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  • Determined the right to sue for civil rights remedies under VAWA and the power of Congress to enact VAWA. The decision was overruled, in part, by the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Morrison.
  • Concerning the Chicago Housing Authority's decision to terminate a Housing Choice Section 8 Voucher without consideration of the applicability of the Violence Against Women Act.
  • Determined the availability of unemployment insurance under New York law for a victim of domestic violence who leaves her job to relocate in order to escape abuser.
  • Determined whether a judge in a rape case should instruct the jury that the defendant made a reasonable mistake as to whether or not the victim had, in fact, consented to sexual contact.
  • Whether policy required an exception to the "proportionate share" of damages rule in cases of domestic violence where the police fail to act resulting in harm to the victim.
  • Concerning an appeal seeking to enforce the confidentiality protections available under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) for individuals who apply for U-visas and T-visas.
  • Determined the right to unemployment benefits when a woman is forced to quit job due to domestic violence.
  • Determined the statute of limitations for torts based on sexual abuse in Montana.
  • Challenged New York City’s Administration for Children Services’ practice of starting child neglect proceedings against battered mothers on the basis of “allowing” their children to witness domestic violence.
  • The First Circuit held that Backpage was protected from liability for aiding the Petitioners’ sexual exploitation as minors, even though the Petitioners persuasively alleged that Backpage took an active role in shaping the content of the ads and deliberately tailored its website to “make sex trafficking easier.” 
  • Determined the definition of extreme cruelty under the VAWA provision that protects immigrant victims from deportation and return to their abuser.
  • Concerned the right to sue for civil remedies under VAWA and the constitutional power of Congress to enact VAWA.


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