Gemmell v. RI DHS (2016)

Category: Active Case    Discrimination    Rights of the Poor    Due Process    

About This Case:
This is a class action lawsuit filed by the ACLU of RI and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (NCLEJ) over the state’s ongoing, critical, and widespread failure to timely provide food stamp benefits to needy families due in large part to its transition to a new, and very troubled, computer system. The lawsuit argues that the “systematically inadequate and faulty statewide implementation of a new integrated computer system” designed to determine food stamp eligibility “continues to cause thousands of households to suffer the imminent risk of hunger as a result of being denied desperately needed assistance to help them feed their families.”

Current Status:
In October 2019, this case was dismissed due to compliance by DHS.

ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Lynette Labinger

Related Case:
Scherwitz v. Beane (2018)

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