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Cases / Briefs

Brown University, Vartan Gregorian and David Roach adv. Cohen et al.

In November 1996, we won a ruling in federal court that Brown University violated Title IX  when it demoted its women’s gymnastics and volleyball teams from university-funded to donor-funded varsity status.   This ruling was affirmed on appeal.   The U.S. Supreme Court declined Brown’s petition to…

Thurber v. Aetna

As a full-time client services representative at Quest Diagnostics, Sharon Thurber was enrolled in their Employee Retirement Income Security Act. This disability benefits plan was administered by Aetna Life Insurance Company and entitled Thurber to long-term benefits in the event of a disabling condition that…

CGI v. Rose

This case is part of Public Justice’s campaign against employer-based health plans’ efforts to recover medical expenses from injury victims who have recovered damages for their injuries from a third-party tortfeasor. In CGI v. Rose, Public Justice is defending a Washington state woman who has…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Huffman

One of two complaints challenging acid mine discharges in West Virginia that have not been permitted by the state or federal government.Public Justice filed two complaints challenging acid mine discharges in West Virginia that have not been permitted by the state or federal government under…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Elk Run Coal Company

The Sierra Club and West Virginia Highlands Conservancy are suing two mining companies for discharging pollutants that have biologically impaired streams in West Virginia. The groups are represented by Public Justice and Appalachian Mountain Advocates.The lawsuit, filed March 2012 in federal court in Charleston, W.Va.,…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Coresco

Public Justice, the Sierra Club, and local environmental groups oppose the expansion of coal ash disposal sites in Monongalia County, W.Va., and have filed a citizen suit demanding responsible cleanup of pollution. According to a report commissioned by Public Justice, coal combusion waste and acid…

Castaneda v. United States

This is a wrongful death and survival action against multiple defendants, including the United States, for causing the penile amputation and death of former federal immigration detainee Francisco Castaneda. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Castaneda died as a result of medical negligence, health care policies…