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Cases / Briefs

Haffer v. Temple University

We joined the National Women’s Law Center as co-counsel and lead trial counsel in Haffer v. Temple University, the nation’s first Title IX sex discrimination case involving intercollegiate athletics.  Two years later, after three weeks of trial, Temple agreed to a landmark settlement requiring new…

Fox v. Vice

Public Justice joined a coalition of public interest groups in an amici brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that under 42 U.S.C. § 1988—which permits a fee award for a defendant only if the plaintiff’s claim is “frivolous”—defendants should not be awarded the entire…

Flood v. Florida Gulf Coast University

Public Justice filed a federal lawsuit charging that Florida Gulf Coast University retaliated against and defamed a successful female coach because she spoke up about gender inequities in the school’s athletic programs. The lawsuit filed on behalf of former FGCU head women’s volleyball coach Jaye…

Fitzgerald v. Barnstable

Public Justice joined the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Women’s Law Center in an amici brief arguing for reversal of an appellate court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s equal protection claim on the basis that it was precluded by Title IX, the federal…

Favia v. Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit against Indiana University of Pennsylvania after the school eliminated funding for and refused to reinstate its women’s field hockey and gymnastics teams. We filed a Title IX sex discrimination lawsuit against Indiana University of Pennsylvania after the school eliminated funding…

Domingo v. Marcos

Lawsuit against former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos for ordering the murders of anti-Marcos union activists Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes in Seattle. We joined Domingo v. Marcos, a lawsuit against former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos for ordering the murders of anti-Marcos union activists Silme Domingo…

Dillon v. Rogers

This lawsuit charged officials and guards of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections — including guards “loaned out” from Rikers Island, N.Y. — with beating and abusing a detainee in violation of the federal constitution under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state tort…

Cureton v. National Collegiate Athletic Association

This federal lawsuit charged that the minimum test score requirement of the NCAA’s freshman eligibility rule illegally deprived academically qualified African-American student-athletes of opportunities to receive athletic scholarships and participate in intercollegiate athletics. Public Justice won on summary judgment in the U.S. District Court for…

Commissioner v. Banaitis and Commissioner v. Banks

In these consolidated cases, we joined a coalition of civil rights organizations in filing an amici brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the federal government’s attempt to require victims of discrimination to pay income tax on any attorneys’ fees they recover, even though…