Tit for tat: Feds sue North Carolina over HB 2

All these HB 2 lawsuits are making me dizzy.

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Here is a copy of the U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit filed yesterday afternoon against the State of North Carolina. The McCrory (North Carolina) v. USA lawsuit is pending in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina (Raleigh). The DOJ lawsuit is pending in federal court in the Middle District of North Carolina (Greensboro).

Both lawsuits were filed yesterday.

As I reported yesterday, Judge Terrence Boyle is the assigned judge for the Raleigh lawsuit. I checked Pacer this morning, and it doesn't appear that a judge has been assigned yet to the Greensboro suit. Judge Thomas Schroeder of the Middle District is the assigned judge for a lawsuit filed in March by private plaintiffs challenging HB 2.

It looks like North Carolina will be where the action is for a while. We'll keep you posted.

UPDATE: Sorry - there are not three HB 2 lawsuits, but four. Here's the one I missed, filed by N.C. Republican House leaders against the United States. And the Middle District lawsuit (private plaintiffs versus North Carolina) has indeed been assigned to Judge Schroeder.

NEW UPDATE: Sorry again - there are not four HB 2 lawsuits, but five. The suit filed by N.C. Republican House leaders against the U.S. Department of Justice (referred to in my first update) is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, as is lawsuit No. 5, North Carolinians for Privacy v. U.S. Department of Justice. Both cases have been assigned to Judge Louise Flanagan. The Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the plaintiffs in lawsuit No. 5, who support HB 2. You may recall that this is the same public interest law firm that is representing the R.G. and G.R. Funeral Homes in Detroit in the transgender discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC, which I've been covering since its inception. (Thanks to my law partner Jon Yarbrough for keeping me straight!)

Robin Shea has 30 years' experience in employment litigation, including Title VII and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (including the Amendments Act). 
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