University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
refine this search
permalink for this search
S P E C I A L   C O L L E C T I O N
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
The Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System and Client Assistance Program (CAP) make up a nationwide network of congressionally mandated, legally based disability rights agencies. A P&A/CAP agency exists in every U.S. state and territory. There is also a Native American P&A in the four corners region of the Southwest. The P&A agencies have the authority to provide legal representation and other advocacy services, under all federal and state laws, to all people with disabilities. All P&As maintain a presence in facilities that care for people with disabilities, where they monitor, investigate and attempt to remedy adverse conditions. They also devote considerable resources to ensuring full access to inclusive educational programs, financial entitlements, healthcare, accessible housing and productive employment opportunities. CAP agencies (many of which are housed within P&A offices) provide information and assistance to individuals seeking or receiving vocational rehabilitation (VR) services under the Rehabilitation Act, including assistance in pursuing administrative, legal and other appropriate remedies.

The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit, voluntary membership association for the P&A and CAP agencies. Collectively, the network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States. For a list, see NDRN.org
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
Your search returned 189 results Save Search As:       
1 Doe v. Washington State Department of Corrections
4:21-cv-05059-TOR (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0034
Coding Complete
Disability Rights Washington -- Washington's protection and advocacy system for persons with disabilities statewide -- and the ACLU of Washington, in collaboration with private counsel, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington on April 7, 2021. They sought to prevent the Washington State Department of ... [view]
2 Disability Rights Connecticut v. Connecticut Department of Correction
3:21-cv-00146 (D. Conn.)
Filed 02/04/2021 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut Department of Correction
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CT-0023
Coding Complete
This lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut challenged prolonged isolation and in-cell shackling imposed on people with mental illness in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Disability Rights Connecticut, a private, nonprofit corporation that is the authorized protection and advocacy system for the ... [view]
3 E.F. v. New York City Department of Education
1:21-cv-00419 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/26/2021 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
DR-NY-0017
New York
Coding Complete
On January 26, 2021, this class-action suit was filed against the New York City Department of Education, the City of New York, and the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education on behalf of a class of nearly 2,000 Staten Island children with disabilities who alleged that they were being taught in segregated and unequal settings in ... [view]
4 Wolfe v. Portland
3:20-cv-01882-BR (D. Or.)
Filed 11/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland Police Bureau
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-OR-0010
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
This case involved allegations that local, state, and federal law enforcement failed to accommodate people with disabilities during public assemblies and protests. Four Portland, Oregon residents with disabilities, along with Disability Rights Oregon, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Portland) on November 1, 2020 ... [view]
5 Disability Rights California v. County of Alameda
3:20-cv-05256 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alameda County
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-CA-0061
Alameda County
Coding Complete
This case was brought by Disability Rights California (“DRC”), a nonprofit corporation, to challenge the systemic institutionalization and segregation of Alameda County residents with serious mental health disabilities. On July 30, 2020, DRC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and named the ... [view]
6 Gary v. Virginia Department of Elections
1:20-cv-00860 (E.D. Va.)
Filed 07/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Election/Voting Rights
VR-VA-0071
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 Hernandez v. New York State Board of Elections
1:20-cv-04003 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Election/Voting Rights
VR-NY-0363
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 Martinez v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-03338 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-NY-0016
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On April 29, 2020, four individuals with disabilities and Disability Rights New York sued the Governor of New York State for the absence of live televised American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation on the Governor’s daily televised briefings. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the plaintiffs alleged that lack of live ASL ... [view]
9 People First of Alabama v. Merrill
2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Alabama
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AL-0268
Coding Complete
NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker. COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions ... [view]
10 Money v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-02093 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 04/02/2020 - Closed 2021
State of Illinois
Illinois Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-IL-0050
Sangamon County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action brought on behalf of prisoners in the Illinois Department of Corrections seeking various types of relief in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs alleged that as people in groups who are particularly vulnerable to the virus, they were exposed to a heightened risk of COVID-19. On April 10, the judge denied the ... [view]
11 HHS-OCR Complaint of Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program Against Alabama Department of Public Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Closed 2020
Alabama Department of Public Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-AL-0002
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint, dated March 24, 2020, made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (HHS OCR); it alleges that Alabama's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand bars access to ventilators to people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities, in ... [view]
12 HHS-OCR Complaint of Disability Rights Washington Against Washington State Department of Health
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 03/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Washington State Department of Health
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-WA-0003
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a complaint made March 23, 2020, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights; it alleges that the state of Washington's particular protocols for rationing ventilator access in the event of over-demand puts people with disabilities lower on the access list than people without, in violation ... [view]
13 Merrill v. Dunlap
1:20-cv-00248 (D. Me.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Election/Voting Rights
VR-ME-0020
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
14 Drenth v. Boockvar
1:20-cv-00829 (M.D. Pa.)
Filed 2020 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Election/Voting Rights
VR-PA-0121
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
15 Black Parallel School Board v. Sacramento City Unified School District
2:19-at-00821 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/05/2019 - Case Ongoing
Sacramento City Unified School District
Sacramento City Unified School District
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-CA-0035
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
On September 5, 2019, the Black Parallel School Board and three students in the Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) filed a class action in United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued SCUSD and a selection of its officers under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II ... [view]
16 Wyatt B. v. Brown
6:19-cv-00556-AA (D. Or.)
Filed 04/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
Oregon Department of Human Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
CW-OR-0001
Coding Complete
On April 16, 2019, ten children in the custody of the Oregon Department of Human Services filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs sued the Governor of Oregon, the Director of the Oregon Department of Child Welfare, and the Oregon Department of Human Services along with ... [view]
17 Georgia Advocacy Office v. Jackson
1:19-cv-01634-WMR-JFK (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 04/10/2019 - Case Ongoing
Fulton County Sheriffs Office
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-GA-0034
Fulton County
Coding Complete
On April 10, 2019, two female detainees in the South Fulton Municipal Regional Jail and the Georgia Advocacy Office filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and the South Fulton Municipal Jail under 42 U.S.C.§ 1983 and the Americans ... [view]
18 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]
19 M.J. v. District of Columbia
1:18-cv-01901-EGS (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/14/2018 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-DC-0007
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On August 14, 2018, two children with mental health disabilities in the District of Columbia and University Legal Services, Inc. filed this lawsuit on behalf of themselves and a class of children with mental health disabilities, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued the District of Columbia under: ... [view]
20 Mays v. County of Sacramento
2:18-cv-02081 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
County of Sacramento
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0134
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This was a preexisting lawsuit addressing conditions of confinement in the Sacramento County Jail. On March 18, 2020, class counsel wrote the county to urge significant responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter requested population reductions and a variety of other steps (increasing education, access to cleaning supplies, ... [view]
21 Disability Rights Washington v. Inslee
4:18-cv-05071-RMP (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/23/2018 - Case Ongoing
Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-WA-0031
Coding Complete
On April 23, 2018, Disability Rights Washington—the state protection and advocacy organization—filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. The plaintiff sued Governor Jay Inslee, the Secretary of the Department of Corrections, and the Superintendent of the State Penitentiary under the Americans with ... [view]
22 Disability Rights Florida v. Jones
3:18-cv-00179-HES-JRK (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 01/30/2018 - Case Ongoing
Florida Department of Corrections
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-FL-0006
Leon County
Coding Complete
On January 30, 2018, Disability Rights Florida filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC). The case was assigned to Judge Robert Hinkle. The plaintiff alleged that FDOC provided inadequate mental health treatment to prisoners in violation of the Eighth ... [view]
23 Murray v. Santa Barbara
2:17-cv-08805 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/06/2017 - Case Ongoing
County of Santa Barbara
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-CA-0129
Santa Barbara County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This was a preexisting lawsuit addressing conditions of confinement in the Santa Barbara County Jail. On March 18, 2020, class counsel wrote the county to urge significant responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter urged population reductions, and a variety of other steps (increasing education, access to cleaning supplies, ... [view]
24 Anderson v. Lake
5:17-cv-01236-HE (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 11/17/2017 - Closed 2018
Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OK-0004
Coding Complete
On November 17, 2017, six people with physical and/or intellectual impairments that relied on ADvantage waivers and/or In-Home Supports waivers to receive health services at their homes, filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District for the Western District of Oklahoma. The plaintiffs sued Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) and ... [view]
25 Communities United v. Chicago
1:17-cv-07151 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/04/2017 - Closed 2019
City of Chicago
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-IL-0023
Cook County
Coding Complete
On October 4, 2017, five organizations serving Black and Latino communities in Chicago (the ACLU of Illinois, Communities United, Community Renewal Society, Next Steps, and ONE Northside), filed this lawsuit in the United States Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the City of Chicago under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Americans with ... [view]
< prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next >
new search
refine this search

- top of page -