents after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border filed these separate lawsuits and petitions for habeas corpus ... [view]
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