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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 National Urban League v. Ross
5:20-cv-05799 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0056
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Haitian-Americans United v. Trump
1:20-cv-11421-DPW (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Bureau of the Census
U.S. Bureau of the Census
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0023
Coding Complete
This is a case about President Trump’s July 21, 2020 memorandum titled “Excluding Illegal Aliens from the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census” to the Secretary of Commerce. This memo instructed the 2020 Census to exclude undocumented immigrants from the population data created for the purposes of congressional apportionment. Many ... [view]
3 NAACP v. Peterman
1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 07/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mayor of Graham
Graham
Policing
PN-NC-0003
Graham
Coding Complete
The complaint for this case was filed on July 2, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint challenged an ordinance in Graham, North Carolina that forced would-be organizers of protests to obtain a permit from the city at least twenty four hours in advance. The ordinance gave the police chief total ... [view]
4 Collins v. Adams
3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 05/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear
Kentucky
Election/Voting Rights
VR-KY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit was filed on May 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit was brought by several individual plaintiffs as well as the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of NAACP Branches. They were represented by lawyers from ACLU National, ACLU of ... [view]
5 A. Phillip Randolph Institute v. Hargett
3:20-cv-00374 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 05/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Secretary of State
Election/Voting Rights
VR-TN-0070
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: On May 1, 2020, two qualified voters and five public interest organizations filed this lawsuit against ... [view]
6 Zepeda Rivas v. Jennings
3:20-cv-02731 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 04/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
GEO Group
GEO Group
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0162
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class-action lawsuit brought on April 20, 2020, by seven individuals in immigration detention at the Mesa Verde Detention Facility (MVDF) and the Yuba County Jail (YCJ), seeking immediate release from unsafe conditions of the jail in light of the global coronavirus pandemic. The court granted the request for TRO on ... [view]
7 League of Women Voters of Ohio v. LaRose
2:20-cv-01638 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 03/30/2020 - Closed 2020
Secretary of State of Ohio
Election/Voting Rights
VR-OH-0084
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 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
COVID-19 Summary: A class action for emergency release by noncitizens in civil immigration detention in the Bristol County House of Corrections. Judge William Young first provisionally certified five sub-classes and reviewed dozens of bail applications, releasing many individuals. Then on May 12, he banned further admissions to the facility and ... [view]
9 Alabama v. United States Dep't of Commerce
2:18-cv-00772 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/21/2018 - Case Ongoing
United States Census Bureau
United States Department of Commerce
Election/Voting Rights
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0018
Coding Complete
On May 21, 2018, Alabama and a representative from its Fifth Congressional District filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The case was assigned to District Judge R. David Proctor. The plaintiffs sued the United States Department of Commerce and the United States Census Bureau under the Actual ... [view]
10 National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/08/2018 - Closed
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]
11 Centro Presente v. Trump
1:18-cv-10340 (D. Mass.)
Filed 02/22/2018 - 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]
12 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]
13 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]
14 Open Communities Alliance v. Carson
1:17-cv-02192 (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/23/2017 - 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]
15 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/Gubernatorial 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]
16 Pars Equality Center v. Trump
1:17-cv-00255 (D.D.C.)
Filed 02/08/2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
Presidential/Gubernatorial 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]
17 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]
18 Dade v. City of Sherwood
4:16-cv-00602-JM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 08/23/2016 - Closed 2019
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]
19 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]
20 Whitford v. Gill
3:15-cv-00421-bbc (W.D. Wis.)
Filed 07/08/2015 - Closed 2019
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
Election/Voting Rights
Speech and Religious Freedom
VR-WI-0018
Coding Complete
On July 8, 2015, 12 registered Democratic voters in Wisconsin filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The plaintiffs sued the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988, claiming violations of their First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Represented by the Chicago ... [view]
21 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]
22 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]
23 Doe v. Johnson [later Kelly, Nielsen]
4:15-cv-00250-DCB (D. Ariz.)
Filed 06/08/2015 - 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]
24 Lyon v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:13-cv-05878-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 12/19/2013 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0075
Coding Complete
On December 19, 2013, four immigration detainees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California under 28 U.S.C. § 2201 against ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, asked the ... [view]
25 NAACP Jacksonville Branch v. Consolidated City of Jacksonville
3:13-cv-00161-TJC-MCR (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]
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