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Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar's leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity. Its principal mission is to secure equal justice for all through the rule of law, targeting in particular the inequities confronting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Savino v. Hodgson
1:20-cv-10617 (D. Mass.)
Filed 03/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Bristol County House of Corrections
Jail Conditions
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0019
Bristol County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/08/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-DC-0018
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2018, National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Low Income Housing Information Services, and Texas Appleseed filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs were represented by the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the American ... [view]
3 San Jose v. Ross
3:18-cv-02279 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0051
Coding Complete
PB-CA-0051-Caitlin The U.S. Census Bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, conducts a census every ten years. The census surveys the number of persons in each household and, in the process, gathers certain demographic information about those persons. The Bureau’s stated goal in administering the census “is to count every ... [view]
4 Centro Presente v. Trump
1:18-cv-10340 (D. Mass.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0014
Coding Complete
On Feb. 22, 2018, eight Temporary Protected Status (TPS) recipients from El Salvador and Haiti, as well as the Massachusetts immigrants' rights organization Centro Presente, filed this lawsuit. Represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, the plaintiffs challenged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s recent ... [view]
5 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Arizona v. Michele Reagan
2:17-cv-04102-DGC (D. Ariz.)
Filed 11/07/2017 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Arizona
State of Arizona
Election/Voting Rights
Speech and Religious Freedom
VR-AZ-0053
Maricopa County
Coding Complete
On November 7, 2017, the League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona (LULAC-Arizona) and the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of State of Arizona (the Secretary) and the Maricopa County Recorder (the County Recorder) ... [view]
6 Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law v. Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
1:17-cv-01354-CKK (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Presidential Authority
PR-DC-0007
Coding Complete
On July 10, 2017, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. LCCRUL sued the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (Commission) and other agents of the executive branch under the Federal Advisory Commission Act (FACA), the Mandamus and ... [view]
7 Allen v. Edwards
No. 655079 (State Court)
Filed 02/06/2017 - Case Ongoing
Governor John Bel Edwards
Indigent Defense
PD-LA-0005
Coding Complete
On February 6, 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and several private firms filed this class action in the 19th Judicial District Court of East Baton Rouge Parish. The suit had thirteen named plaintiffs and the class was comprised of all indigent adults in Louisiana charged with non-capital ... [view]
8 Open Communities Alliance v. Carson
1:17-cv-02192 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-DC-0015
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
The background to this case is based on a policy known as the Small Area Fair Market Rent (“FMR”) rule was set to go into effect on January 1, 2018, after years of advocacy, research, and public debate. The rule required the public housing agencies (PHAs) that administered the Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly Section 8) to set voucher ... [view]
9 Pars Equality Center v. Trump
1:17-cv-00255 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential Authority
IM-DC-0026
Coding Complete
This action, filed Feb. 8, 2017, challenged President Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) ban on admission to the U.S. of nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and it sought "to protect and defend the Iranian-American community in ... [view]
10 Dade v. City of Sherwood
4:16-cv-00602-JM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 08/23/2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Sherwood
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AR-0004
Pulaski County
Coding Complete
On August 23, 2016, five individuals incarcerated due to bounced checks filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. They proceeded under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against Sherwood and Pulaski Counties, and various officials including the Sherwood District Court Judge, court clerks, and other ... [view]
11 Long v. Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
2:16-cv-01991-PBT (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 04/27/2016 - Case Ongoing
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
Equal Employment
EE-PA-0251
Philadelphia County
Coding Complete
On April 27, 2016, an applicant for a bus driving position with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) filed this class-action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff, joined one month later by two other named plaintiffs, sued SEPTA under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and under ... [view]
12 NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches v. Philips Electronics North America Corp.
156382/2015 (State Court)
Filed 06/25/2015 - Case Ongoing
MONSTER WORLDWIDE, INC.,
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0283
Coding Complete
On June 25, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights filed this New York state court class action on behalf of the NAACP New York State Conference Metropolitan Council of Branches against employers who use leading job search sites Monster, Indeed, and ZipRecruiter. All of these job sites bar applications for certain open positions from would- ... [view]
13 Lee v. Hertz Corporation
4:15-cv-02545 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/09/2015 - Closed 2015
Hertz Corporation
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0355
Coding Complete
On June 9, 2015, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area filed this nationwide class action against the Hertz Corporation and Sterling Infosystems, Inc., on behalf of the plaintiff and all similarly situated applicants. The plaintiffs alleged that Hertz and Sterling systematically violated federal law based on the ... [view]
14 Doe v. Johnson [later Kelly, Nielsen]
4:15-cv-00250-DCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 2015 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Border Patrol
Tucson Sector
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0021
Coding Complete
This is a class action about conditions of confinement in the "hold rooms" used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for short-term detention of noncitizens apprehended near the border. The case deals with all the hold rooms in the Tucson Sector, which consists of nine "stations" covering most of Arizona and accounted for 18% of all ... [view]
15 NAACP Jacksonville Branch v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville
3:13-cv-161 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 02/14/2013 - Case Ongoing
Consolidated City of Jacksonville
Equal Employment
EE-FL-0160
Duval County
Coding Complete
On February 14, 2013, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Jacksonville Branch ("NAACP") and the Jacksonville Brotherhood of firefighters, a Chapter of the International Association of African-American Professional Fire Fighters (JBOF) brought this class action lawsuit for violations of Title VII in the U.S. District ... [view]
16 Mi Familia Vota Education Fund v. Detzner
8:12-cv-1294 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/08/2012 - Closed 2013
Florida Department of State
Florida
Election/Voting Rights
VR-FL-0168
Coding Complete
On June 8, 2012, two naturalized U.S. citizens and a national non-profit dedicated to increasing civic participation among Latinos filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1973c and 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against the State of Florida in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. The plaintiffs, represented by private ... [view]
17 United States v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville
3:12-cv-00451 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 04/23/2012 - Case Ongoing
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
Consolidated City of Jacksonville
Equal Employment
EE-FL-0163
Jacksonville
Coding Complete
On April 23, 2012, the United States on behalf of black firefighters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and against the Consolidated City of Jacksonville, FL and the union representing its firefighters. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive ... [view]
18 Abadia-Peixoto v. DHS
3:11-cv-4001 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/15/2011 - Closed 2017
Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0070
Coding Complete
On August 15, 2011, civil immigration detainees filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California. The plaintiffs filed under the Declaratory Judgment Act and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and the Executive Office of Immigration Review ("EOIR") for violating the Due ... [view]
19 Berry v. Pastorek
10-CV-04049 (E.D. La.)
Filed 10/26/2010 - Case Ongoing
Louisiana Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-LA-0003
Coding Complete
On October 26, 2010, a group of students with disabilities filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board. The plaintiffs, represented by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Southern Poverty Law Center, and private ... [view]
20 Gonzalez v. Pritzker
1:10-cv-03105 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/13/2010 - Closed 2016
United States Department of Commerce
United States Census Bureau
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0254
Coding Complete
On April 13, 2010, rejected U.S. Census Bureau job applicants filed an employment discrimination class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by a coalition of public interest attorney organizations and private counsel, alleged that Census hiring procedures, which pre-screened all ... [view]
21 Reyes v. Alcantar
4:07-CV-02271 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/26/2007 - Closed 2008
U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0049
Coding Complete
On April 26, 2007, the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigration Rights Project, and other public interest groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California representing a seven-year-old United States citizen, who was detained for ten hours by U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement Agency (ICE) ... [view]
22 Wynne v. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaraunts Inc.
4:06-cv-03153 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/11/2006 - Closed 2013
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0305
Coding Complete
On May 11, 2006, African-American employees of a restaurant in Berkeley, California filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, under 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act against McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants ("M&S") ... [view]
23 Gonzalez v. State of Arizona
2:06-cv-01268-ROS (D. Ariz.)
Filed 05/09/2006 - Case Ongoing
State of Arizona
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AZ-0052
Coding Complete
On May 9, 2006, a group of Latino voters filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona against the state of Arizona. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, MALDEF, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the ACLU Voting Rights Project, brought suit under the Voting Rights Act, the NVRA, the Civil ... [view]
24 Kincaid v. City of Fresno
06-1445 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2013
California
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
Policing
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0005
Coding Complete
Starting in 2005 and continuing for more than a year, the City of Fresno, CA had a policy of immediately seizing and destroying on the spot the personal possessions of homeless individuals during sweeps conducted by the City of Fresno Police Department and City of Fresno Sanitation Department. The City used large compactors to immediately crush ... [view]
25 Jones v. City of Boston
1:05-cv-11832-DPW (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/26/2005 - Case Ongoing
City of Boston
Boston Police Department
Equal Employment
EE-MA-0024
Suffolk County
Coding Complete
On July 26, 2005, a group of current and former Boston Police Department (BPD) officers, an applicant to the BPD, and the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers filed this lawsuit in the Suffolk County Massachusetts Superior Court. The plaintiffs sued the City of Boston and the Boston Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 198 ... [view]
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