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This table lists cases decided by the modern district courts of the United States.

District Year Case Notes
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1944 Morris v. Williams, 59 F. Supp. 508 (E.D. Ark. 1944) Plaintiff schoolteacher alleged that Little Rock school district discriminated against black teachers by paying them less than white teachers; district court denied relief after finding plaintiff did not show discrimination on the basis of race. rev'd, 149 F.2d 703 (8th Cir. 1945)
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1959 Shelton v. McKinley, 174 F. Supp. 351 (E.D. Ark. 1959) rev'd, Shelton v. Tucker, 364 U.S. 479 (1960)
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1965 Yancey v. Faubus, 238 F. Supp. 290 (E.D. Ark. 1965) Amendment 45 to Arkansas Constitution held unconstitutional under U.S. Supreme Court's case law about reapportionment
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1965 Talley v. Stephens, 247 F. Supp. 683 (E.D. Ark. 1965) Complaints by Arkansas inmates about corporal punishment, among other policies
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1967 Jackson v. Bishop, 268 F. Supp. 804 (E.D. Ark. 1967) Corporal punishment of prison inmates was not always cruel and unusual punishment. vacated, 404 F.2d 571 (8th Cir. 1968)
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1969 Holt v. Sarver, 300 F. Supp. 825 (E.D. Ark. 1969) (Holt I) Complaints about use of solitary confinement in Arkansas prisons
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1970 Holt v. Sarver, 309 F. Supp. 362 (E.D. Ark. 1970) (Holt II) Conditions in Arkansas penitentiary were so deplorable that they were cruel and unusual punishment. aff'd, 442 F.2d 304 (8th Cir. 1971), on remand sub nom. Holt v. Hutto, 363 F. Supp. 194 (E.D. Ark. 1973) (Holt III), rev'd sub nom. Finney v. Arkansas Board of Correction, 505 F.2d 194 (8th Cir. 1974), on remand sub nom. Finney v. Hutto, 410 F. Supp. 251 (E.D. Ark. 1976), aff'd, 548 F.2d 740 (8th Cir. 1977), aff'd, 437 U.S. 678 (1978).
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1971 Holt v. Hutto, 363 F. Supp. 194 (E.D. Ark. 1973) (Holt III)
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1976 Finney v. Hutto, 410 F. Supp. 251 (E.D. Ark. 1976) See Holt v. Sarver
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1977 Simpson v. Weeks, 530 F. Supp. 196 (E.D. Ark. 1977) Police chief illegally punished subordinate after wrongly concluding that subordinate had given information to opposing counsel in pending lawsuit against police department. aff'd in part and rev'd in part, 570 F.2d 240 (8th Cir. 1978)
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1978 United States v. Griffin, 462 F. Supp. 928 (E.D. Ark. 1978) Denying plea agreement between government and criminal defendant. Eisele, C.J., explains why he refuses to accept plea agreements in criminal cases
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1982 McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education, 529 F. Supp. 1255 (E.D. Ark. 1982) Enjoining enforcement of state law that required schools to teach creation science alongside evolution
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1984 Phillips v. Weeks, 586 F. Supp. 241 (E.D. Ark. 1984) Attorney fee award in class action alleging racial discrimination by Little Rock police
Arkansas, EasternEastern District of Arkansas 1998 Paula Jones v. William Clinton Judge Susan Webber Wright's ruling dismissing all three counts in Paula Jones' sexual harassment and employment discrimination lawsuit against President Bill Clinton, saying there were no "genuine issues" worthy of a trial
Arkansas, WesternWestern District of Arkansas 1987 Norwood v. Soldier of Fortune Magazine, 651 F. Supp. 1397 (W.D. Ark. 1987) First Amendment did not give magazine an absolute privilege to publish classified ad by "gun for hire", where a reader had hired ad's author to assassinate plaintiff
Arkansas, WesternWestern District of Arkansas 1991 Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 773 F. Supp. 1235 (W.D. Ark. 1991) Denying tabloid's motion for summary judgment in defamation case. subsequent op. sub nom. Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International, Inc., 786 F. Supp. 791 (W.D. Ark.) (denying publisher's motions for posttrial relief, including remittitur), aff'd in part and rev'd in part sub nom. Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 978 F.2d 1065 (8th Cir. 1992) (ordering remittitur but otherwise affirming judgment), on remand sub nom. Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 72 (W.D. Ark. 1993) (granting remittitur)
Arkansas, WesternWestern District of Arkansas 1991 Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International, Inc., 786 F. Supp. 791 (W.D. Ark. 1991) Denying publisher's motions for posttrial relief, including remittitur. aff'd in part and rev'd in part sub nom. Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Mountain Home v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 978 F.2d 1065 (8th Cir. 1992) (ordering remittitur but otherwise affirming judgment), on remand sub nom. Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 72 (W.D. Ark. 1993) (granting remittitur)
Arkansas, WesternWestern District of Arkansas 1993 Mitchell v. Globe International Publishing, Inc., 817 F. Supp. 72 (W.D. Ark. 1993) Granting remittitur
California, CentralCentral District of California 2008 Association of Christian Schools International v. Roman Sterns, 678 F. Supp. 2d 980 (C.D. Cal. 2008) Defendant's rejection of plaintiffs' courses as collegiate preparatory instruction was not religious discrimination
California, NorthernNorthern District of California 1995 Religious Technology Center vs. Netcom, 907 F. Supp. 1361 (N.D. Cal. 1995) Internet access provider for a Bulletin Board System operator not directly or vicariously liable for copyright infringement committed by subscriber to the BBS.
California, NorthernNorthern District of California 2004 Sharper Image Corporation v. Consumers Union of United States, No. 03-4094 MMC (N.D. Cal. 2004) Dismissing Sharper Image's suit against CU for making false and damaging statements about their Ionic Breeze air cleaner
California, NorthernNorthern District of California 2008 John Doe v. Uri Geller, No. 07-2478 VRW (N.D. Cal. 2008) Dismissing plaintiff's claim of DMCA relief over the court's lack of jurisdiction over British defendant
ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia 2004 Order finding Matthew Cooper and Time Inc. in civil contempt of court, No. 04-296 TFH (D.D.C. 2004) Order issued over Cooper not providing the name of his source in the "Plame Case"
ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia 2005 Government's Memorandum in Opposition to Matthew Cooper's Memorandum Regarding the Contempt Sanctions, No. 04-MS-461 (D.D.C. 2005) Denying Cooper’s request for supervised home confinement rather than federal prison for contempt of court in not providing the name of his source in the "Plame Case"
ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia 2005 USDOJ OSC Federal indictment of Lewis Libby, No. 00-394 RBW (D.D.C. 2005) Grand jury indictment of Lewis "Scooter" Libby in "Plame Case" investigation by Patrick Fitzgerald
Florida, NorthernNorthern District of Florida 2002 Kent E. Hovind, et al. v. Scott M. Schneider et al, No. 02-297 MCR (N.D. Fla. 2002) Dismissal of plaintiff's lawsuit against IRS agents for harassment and trespassing
Florida, NorthernNorthern District of Florida 2006 United States of America v Kent Hovind and Jo Hovind Charges that Hovind was to forfeit $430,400 and faces a maximum of 288 years in prison.
Georgia, NorthernNorthern District of Georgia 1964 Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States, 231 F. Supp. 393 (N.D. Ga. 1964) aff'd, 379 U.S. 241 (1964)
Illinois, NorthernNorthern District of Illinois 2005 In re African-American Slave Descendants Litigation, 375 F. Supp. 2d 721 (N.D. Ill. 2005) Dismissing lawsuits seeking reparations from numerous corporations for their alleged complicity in slavery. aff'd in part and rev'd in part, 471 F.3d 754 (7th Cir. 2006).
Michigan, EasternEastern District of Michigan 1989 Doe v. University of Michigan, 721 F. Supp. 852 (E.D. Mich. 1989) The University of Michigan's 1988 hate speech law violated the constitutional right to free speech
Michigan, EasternEastern District of Michigan 2006 ACLU v. NSA, 438 F. Supp. 2d 754 (E.D. Mich 2006) The NSA surveillance program, specifically involving "international telephone and internet communications of numerous persons and organizations" within the United States of America, is unconstitutional and illegal, and ordered to be halted immediately
Michigan, WesternWestern District of Michigan 1990 I Am The Beast SSSOTLOHIEFMJN v. Michigan State Police
MinnesotaDistrict of Minnesota 2003 United States of America v. Mohammed Abdullah Warsame
NevadaDistrict of Nevada 2006 Field v. Google, Inc., 412 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (D. Nev. 2006) Defendant did not infringe upon plaintiff's exclusive right to reproduce his copyrighted works when defendant cached plaintiff's website and made a copy of it available on its search engine
New York, SouthernSouthern District of New York 1913 Valvoline Oil Co. v. Havoline Oil Co., 211 F. Rep. 189 (S.D.N.Y. 1913) Defendant's use of the name Havoline did not infringe upon plaintiff's trademark of the name Valvoline
New York, SouthernSouthern District of New York 2000 Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes, 111 F. Supp. 2d 294 (S.D.N.Y. 2000) Defendants' distribution of DeCSS decryption software, specifically targeting copyright protection on plaintiff's DVD software, violated the DMCA. aff'd, Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Corley, 273 F.3d 429 (2d Cir. 2001)
New York, SouthernSouthern District of New York 2001 United States of America v. Usama bin Laden Charging those responsible for the w:1998 United States embassy bombings
New York, SouthernSouthern District of New York 2007 20th Century Fox Film Corp. v. Cablevision Systems Corp., 478 F. Supp. 2d 607 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) Defendants' remote video storage system infringed upon plaintiffs' copyright. rev'd, Cartoon Network, LP v. CSC Holdings, Inc. 536 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2008)
North Carolina, MiddleMiddle District of North Carolina 1998 Flue-cured Tobacco Cooperative Stabilization Corporation v. United States EPA and Carol Browner Defendants exceeded their authority under the Radon Research Act by finding second-hand smoke to be a carcinogen. rev'd, 313 F.3d 852 (4th Cir. 2002)
OregonDistrict of Oregon 1963 Renken v. Harvey Aluminum Inc., 226 F. Supp. 169 (D. Or. 1963) Defendant must install additional pollution-prevention measures to prevent plaintiff's crops from being exposed to harmful amounts of fluoride waste from defendant's refinery
OregonDistrict of Oregon 1985 Byron v. Rajneesh Foundation International, 634 F.Supp. 489 (D. Oregon 1985) Money transferred to defendant by plaintiff was a loan, not donation, and was invalidated by defendant's use of funds for purposes other than those agreed upon; defendant owed $1 million in punitive damages to plaintiff, but did not owe prejudgement interest
Pennsylvania, MiddleMiddle District of Pennsylvania 2005 Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, 400 F. Supp. 2d 707 (M.D. Pa. 2005) School district's "intelligent design" policy held to violate the Establishment Clause
Pennsylvania, MiddleMiddle District of Pennsylvania 1895 Legal Correspondence Regarding Mr. Wadsworth's Arrest Discussion of whether police have a right to detain or arrest a citizen unless a warrant is in their possession
Pennsylvania, MiddleMiddle District of Pennsylvania 2007 Michael Reynolds indictment Defendant charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism after making home-made grenades, discussing on the internet plans to destroy oil pipelines with an undercover judge he believed to be an Al-Qaeda agent, and attempting to collect $40,000 to carry out said plans
Pennsylvania, WesternWestern District of Pennsylvania 1971 United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff 54 F.R.D. 282 (W.D. Pa. 1971) Dismissal of lawsuit against the Devil over wrongs committed to plaintiff, as the court has no jurisdiction over Hell, nor was defendant's address provided by the plaintiff
Texas, NorthernNorthern District of Texas 1981 Wilson v. Southwest Airlines Co., 517 F. Supp. 292 (N.D. Tex. 1981) Defendant's refusal to hire male flight attendants such as plaintiff, in favor of exclusively female flight attendants, counts as prohibited discrimination under the Civil Rights act
Texas, NorthernNorthern District of Texas 2007 Live Nation Motor Sports, Inc. v. Davis Defendant infringed upon plaintiff's copyright by providing streams of plaintiff's live broadcasts without authorization
Texas, WesternWestern District of Texas 2007 Doe v. MySpace, Inc., 474 F. Supp. 2d 843 (W.D. Tex. 2007) Defendant is not liable for sexual assault against plaintiff carried out by a user of plaintiff's website
UtahDistrict of Utah 2000 Intellectual Reserve v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 75 F. Supp. 2d 1290 (D. Utah 2000) Defendant is liable for copyright infringement for continuous attempts to induce others to infringe upon plaintiff's copyright, but not for merely posting links to infringing websites
UtahDistrict of Utah 2000 Intellectual Reserve v. Utah Lighthouse Ministry, 75 F. Supp. 2d 1290 (D. Utah 2000) Defendant is liable for copyright infringement for continuous attempts to induce others to infringe upon plaintiff's copyright, but not for merely posting links to infringing websites
UtahDistrict of Utah 2007 The SCO Group, Inc. v. Novell, Inc. Defendant owns the copyrights to Unix, and plaintiff violated several business agreements with defendant. aff'd in part and rev'd in part 578 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2009), aff'd 721 F. Supp. 2d 1050 (D. Utah 2010), aff'd 439 F. App'x 688 (10th Cir. 2011)
Virginia, EasternEastern District of Virginia 2007 Estate of William F. Jenkins v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 90 F. Supp. 2d 706 (E.D. Va. 2000) Defendant's use of the trademark "STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT" as a 1990's film title did not infringe upon any rights of plaintiff's 1940's short story "First Contact"

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Established June 15, 1836; subdivided March 3, 1851.

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