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McKibben v. McMahon

McKibben v. McMahon is a federal class action lawsuit against San Bernardino County over discriminatory policies at the West Valley Detention Center that deny gay, bisexual and transgender inmates equal access.

October 22, 2014 LGBTQ Equality Prisoners' Rights

Muhanna v. USCIS

Muhanna v USCIS is a suit filed by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the national ACLU and the law firms of Jones Day and Stacy Tolchin, which charges that a little-known government program that is being used to deny thousands of law-abiding people citizenship,

July 31, 2014 Immigrants' Rights

Cruz v. State of California

Cruz v. State of California is a class action lawsuit filed against the State of California for failing to address the factors that reduce actual learning time and slowly rob students of an equal education, despite knowing of their existence and impact on students.

May 29, 2014 Education Equity

Lopez-Venegas v. Johnson

Lopez-Venegas v Johnson is a class action lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of Mexican nationals who were eligible to reside in the United States lawfully, but instead were misinformed, deceived or threatened into signing their own expulsion orders through misuse of a proces

May 5, 2014 Immigrants' Rights

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