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DOJ Civil Rights Division Statements of Interest

In civil rights cases on issues of broad public concern, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division sometimes files a "statement of interest." This is usually a document that takes no position on the facts of the case, but provides the court with a recommended framework to assess the plaintiffs’ claim. These statements are important policy documents, establishing the DOJ position on highly contested topics.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 V.W. v. Conway
9:16-cv-01150-DNH-DEP (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 09/21/2016 - Closed 2019
Onondaga County
Sherriff, Justice Center
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JI-NY-0010
Onondaga County
Coding Complete
On September 21, 2016, six named plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit against Onondaga County in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Represented by the New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation and Legal Services of Central New York, the plaintiffs challenged the isolation of juveniles in solitary confinement at ... [view]
2 Kenny v. Wilson
2:16-cv-02794-CWH (D.S.C.)
Filed 08/11/2016 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General of South Carolina
Criminal Justice (Other)
Education
CJ-SC-0001
Coding Complete
On August 11, 2016, the non-profit, Girls Rock, and four students of South Carolina public schools, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The plaintiffs sued the Attorney General of South Carolina and the heads of twelve South Carolina Police Departments under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented ... [view]
3 Stinnie v. Holcomb
3:16-cv-00044-NKM (W.D. Va.)
Filed 07/06/2016 - Case Ongoing
Richard D. Holcomb
Virgina Department of Motor Vehicles
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-VA-0007
Coding Complete
On July 6, 2016, indigent Virginia residents brought this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia because they had suffered indefinite suspension of their driver's licenses for failure to pay court costs and fines that they could not afford. The plaintiffs sued the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of ... [view]
4 Methelus v. School Board of Collier County, Florida
2:16-cv-00379-SPC-MRM (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/18/2016 - Closed
The School Board Of Collier County, Florida
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-FL-0024
Collier County
Coding Complete
On May 18, 2016, a group of parents and guardians of noncitizen children who had recently arrived in the United States filed this class action suit against the School Board of Collier County, Florida. The claim was filed in the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida. In September 2016, the United States issued a Statement of Interest in ... [view]
5 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]
6 Tucker v. State of Idaho
CV-OC-2015-10240 (State Court)
Filed 06/17/2015 - Case Ongoing
State of Idaho
Indigent Defense
PD-ID-0001
Coding Complete
On June 17, 2015, this class action was filed in Idaho's District Court of the Fourth Judicial District against the State of Idaho, Idaho Governor C.L. Otter, and seven Public Defense Commission (PDC) members. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and private counsel, proceeded under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and state law, and alleged violation of their ... [view]
7 Robinson v. Farley
1:15-cv-00803-KBJ (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/01/2015 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Criminal Justice (Other)
DR-DC-0005
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On June 1, 2015, a young man with cerebral palsy and his caretaker filed this suit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs sued Prince George's County, Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as their respective police departments under 42 U.S.C. §1983, 42 U.S.C. § 1231 (Title II of the Americans with ... [view]
8 Thomas v. Kent
2:14-cv-08013-FMO-AGR (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/16/2014 - Case Ongoing
State of California Department of Health Care Services
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0048
Los Angeles
Coding Complete
On October 16, 2014, the plaintiffs, three individuals with significant physical disabilities requiring substantial medical care, filed this lawsuit against the California Department of Health Care Services (“DHCS”) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that the state had violated Section II ... [view]
9 National Federation of the Blind of California v. Uber Technologies
3:14-cv-4086 NC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 09/09/2014 - Case Ongoing
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Accomm./Contracting
PA-CA-0002
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On September 9, 2014, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), along with several of its members who had been discriminated against by Uber drivers because of their service animals, filed this lawsuit in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of California. They sued Uber under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S ... [view]
10 Sonnenberg v. Disability Rights Idaho, Inc.
1:14-cv-00369-EJL (D. Idaho)
Filed 08/29/2014 - Closed 2016
Disability Rights Idaho, Inc.
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-ID-0003
Ada County
Coding Complete
On August 29, 2014 Ada County and the Ada County Coroner filed a complaint in the Fourth Judicial District of Idaho. They sued Disability Rights Idaho (“DRI”) under Idaho Code § 10-1201 et seq., (Uniform Declaratory Judgment Act), and Idaho Rule of Civil Procedure 57. At the request of the defendant, Disability Rights Idaho, Inc. (DRI), the ... [view]
11 N.P. v. Georgia
14-cv-241025 (State Court)
Filed 01/07/2014 - Closed
Georgia
Indigent Defense
PD-GA-0008
Coding Complete
On January 7, 2014, youth and adult criminal defendants filed this class-action lawsuit in the Georgia Superior Court of Fulton County. The plaintiffs sued Georgia, the Georgia Public Defender Standard Counsel (GPDSC), and several Georgia counties, under 42 U.S.C. 1983, for violations of the 6th and 14th Amendments, and for violations of the ... [view]
12 Disability Rights Mississippi v. Mississippi Children's Home Services
3:13-cv-00547-HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 09/03/2014 - Closed 2015
CARES, Inc.
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-MS-0002
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, Disability Rights Mississippi ("DRMS"), filed this lawsuit against CARES, Inc. (initially identified in Complaint as Mississippi Children's Home Services) on September 6, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. Defendant, a non-profit organization, operated CARES Center, a residential treatment ... [view]
13 Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program v. SafetyNet Youth, Inc.
2:13-cv-00519-CG-B (S.D. Ala.)
Filed 10/25/2013 - Closed 2015
SafetyNet YouthCare, Inc.
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-AL-0002
Dallas County
Coding Complete
On October 25, 2013, the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) filed this lawsuit in the District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The plaintiff, which served as Alabama’s designated protection and advocacy program for people with disabilities, sued SafetyNet Youthcare, Inc. (SafetyNet) under the Protection and Advocacy for ... [view]
14 Smith v. Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
2:13-CV-5670-AB (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 09/27/2013 - Closed 2015
Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-PA-0020
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, a man with cerebral palsy, filed this class-action lawsuit against the Department of Public Welfare of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (DPW) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on September 27, 2013. As a person with a physical disability, plaintiff was eligible for in-home services under the State's Act ... [view]
15 Heard v. Finco
1:13-cv-00373-GJQ-HWB (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 03/26/2013 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-MI-0042
Coding Complete
On March 26, 2013, several Muslim prisoners of the Lakeland Correctional Facility (LCF) filed this lawsuit pro se in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC), the dietician and food service manager of the prison, and the Special Activity ... [view]
16 Native American Council of Tribes v. Weber
4:09-cv-04182-KES (D.S.D.)
Filed 12/09/2009 - Closed 2017
South Dakota
South Dakota State Penitentiary
Prison Conditions
PC-SD-0007
Coding Complete
On December 9, 2009, the Native American Council of Tribes and current and former Native American inmates in the South Dakota State Penitentiary filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. Native American inmates in the South Dakota State Penitentiary were forbidden from using tobacco in their Native American ... [view]
17 Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition v. Abercrombie & Fitch
1:09-cv-02757-WYD-KMT (D. Colo.)
Filed 11/24/2009 - Closed 2015
Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-CO-0020
Coding Complete
Several individuals who use wheelchairs and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition ("CCDC") (an organization representing individuals with disabilities) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on November 24, 2009. The plaintiffs claimed that Hollister stores (owned by Abercrombie & Fitch Co.) were inaccessible ... [view]
18 Willis v. Indiana Dept. of Correction
1:09-cv-00815-JMS-DML (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 07/01/2009 - Closed 2019
Indiana Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-IN-0022
Coding Complete
On July 1, 2009, an Orthodox Jewish prisoner incarcerated in the Indiana Department of Corrections filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiff sued the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU of Indiana, sought ... [view]
19 Ali v. Thaler
9:09-cv-00052-RC-JKG (E.D. Tex.)
Filed 03/29/2009 - Closed
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Prison Conditions
PC-TX-0017
Coding Complete
On March 29, 2009, a Muslim prisoner at the Gib Lewis Unit in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff, bringing the case pro se, sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). He sought a declaratory judgment that TDCJ's enforcement of grooming ... [view]
20 Moussazadeh v. Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice
3:07-CV-574 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 2007 - Closed 2017
Texas
Department of Criminal Justice
Prison Conditions
PC-TX-0018
Houston County
Coding Complete
On October 12, 2005, an inmate in the Eastham Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The plaintiff sued the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), its executive director, and the warden of the Eastham Unit under the Religious Land Use and ... [view]
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