U.S. Sues Super, Landlord Of Residential Buildings, Alleging Sexual Harassment

NEW YORK — Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced April 21 that the United States has filed a lawsuit against the superintendent, William Barnason, and the owner, Stanley Katz, of several buildings on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for discrimination...

N.Y. School Sued Over Teen Suspended Over Rosary

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a school to reinstate a 13-year-old boy who was suspended for wearing rosary beads, pending a hearing into whether the suspension violated his civil rights. Oneida Middle School officials contend Raymond Hosier violated a policy banning gang-related...

DOJ Sues Rug Maker, Alleging Non-Citizen Authorized Workers Employment Discrimination

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Justice on July 7 filed a lawsuit against Garland Sales Inc., a rug manufacturer and seller located in Dalton, Ga., alleging it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles to employment for work authorized individuals...

Daniel M. Kowalski: Key Provisions Of Arizona Immigration Law Blocked

By Daniel M. Kowalski, Attorney, The Fowler Law Firm PC Daniel M. Kowalski discusses the July 28, 2010 decision by Judge Susan R. Bolton in United States v. Ariz., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75558 (D. Ariz. 2010) . Mr. Kowalski is an immigration lawyer with The Fowler Law Firm in Austin, Texas and is online...

Court Bars Candidates Lawsuit Over Expletive

MADISON, Wis. - (AP) A federal court has rejected a lawsuit filed by an independent candidate for the state Assembly in Wisconsin who wants to use a racially charged phrase to describe herself on the ballot. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa said in the order filed Wednesday that Ieshuh Griffin's...

Julie Myers Wood: Flawed Analysis Blocks Parts of 2010 Arizona Immigration Law, S.B. 1070

By Julie Myers Wood, President Immigration and Customs Solutions, LLC Julie Myers Wood, former Assistant Secretary running U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, analyzes the U.S. District Court decision ( 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 75558 ) enjoining parts of the controversial new Arizona immigration...

N.Y. Lawsuit Seeks To Halt Suspicionless Searches

NEW YORK - (AP) Civil rights lawyers sued the government Tuesday to stop authorities from snooping in the laptops, cell phones and cameras of international travelers without probable cause. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against the Department of Homeland Security as well as...

Judge: Military's Ban On Gays Is Unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A federal judge on Thursday declared the U.S. military's ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional and said she will issue an order to stop the government from enforcing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy nationwide. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips...

Transgender Woman Sues LPGA Over Birth Rule

NEW YORK - (AP) A transgender woman is suing the LPGA over a requirement which states all competitors must be "female at birth." The New York Times is reporting Wednesday that Lana Lawless, a 57-year-old who underwent gender reassignment surgery. . . . Full version available to lexis.com subscribers...

Feds File Legal Brief In Support Of Tennessee Mosque

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (AP) Federal attorneys on Monday jumped into a court battle over the construction of a Tennessee mosque by offering legal proof that Islam is a recognized religion entitled to constitutional protection. U.S. Attorney Jerry E. Martin of Nashville said his office would not sit by while...

Cameraman Sues Sacha Baron Cohen Over 'Bruno' Spat

LOS ANGELES - (AP) A cameraman sued Sacha Baron Cohen on Tuesday, claiming his civil rights were violated when he was roughed up by a film crew shooting the comedian in character as "Bruno" during a gay marriage rally. Mike Skiff, a self-described gay journalist, sued Baron Cohen and others...

Family Of Mexican Teen Killed By Border Agent Sues

EL PASO, Texas - (AP) A federal lawsuit filed Monday in Texas accuses the U.S. Border Patrol of wrongful death and civil rights violations in an agent's fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican boy in June. The lawsuit filed in El Paso on behalf of the family of Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca. ....

Lawsuit Claims Discrimination At Louisiana Oil Services Company

BATON ROUGE, La. - (AP) About 230 current and former employees at a Louisiana-based oil services company have filed a civil rights lawsuit, saying they were forced to work in facilities where racist graffiti, slurs and discrimination are commonplace. The lawsuit was filed this week in a Texas federal...

9th Circuit: Jailers Erred In Removal Of Muslim's Scarf

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) A federal appeals court says Southern California jailers violated the religious freedom of a Muslim woman who was ordered to take off her headscarf in a courthouse holding cell. An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reinstated a civil rights lawsuit...

Dad Of Gas-Soaked Stun Gun Victim Sues Pennsylvania Police

PITTSBURGH - (AP) The father of a Pennsylvania man who had soaked himself in gasoline during a domestic dispute is suing the Pennsylvania State Police because his son caught fire and died when a trooper used a stun gun to subdue him. Shawn Mohney's federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday says. ....

Montana Judge Rules Against Gay Couples Seeking Rights

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) A Montana judge on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to extend to gay couples the same legal protections as married couples, saying in his decision that he can't grant the benefits partly because of the state's voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage as...

U.S. Government Suing More Abortion Activists

WICHITA, Kan. - (AP) The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has taken a harder line against anti-abortion activists accused of trying to block access to clinics, suing at least a half-dozen of them under a federal law that lay mostly dormant during the Bush administration. The law, written...

Raided Pot Providers Sue Feds

HELENA, Mont. - (AP) Two medical marijuana providers have accused the U.S. government of civil rights violations in what may be the first lawsuit of its kind in response to a federal crackdown on pot operations across the nation. The owners of Montana Caregivers Association and MCM Caregivers claim federal...

Supreme Court Nixes Case Over Anonymity At Hawaiian School

HONOLULU - (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a dispute over whether to identify students challenging a private school system's admissions policy that gives preference to those of Hawaiian ancestry. The court on Monday left in place lower court rulings against four non-Hawaiian students...

California Groups Sue EPA Over Civil Rights Complaint

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Sixteen years ago, soon after she gave birth to her first baby, Maricela Mares-Alatorre joined residents of three small California farmworker towns who alleged they were being discriminated against by environmental regulators, because all three of the state's toxic waste dumps...

Anita Hill Joins Cohen Milstein 'Of Counsel'

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC has announced that Anita F. Hill will be joining the firm's Civil Rights & Employment Practice group of counsel. "We are honored and excited to welcome Anita to the firm," said Joseph M. Sellers, partner and head of the Civil...

Man Who Survived Police Shooting Sues New York Police Department

NEW YORK - (AP) A man who was shot many times by New York City police officers last year during a fight over a gun at a Harlem block party has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police department. Angel Alvarez, who was hit by at least 15 bullets. . . . Full version available to lexis.com...

Lawsuit To Target Embattled California Police Agency

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The legal problems facing an embattled Orange County police agency mounted Friday after an attorney filed a lawsuit claiming officers wrongly arrested his client and falsely accused him of attacking an officer in October. Lawyer Garo Mardirossian said at a news conference that several...

Legal Foundation: Supreme Court Must Reverse Appeals Court Equal Protection Ruling

DENVER ­­- A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation on July 1 urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit invalidating a voter-approved ballot initiative barring discrimination by the State of Michigan on the...

Mid-Year Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Civil Rights Cases

During the first part of 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable civil rights settlements and verdicts from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention, so we thought you might like to hear about them. They include three...