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Cases / Briefs

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 An unpublished decision was issued on December 21, 2006,…

Liuzzo v. United States

Historic lawsuit charging the federal government with responsibility for the death of civil rights worker Viola Liuzzo during the Freedom Rides in Selma, Alabama. We filed and later tried Liuzzo v. United States, a lawsuit charging the federal government with responsibility for the death of…

Lebens v. Country Creek Association, Inc.

We filed a disability discrimination lawsuit under the Fair Housing Act against a Virginia homeowners association that refused to take reasonable steps to protect a chemically sensitive homeowner, Melinda Lebens, from pesticide exposure.  Five months later, the association agreed to implement a development-wide program to…

Kitimbo v. Baisden

Public Justice joined a lawsuit on behalf of Sarah Kitimbo, a former immigration detainee raped by a guard while held at the Elizabeth Detention Center in Elizabeth, N.J., a facility run by Corrections Corporation of America. The lawsuit, filed in New Jersey state court, charged…

Jankey v. Lee

In an amici brief to the California Supreme Court, Public Justice joined a coalition of other public interest groups to argue that a court should not grant an award of attorneys’ fees to a prevailing defendant under the state’s Disabled Persons Act where the plaintiff…

International Union v. Johnson Controls

Amicus brief urging U.S. Supreme Court to hold that a battery manufacturer’s fear of future tort liability cannot justify its “fetal protection policy” of banning non-sterile women from all jobs involving lead exposure. Our amicus brief helped persuade the U.S. Supreme Court in International Union…

Hutchinson v. Patrick

Public Justice joined an amici brief concerning the standard for when plaintiffs have prevailed for the purpose of fee-shifting statutes. In an amici brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Public Justice joined numerous other public interest groups in arguing that…

Hayes v. County Bank

This is a putative class action by borrowers alleging that a payday lending company violated New York civil rights and usury laws by targeting low-income and predominantly African-American communities for the marketing and issuance of short-term loans with annual interest rates in excess of 900%….

Hankin v. City of Seattle

This class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of hundreds of peaceful protesters who were arrested and jailed on December 1, 1999, pursuant to the City of Seattle’s “no-protest zone” policy that was put into effect during the WTO Ministerial Conference. The case sought damages,…

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

We joined with the America Civil Liberties Union, the American Jewish Committee, and the Union for Reform Judaism in an amici brief in support of Yaser Esam Hamdi, a U.S. citizen who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and held on U.S. soil by the…