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Lambda Legal pursues impact litigation: We select cases that will have the greatest impact in protecting and advancing the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV. Our docket ordinarily includes about 65 open cases at a time. We also support many important cases by filing friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs.

Docket (Open Cases)

Lawsuit seeking compensation for Sandra Lively, a registered nurse at North Carolina hospital Park Ridge Health, for the thousands of dollars of expenses she incurred when the hospital refused to allow her to enroll her same-sex spouse in the employee health plan.
Lambda Legal has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a transgender police officer in Nevada who was banned from the workplace restroom consistent with his gender identity and mistreated in other ways. The plaintiff is a man who is also transgender. Although assigned female at birth, he has a male gender identity. The employer ultimately lifted its restroom ban after a year, but continues to argue in court that its actions were legal, which would allow other employers to repeat its conduct.

Recent Victories

Case in which a Florida trial court entered an injunction prohibiting a non-biological mom, now separated from her former same-sex spouse, from seeing or contacting the couple’s daughter.
Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of nine national HIV advocacy organizations in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The brief focuses on the disparate impact that an adverse decision will have on people of color living with HIV in the states that have elected not to run their own health insurance exchange.

Landmark Cases

The landmark case that helped bring equal marriage nationwide.
Amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit urging that heightened scrutiny be applied to discrimination based upon sexual orientation.

Selected Cases

Lawsuit seeking compensation for Sandra Lively, a registered nurse at North Carolina hospital Park Ridge Health, for the thousands of dollars of expenses she incurred when the hospital refused to allow her to enroll her same-sex spouse in the employee health plan.
Lambda Legal has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a transgender police officer in Nevada who was banned from the workplace restroom consistent with his gender identity and mistreated in other ways. The plaintiff is a man who is also transgender. Although assigned female at birth, he has a male gender identity. The employer ultimately lifted its restroom ban after a year, but continues to argue in court that its actions were legal, which would allow other employers to repeat its conduct.

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