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A Preview - "The Supreme Court 2019"

Legal advocacy is central to AARP Foundation’s mission. As such, we are proud to publish our annual preview of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term, commenting on cases that may have a significant impact on those 50 and older. AARP Foundation is counsel in Kleber v. CareFusion, an employment discrimination case for which we have petitioned for certiorari. AARP Foundation also will file amicus briefs in several of the cases reviewed.

AARP Foundation Legal Advocacy

AARP Foundation conducts legal advocacy through its litigating arm, AARP Foundation Litigation (AFL). AFL advocates for systemic change in federal and state courts nationwide to advance the legal rights and interests of people 50 and older, particularly low-income and vulnerable individuals. Through representation in significant cases and participation as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”), AFL addresses harmful, widespread practices or policies of industry, business, or government. AFL helps older people stay connected to their communities by tearing down barriers and establishing pathways to economic opportunity and social stability.

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Current Priorities

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ECONOMIC  OPPORTUNITY - AARP Foundation attorneys litigate on behalf of older adults to secure opportunities to generate income and to protect their assets. 

Earning - Create opportunities to earn a living

AFL defends the rights of older adults in cases involving hiring, promoting, and terminating in the workplace.

Saving - Protect savings and assets

AFL protects savers, investors, and consumers through legal advocacy concerning employee health and welfare benefits; pension benefits; and fraudulent, predatory, and discriminatory commercial practices (financial exploitation).


SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS - AARP Foundation attorneys litigate to keep older adults connected with their loved ones, safe in their homes, and engaged in their communities.

Connecting - Promote elder justice

AFL combats the causes and consequences of social isolation, including protecting older adults from physical and emotional abuse, neglect, and exploitation. 

Housing - Improve the ability to age in place

AFL expands access to affordable, accessible, and healthy housing.

Other impactful efforts on behalf of vulnerable older adults

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AARP Foundation Attorneys Vigorously Fight Many Facets of Elder Abuse in Nursing Facilities


9-19-2019 Amicus and litigation cases AARP Foundation

On the Docket: Active in the Courts for You

Explore recent cases (in reverse chronological order of activity) in which AARP Foundation attorneys have filed, or that have been decided by the court.

Active Litigation Cases

Follow cases in which attorneys with AARP Foundation are engaged. The cases listed in this docket are in reverse chronological order of the filing or decision dates. 

 Recent Amicus Cases

Read recently filed amicus briefs. The cases in this docket appear in reverse chronoloical order of  the filing or decision dates. 

In the News

Hurricane Maria Victim Fighting Back Against Foreclosure

As AARP Foundation and Puerto Rico Legal Services attorneys fight the mortgage foreclosure of Nélida Castillo, the Finance of America Reverse issues an apology.

Yale University Sued by Employees Over Wellness Program

AARP Foundation filed a class action lawsuit against Yale University for violating both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrination Act (GINA) by requiring employees to participate in Yale's workplace wellness program or be charged $1,300 annually.

School District Charged with Violating Age Discrimination in Employment Act

Foundation attorneys Smith and McCann are co-counsel in an age discrimination lawsuit against Montgomery County Public Schools. The suit charges that the school district's pension plan violates the federal ADEA by mandating disability benefits that differ by a participants age.

Federal Court Strikes Down Medicaid Work Requirement in Kentucky and Arkansas

AARP Foundation's brief noted some of the chronic problems that are common among Medicaid recipients, and why implementation of the proposed waiver would be detrimental and impede Medicaid's objectives. The court preserved the status quo and continuity of coverage.

Rights Restored for D.C. Nursing Facility Residents

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision allowing a class of approximately 1000 nursing facility residents to transition to their own homes with medical services and supports provided.

Promised Pension Payout Cuts Provoke Lawsuit

Cuts to promised pensions of former hospital employees leads to a lawsuit to counteract this injustice.

In the Spotlight

Huge Victory for Nursing Facility Residents Wishing to Live in Their Own Homes

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed the trial court and remanded this Olmstead case. Now a class of approximately 1000 nursing facility residents wanting to live in their own homes with the same kind of medical services and supports as they receive in nursing facilities need D.C. to provide assistance.

Justice Sought for Pensions Cut

Seeking justice for promised pensions that were drastically reduced or completely cut, AARP Foundation along with others, filed suit on behalf of former employees.

AARP Foundation Files for Cert in an Age Discrimination Case

AARP Foundation filed for certiorari in the case Kleber v. CareFusion; requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court decide if a job candidate can sue for hiring discrimination. The decision, as issued by the seventh circuit, is devastating to older job seekers and conflicts with Supreme Court precedent.

Discrimination Against Tenants with Disabilities, Settled

AARP Foundation attorneys and co-counsel filed suit in U.S. District Court alleging practices and policies that force tenants with disabilities to move out of their homes. Settlement has been reached.

Dental Hygienists Will Continue to Provide Life-Saving Dental Care

AARP Foundation attorneys helped win a case against the California Department of Health Care Services to continue providing life-saving dental care for developmentally disabled and elderly people in care facilities.

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