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About Foundation Litigation

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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Find 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

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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 HungerPaving 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.

On The Docket: Active in the Courts for You

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.

In The Spotlight

Trump Administration Rule To Impede Nursing Home Residents’ Ability To Sue

While the Trump Administration proposal would require arbitration agreements to be written in plain language with verbal confirmation from residents and family, AARP Foundation senior counsel Kelly Bagby says the “plain language” clause “gives with one hand the idea that it’s transparent, and takes away with another by saying ‘you don’t have a choice but to sign this,” and noted that the less-public arbitration proceedings are “also bad for everyone else whose victimization could’ve been stopped if they’d have known that this was a bad facility.”

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.

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.

Court Upholds the Department of Labor's Conflict of Interest Regulation

Upholding the regulation will require investment advisors working on retirement plan accounts to operate in the “best interest” of customers

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.

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 of "The Washington Post" (5/23) outlines the extent of the problem.

In the News

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.

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.

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.

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