Recent Cases

 

UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT

  • Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (Colorado baker appealing decision that he violated Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act when he refused to bake a wedding cake), Case Number 16-111
  • Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California (Federal defendants appealing an order that bars the government from ending the DACA program and asking the Supreme Court to hear the case this term), Case Number 17-1003
    • PETITION FOR CERT BEFORE JUDGMENT PENDING (Docketed January 19, 2018)
    • Distributed for Conference of February 16, 2018
    • Case History
    • Docket
  • Arlene’s Flowers v. Washington State (Florist who asserts religious objections to providing flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding), Case Number 17-108
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed July 21, 2017)
    • Distributed for Conference of December 1, 2017
    • Case History
    • Docket
  • Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 Bd of Ed v. Whitaker (School district challenging ruling that Title IX guarantees a transgender student the right to use of restrooms consistent with his gender identity), Case Number 17-301
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed August 28, 2017)
    • Motion to withdraw cert petition pending, filed January 23, 2018
    • Case History
    • Docket

 

CALIFORNIA (9th Circuit)

  • Stockman v. Trump (Equality California and seven individuals challenging transgender military ban)
    • Court (federal): Central District of California, Case number 5:17-cv-01799
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Jesus G. Bernal
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Kenly Kiya Kato
  • Videckis v. Pepperdine University (Discrimination suit by former members of women’s basketball team)
    • Court (federal): Central District of California, Case number 2:15-cv-00298
    • Case History
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    • Assigned to: Judge Dean D. Pregerson
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Chooljian
    • APPEALS
      • Videckis v. Pepperdine University (Plaintiffs’ appeal of judgment in favor of Defendant)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case Number 17-56548
        • Case History
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      • Videckis v. Pepperdine University (Defendant’s appeal of decision that it must pay its own lawyers’ fees and costs)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case Number 17-56684
        • Case History
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COLORADO (10th Circuit)

  • 303 Creative v. Elenis (Graphic designer, represented by ADF, challenging the state’s Anti-Discrimination Act)
    • Court (federal): District of Colorado, Case number 1:16-cv-02372
    • Case History
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    • Assigned to: Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer
    • APPEAL
      • 303 Creative v. Elenis  (Plaintiffs’ appeal of order granting partial dismissal and denying preliminary injunction and summary judgment)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Case Number 17-1344
        • Case History
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  • Zzyym v. Tillerson (Intersex person challenging male-or-female, binary-only gender marker policy for U.S. passport)
    • Court (federal): District of Colorado, Case number 1:15-cv-02462
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge R. Brooke Jackson

 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (D.C. Circuit)

  • Doe v. Trump (GLAD and NCLR lawsuit challenging ban on military service by transgender individuals)
    • Court (federal): District of Columbia, Case number 1:17-cv-01597
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly
    • APPEAL
      • Doe v. Trump  (Defendants’ appeal of preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Case Number 17-5267
        • Case History
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FLORIDA 

  • Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida (Transgender boy being denied access to the boys’ restroom at his Florida high school)
    • Court (federal): Middle District of Florida, Case number 3:17-cv-00739
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Timothy J. Corrigan
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Joel B. Toomey

 

GEORGIA (11th Circuit)

  • Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital (Employee’s sex discrimination claim under Title VII based on gender nonconformity and sexual orientation)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of Georgia, Case Number 4:15-cv-00103
    • Case History
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    • Assigned to: Judge Randal Hall
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith
    • APPEALS
      • Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital  (Plaintiff’s appeal of order dismissing complaint)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Case Number 15-15234
        • Case History
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      • Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital (Plaintiffs’ petition for review by the U.S. Supreme Court)
        • Cert Denied December 11, 2017
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number: 17-370
        • Case History
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ILLINOIS (7th Circuit)

  • Students and Parents for Privacy v. U.S. Dept of Ed (Illinois parents and students suing feds and school district over decisions that accommodate transgender students)
    • Court (federal): Northern District of Illinois, Case Number 1:16-cv-04945
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Jorge L. Alonso
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert
  • Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community (Lesbian suing senior living facility for discrimination as violations of the Fair Housing Act and Illinois Human Rights Act)
    • Court (federal): Northern District of Illinois, Case Number 1:16-cv-07598
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan
    • APPEAL
      • Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew Living Community (Plaintiff’s appeal of adverse district court ruling)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case Number 17-1322
        • Case History
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INDIANA (7th Circuit)

  • Henderson v. Adams (Challenge to Indiana law as to presumptive parentage on birth certificates)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of Indiana, Case Number 1:15-cv-00220
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket (under construction)
    • Assigned to: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore
    • APPEAL
      • Henderson v. Adams (State defendant’s appeal of judgment in favor of plaintiffs)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case Number 17-1141
        • Case History
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  • Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College (Employee’s Title VII sexual orientation discrimination claim against Indiana school)
    • Court (federal): Northern District of Indiana, Case Number 3:14-cv-01791
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Jon E DeGuilio
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Michael G Gotsch, Sr
    • APPEAL
      • Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College (Plaintiff’s Appeal of Summary Judgment in favor of Defendant)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case Number 15-1720
        • Case History
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MARYLAND (4th Circuit)

  • M.A.B. v. Board of Education of Talbot County  (Transgender boy suing for right to access boys’ restrooms and locker rooms)
    • Court (federal): District of Maryland, Case Number 1:16-cv-02622
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge George Levi Russell, III
  • Stone v. Trump  (ACLU of Maryland and six members of the armed forces challenging the transgender military ban)
    • Court (federal): District of Maryland, Case Number 1:17-cv-02459
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Marvin J. Garbis
    • APPEAL
      • Stone v. Trump (Defendants’ appeal of preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number 17-2398
        • Case History (under construction)
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MASSACHUSETTS (1st Circuit)

  • Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Lively (Sexual Minorities Uganda’s suit against Scott Lively)
    • Court (federal): District of Massachusetts, Case Number 3:12-cv-30051
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Michael A. Ponsor
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson
  • Horizon Christian Fellowship v. Williamson (Churches challenging state law barring gender identity discrimination in public accomodations as applied to churches and pastors)
    • Voluntarily Dismissed December 12, 2016
    • Court (federal): District of Massachusetts, Case Number 1:16-cv-12034
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Chief Judge Patti B. Saris 
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell

 

MICHIGAN  (6th Circuit)

  • EEOC v. R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes (EEOC Title VII discrimination lawsuit on behalf of transgender employee)
    • Court (federal): Eastern District of Michigan, Case Number 2:14-cv-13710
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Sean F. Cox
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge David R. Grand
    • APPEAL
      • EEOC v. R.G. and G.R. Harris Funeral (EEOC appeal of ruling that RFRA provides Title VII exemption)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case Number 16-2424
        • Case History
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MINNESOTA  (8th Circuit)

  • Privacy Matters v. U.S. Dept. of Education (Parents and Students suing the federal government and a Minnesota school district to block a policy, consistent with federal Title IX guidelines, that protects transgender students from discrimination)
    • Voluntarily Dismissed April 13, 2017
    • Court (federal): District of Minnesota, Case Number: 0:16-cv-03015
    • Case History
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    • Assigned to: Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois
  • Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey (Minnesota videographers, represented by ADF, challenging state’s Human Rights Act)
    • Court (federal): District of Minnesota, Case Number 0:16-cv-04094
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Chief Judge John R. Tunheim
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois
    • APPEAL
      • Telescope Media Group v. Lindsey (Plaintiffs’ appeal order granting Defendants’ motion to dismiss)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Case Number 17-3352
        • Case History
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  • Tovar  v. Essentia Health (Mother suing for coverage of transgender son’s transition-related medical treatment)
    • Court (federal): District of Minnesota, Case Number 0:16-cv-00100
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Richard H. Kyle
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois
    • APPEAL
      • Tovar  v. Essentia Health (Plaintiff’s appeal of dismissal for lack of standing)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Case Number 16-3186
        • Case History
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MISSISSIPPI (5th Circuit)

  • Barber v. Bryant (Challenge to Mississippi’s HB 1523 by religious leaders and other individuals, and the Joshua Generation MCC)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of Mississippi, Case Number 3:16-cv-00417
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Carlton W. Reeves
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson
    • APPEALS
      • Barber v. Bryant (Defendants’ appeal of order granting preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Case Number 16-60477
        • Case History
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      • Barber v. Bryant (Appealing ruling that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge Mississippi HB 1523), Case Number 17-547
        • Cert Denied January 8, 2018
        • Court: U.S. Supreme Court
        • Case History
        • Docket
  • Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (Challenge to Mississippi’s HB 1523 by CSE and The Rev. Susan Hrostowski)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of Mississippi, Case Number 3:16-cv-00442
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Carlton W. Reeves
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson
    • APPEAL
      • Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (Defendants’ appeal of order granting preliminary injunction); CONSOLIDATED with Barber v. Bryant, No. 16-60477
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Case Number 16-60478
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket (under construction)
      • Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (Appealing ruling that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge Mississippi HB 1523), Case Number 17-642
        • Cert Denied January 8, 2018
        • Court: U.S. Supreme Court
        • Case History
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NEW YORK (2nd Circuit)

  • Christiansen  v. Omnicom Group (Gay man suing for employment discrimination under federal, state, and local laws, including sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of New York, Case Number 1:15-cv-03440
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Katherine Polk Failla
    • APPEAL
      • Christiansen  v. Omnicom Group (Employee’s appeal of order dismissing his claim of sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Case Number 16-748
        • Case History
        • Docket
  • Zarda v. Altitude Express (Claim for sexual orientation employment discrimination under Title VII and NY State Human Rights Law)
    • Court (federal): Eastern District of New York, Case Number 2:10-cv-04334
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket (under construction)
    • Assigned to: Joseph F. Bianco
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Anne Y. Shields
    • APPEAL
      • Zarda v. Altitude Express (Employee’s estate’s appeal of adverse district court decision; en banc rehearing is on Title VII sexual orientation claim only)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Case Number 15-3775
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket

 

NORTH CAROLINA (4th Circuit)

  • Carcaño v. Cooper (ACLU/Lambda Legal challenging North Carolina law House Bill 2)
    • Court (federal): Middle District of North Carolina, Case Number: 1:16-cv-00236
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Thomas D. Schroeder
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake
    • APPEAL
      • Carcaño v. Cooper (Plaintiffs’ 4th Circuit appeal of narrow scope of preliminary injunction)
        • Motion to Dismiss Granted April 24, 2017
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number 16-1989
        • Case History
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  • United States v. North Carolina (DOJ suing the State of NC and NC officials challenging provisions of HB2 that violate Title IX, Title VII, and the Violence Against Women Act)
    • Voluntarily Dismissed April 14, 2017
    • Court (federal): Middle District of North Carolina, Case Number: 1:16-cv-00425
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Thomas D. Schroeder
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Joi Elizabeth Peake

 

OHIO (6th Circuit)

  • Board of Education of the Highland Local School District v. U.S. Dept. of Education (Ohio school district challenging federal Title IX guidance)
    • Court (federal): Southern District of Ohio, Case Number: 2:16-cv-00524
    • Case History
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    • Assigned to: Judge Algenon L. Marbley
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Kimberly A. Jolson
    • APPEALS
      • Board of Education of Highland School District v. Jane Doe (3rd Party Defendants’ appeal of preliminary injunction granted in favor of transgender student)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case Number: 16-4117
        • Case History
        • Docket
      • Board of Education of Highland School District v. U.S. Dept. of Education (Plaintiff Board of Education’s appeal of order denying their preliminary injunction as to federal Title IX guidelines)
        • Appeal Dismissed April 7, 2017 per Parties’ Joint Dismissal Agreement
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Case Number: 16-4107
        • Case History
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OKLAHOMA 

  • Tudor v. Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Transgender professor’s employment discrimination suit)
    • Court (federal): Western District of Oklahoma, Case Number: 5:15-cv-00324
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Robin J. Cauthron

 

PENNSYLVANIA (3d Circuit)

  • Evancho v. Pine-Richland School District (Lambda Legal’s suit against a Pennsylvania school district for implementing a new policy that discriminates against transgender students)
    • Stipulated Dismissal August 8, 2017 following Consent Judgment August 4, 2017
    • Court (federal): Western District of Pennsylvania, Case Number: 2:16-cv-01537
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Mark R. Hornak
  • Doe v. Boyertown Area School District (High school students suing school district because they must share locker room with transgender students)
    • Court (federal): Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Case Number: 5:17-cv-01249
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Edward G. Smith
    • APPEAL
      • Doe v. Boyertown Area School District (Plaintiffs appealing order denying preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Case Number: 17-3113
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket

 

TEXAS (5th Circuit)

  • Franciscan Alliance v. Price (States and religiously-affiliated health care providers challenging anti-discrimination provisions in the Affordable Care Act)
    • Court (federal): Northern District of Texas (Wichita Falls), Case Number: 7:16-cv-00108
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Reed C. O’Connor
    • APPEAL
      • Franciscan Alliance v. Cochran (Proposed intervenors ACLU, et al., appealing preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Case Number: 17-10135
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket
  • State of Texas v. United States (Thirteen states challenging federal government’s guidelines on transgender students and employees)
    • Voluntarily Dismissed March 3, 2017
    • Court (federal): Northern District of Texas (Wichita Falls), Case Number: 7:16-cv-00054
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Reed C. O’Connor
    • APPEAL
      • State of Texas v. United States (Defendants appealing preliminary injunction and order defining its scope)
        • Voluntarily Dismissed March 3, 2017
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Case Number: 16-11534
        • Case History
        • Docket
  • Turner v. Pidgeon (City of Houston appeals Texas Supreme Court holding that Obergefell didn’t settle question whether married same-sex couples must receive same spousal benefits as different-sex couples)
    • Cert Petition Denied December 4, 2017
    • Court: United States Supreme Court, Case Number 17-424
    • Case History
    • Docket

 

VIRGINIA (4th Circuit)

  • Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board (Right of transgender student Gavin Grimm to use the boys’ bathroom)
    • Court (federal): Eastern District of Virginia, Case Number: 4:15-cv-00054
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Douglas E. Miller
    • APPEALS 
      • Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board (Student’s appeal of district court decision denying preliminary injunction and dismissing Title IX claim)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number: 15-2056
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket
      • G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board  (School Board’s appeal of order granting preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number: 16-1733
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket
      • Gloucester County School Board v. G. G. (School Board’s Supreme Court appeal of 4th Circuit decision in favor of student)
        • Summary disposition March 6, 2017 
        • Court: United States Supreme Court, Case Number: 16-273
        • Case History
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WASHINGTON (9th Circuit)

  • Karnoski v. Trump (Lambda Legal, OutServce-SLDN challenging ban on military service by transgender individuals)
    • Court (federal): Western District of Washington, Case Number: 2:17-cv-01297
    • Case History (under construction)
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Marsha J. Pechman
    • APPEAL
      • Karnoski v. Trump (Federal defendants appealing preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Case Number: 17-36009
        • Case History (under construction)
        • Docket  (under construction)

 

WISCONSIN (7th Circuit)

  • Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District (Transgender boy suing Wisconsin school district over discriminatory treatment in violation of Title IX)
    • Court (federal): Eastern District of Wisconsin, Case Number: 2:16-cv-00943
    • Case History
    • Docket
    • Assigned to: Judge Pamela Pepper
    • APPEALS 
      • Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 (School District appealing preliminary injunction)
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case Number: 16-3522
        • Case History
        • Docket
      • Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 v. Whitaker (School District asking permission to appeal order on motion to dismiss)
        • Petition denied November 14, 2016 (but see Motion to Appeal in Case Number 16-3522) 
        • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Case Number: 16-8019
        • Case History
        • Docket