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Public Justice pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses.
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1 The Women's Student Union v. U.S. Dep't of Education
3:21-cv-01626 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/08/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Education
Coding Complete
This case is about the Trump Administration's amended Title IX regulations that reduced federal protections for students experiencing sexual harassment in public schools. On March 8, 2021, The Women’s Student Union (the Student Union)—a student organization at Berkeley High School—filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the ... [view]
2 Carter v. City of Montgomery
2:15-cv-00555 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 08/03/2015 - Case Ongoing
City of Montgomery
Criminal Justice (Other)
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
The plaintiff, individually and on behalf of indigent individuals who have been sentenced by the Montgomery Municipal Court to probation with Judicial Correction Services, Inc. (“JCS”) for failure to pay fines, filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama on August 3, 2015. Represented by ... [view]
3 Ray v. Judicial Corrections Services
2:12-cv-02819 (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 08/28/2012 - Closed 2020
Judicial Correction Services, Inc.
Criminal Justice (Other)
Coding Complete
On August 28, 2012, three Alabama residents filed a federal class lawsuit against the city of Childersburg, Alabama and the private, for-profit law enforcement company the city used to collect law-enforcement related fines, costs, and fees. The plaintiffs sued in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, seeking a declaratory ... [view]
4 Eccleston v. Pine Bush Central School District
7:12-cv-02303-KMK-PED (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 03/28/2012 - Closed
Pine Bush School District
Orange County
Coding Complete
On March 28th, 2012, five former and current Jewish students filed a lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of New York under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against the Pine Bush School District. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, asked the court for declarative judgment, injunctive relief and damages, claiming ... [view]
5 Out-of-court settlement with Fort Valley State University
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 2012 - Closed
no defendants on record
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
6 Argueta v. Myers
3:08-cv-01652-PGS-DEA (D.N.J.)
Filed 04/03/2008 - Closed 2012
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Immigration and/or the Border
Coding Complete
On April 3, 2008, twelve individual plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Represented by private counsel and attorneys from the Center for Constitutional Rights, the plaintiffs sued U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") and officers of the Penns Grove, N.J., Police Department, under 42 ... [view]
7 Flood v. Florida Gulf Coast University
2:08-cv-30 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 01/18/2008 - Closed 2008
Florida Gulf Coast University
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On January 18, 2008, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against the Board of Trustees of the Florida Gulf Coast University ("FGCU") under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title IX") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Plaintiffs were former head coaches for the women's athletic program at FGCU; they claimed that ... [view]
8 Abrahamson v. Corrections Corporation of America
2006 CV 8 (State Court)
Filed 02/01/2006 - Closed 2013
Corrections Corporation of America
Prison Conditions
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In February 2006, over 150 prisoners who had been injured during a 2004 riot at Crowley County Correctional Facility (Crowley) filed this lawsuit in the Colorado District Court for the County of Crowley. They sued the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), a private prison company that owned and operated Crowley (which incarcerates Colorado and ... [view]
9 Barrett v. West Chester Univeristy
03-04978 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 09/04/2003 - Closed 2007
West Chester University
West Chester University
Chester County
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On September 4, 2003, female students, on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated individuals, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq. against West Chester University of Pennsylvania of the State System of ... [view]
10 Hankin v. City of Seattle
2:00-cv-01672 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 10/02/2000 - Closed 2007
City of Seattle
Speech and Religious Freedom
King County
Coding Complete
The facts of this case are provided by a memorandum filed by the plaintiffs following their original complaint because the complaint filed on October 2, 2000 is unavailable. On October 2, 2000, five plaintiffs filed a class action complaint in the Western District of Washington. The plaintiffs alleged that the Mayor of Seattle, the Police Chief ... [view]
11 A.S.K. v. Oregon Bd. of Ed.
3:99-cv-00263 (D. Or.)
Filed 02/22/1999 - Closed 2001
Oregon Department of Education
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Coding Complete
On February 22, 1999, plaintiffs, Oregon students with learning disabilities represented through Advocates for Special Kids (A.S.K.), filed a class action suit in the District of Oregon. The suit was filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) against the Oregon Department of ... [view]
12 Cohen v. Brown University
1:92-cv-00197-PJB (D.R.I.)
Filed 04/09/1992 - Case Ongoing
Brown University
Coding Complete
In 1991, Brown University announced that it was going to eliminate four sports: women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics, men’s golf, and men’s water polo. Brown explained that the teams could still compete as club sports, but it was no longer able to provide university funding for financial reasons. At that time, Brown’s student body was 5 ... [view]
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