Press Releases

Press releases for recent Public Justice news:

May 23, 2023 Amazon Delivery Drivers Sue Employer for Labor Violations, Discriminatory Practices In Not Providing Bathroom Breaks

May 16, 2023 Los Angeles Superior Court Issues Preliminary Injunction in Money Bail Lawsuit

May 9, 2023 Snake River Waterkeeper Sues Simplot for Clean Water Act Violations

May 8, 2023 Public Justice Executive Director Paul Bland Announces Plan to Step Down in 2024

May 1, 2023 Florida Issues Draft Permit for Piney Point Phosphate Facility Following Clean Water Act Lawsuit

April 4, 2023 Sanford Heisler Sharp and Public Justice Prevail on Motion to Dismiss and Motion for Summary Judgment in Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit against Harvard

March 29 2023 Alabama School District Agrees to Adopt Critical LGBTQ Protections as Part of Settlement with Family of Nigel Shelby

March 13 2023 National Legal Advocacy Nonprofit Public Justice Joins Sanford Heisler Sharp as Co-Counsel in Title IX Lawsuit Against Harvard University

March 6, 2023 Advocates Urge COPRAC to Move Swiftly on Critical Ethics Opinion

February 23, 2023 Fourth Circuit Enjoins North Carolina Ag-Gag Law, Affirming Constitutionality of Undercover Investigations and Whistleblowing

January 31, 2023 Third Circuit Court Affirms Legal Tool for Worker Safety

January 10, 2023 Illinois District Court Affirms Federal Civil Rights Protections for Independent Contractors, Allowing Title IX Case Against DePaul University to Proceed

November 14, 2022 Civil Rights Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Los Angeles County’s Bail Schedule Policy

November 7, 2022 Colorado Worker Group Intervenes to Oppose Constitutional Challenge to State’s Workers’ Rights Statute

October 25. 2022 Virginia Tech Students Fight Lawsuit After Reporting Illegal Wage Theft

October 24, 2022 Major Win for Messa & Associates Attorney Laura E. Laughlin and Co-Counsel Adele Kimmel of Public Justice in Their Case Against North Penn School District Involving the Repeated Sexual Harassment of Student

October 18, 2022 Plaintiffs in Palmer v. Amazon Revive Safety Claims in Second Circuit Victory

August 11, 2022 Victory: Approved Consent Decree Requires Cleanup of Drummond’s Maxine Mine Site

July 27, 2022 Fifth Circuit Federal Appeals Court Holds Family’s Wrongful Death Suit Against For-Profit Prison Must Go to Jury, Reviving Due Process Claims

July 26, 2022 Lawsuit Against Smithfield for Lying to Public Will Move Forward

June 2, 2022 Public Justice Statement in Support of Attorney Karla Gilbride’s Nomination to Serve as General Counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

May 23, 2022 California Senate Passes “Public Right to Know Act”

May 23, 2022 Public Justice Statement on Supreme Court Win in ‘Morgan v. Sundance

May 17, 2022 Groups File Proposed Consent Decree Forcing Cleanup of Drummond’s Maxine Mine Site

May 3, 2022 Texas court grants farmers of color groups to represent their own interests in debt relief case

April 28, 2022 Michigan Court Advances Lawsuit Advocating for Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers

February 16, 2022 Senator Leyva Introduces “Public Right to Know Act”

November 22, 2021 After Sponsoring Arkansas’s Ag-Gag Law, Rep. DeAnn Vaught Refuses to Defend its Constitutionality 

November 18. 2021 Legal Team Representing Berkeley Women’s Student Union Urges Court to End Meddling in Suit Challenging Trump-Era Title IX Regulations 

November 4, 2021 Immigrant Rights Group Files Lawsuit to Ensure Undocumented Workers Receive Workers’ Compensation in Michigan

October 29, 2021 Disability Rights Groups Urge Supreme Court To Uphold Protections Against Disability Discrimination

October 27, 2021 Climate credits for factory farm gas violate civil rights, fail to achieve climate benefits, states petition submitted to CARB

October 26, 2021 Legal Petition Challenges EPA Inaction on Factory Farm Air Pollution

September 30, 2021 District Court Advances Ranch Group Lawsuit Challenging USDA’s Operation of Beef Checkoff Program

September 22, 2021 Survivors of Sexual Assault at Ohio State University Announce Appeal of ‘Deeply Disappointing’ Ruling Denying Justice for Former Students & Others

September 15, 2021 Climate, Environmental Justice Groups Call US-EU Methane Reduction Commitment a Long Overdue First Step; Urge Biden Administration to Grant Petition and Reject Big Ag’s False Methane Solutions

September 2, 2021 Appeals Court Sends Hormel “Natural Choice” Deceptive Advertising Case to Trial

August 24, 2021 West Virginia’s Grossly Underfunded Mine Reclamation Program Violates Law, Biden Administration Determines

August 19, 2021 Appeals Court Affirms Kansas Ag-Gag Law is Unconstitutional

August 10, 2021 Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Iowa’s Revamped Ag-Gag Law

August 9, 2021 Public Justice and Allies Secure Win in Arkansas Ag-Gag Law

July 26, 2021 Plaintiffs Respond to Amazon Motion to Dismiss Appeal in JFK8 Worker Safety Suit

July 1, 2021 Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch File Petition for Rehearing with Iowa Supreme Court

June 28, 2021 29 Additional Strauss Survivors, Including Individual Abused As High Schooler, Sue OSU Over Abuse and Coverup

June 16, 2021 Smithfield Lied to the Public at the Expense of Workers’ Lives, New Lawsuit Alleges

June 10, 2021 Public Justice urges Biden Administration to expand mandatory protections to all workers in dangerous workplaces

April 19, 2021 Western Businesses Intervene to Oppose Challenge to Biden Executive Order Pausing BLM Land Leasing for Oil & Gas

April 15, 2021 A Full Month After Emergency Temporary Standard Deadline, Public Justice Urges the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Protect Workers from COVID-19 by Issuing an ETS

April 14, 2021 Comment on Strauss Enabler Dr. Ted Grace Surrendering Medical License to Ohio Medical Board

April 6, 2021 Climate, Environmental Justice Groups Call for Biden EPA to Hold Industrial Dairy and Hog Operations Accountable and to Reject Big Ag Technology

March 31, 2021 Judge Grants OSHA Motion to Dismiss in Maid-Rite COVID Worker Protection Suit – Comment from Worker and Legal Team

March 24, 2021 Three Dozen Major Groups & Individuals Caution U.S. Supreme Court against Rolling Back Investor Rights and Unleashing Corporate Misconduct

March 11, 2021 Public Justice Receives Unprecedented Gift to Fund Richard Zitrin Anti-Secrecy Attorney

March 8, 2021 High School Organization Files Legal Action to End DeVos Title IX Regulations that Reduce Sexual Harassment Protections

February 17, 2021 Palmer v. Amazon Legal Team Applauds AG James’s Action to Protect Amazon Workers

December 23, 2020 Civil Rights Groups Seek Information on Impact of Dept. of  Ed. Regulations on Title IX Complaints

December 15, 2020 Iowa Supreme Court will Hear Right to Clean Water Lawsuit Tomorrow

December 15, 2020 Court Gives Final Approval To Settlement Restoring Equal Opportunities For Women In Brown University Athletics

December 2, 2020 Joint Statement on Federal Judge’s Decision to Deny Motion to Dismiss Constitutional Challenge to Texas Drone Statute

November 30, 2020 Settlement Requires WV Chemical Plant to Limit Mercury Pollution & Pay for Ohio River Conservation Efforts

November 24, 2020 Plaintiffs in Palmer v. Amazon COVID-19 Safety Suit Appeal to Second Circuit

November 2, 2020 Palmer v. Amazon Legal Team Joint Statement on Dismissal of Lawsuit Today

September 19, 2020 Public Justice Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 17, 2020 Brown University to Reinstate Women’s Equestrian and Fencing To Comply with Title IX and Provide Equal Opportunity for Women Athletes

September 17, 2020 Joint Statement Issued By the Parties in Cohen v. Brown University

September 14, 2o20 Ranch Group Files New Lawsuit Against USDA’s Operation of Beef Checkoff Program

August 27, 2020 Newly Uncovered Documents Reveal Brown University Plan to Dismantle Title IX Agreement

August 24, 2020 Comment from Plaintiff and Legal Team on First-of-its-Kind Federal Court Ruling for Uber Accessibility

August 5, 2020 Survivors of Strauss Abuse Decry OSU’s Attempt to Dismiss Claims on Statute of Limitations Grounds as Yet Another Betrayal

July 23, 2020 Pa. Meat Processing Workers Seek Order Forcing OSHA to Intervene to Protect Them from COVID-19 Contraction at Work

July 14, 2020 Legal Team in Palmer v. Amazon Responds to Reports on “Time Off Task” Policy

July 9, 2020 WV Community & Environmental Groups Take Action to Compel State Agency to Address Collapse of Coal Mine Clean-up Fund

July 8, 2020 Meat Workers and Allies File Complaint Challenging Meat Processing Corporation Actions, Alleging Racial Discrimination in Disastrous COVID-19 Response

June 29, 2020 Two Decades After Landmark Title IX Case, Brown University Abandons Gender Equity in Athletics Program

June 23, 2020 Newly Public Deposition Testimony Details Ohio State Administration’s Cover-up of Strauss Abuse

June 15, 2020 FAC To California Judiciary: End Court Secrecy Now

June 15, 2020 North Carolina ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law Struck Down as Unconstitutional

June 4, 2020 Court Rejects Meatpacker’s Efforts to Kill Lawsuit Over Slaughterhouse Pollution in South Platte River

June 3, 2020 Amazon Workers and Their Family Members File Suit for Workplace Policy Changes to Stop Community Spread of COVID-19

May 8, 2020 Legal Team for 86 Strauss Survivors Decries OSU Settlement with Some Survivors as Grossly Insufficient

May 5, 2020 In Wake of Missouri Court Decision in Smithfield Packing Plant Case, Workplace Advocates Say Industry is on Notice That Changes Must be Made

April 24, 2020 Trabajadores de Smithfield Piden al Tribunal Que Esfuerce a la Compañía Protegerlos Contra el COVID-19

April 24, 2020 Smithfield Workers Ask Court to Force Company to Protect Them From COVID-19

April 15, 2020 DeRuyter Dairy Factory Farms Held in Contempt for Continuing to Pollute Despite Court Order

April 1, 2020 Michigan’s New Factory Farm Pollution Permit Improved, but Still Flawed

March 6, 2020 Statement From Legal Team Representing 83 Survivors on OSU’s Announcement of Settlement of Some Strauss Abuse Claims

February 12, 2020 Groups Sue Farm Service Agency for Concealing Records on Funding of Industrial Animal Ag

January 28, 2020 Intuit Shareholders Overwhelmingly Repudiate Forced Arbitration Proposal

January 14, 2020 National Coalition Demands Intuit, Maker of TurboTax,
Reject Forced Arbitration for Investors

December 17, 2019 Lawsuit Launched Over Illegal Air Pollution at Colorado Coal Mine

December 9, 2019 Simmons Hanly Conroy Announces $100,000 Leadership Gift in Support of Program to Preserve Public Access to the Courts & Jury Trials

November 8, 2019 New Shocking Examples of Drugging, Rape and Abuse Alleged By 43 Survivors of Ohio State University Sexual Assault

November 5, 2019 State’s Request to Appeal Granted in Lawsuit to Clean-Up the Raccoon River and Establish Factory Farm Moratorium

October 17, 2019 The State of Iowa Continues to Hamper Efforts for Clean Water; Groups File Opposition to the State’s Attempt to Block Water Lawsuit

September 26, 2019 Federal Lawsuit Challenges Texas Drone Law That Unconstitutionally Restricts Visual Journalists

September 12, 2019 Court Will Hear Case Seeking Raccoon River Restoration and Factory Farm Moratorium

August 6, 2019 WV Advocacy Groups Sue Multiple Coal Facilities For Water Violations

July 19, 2019 Public Justice Food Project, Only Legal Project Solely Reforming Food System, Undertakes Significant Expansion

June 25, 2019 Lawsuit Challenges Constitutionality of Arkansas Ag-Gag Law

June 17, 2019 Nation’s Largest Lamb Producer Enters Consent Decree with USDA to Reform Killing and Other Practices

June 4, 2019 WV Advocacy Groups Threaten Litigation over Clean Water Act Violations at 15 Coal Facilities Across Region

May 28, 2019 Sikh Bus Supervisor Reaches Settlement with Maryland Public School District

May 23, 2019 Lawsuit Seeks to Protect South Platte River from Colorado Slaughterhouse Pollution

May 21, 2019 Survivors of Ohio State University Sexual Assault Demand Specific Actions Amid Questions About Report Findings

May 20, 2019 National Press Call: Survivors of Ohio State University Sexual Assault to Question Report Findings and Demand Specific Actions

May 17, 2019 Independent Report on Strauss Abuse at OSU Finds University Knew of Abuse for Decades

May 10, 2019 Court Rules Drummond is Violating Clean Water Act on Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork

April 22, 2019 Coalition Files Lawsuit Challenging Iowa’s Second Unconstitutional Ag-Gag Law

March 27, 2019 Public Interest Groups File Lawsuit for Clean Water, Gather at Capitol Building to Demand Accountability

March 20, 2019 Michigan Environmental and Social Justice Groups Call for a Ban on Industrial Agriculture Polluting Practices

February 28, 2019 Congressional Leaders Unveil House and Senate Bills to End Forced Arbitration and Restore Workers’ and Consumers’ Rights

January 31, 2019 Notice of Intent Filed to Sue Over Chronic Water Pollution From Colorado Slaughterhouses

January 9, 2019 Court Rules Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional in Major Victory for Free Speech and Animal Protection

December 19, 2018 Court Rejects State’s Argument, Allows Federal Constitutional Challenge to N.C. ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law to Proceed

December 4, 2018 Coalition Challenges Constitutionality of Kansas Ag-Gag Law

December 3, 2018 Public Justice statement on the passing of past president Dean Robb

November 19, 2018 Law Professors: Forced Arbitration for Shareholders in Corporate Bylaws Not Valid Under State Law

October 30, 2018 Federal Court Strikes Down Wyoming “Data Trespass” Laws as Unconstitutional

August 9, 2018 Independent Ranchers Seek Injunction of Beef Checkoff Funds in Thirteen More States

July 19, 2018 Statement on CFPB Director Nominee Kathy Kraninger’s Confirmation Hearing

June 27, 2018 Legal and Advocacy Groups Demand Betsy DeVos Withdraw False Claims About Sexual Assault Cases

June 15, 2018 Joint Statement: Advocacy Groups Call on Governor Cooper to Veto SB711

June 5, 2018 Court Finds Cattle Producers Harmed by Lack of Country-of-Origin Labeling; Moves Issue Onto Administration’s Plate

June 5, 2018 Fourth Circuit Reinstates N.C. ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law Constitutional Challenge

May 30, 2018 Press Freedom, Attorney Ethics, and Police Accountability All Championed in Baltimore Police “Gag Order” Case

April 9, 2018 Momentum Against Unconstitutional USDA Checkoff Program Continues With Ninth Circuit Ruling

April 5, 2018 Arizona Judge Rules that Goodyear Cannot Keep Court Documents on Possible Deadly Defect Secret

March 28, 2018 Imminent Legal Action Planned Over Water Contamination Near Mountaire Chicken Processing Facility in Delaware

March 16, 2018 Ranch Groups Make Claim for Summary Judgment in Suit to Return USDA Country-of-Origin Labeling

February 27, 2018 SEC Commissioner Sounds Alarm on Rumors of Curbing Shareholder Rights

February 26, 2018 Public Justice Statement on Supreme Court Decision to Review ‘New Prime, inc. v. Oliveira

January 4, 2018 Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Provisions of Idaho’s Ag-Gag Law in Precedent-Setting Victory for Animals, Workers, Free Speech

October 10, 2017 Over 37,000 Americans tell Commerce Secretary to Bring COOL To Trade Negotiations

October 10, 2017 Public Interest Coalition Challenges Constitutionality of Iowa’s Ag-Gag Law

September 22, 2017 Media Call Advisory: Sexual Assault Survivor and National Title IX Legal and Policy Advocates Respond to Secretary DeVos’s Rollback of Title IX Guidance

September 21, 2017  Court Greenlights Deceptive Advertising Case Against Hormel “Natural Choice” Products

September 7, 2017 Federal Court Rules Wyoming “Ag Gag” Law Subject to Constitutional Scrutiny

August 31, 2017 Public Justice Announces Appointment of Deputy Director and External Affairs Director

July 27, 2017 Tara Sutton Named President of Public Justice

July 18, 2017 Legal and Civil Rights Advocates Call on State Education Officials to Protect Transgender Students

June 22, 2017 Federal Judge Bars Involuntary Collection of Montana Beef Checkoff Tax

June 19, 2017 United States Farmers File Suit to Require Country-of-Origin Labeling on Meat Products

April 4, 2017 Landmark Oklahoma Earthquake Lawsuit Dismissed

January 4, 2017 Fourth Circuit Court Affirms Clean Water Act Protections for West Virginia Families

December 13, 2016 Federal Judge Agrees with R-CALF USA’s Arguments on Beef Checkoff Being Unconstitutional, Recommends Halting Program

September 1, 2016 Groups Sue Drummond Over Abandoned Mine’s Pollution of the Locust Fork

August 25, 2016 R-CALF USA’s Attorneys Seek Quick End to Beef Checkoff Lawsuit

July 28, 2016 Sanford Heisler and Public Justice Win Key Decision in California Supreme Court

June 29, 2016 Abandoned Mine Site Continues to Pollute Locust Fork of Black Warrior River

June 27, 2016 Parties Agree to Moratorium on Ash Placement and Better Protections against Dust and Water Pollution

June 24, 2016 Hormel Sued for Deceptive & Misleading Advertising of So-called ‘Natural’ Products

June 20, 2016 Coalition Defends District Court Victory Striking Down Unconstitutional Idaho Ag-gag Law

May 3, 2016 Consumer Advocates to Speak at Federal Consumer Agency’s Public Hearing in Albuquerque

May 2, 2016 Independent Cattle Ranchers Sue Federal Dept. of Agriculture over Beef Checkoff Program

March 22, 2016 PacifiCorp ignores responsibility to clean up coal ash contamination at Utah plant

February 16, 2016 Environmental Groups File Fracking Lawsuit Against Three Energy Companies Operating in Oklahoma

February 3, 2016 Louisiana Citizens Group Notifies Noranda & Kaiser of Plans to Sue Over Mercury Contamination

January 13, 2016 Coalition Sues North Carolina over Constitutionality of ‘Anti-Sunshine’ Law

December 17, 2015 Newly Unsealed Documents Expose Ugly Details of Scott Tucker’s Deceptive Payday Lending Scheme

November 2, 2015 Groups Tell Environmental Groups Warn Oklahoma Fracking Operators of Potential Legal Action

October 20, 2015 Groups Tell PacifiCorp to Fix Extensive Contamination at Utah Coal Plant

September 2, 2015 Hanford Workers File Federal Lawsuit Against Department of Energy and Contractor Over Toxic Vapors

September 2, 2015 NEW REPORT: Food Industry’s Drive for Profits over Safety Has Fueled Series of Illness Outbreaks, Puts Public at Risk

August 24, 2015 New Online Resource Helps Kids Fight School Bullying

August 12, 2015 Court Finds Fola Coal Violating Clean Water Act  

August 3, 2015 Idaho Ag-Gag Law Ruled Unconstitutional in Federal Court

July 14, 2015 Legal Team in Landmark Labor Trafficking Case Wins ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’

June 9, 2015 Public Justice Announces Finalists for the 2015 ‘Trial Lawyer of the Year’ Award

May 11, 2015 Washington State Dairies Agree to Implement Sweeping Changes Following Landmark Lawsuit Over Water Supply Contamination

April 27, 2015 Hearing in Public Interest Coalition’s Constitutional Challenge to Idaho’s Controversial “Ag Gag” Law

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