Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Types of Cases APALC Accepts to Litigate

Please read this information carefully to learn more about the kinds of impact cases APALC accepts to litigate.  Given our limited resources, we can accept only a small number of the cases we consider. 

What types of cases does APALC accept to litigate?

APALC primarily takes on cases that affect the civil rights of a group or large number of people, rather than cases involving disputes between individuals.  We focus on cases that primarily or disproportionately affect Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other communities of color as well as cases that may improve the lives of low-income and immigrant communities.

When considering a potential case, we ask: (1) what effect will this case have on people in addition to our client?; (2) could this case change industry practices for the benefit of the communities we represent?; and (3) do we have the necessary resources to take this case? APALC’s litigation unit will prioritize matters concerning civil rights, consumer fraud, employment discrimination, wage and hour violations, immigrants’ rights, and education rights.

However, APALC cannot handle all cases that fall within these guidelines. We receive thousands of requests for help each year and there are many cases of unfairness and injustice that APALC is simply unable to handle.

Please refer to our Impact Litigation cases for more information about our past work.

What cases affect others?

Lawsuits can affect a group or number of people in two ways. First, we may challenge a policy or practice by an employer, business, or governmental entity that directly impacts many people.  Second, a lawsuit brought on behalf of one person can have a larger impact on others when it establishes or expands legal protections.

What types of cases does APALC not accept for litigation?

APALC does not accept criminal cases, or complaints about a person's attorney in a criminal case.

Important Note about Deadlines

All legal claims have time deadlines for filing a lawsuit which is usually based on when a person suffered some injury or harm. The deadlines may differ depending on who violated your rights and which rights were violated. For some kinds of violations, you may need to file a claim with a government agency before you can sue, and these agencies also impose deadlines on the filing of a claim. If you do not comply with the applicable deadline, you may be legally barred from pursuing your claim in court. Contacting APALC to describe your problem does not mean that APALC represents you, and will not change the deadline by which you must file your lawsuit.

APALC cannot give you advice about the deadlines that apply to your individual case. To protect your rights, please consult an attorney promptly to find out what deadline may apply in your case.

How do I contact APALC’s Litigation Unit?

You may contact APALC for legal assistance by calling APALC’s legal intake lines.

We do not take walk-ins; if you walk-in, you will be asked to call the legal intake lines or to email us.

If we need more information, we will contact you. We will let you know as soon as possible whether or not we can accept your case, although, because of limited resources, there may be a delay in getting back to you. Please be sure to read the information about deadlines.

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Our helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: discrimination, family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
中文: 800.520.2356
한글: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ภาษาไทย: 800.914.9583
Tiếng Việt: 714.477.2958


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.