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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This page collects cases that address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, etc. (We're not able to catalog every single-person request for release, but are presenting the cases affecting multiple persons.)

In addition to cases, in many states there have been court orders directing releases and other COVID-19 responses. To see a catalog of these, check out the Prison Policy Initiative's list of jail/prison-related COVID-19 responses, and the spreadsheet compiled by the UCLA Law School, here.

If you know of a case NOT listed here, please email us: clearinghouse@umich.edu (We'll try to update this page in close-to-real-time.)
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 P.J.E.S v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02245 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0087
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 League of Women Voters of Oklahoma v. Ziriax
118765 (State Court)
Filed 08/14/2020 - Closed 2020
Secretary of Oklahoma State Board of Elections Paul Ziriax
Oklahoma State Board of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
VR-OK-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by a nonprofit and individual voters in Oklahoma, seeking a change in election law in light of COVID-19. The Oklahoma Supreme Court mandated the Election Board to recognize sworn statements and prohibited them from issuing ballots that suggested notarization was the only way to legitimize a ballot. The case ... [view]
3 Texas Civil Rights Project v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02035 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Closed 2020
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
DHS
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0083
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on July 24, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The suit was brought by the Texas Civil Rights Project as next friend for one hundred unaccompanied migrant children who had been arrested by Customs and Border Protection. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the American Civil Liberties ... [view]
4 Calvary Chapel of Ukiah et al v. Newsom et al
2:20-cv-01431 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-CA-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by several churches in California, challenging state restrictions on worship brought on by COVID-19. The churches requested injunctive relief, claiming violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. No outcome yet.
Three California churches brought this lawsuit against Governor Gavin Newsom and ... [view]
5 Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0021
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by seventeen different states and Washington D.C. regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially " ... [view]
6 University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-OR-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
7 The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0165
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
8 State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-WA-0045
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
9 Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-DC-0081
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Johns Hopkins University regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
10 State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0167
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of California regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
11 President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-MA-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be granted ... [view]
12 Michigan v. Devos
3:20-cv-04478-SK (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of United States Department of Education
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0057
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action filed in response to the CARES Act and an interim final rule from the Department of Education regarding how funds could be distributed between private and public schools. The court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the interim final rule on August 26, 2020.
This lawsuit arose out ... [view]
13 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Clayton County Sheriff
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-GA-0025
Clayton County
Coding Complete
Four inmates of the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the Clayton County Sheriff, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, on July 1, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping through jails and prisons across the country, and the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was ignoring the health and safety of its ... [view]
14 La O Munoz v. Wolf
4:20-cv-02206 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 06/23/2020 - Closed 2020
Acting Secretary of DHS Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0055
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas petition filed on behalf of immigrant detainees in Texas, seeking release from detention due to COVID-19. The court denied to enter any relief for the plaintiffs on July 6, 2020.
This petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed on June 23, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ... [view]
15 Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Small Business Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-MD-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case challenging the legality of the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude small business owners from parts of the CARES Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 21, the court granted a preliminary injunction extending the deadline to apply for a loan for the named plaintiffs.
In ... [view]
16 J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0077
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on behalf on an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation, alleging that the Trump administrations' system of authorizing the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed procedural protections otherwise granted to minor children. On June 24, the court granted a TRO. On June 2 ... [view]
17 Don't Shoot Portland v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-00917 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0002
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On June 5, 2020, a non-profit corporation advocating for social and racial justice and individual citizens filed this class action suit for violations of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief enjoining Portland police from using tear gas. On June 9, the court granted the TRO and enjoined the ... [view]
18 Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans v. Benson
20-000108-MM (State Court)
Filed 06/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
Michigan Secretary of State
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0078
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 2, 2020 in the Michigan state court of claims. Represented by private counsel, three individual plaintiffs, the Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans, and the Detroit/Downriver Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel over ... [view]
19 D.A.M. v. Barr
20-cv-1321 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General William Barr
Department of Justice
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0082
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit was filed in response to deportation procedures in South Texas, in light of the pandemic. The plaintiffs argued that the current deportation process would subject them to a risk of COVID-19 and then return them to countries unable to care for their health needs. The court denied to enter a temporary restraining ... [view]
20 Collins v. Adams
3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 05/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear
Kentucky
Election/Voting Rights
VR-KY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit was filed on May 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit was brought by several individual plaintiffs as well as the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of NAACP Branches. They were represented by lawyers from ACLU National, ACLU of ... [view]
21 Hallinan v. Scarantino
5:20-hc-02088 (E.D.N.C.)
Filed 05/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Prison Conditions
PC-NC-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a class action filed on behalf of all individuals incarcerated at FCI Butner, seeking release as well as mitigation measures due to COVID-19. The court denied the plaintiff's motion for temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and writ of habeas corpus on June 11, 2020.
On May 26, 2020, eleven people ... [view]
22 High Plains Harvest Church v. Polis
1:20-cv-01480 (D. Colo.)
Filed 05/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of Colorado
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-CO-0009
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a suit brought by a church against the State of Colorado's enforcement of stay-at-home orders, including the policy prohibiting in-person religious activities. Following a Supreme Court decision denying a similar application for injunctive relief, plaintiffs withdrew their request for injunctive relief. They later filed ... [view]
23 Republican National Committee v. Newsom
2:20-cv-01055 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 05/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of California
Election/Voting Rights
VR-CA-0168
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action seeking to enjoin California from enforcing EO N-64-20, which allowed Californians to vote by mail in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. No outcome yet.
On May 24, 2020, the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party filed this action in ... [view]
24 League of Women Voters v. Benson
353654 (State Court)
Filed 05/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Secretary of State
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0076
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On May 22, the League of Women Voters of Michigan sued the Michigan Secretary of State, challenging the statutory requirement that absentee ballots must be received by 8 PM on election day. An oral argument was scheduled for June 18.
On May 22, the League of Women Voters of Michigan filed a lawsuit against the Michigan ... [view]
25 League of Independent Fitness Facilities and Trainers, Inc. v. Whitmer
1:20-cv-00458 (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of the State of Michigan
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-MI-0005
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed against the state of Michigan by 22 individual companies operating fitness businesses in Michigan and an organization representing over 150 fitness facilities in the state to enjoin executive orders that caused their facilities to remain closed. The court granted a preliminary injunction on June 19. On ... [view]
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