A famed anti-whaling organization is suing Japanese whalers for allegedly ramming and heavily damaging one its boats as well as terrorizing its crews in other ways in 2010. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society filed a federal lawsuit against several parties in an Oregon court. The group seeks $3 million in damages with the civil litigation, a sum that would go toward replacing the boat it claims was irreparably damaged by the whalers.
In response to numerous complaints and reports of police brutality, the federal government has filed a lawsuit against the City of Portland, Oregon, and the Portland Police Bureau. The suit accuses police officers in the city of regularly using an excessive amount of force, which the government claims violates both the 4th and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution. The 4th amendment protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures, while the 14th amendment makes it illegal for police and local governments to enforce the law unevenly among their citizens.
Public institutions are obligated to facilitate students of all disabilities. Failing to do so essentially breeds unequal treatment and opportunity and has been the center of many civil litigation in the past.