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Batavia City School District Class Action Complaint
On April 5, 2013 Empire Justice Center filed a class action suit against Batavia City School District on behalf of three female softball players and their families, alleging wide disparities in treatment between girls’ softball and boys’ baseball.

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Dickerson v. Thompson
The Fight to Dissolve Civil Unions in New York
Beginning in 2000, Vermont became the first state in the country to offer civil unions. Like many other states, Vermont imposed no residency requirement on celebrants. As a result, many non-Vermonters traveled there to gain access to what was, at the time, the most significant, state-sanctioned legal relationship status granting comprehensive rights and benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

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Statutory Attorney's Fees An Important Way to Expand and Fund Access to Justice
Over 50 laws allow successful litigants to collect attorney’s fees and other litigation costs from a losing party. These laws were generally passed to permit poor and less powerful individuals and groups to have greater access to the courts in certain types of cases.

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Decision from the 3rd Dept. in Dickerson v. Thompson Ruling
LGBT DV victims in civil unions with their batterer who had nowhere to go for dissolution may now have some available relief.

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Special Education Victory in Greece, NY
The Greece Central School District, a suburban district outside of Rochester, NY, is the eighth largest district in the state, with enrollment of approximately 13,000 students, of whom 1,300 are classified as students with disabilities pursuant to federal law.

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