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Case Name: Am. Tradition P'ship v. Bullock

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 11-1179

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court summarily reversed the decision of the Montana Supreme Court which had upheld the 100 year old state ban on corporate campaign finance contributions as inconsistent with Citizens United v. FEC (2010).

Case Name: Applewhite v. Pennsylvania

Court:  Pa. Supreme Court  Docket: 71 MAP 2012

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court held trial court failed to make adequate findings to justify concluding that voter photo ID law could be fairly and effectively implemented for the November 2012 election, and directed the court to reconsider its prior ruling unless the state demonstrated that it could implement the law fairly and effectively for the election.

Case Name: Arizona v. Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona

Court: U.S. Supreme Court

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Case Result: Arizona's requirement that persons registering to vote must provide documentary proof of citizenship not required by the Federal Form, violates the U.S. Constitution Elections Clause. 

Case Name: Astrue v. Ratliff

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 08-1322

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Attorney's fees are payable to a litigant, not their attorney; as a result it is permissible for the federal government to seize the money to satisfy a debt the litigant owes the federal government.

Case Name: D.L. v. District of Columbia

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.  Docket: 111-7153 & 12-7042

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does a putative class sufficiently demonstrate "commonality," by showing "significant proof" that defendants "operated under a general policy of discrimination."

Case Name: Edwards v. A.H. Cornell & Sons, Inc.

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 10-732

Read AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court denied certiorari, thus permitting holding to stand that terminating an employee after an informal, intra-company complaint will not support a claim under ERISA's anti-retaliation statute.

Case Name: Fair Political Practices Comm'n v. Americans for Responsible Leadership

Court: Ct. App. State of Cal.  Docket: C 072392

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Court upheld order that group must disclose records identifying anonymous donors.

Case Name: Gross v. Rell

Court: Conn. Supreme Ct.   Docket: SC18548

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Absolute quasi-judicial immunity extends to a conservator only when executing a court order or the conservator's actions are ratified by the court; absolute quasi-judicial immunity does not extend to attorneys appointed to represent respondents in conservatorship proceedings or conservatees; and quasi-judicial immunity does not extend to nursing homes caring for conservatees under any circumstances.

Case Name: Kilby v. CVS Pharmacy; Henderson v. JPMorgan Chase (see also under Employment Discrimination docket, Hall v. Rite Aid)

Court: Cal. Supreme Ct.    Docket: S215614

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Under what circumstances are employees entitled under state law to sit down while working?

Case Name: Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 10th Cir.    Docket: 14-3062

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Did court err in granting an injunction requiring the EAC to accept and use state-specific instructions in the Federal Voter Registration Form, notwihtstanding provisions of the National Voter Registration Act assigning to the EAC responsibility for determining, in consultation with the states, the content of the Federal Form?

Case Name: Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission

Court: U.S. Dist. Ct. Kan.    Docket: 13-4095

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Case Result: Injunction granted in favor of Kansas and Arizona requiring EAC to allow state-specific directions to be added to the Federal Voter Registration Form to require documentary proof of citizenship to register to vote in federal elections.

Case Name: League of Women Voters, Minn. v. Ritchie

Court: Minn. Supreme Ct.    Docket: A12-0920

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Reult: Court refused to block referendum to amend the state constitution to require photo ID for voting.

Case Name: League of Women Voters v. Rokita

Court: Ind. Supreme Ct.   Docket: 49A02-0901-CV-00040

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Supreme Court of Indiana affirmed dismissal by trial court (reversed on appeal) of claims under Indiana Constitution challenging Indiana Voter ID law, notwithstanding amicus brief supporting claims against law filed by AARP.  Indiana Voter ID law does not violate any provision of the State Constitution.

Case Name: League of Women Voters Education Network v. Walker

Court: Wisc. Ct. App. Dist. IV   Docket: 12 AP 584

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Issue: Does state's Photo ID Law violate the state constitution which establishes voter qualifications?

Case Name: Lovlace v. Copley

Court: Tenn. Supreme Court  Docket: M2011-00170-SC-R11-CV

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Result:  When a grandparent or parent initiates a proceeding to modify or terminate court-ordered grandparent visitation, courts should apply the burdens of proof and standards typically applied in parent-vs-parent modification cases.

Case Name: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Comm'n

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 12-536

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result:  Aggregate contribution limits to federal candidates established by the Federal Elections Campaign Act of 1971 violated the First Amendment.

Case Name: Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP v. Walker

Court: Wisc. Ct. App. Dist. II  Docket: 2012-AP-1652

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Issue:  Does Wisconsin Photo ID Voting Law violate the state constitution by imposing undue burdens on voters to exercise the franchise?

Case Name: Mont. Educ. Ass'n - MFT v. Fox

Court: Mont. Supreme Court   Docket: OP 13-0808

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result: Title of legislative referendum is misleading and must be remanded to AG for correction.

Case Name: Perdue v. Kenny A

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 08-970

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Result:  Lodestar method of determining fee awards in Section 1983 cases is to be used and an upward multiplier can be awarded in limited circumstances.

Case Name: Shelby County v. Holder

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 12-96

Read Summary AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF) 

Case Result: The coverage formula in Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act determining which political jurisdictions were subject to the "preclearance" requirements was based on outdated criteria, and therefore unconstitutional.

Case Name: Van Hollen v. FEC

Court: U.S. Ct. App. DC Cir.  Docket: 12-5117, 12-5118

Read Summary and AARP's Amicus Brief (PDF)

Case Result:  Case remanded for further proceedings for FEC to explain its reasoning in adopting disclosure regulation that did not require disclosure of all contributions.

Case Name: The Wilderness Society v. Kane County Utah

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 10th Cir.    Docket: 08-4090

Case Result:  Plaintiffs lack prudential standing and remanded for dismissal.

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