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Cases / Briefs

Turner v. Association of American Medical Colleges

Public Justice joined other public interest groups in an amici brief to the California Court of Appeal, arguing that the court should reject the defendant’s request for a “prevailing party” fee award of $1.6 million that would have bankrupted the plaintiffs in a disability rights…

State Industries, Inc. v. Fandey

We won dismissal of State Industries, Inc. v. Fandey, a water heater manufacturer’s defamation lawsuit against a former U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission manager who voiced his safety concerns on ABC-TV’s “Primetime Live.” The case was a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit.

Smith v. Hotels.com

This class action alleged that Hotels.com, one of the world’s largest online travel agencies, discriminated against disabled travelers by refusing to guarantee reservations for wheelchair-accessible rooms.  A settlement required Hotels.com and its parent company, Expedia, Inc., to revise their websites and reservation systems so that…

Shook v. El Paso County

Public Justice joined an amici brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit supporting the use of class-wide injunctive relief to rectify the shocking inadequacy of a Colorado jail’s mental health care for inmates.

Saund v. M. M. Fowler, Inc.

Lawsuit alleging that employer discriminated against Sikh American, in violation of Title VII and 42 U.S.C § 1981, when it refused to hire him for a convenience store job and accommodate his religious practices of wearing a beard, long hair, and turban. Lead counsel are…

Rasul v. Bush

Amici defending the Constitution, the rule of law, and access to justice for “enemy combatants” during the war on terrorism.  Our amici briefs with a broad coalition in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Rasul v. Bush helped win U.S. Supreme Court decisions protecting the Constitution, the…

Parents Against Disability Discrimination v. Equity Residential

This class action lawsuit sought to stop disability discrimination by a private contractor that provides housing for military families living on the U.S. Army base at Fort Lewis, Washington. The lawsuit alleged that the private contractor, known as Equity Residential, violated fair housing and civil…

Padilla v. Rumsfeld

Padilla v. Rumsfeld was a case before the U.S. Supreme Court which presented the issue of whether a U.S. citizen seized on U.S. soil and declared an “enemy combatant” could be held incommunicado and indefinitely in military custody.  Public Justice joined in an amici brief…

Moran v. Grand Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles

We filed a sex discrimination suit against the Fraternal Order of Eagles, a national civic organization, for refusing to admit women as full members in Massachusetts.  Within two years, the organization changed its rules and admitted women as full members.

Lyons v. City of Seattle

Amicus brief in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit arguing that the government bears the burden of showing individualized evidence of probable cause for an arrest, even in the context of a mass arrest. An unpublished decision was issued on December 21, 2006,…