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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:


  • Age discrimination in employment
  • Consumer, financial fraud and utilities
  • Employee benefits, including pensions
  • Investor protection
  • Health including long-term services and supports, Medicaid, Medicare and prescription drug affordability
  • Housing, including predatory mortgage lending, and livable communities
  • Low-income benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

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Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law

Can states require extra proof of citizenship to register to vote? Read

AARP Represents Housing Applicants

Is it a violation of the Fair Housing Act, ADA, and Section 504 to deny housing to a person who has a history of mental illness? Read

Age Discrimination in Employment

Can employers terminate older workers in an attempt to cut health care costs. Read

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2015-2016 U.S. Supreme Court Preview

AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL) analyzes those cases upon which the Supreme Court has granted certiorari that may particularly impact people over age 50. Read

AARP Issues a Press Release on Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in favor of upholding tax credits for health insurance. Read Additionally, the Court decided 5-4 to uphold the disparate impact standard in a Texas fair housing case.

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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National Aging and Law Conference, 2015

"Celebrating Anniversaries with Action" is the theme of the conference to be held, Oct. 29-30, 2015.  Read

Drug Abuse, from the Bulletin

In the article by Jan Goodwin in the July/Aug 2014 issue of the Bulletin discussing the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, AFL senior attorney Kelly Bagby is quoted. Read

Passage of POWADA Imperative

Recent Supreme Court decision makes passage of the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act imperative. Read

Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Facilities

Senior health attorney, Kelly Bagby, is quoted in an article addressing arbitration agreements. Read


policy and

Social Security Keeps Americans of All Ages Out of Poverty

Fact Sheet from AARP Public Policy Institute highlights the extent to which Social Security keeps people of all ages out of poverty. Read

The Long Road Back: Struggling to Find Work after Unemployment

This March 2015, Insight on the Issues, summarizes results of an unemployment survey of people ages 45 to 70 over the past 5 years. Read

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

State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports

PPI's "State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers," Read


AARP Foundation sponsored a report by The Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. AARP Foundation Litigation is active in protecting the rights of older Americans for fair and adequate housing. View the AFL docket listing of housing cases.

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Legal Cases

Find the most recent 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.

Strengthening Law and Policy through
Legal Advocacy

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 priority areas: Hunger, Income, Housing and Isolation, and ensure that those 50 and older have a voice in the laws and policies that affect their daily lives.