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Cases / Briefs

Yakima Valley Dairy Cases

In October 2012, the Center for Food Safety and the Community Association for Restoration of the Environment (CARE) — both represented by Public Justice — warned four major Yakima Valley (Wash.) factory farms that they will take them to federal court unless the farms stop…

Loeffler v. Target

California consumers in this case alleged that Target violated the law when it imposed sales tax reimbursement charges on their purchases of hot coffee to-go, which are exempt from taxation under California’s tax code. (While the consumers’ receipts says “sales tax,” Target was actually charging…

Fort Valley State University Title IX Case

Following Public Justice’s threatened Title IX lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, Fort Valley State University reinstated its women’s volleyball team and made programmatic changes to ensure male and female athletes were treated equally. FVSU is a small historically black university located in the central Georgia town…

McBurney v. Young

At issue is whether a state freedom of information law can discriminate between state citizens and non-citizens by granting a right of access to public documents only to citizens of that state. This case challenging the Virginia FOIA citizens-only provision was brought by Mark McBurney…

T.E. v. Pine Bush Central School District

This civil rights case was brought by five current and former students of Pine Bush Central School District in Pine Bush, N.Y. All five students are Jewish and suffered anti-Semitic discrimination, harassment and bullying by other students for years, but unable to get school officials…

Castaneda v. State of California

This is a wrongful death and survival action against the State of California for causing the penile amputation and death of former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation prisoner Francisco Castaneda. The lawsuit alleges that the State violated California Government Code § 845.6 by failing…