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Practice Area ; Civil Rights & Liberties

Escamilla v. Webb County

This is a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the family of Rafael Edgardo Solis, Sr., a pretrial detainee at the Webb County Jail in Texas who died of asphyxiation allegedly caused by the jailers’ use of excessive force against him. Mr. Solis was taken…

Downs v. Claflin University

We represent Kamaria Downs, a graduate of South Carolina’s Claflin University, who was forced by university officials to vacate her dormitory and move off campus during her senior year because she was pregnant. The university had a policy that prohibited that prohibited pregnant students from…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Cohen v. Brown University

Class action Title IX lawsuit against Brown University for cancelling women’s gymnastics and volleyball, and for depriving women of equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics. Lynette Labinger of Roney & Labinger was lead counsel; Buddy DeLuca of Mandell, Goodman, DeLuca & Schwartz, Ray Marcaccio…