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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

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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: Charles v. Southern Baptist Hospital

Court: Fla. Supreme Court    Docket: SC2015-2180

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Case Result: The parties settled the matter before the Florida Supreme Court coud render a decision.

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

Court: U.S. Ct. App. D.C. Cir.  Docket: 16-7076

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Case Issue: 1. Should the Court of Appeals order dismissal because the certification ruling conflicts with WalMart Stores v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011), and this court's decision overturning the prior class certification in the case based on lack of commonality? 2. Should the Court of Appeals vacate the liability and relief rulings because the structural injunction entered is contrary to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the rulings are based on legal errors and nonspecific findings that do not support such an injunction and the related declaratory relief?

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

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

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Case Result: The D.C. Circuit reversed class certification of a class of special needs students for consideration of subclasses because all of the claims were not common to all of the plaintiffs.

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

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

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

Case Name: Guardianship of the Estate and Person of Ryan Keith Tonner, (In re)

Court: Tex. Supreme Court   Docket: 07-13-00308

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Case Result: The Supreme Court of Texas affirmed the court of appeals' decision denying the restoration of Petitioner's capacity. The court found that under the provision of Texas law at issue in the case, the lower courts could not determine whether a petitioner's guardian rights should be restricted if the petitioner did not presently have a guardian. Therefore, despite Petitioner Tonner's being without a guardian since 2007, his request could not be reviewed because he did not have a new guardian when he filed.

Case Name: Haynes v. Johnson (Mattingly)

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 2d Cir.    Docket: 14-3999

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Case Result: Commissioner of N.Y. State Office of Children & Family Services had qualified immunity and could not be held personally liable for failure to return child to relative's care after a determination of wrongful removal.

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

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 10th Cir.  Docket: 14-3072

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Case Result: The appeals court panel unanimously reversed the district court's decision for the plaintiffs. The district court's injunction will be dissolved and documentary proof of citizenship will not be required.

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 Education Network v. Walker

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

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Case Result: Wisconsin photo ID voting law upheld under Wisconsin Constitution (5-2 vote).

Case Name: Lovlace v. Copley

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

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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

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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

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

Case Name: Novotny v. Sacred Heart Health Services

Court: S.D. Supreme Court    Docket: 27615 (CIV 14-235), 27626 (CIV 15-167), 27631 (CIV 15-167)

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Case Issue: Is there a crime-fraud exception to South Dakota's peer review privilege when the injured parties present evidence that the health care provider engaged in fraud or malice and was not acting to further peer review goals of improving health care?

Case Name: Shelby County v. Holder

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

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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: Spokeo v. Robins

Court: U.S. Supreme Court  Docket: 13-1339

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Case Result:  Congress is authorized to enact statutes that create rights and provide for remedies in federal courts, but a plaintiff must prove a concrete and particularized injury in order to have standing to maintain a claim for statutory damages.

Case Name: Taylor v. Extendicare Health Facilities

Court: Supreme Ct. of Pa.   Docket: 19 WAP 2015

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Case Issue: Does the lower court's consolidation of survival claims and wrongful death claims under the state's wrongful death statute and rule of civil procedure violate the Federal Arbitration Act when the consolidation results in the trial of a claim within the scope of a valid arbitration agreement?

Case Name: Veasey v. Abbott

Court: U.S. Ct. App. 5th Cir.  Docket: 14-41127 (en banc)

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Case Issue:  Does SB14, Texas' photo ID voting law, impose an "undue burden" on the voting right of older voters, especially older African-American and Latino voters, and thereby, violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and/or Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act?

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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.