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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 Agudath Israel of America v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-04834 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0010
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 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
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action case challenges the government’s use of an emergency public health order issued under 42 U.S.C. § 265 to restrict immigration of unaccompanied minors. Pursuant to the emergency public order, the government has expelled unaccompanied children without following usual immigration laws, saying the ... [view]
3 National Urban League v. Ross
5:20-cv-05799 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0056
Coding Complete
On August 18, 2020, a coalition of cities, counties, Indian tribes, advocacy organizations, and individuals represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP sued the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Department”), the Department Secretary, the U.S. Census Bureau (“ ... [view]
4 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]
5 Castillo v. Whitmer
1:20-cv-00751 (W.D. Mich.)
Filed 08/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
The State of Michigan
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-MI-0006
Ingham County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
6 County of Butler v. Wolf
2:20-cv-00677 (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 08/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
Thomas W. Wolf
Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-PA-0002
Dauphin County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 Scholl v. Mnuchin
4:20-cv-05309-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0058
Coding Complete
Two incarcerated plaintiffs brought this class-action lawsuit seeking to obtain the benefits provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security (CARES) Act. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class all people incarcerated in the United States between March 27, 2020 until August 1, 2020 (the date the complaint was filed) who was ... [view]
8 Criswell v. Boudreaux
1:20-cv-01048 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Tulare County
Tulare County Sherriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0144
Tulare County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
9 Subramanya v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
2:20-cv-03707 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 07/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-OH-0005
Washington
Coding Complete
This is a case about how quickly United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must process, print, and mail Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766) for immigrants who have received approval for their Applications for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). On July 22, 2020, an immigrant who had received employment approval but ... [view]
10 NAACP v. DeVos
1:20-cv-01996 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/22/2020 - Closed
Secretary of the United States Department of Education
United States Department of Education
Education
ED-DC-0010
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action filed on July 22, 2020 by advocacy groups, public school districts, and parents of children who attend public schools. Plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the U.S. Department of Education for creating an agency rule that conflicts with the text of the CARES Act. The court granted summary ... [view]
11 Calvary Chapel of Ukiah v. Newsom
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]
12 University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Closed 2020
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 could risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. In a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, plaintiffs ... [view]
13 Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Closed 2020
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. On July 15, in a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July ... [view]
14 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 - Closed 2020
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. In a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, the ... [view]
15 State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Closed 2020
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. On July 15, in a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, plaintiffs ... [view]
16 Z.W. v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
8:20-cv-01220 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Closed 2020
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0166
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by several international students 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. On July 15, in a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, ... [view]
17 Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Closed 2020
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. In a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, plaintiffs met with ... [view]
18 State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Closed 2020
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. In a different lawsuit filed against the administration over the same July directive, plaintiffs met with ... [view]
19 President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Closed 2020
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. On July 14, the parties informed the court that the government agreed to rescind the July 6 directive, as well as the ... [view]
20 Michigan v. Devos
3:20-cv-04478-SK (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/07/2020 - Closed
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.On November 9, the court ... [view]
21 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Clayton County, Georgia
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-GA-0025
Clayton County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: Four incarcerated individuals filed this class-action lawsuit against the Clayton County Jail based on conditions-of-confinement claims, as well as a habeas claim, a Rehabilitation Act claim, and an ADA claim. The suit remains ongoing.
Four individuals incarcerated in the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the ... [view]
22 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. Later, the plaintiffs were released and the court dismissed the case on July 31.
This petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed ... [view]
23 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]
24 Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-03489 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker
Illinois Governor
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-IL-0002
Coding Complete
COVID Summary: The Illinois Republican party sued Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzger, alleging that his executive order prohibiting gatherings over ten people did not make constitutionally-required exceptions for political activity. This suit was brought on June 15, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs ... [view]
25 Soos v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-00651 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0007
Coding Complete
COVID-19 summary: On June 10, two Catholic priests and three Orthodox Jews filed this lawsuit against the city and state of New York, alleging that by allowing protests while prohibiting worship, they discriminated against people of faith and violating their constitutional rights. They sought declaratory relief, a temporary restraining order (TRO), ... [view]
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