This case docket contains details of SPLC legal actions.

Children at Risk Cases

Holmes County Class Administrative Complaint Regarding Special Education

Date Filed: 
05/30/2007

The Holmes County School District in Mississippi was systematically violating the rights of students with disabilities by failing to provide them with the educational services required under federal law. The district has agreed to a plan that will help ensure students with disabilities are identified and given educational services required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act.

Caddo Parish Special Education

Date Filed: 
12/13/2006

A class administrative complaint against the Caddo parish, Louisiana, school district.

East Baton Rouge Special Education

Date Filed: 
05/10/2006

In May 2006, the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with attorneys from the Southern Disability Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, obtained a class-wide settlement agreement affecting all special education students with Emotional Disturbance in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Jefferson Parish Special Education

Date Filed: 
02/01/2005

The Southern Poverty Law Center, along with attorneys from the Southern Disability Law Center and the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, obtained a class-wide settlement agreement affecting all special education students with Emotional Disturbance in Jefferson Parish.

K.L.W. v. James

Date Filed: 
04/13/2004

At Columbia Training School, one of Mississippi's abusive juvenile prisons, a policy made it nearly impossible for injured children to speak with attorneys who are willing to help.

Mattie T. et al. v. Johnson

Date Filed: 
12/15/2003

Originally filed in 1975, this class action lawsuit is aimed at improving the education provided to thousands of Mississippi schoolchildren with educational disabilities.

Landmark Case

Penny Doe v. Richardson

Date Filed: 
10/13/1998

An African-American teenager was denied school enrollment simply because she was homeless. The Center immediately sued, and "Penny Doe" was soon enrolled in school. The case was settled with officials adopting policies to ensure compliance with federal law.

Landmark Case

R.C. v. Fuller

Date Filed: 
11/15/1988

Concerned about inappropriate services and mental health treatment provided to children placed in Alabama foster care, the Center joined with mental health lawyers and sued in 1988, forcing drastic changes in the ways these cases are handled.

Landmark Case

Nowak v. Foster

Date Filed: 
02/17/1984

For years, unmined coal in Kentucky was virtually exempt from taxation, leaving Kentucky's public schools and other services grossly underfunded. Fair tax advocates worked with the Center to file suit challenging Kentucky's unfair tax system, resulting in improved regulations.

Candy H. v. Redemption Ranch, Inc., et al.

Date Filed: 
02/10/1982

The Southern Poverty Law Center sought a permanent injunction in 1982 to stop operators of the church-run Bethesda Home for Girls from physically and emotionally abusing the "wayward" girls sent to them for care and instruction.