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NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice.
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1 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00239-MJG (D. Md.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0008
Coding Complete
On Jan. 24, 2018, the NAACP filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Represented by its own counsel, the NAACP challenged DHS's Nov. 2017 revocation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the United States. Plaintiff alleged that defendant ... [view]
2 NAACP v. Bureau of the Census
8:18-cv-00891-PWG (D. Md.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MD-0004
Coding Complete
On March 28, 2018 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Prince George's County filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Maryland. Plaintiffs sued the U.S. Census Bureau, Secretary of Commerce, and President and the United States for "conspicuous neglect" of their duty to ensure an "actual enumeration" ... [view]
3 Times v. Target
1:18-cv-02993 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Target Corporation
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0295
Coding Complete
4 National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
Filed 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]
5 NAACP v. Merrill
3:18-cv-01094 (D. Conn.)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0001
Coding Complete
On June 28, 2018, the NAACP, the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP, and several private citizens of Hamden and New Haven filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Elections Board under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the Rule of ... [view]
6 NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund v. Trump
1:17-cv-05427 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Presidential Authority
PR-NY-0003
Coding Complete
On July 18, 2017, the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund (NAACP) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The NAACP joined with a number of non-profit organizations to sue President Donald J. Trump, members of the executive branch in their official capacities, and the Presidential Advisory Commission ... [view]
7 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]
8 Morningside Community Organization v. Sabree
16-008807-CH (State Court)
Filed 2016 - Closed 2018
Wayne County
Wayne County Treasurer
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-MI-0012
Wayne County
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2016, several Detroit homeowners and a coalition of neighborhood associations from throughout the city filed this class-action lawsuit against the Wayne County Treasurer alleging Fair Housing Act (FHA) and due process violations. The plaintiffs alleged that homeowners in Detroit were being charged unlawfully assessed taxes because the ... [view]
9 Lewis v. Bentley
2:16-cv-00690-RDP (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
State of Alabama
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0016
Coding Complete
On April 28, 2016, the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries, and two African-American plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Governor and Attorney General of the State of Alabama in their official capacities under the Fourteenth Amendment’s ... [view]
10 Thompson v. DeKalb County
1:15-cv-00280 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2015 - Closed 2015
DeKalb County
DeKalb County Recorders Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0008
De Kalb County
Coding Complete
On January 29, 2015, a nineteen-year-old man from Decatur, Georgia, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against DeKalb County and Judicial Correction Services, Inc. ("JCS"). The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ... [view]
11 Little v. Washington Metro. Area Transit Auth.
No. 1:14-cv-01289 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2014 - Closed 2018
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authoirty
Equal Employment
EE-DC-0075
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2014, nine African American employees with criminal records filed this lawsuit (on behalf of a putative class of similar employees) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and its contractors. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
12 Detroit NAACP v. Snyder
2:13-cv-12098 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2013 - Case Ongoing
State of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0071
Coding Complete
On May 13, 2013, registered voters of the City of Detroit and the Detroit chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ("NAACP") filed suit against the State of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Represented by the NAACP and the Arab-American Civil Rights League, plaintiffs ... [view]
13 Cogdell v. Wet Seal
8:12-cv-01138-AG-AN (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2016
The Wet Seal, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0348
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2012, three African-American former store-management employees of Wet Seal who had been terminated filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs were represented the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and private counsel, and alleged that Wet Seal, Inc., and related corporations, which sell ... [view]
14 Davis v. City of New York
1:10-cv-00699-SAS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2010 - Case Ongoing
The City of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0013
Coding Complete
This is one of four ongoing cases challenging the constitutionality of the New York Police Department's "Stop and Frisk" program. See: Floyd v. City of New York (PN-NY-0009); Daniels v. City of New York (PN-NY-0010); and ... [view]
15 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
08-1938 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2008 - Closed 2011
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Benefits / Government Services
FH-DC-0004
Coding Complete
On November 12, 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and the National Fair Housing Alliance, along with African-American homeowners from Louisiana, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of more than 20,000 families, against the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development ("HUD") ... [view]
16 DOJ Investigation of Austin Police Department
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2011
Austin Police Department
Policing
PN-TX-0006
Coding Complete
On May 31, 2007, the Austin NAACP and Texas Civil Rights Project filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the Austin Police Department (APD), opening this investigation. The NAACP alleged that the APD had violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and asked the federal government to withhold nearly 3 million dollars in federal ... [view]
17 Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by any Means Necessary (BAMN) v. Granholm
2:06-cv-15024-DML-RSW (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 2006 - Closed 2014
University of Michigan
Education
ED-MI-0001
Coding Complete
Until and through the latter part of 2006, the University of Michigan's admissions policies allowed for the consideration of race among the factors it considered in making admissions decisions. In 2003, this policy was expressly approved by the United States Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003). On November 7, 2006, the ... [view]
18 Horne v. Reading
05-6334 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 2005 - Closed 2007
City of Reading
Equal Employment
EE-PA-0230
Reading
Coding Complete
Notes from the NAACP website: On February 27, 2006, the National NAACP and the Reading Branch NAACP joined an employment lawsuit against the City of Reading, Pennsylvania. The suit charges the Reading Fire Department with implementing discriminatory recruitment and hiring practices against African Americans and other minorities. Although the City ... [view]
19 Thomas v. City of Gulfport, Mississippi
1:05-cv-00349-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 2005 - Closed 2007
City of Gulfport, MS
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MS-0001
Coding Complete
On July 21, 2005, fifteen named indigent plaintiffs, individually and on behalf of a putative class, filed this suit in in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law against the City of Gulfport, Mississippi. The plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and the ... [view]
20 Hayden v. Pataki
1:00-cv-8586 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2000 - Closed 2006
State of New York
Election/Voting Rights
VR-NY-0350
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2000, Plaintiffs filed this class action against the State of New York and its State Board of Elections in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs, Black and Latino individuals who had been convicted of felonies under the laws of the state of New York and were incarcerated in the New York ... [view]
21 Gloucester County (New Jersey Turnpike) Police Stop Cases
MER-L-002687-96 (State Court)
Filed 1996 - Closed
New Jersey State Police
Policing
PN-NJ-0001
Coding Complete
In 1996, the NAACP and several individuals filed a class action lawsuit in New Jersey state court against the New Jersey State Police alleging unlawful employment practices in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§2000e et seq., as amended and state law. The gravamen (essence) of plaintiffs' complaint as amended ... [view]
22 Farrakhan v. Gregoire
2:96-cv-00076-RHW (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 1996 - Closed 2011
Department of Corrections of the State of Washington
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-WA-0001
Coding Complete
On February 2, 1996, a group of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Native-Americans having felony convictions filed a pro se action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, claiming that the state of Washington's felon disenfranchisement scheme violated the Voting Rights Act ("VRA"), 42 U.S.C. § 1971 et seq., and ... [view]
23 Labor/Community Strategy Center v. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
2:94-cv-05936-TJH-mc (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 1994 - Closed 2009
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0038
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On August 31, 1994, the Labor/Community Strategy Center, the Bus Riders Union (a community organization formed to represent the interests of bus riders), and other organizational plaintiffs filed a class action law suit against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and related individuals, on behalf of users of public ... [view]
24 Black Probation Officers Association v. Los Angeles County
2:94-cv-03432-CAS-SH (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 1994 - Closed 2000
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Probation Department
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0330
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On May 25, 1994, individual black probation officers and the Black Probation Officers Association in Los Angeles filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the Los Angeles County and its probation department. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational ... [view]
25 Thomas v. County of Los Angeles
90-5217 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 1990 - Closed 2010
Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Policing
PN-CA-0003
Coding Complete
In 1991 the NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund (LDF) filed a class action civil rights lawsuit in the Southern District of California under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1985 against the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD), on behalf of more than 100 minority residents of Lynwood, a South-Central Los Angeles neighborhood. The suit ... [view]
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