Central Falls Affirmative Litigation

Central Falls Mayor James Diossa speaks against including a citizenship question on the U.S. Census in 2020. Credit Ian Donnis

The Central Falls Law Department is not only defending the City of Central Falls from lawsuits; it is also affirmatively using civil litigation to protect and benefit the people of Central Falls.  

Affirmative Litigation


Federal Lawsuit Opposing Immigration Restrictions on Police Funding

   -  City of Providence and City of Central Falls v. Jefferson B. Sessions III, et al opposing the Department of Justice's imposition of immigration conditions on Byrne JAG funding for police departments. 
      -  Stipulation of the Parties that the deadline to accept the award is extended while the litigation is pending
      -  Stipulation of the Parties relative to FY 18 Byrne JAG grant for Central Falls
      -  Stipulation of the Parties relative to a timeline for filing briefs
      -  Amended Complaint filed by Providence and Central Falls.
      -  NEW  First Circuit Court of Appeals opinion affirming the Decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island.

The Central Falls "Wyatt" Detention Facility Corporation

    -  Attorney General Peter Neronha rules in favor of Central Falls in finding that the Wyatt violated the Open Meetings Act.
    -  City of Central Falls "Open Meetings Act" complaint against the Wyatt Corporation
    -  Correspondence in response to threat of litigation letter involving UMB Bank and the Central Falls Wyatt Detention Facilities Corporation.

In Support of DACA

In Support of Marriage Equality

Opposing President Trump's Immigration Orders 

   - Amicus filing in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in International Refugee Assistance Project, et al., v. Donald J. Trump, et al.  Here is the 4th Circuit opinion affirming the bulk of the Maryland preliminary injunction and denying the request for a stay. 

Federal Lawsuit Opposing Citizenship Question on the Census

   -  State Of New York, City of Central Falls, City of Providence, et al v. United States Department of Commerce lawsuit opposing the federal government's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. 
       - OPINION from the United States Supreme Court - the application for stay presented to JUSTICE GINSBURG and by her referred to the Court is granted in part and denied in part. Read Opinion here.  Analysis from SCOTUSblog here.
       - DECISION from the Southern District of New York vacating Secretary Ross's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, enjoining Defendants from implementing his decision or from otherwise adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census without curing the legal defects identified in the Court's Opinion, and remanding the matter to the Secretary for further action not inconsistent with the Courts Opinion. 


    -  Amicus filing in the Rhode Island Superior Court in Mahfound Abdella, et. al., v. Town of Johnston in support of the authority of Rhode Island municipalities to license and regulate tobacco products. 
    -  City of Central Falls Comment in opposition to DHS Docket No. USCIS-2010-0012 regarding the proposed change to the “public charge” rule.  

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