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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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Problematic Voter Registration 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


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Wisconsin Voter ID Law

An emergency stay by the U.S. Supreme Court raised another barrier to implementation of a Wisconsin voter ID law. Read

Employee Health Care Costs

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

2014-2015 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

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


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.

Department of Justice Launches Website

In a further effort to prevent and combat elder abuse and financial exploitation, the Department of Justice has launched the Elder Justice website. Visit

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Effect of Health Reform for 50- to 64-Year-Olds

What do the reforms in the affordable care Act (ACA) mean for 50 to 64-year-olds? Much depends on whether they have health coverage now and on how they get it. Read

PPI Report Examines Efforts to Reduce Impact of Generic Competition for Popular Drug

One aspect of the effort, "pay-for-delay," was heard by the Supreme Court in which AARP filed an amicus brief. Read PPI Report and AARP's Amicus Brief.

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

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

Raising Expectations 2014

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

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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.