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AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) is an advocate in courts nationwide for the rights of people 50 and older, addressing diverse legal issues that affect their daily lives and assuring that they have a voice in the judicial system.


AARP Foundation Litigation expertise spans many specific areas of federal and state law, including:



(The cases accessible through the hyperlinks above list cases in which AFL has been active, listed in reverse chronological order)


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Explore all recent cases (in reverse chronological order of activity) in which we have filed or that have been decided by the court. View A case listing in alphabetical order, by issue area, is available via the drop-down list in the right column.

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Department of Labor's Conflict of Interest Rule

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia found in favor of the Department of Labor’s conflict of interest rule. The rule makes brokers and advisers do what’s best for clients, instead of looking out for themselves. Read  

U.S. Supreme Court Preview, 2016

AARP Foundation Litigation presents a discussion of cases before the Court during the upcoming term, highlighting those having a significant impact on people age 50 and older. Read (PDF)

C-SPAN's Washington Journal

An interview with AARP Foundation Litigation's Laurie McCann, Senior Attorney, with the Age Discrimination in Employment team. See if any of the questions you may have about age discrimination mirror the ones she answered for call-in listeners. Watch

Discrimination in the High-Tech Industry

AARP Foundation Litigation's Senior Attorney, Laurie McCann, presented testimony before the EEOC on pervasive age discrimination in the high-tech industry. Joe Davidson,The Washington Post (5/23) outlines the extent of the problem. Read

AARP Foundation Litigation's Kohrman Discusses the Americans with Disabilities Act, Obesity, and Employment

In an article by Kevin McGowan in Bloomberg BNA's Daily Labor Report (4/6), AFL's Kohrman views the impact of obesity as a disability or impairment and its effect on employment. Read

AARP Foundation Litigation Fights Age Discrimination in Employment

Daniel Kohrman, Laurie McCann, and Dara Smith, staff attorneys with AARP Foundation Litigation, work to combat age discrimination in employment. In a set of articles by Elizabeth Olsen, in The New York Times, quoting the attorneys, a case of blatant age discrimination at Ohio State University in which AFL is co-counsel, and tips for you if you encounter such discrimination are discussed.

Can Employees Sit Down?

Is sitting permitted for a "standing" job? The California Supreme Court issued a victory for workers in its decision. Read

AARP Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Investor Protections

The Supreme Court heard arguments on a case that could limit the remedies of defrauded investors to recover from market manipulation. Read

Access to Courts

AARP Foundation Litigation fights to protect American's access to courts by fighting unfair arbitration clauses and advocating for the availability of class actions. Americans have a fundamental constitutional right to have a jury resolve their claims of injury from illegal, intentional, negligent, or discriminatory practices. Read

Huge Victory for People Segregated in Nursing Facilities

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a decision for all Medicaid eligible people in D.C. nursing facilities who are eligible for and want to move to the community to receive their long-term services and supports. Read

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AARP-Sponsored Report Supports Need for Safer Streets

Report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition highlights the need for government policies to help improve the safety of all who use the roads. Read

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Find cases in which AFL has advocated in courts nationwide for the rights of older persons, and filed AARP’s amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs that help courts decide precedent-setting cases. The cases within the drop-down categories below are in alphabetical order for ease of searching.

Strengthening Law and Policy through
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Our legal advocacy initiatives  - conducted by AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) - reflect more than 15 years of work in federal and state courts across the country. Through our efforts, we support the Foundation’s four impact areas: Tackling Senior Hunger, Paving the Way to Stable Income, assuring the adequacy and availability of Safe and Afffordable Housing and Reconnecting People to Families and Communities, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.