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
  • 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)
    • Response due December 27, 2017
    • Case History
    • Docket
  • Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital (Employee challenging ruling that Title VII’s prohibition against discrimination “because of…sex” does not include protection based on sexual orientation), Case Number 17-370
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed September 11, 2017)
    • Distributed for Conference of December 8, 2017
    • 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), Case Number 17-424
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed September 20, 2017)
    • Distributed for Conference of December 1, 2017
    • Case History
    • Docket
  • Barber v. Bryant (Appealing ruling that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge Mississippi HB 1523), Case Number 17-547
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed October 12, 2017)
    • Response filed November 13, 2017
    • Case History
    • Docket
  • Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant (Appealing ruling that plaintiffs lack standing to challenge Mississippi HB 1523), Case Number 17-642
    • CERT PETITION PENDING (Docketed November 1, 2017)
    • Response due December 1, 2017
    • Case History
    • Docket

 

CALIFORNIA (9th Circuit)

  • 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 appeals 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 

  • 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
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    • Assigned to: Chief Judge Marcia S. Krieger
    • Referred to: Magistrate Judge Craig B. Shaffer
  • 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

 

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
  • APPEAL
    • 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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ILLINOIS 

  • 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

 

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 

  • 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)
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    • Assigned to: Judge George Levi Russell, III

 

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
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    • 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 16-3352
      • 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
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    • 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
  • APPEAL
    • 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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  • 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)

 

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)
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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
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    • 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)
      • Court: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case Number 16-1989
      • Motion to Dismiss Granted April 24, 2017
      • Case History
      • Docket
  • 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
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    • 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 

  • 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

 

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
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    • 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
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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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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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