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Equal Justice Under Law
According to its website, Equal Justice Under Law is a non-profit civil rights organization, founded in 2014, dedicated to providing pro bono legal service to those most in need. The organization is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and brings cases nationwide.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Evenson-Childs v. Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
9:21-cv-00089 (D. Mont.)
Filed 08/09/2021 - Case Ongoing
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MT-0004
Ravalli County
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, a homeless resident of the state of Montana, filed this putative class action against Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on August 9, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. She challenged the Office’s practice of charging pre-trial arrestees released on bail for various forms of pre-trial supervision, such as ... [view]
2 Onosamba-Ohindo v. Barr
1:20-cv-00290 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Executive Office for Immigration Review
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-NY-0082
Buffalo
Coding Complete
This is a class action suit about bond hearings for detainees under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The issue is whether due process under the Fifth Amendment allows the government to place the burden of proof for whether the person being detained poses a flight risk (and therefore shouldn't be released) on the detainee themselves ... [view]
3 E.B. v. Landry
3:19-cv-00862 (M.D. La.)
Filed 12/13/2019 - Case Ongoing
Clerk of Court
East Baton Rouge Parish
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0018
East Baton Rouge Parish
Coding Complete
Plaintiffs, three persons seeking to expunge various criminal records in Louisiana, filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana on December 13, 2019, challenging Louisiana’s expungement fees. In particular, the plaintiffs challenged the $550 fee per expungement “event”—that is, ... [view]
4 Wright v. Family Support Division
4:19-cv-00398-RLW (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 03/04/2019 - Case Ongoing
Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0025
Coding Complete
On March 4, 2019, two named plaintiffs filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri against the Missouri Department of Social Services Family Support Division as well as the Governor of Missouri, the Director of the Missouri Department of Social Services, the Director of the Family Support Division, the Director of ... [view]
5 Rodriguez v. Mach
5:18-cv-01265 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 12/05/2018 - Closed 2019
Chairman for the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Texas Department of Public Safety Commission
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0014
Austin County
Coding Complete
The plaintiffs in this action are Texas residents whose driver’s licenses had been suspended. They brought suit against the Chairman of the Texas Department of Public Safety Commission in his official capacity on December 5, 2018. The Commission suspended the plaintiffs’ licenses through a Driver Responsibility Program. The program had forced 1 ... [view]
6 Edwards v. Leaders in Community Alternatives, Inc.
3:18-cv-04609-JSC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/31/2018 - Case Ongoing
Leaders in Community Alternatives
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0022
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2018, the plaintiffs, persons required to wear and pay for GPS ankle monitors, filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the company that created and distributed the ankle monitors, the parent company, several individual employees of the company, ... [view]
7 Harold v. Richards
2:18-cv-00115-RK (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 01/10/2018 - Closed 2018
Governor of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-PA-0005
Coding Complete
On January 10, 2018, two Philadelphia residents convicted for possession of small amounts of drugs filed this class lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiffs sued three secretaries of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the governor of Pennsylvania because they believed a criminal ... [view]
8 Kilpatrick v. City of Newark
1:18-cv-00053 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 2018 - Closed
City of Newark
City of Newark
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-AR-0002
Independence County
Coding In Process
This lawsuit challenged a Newark city ordinance that prohibited manufactured homes below a certain value on Equal Protection and other constitutional grounds. After the lawsuit was filed, the City repealed the ordinance and the case was eventually dismissed.* [view]
9 DiFrancesco v. Bullock
2:17-cv-00066-SEH (D. Mont.)
Filed 08/31/2017 - Closed 2019
The State of Montana
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MT-0003
Coding Complete
On August 31, 2017, a resident of Bozeman, Montana, who was unable to pay his court debt that grew to nearly $4,000 out of a small $185 civil infraction, filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. The plaintiff sued the governor of Montana, the Attorney General of Montana, the administrator of the ... [view]
10 Edwards v. Cofield
3:17-cv-00321 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/18/2017 - Case Ongoing
Randolph County, Alabama
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0016
Randolph County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2017, a 29-year old pregnant army veteran filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiff sued the Sheriff, Court Clerk, Court Magistrate, and District Court Judge of Randolph County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by Equal ... [view]
11 Fowler v. Johnson
4:17-cv-11441 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/04/2017 - Case Ongoing
The State of Michigan
Secretary of State for the State of Michigan
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MI-0013
Coding Complete
On May 4, 2017, two residents of Detroit, Michigan, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Secretary of State for the State of Michigan under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, represented by the Sugar Law Center and Equal Justice ... [view]
12 Watlington v. City of McCrory
2:17-cv-00002-DPM (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 01/05/2017 - Closed 2017
City of McCrory
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-AR-0001
Coding Complete
On January 5, 2017, two residents of the City of McCrory that were living in a trailer worth approximately $1500, filed a putative class action complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Plaintiffs, represented by Equal Justice Under Law and private counsel, sued the City of McCrory and its Police Chief ... [view]
13 Commonwealth v. Wagle
1613CR003391 (State Court)
Filed 08/05/2016 - Closed
Massachusetts
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MA-0003
Coding Complete
On August 5th, 2016, attorneys from the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts and from Equal Justice Under Law filed a petition in the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County in Massachusetts. The attorneys represented an indigent woman charged with possession of a Class A controlled substance who had been jailed for being ... [view]
14 O'Donnell v. Harris County
4:16-cv-01414 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/19/2016 - Case Ongoing
Harris County Judges
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0010
Harris County
Coding Complete
On May 19, 2016, a 22-year-old detainee filed this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Harris County, Texas and the Harris County Sheriff's Department. The plaintiff, represented by Equal Justice Under Law, claimed that the bail system violated the Equal Protection and Due ... [view]
15 Welchen v. Sacramento
2:16-cv-00185-TLN-DB (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 01/29/2016 - Case Ongoing
County of Sacramento
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0023
Sacramento County
Coding Complete
This case arises out of an incident beginning on January 29, 2016, when a 50-year-old disabled homeless man from Sacramento was arrested and accused of second-degree burglary of an uninhabited dwelling. He was taken to the Sacramento County jail and told that he would only be released if he paid $10,000. The same day, the plaintiff filed this ... [view]
16 Buffin v. City and County of San Francisco
4:15-cv-04959-YGR (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/28/2015 - Case Ongoing
City and County of San Francisco
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CA-0016
San Francisco
Coding Complete
At the commencement of this lawsuit, the City and County of San Francisco did not release arrestees from jail unless they paid a generic “bond” amount. That amount was determined by a fixed bail schedule set by San Francisco under direction of state law. Because this sum was set by reference to the alleged offense of arrest, no individualized ... [view]
17 Martinez v. City of Dodge City
2:15-cv-09344 (D. Kan.)
Filed 10/21/2015 - Closed 2016
City of Dodge City
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-KS-0002
Ford County
Coding Complete
On October 21, 2015, an arrestee filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. The plaintiff sued Dodge City and Ford County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff alleged that the Dodge City's wealth-based post-arrest detention scheme violated the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth ... [view]
18 Bell v. City of Jackson
3:15-cv-732-TSL-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 10/09/2015 - Closed 2016
City of Jackson, Mississippi
Jail Conditions
JC-MS-0024
Hinds County
Coding Complete
On October 9, 2015, seven impoverished individuals incarcerated by the City of Jackson filed this class action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, federal anti-trafficking laws, and the declaratory judgment act in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Mississippi. The plaintiffs alleged that they were imprisoned because they were unable ... [view]
19 Rodriguez v. Providence Community Corrections
3:15-cv-01048 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 10/01/2015 - Closed 2018
Providence Community Corrections
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TN-0007
Rutherford County
Coding Complete
On October 1, 2015, a group of indigent Rutherford County, Tennessee residents who received sanctions for failing to pay probation fees, filed a class action suit against the county and Providence Community Corrections, Inc. (PCC), a private contractor overseeing probation. The plaintiffs alleged that: 1) the arrangement between PCC and Rutherford ... [view]
20 Cain v. New Orleans
2:15-cv-04479-SSV-JCW (E.D. La.)
Filed 09/17/2015 - Case Ongoing
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0011
Orleans Parish
Coding Complete
On September 17, 2015, indigent former criminal defendants filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued the City of New Orleans, the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court (OPCDC), the court’s judges, judicial administrators, and the city’s sheriff department, ... [view]
21 Walker v. City of Calhoun
4:15-cv-00170-SCJ (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 09/08/2015 - Closed
City of Calhoun, Georgia
City of Calhoun
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0012
Gordon County
Coding Complete
This is a case challenging the Georgia city of Calhoun's use of a bail schedule that did not account for ability to pay, leading to longer detention of poor criminal defendants. On September 8, 2015, a 54-year-old indigent man filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the ... [view]
22 Snow v. Lambert
Civ. 15-567-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 08/25/2015 - Closed 2015
Ascension Parish
Ascension Parish Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-LA-0002
Ascension Parish
Coding Complete
On August 25, 2015, a woman jailed for her failure to pay an automatically set bail filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff sued Ascension Parish under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 U.S.C. § 2201. The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice ... [view]
23 Cooper v. City of Dothan
1:15-cv-00425-WKW-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 06/16/2015 - Closed 2019
City of Dothan
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-AL-0011
Houston County
Coding Complete
On June 16, 2015, an arrestee in Dothan, Alabama, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Represented by attorneys from Equal Justice Under Law, the plaintiff sued the city of Dothan. The plaintiff filed the lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Declaratory Judgment Act, alleging that Dothan ... [view]
24 Thompson v. Moss Point, Mississippi
1:15-cv-00182-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 06/12/2015 - Closed 2015
City of Moss Point
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MS-0002
Coding Complete
On June 12, 2015, this lawsuit was brought by an indigent person arrested by the City of Moss Point, Mississippi (the City), who was jailed for a prolonged period after she was unable to pay the fee demanded for release under the city’s “secured bail” schedule. Under that policy, persons arrested by the city were required to post a bail ... [view]
25 Powell v. City of St. Ann
4:15-cv-00840 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 05/27/2015 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Ann
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MO-0008
Coding Complete
On May 27, 2015, this lawsuit was brought in the United States for the Eastern District of Missouri by a person arrested by the City of St. Ann (the City), Missouri, who was jailed for a prolonged period after he was unable to pay the fee demanded for his release under the city’s “secured bail” policy. Under that policy, persons arrested for ... [view]
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