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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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AFL Attorney McCann's Testimony Before the EEOC Discusses the Persistence of Age Discrimination in Employment

Despite the 50 years since the enactment of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, discrimination in the workplace is still prevelant. Attorney McCann cites some of the problems facing older workers in her EEOC testimony. Read Press Release and McCann Testimony

Are Drugs Being Misused in Nursing Facilities?

In the April issue, AARP Bulletin continues its discussion of the inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in nursing facilities often without appropriate consent. AARP Foundation Litigation filed a lawsuit in Delaware addressing this same issue that is proving to be a problem throughout the country. Read

California Supreme Court Issues a Decision Agreeing With AARP

The California Supreme Court issued a positive decision in the case McGill v. Citibank protecting consumers. Read (PDF)

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)

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Fifty Years Later, Age Discrimination in Employment Still Exists

Zamudio (AP) highlights the testimony of AFL Attorney McCann before the EEOC regarding the ongoing prevalence of discrimination against older individuals in the workplace. Read Article and McCann Testimony

Seizing Tax Refunds to Stop

The Treasury Dept. agreed to stop seizing tax refunds to pay off old family debts.  As a result, approximately 65,000 people are now eligible to recover up to $56 million in refunds. Read

The U.S. Supreme Court to Consider a Case Regarding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

AARP Foundation Litigation filed a brief in support of the CFPB detailing some of the impact borne by older individuals in mortgage lending practices. Read

Can Age Discrimination Be Masked As Experience

NPR's Ina Jaffe discusses an age discrimination case in which AARP Foundation litigation has filed an amicus brief that is being brought before the U.S. Supreme Court on the pervasiveness of age discrimination and its impact. Read

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Legal Cases

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 nearly 20 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.