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Columbia Legal Services (formerly Evergreen)
Columbia Legal Services of Washington State is a nonprofit, statewide civil legal aid program with five offices organized into five statewide advocacy project teams: Basic Human Needs, Children & Youth, Institutions, Working Families, and Economic Justice. CLS advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. They seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities they serve.
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1 Colvin v. Inslee
983178 (State Court)
Filed 03/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of the State of Washington
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0033
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Columbia Legal Services filed this suit on March 24, 2020 on behalf of individuals in state custody against Governor of the State of Washington and the Secretary of the Washington State Department of Corrections. The plaintiffs sought a Writ of Mandamus requiring the defendants to take actions necessary to prevent the spread of ... [view]
2 Augustine v. Washington Department of Corrections
19-2-05337-34 (State Court)
Filed 10/29/2019 - Case Ongoing
Washington Department of Corrections
Washington Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0030
Coding Complete
On October 29, 2019, former inmates of Clallam Bay Corrections Center (CCBC) filed this lawsuit in Washington State Superior Court for Thurston County. The plaintiffs sued the Washington Department of Corrections (WDOC), and top WDOC officials, including the WDOC’s secretary, WDOC’s assistant secretary of the Prisons division, the ... [view]
3 B.E. v. Teeter
2:16-cv-00227 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 02/16/2016 - Closed 2020
the Washington State Health Care Authority
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0029
Coding Complete
On February 16, 2016, Washington Medicaid enrollees filed this putative class action against the Washington State Health Care Authority (WHCA) under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs alleged that WHCA’s Hepatitis C (HCV) treatment policy violated Title XIX of the Social Security ... [view]
4 Haldane v. Hammond
2:15-cv-01810-RAJ-MAT (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 11/17/2015 - Closed 2019
Chief Medical Officer
Washington Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-WA-0026
Thurston County
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On November 17, 2015, four prisoners in Washington state brought a class action lawsuit against the state's Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Secretary of the DOC under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for allegedly arbitrarily withholding necessary medical care from patients with serious and painful medical conditions. The ... [view]
5 Farris v. Franklin County
4:14-cv-05083-SAB (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 08/02/2014 - Case Ongoing
Franklin County
Franklin County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-WA-0010
Franklin County
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On August 2, 2014, prisoners at the Franklin County Jail filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Franklin County. The plaintiffs, represented by Columbia Legal Services, claimed that jail officials' excessive use of force and the jail's squalid living conditions violated the ... [view]
6 Ramirez-Martinez v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:14-cv-05273 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 04/02/2014 - Closed
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-WA-0022
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On April 2, 2014, three immigrant detainees incarcerated in the Northwest Detention Center (NDC) filed a lawsuit in the District Court in the Western District of Washington under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Department of Homeland Security. The three detainees, ... [view]
7 Wilson v. Seattle Housing Authority
2:09-cv-00226 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 2009 - Closed 2012
Seattle Housing Administration
Seattle Housing Administration
Public Housing
PH-WA-0001
King County
Coding Complete
One plaintiff brought this class action suit on January 1, 2011, alleging that the administration of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in Seattle, Washington, discriminates impermissibly against residents with disabilities. The named defendants were the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) and the Executive Director of SHA in his official ... [view]
8 Perez-Farias v. Global Horizons, Inc.
2:05-cv-3061 (E.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/12/2005 - Closed 2014
Global Horizons Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-WA-0118
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2005, three U.S. orchard workers from Yakima Valley who had been denied or terminated from agricultural employment, brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Represented by Columbia Legal Services and private counsel, the plaintiffs sued Global Horizons, Green Acre Farms, ... [view]
9 Best v. Grant County
04-2-00189-0 (State Court)
Filed 12/21/2004 - Closed 2013
Grant County, Washington
Indigent Defense
PD-WA-0001
Coding Complete
On December 21, 2004, three indigent criminal defendants with felony cases pending in the Grant County, Washington Superior Court, along with an individual taxpaying resident of Grant County, filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the Superior Court of Kittitas County, challenging the constitutionality of the public defense ... [view]
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