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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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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.

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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

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Age Discrimination in Employment

Accepting AFL's brief arguments, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled that disparate impact age discrimination claims brought under the Maine Human Rights Act must be evaluated under a "business necessity" standard. McCarthy discusses the case in Mainebiz. Read

AFL Works to Hold Down the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Posting by Goodwin discusses a brief filing in which AARP and AARP Foundation Litigation participated on biologic drugs. Read

Court Upholds Legality of DOL Rule Protecting Retirement Investors

The Washington Post article by Jonnelle Marte (Feb. 8) reports on the decision out of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas on the Department of Labor's rule. Read

Settlement Benefits MTA Mobility-eligible Riders

Wells and Campbell write in the Baltimore Sun regarding settlement in MTA mobility/paratransit service. Read Article and Settlement.

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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
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 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.