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Joshua Karsh

Joshua Karsh’s Legal Cases

5 total

  • Ramirez-Cruz v. United States

    Practice Area:
    Class Action
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    This was a class action against the Mexican government and three Mexican national banks on behalf of thousands of Mexican workers (braceros), seeking to recover unpaid wages withheld from the braceros between 1942 and 1946. The federal judge hearing the case, commenting on the challenges of a case involving decades’ old claims against a foreign sovereign in U.S. courts, commended Mr. Karsh and his co-counsel for their persistence and accomplishment, stating: "I want to tell you I’ve never seen such litigation in 11 years on the bench that was more difficult than this one. It was enormously challenging…I actually expected, to tell you the truth, at some point that the plaintiffs would just give up because it was so hard, but they never did. They never did. And, in fact, they achieved a settlement of the case, which I find remarkable under all of these circumstances."
  • del Valle v. McGuffage

    Practice Area:
    Civil Rights
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Representing Latino and African-American voters in Illinois in a class action against seven local election jurisdictions and the Illinois State Board of Election Commissioners, Mr. Karsh and co-counsel challenged the use of flawed systems of recording and counting votes, which had consistently resulted in high error rates and undercounting of votes, particularly in predominantly minority voting districts. The settlement in the case led to elimination of punch-card-ballot and optical-scan voting systems that failed to provide error notification throughout Illinois.
  • Lewis v. City of Chicago

    Practice Area:
    Discrimination
    Outcome:
    Ongoing. 9-0 victory before the U.S. Supreme Court (2010)
    Description:
    This is an ongoing class action on behalf of thousands of African American applicants for jobs with the Chicago Fire Department. Mr. Karsh and co-counsel took the case to trial, proving that the Department’s reliance on scores on an entrance examination to screen applicants had been racially discriminatory. The City of Chicago appealed the judgment. The United States Supreme Court rule 9-0 in favor of Mr. Karsh's clients.
  • Goodman v. Ward

    Practice Area:
    Election Campaigns & Political Law
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2011
    Outcome:
    Victory in the Illinois Supreme Court
    Description:
    Mr. Karsh obtained victory for his client in this case before the Illinois Supreme Court, preventing a judicial candidate, ineligible to hold judicial office, from appearing on the ballot.
  • Thornton Tp. High School Dist. 205 et al. v. Argo Comm. High School Dist. 217 et al.

    Practice Area:
    Civil Rights
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2006
    Outcome:
    Settlement
    Description:
    Represented several majority-African-American school districts challenging the decision made by eleven predominately white, high school districts to secede from the largest high school interscholastic conference in Illinois. The new arrangement they contemplated would have effectively ended regular season competition between majority-white and majority-African-American high schools in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. This case was one of the first to use the “effects test” provisions of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003 and settled on terms that assured continued regular season competition and meetings between majority-white and majority-African-American high schools.