Case Summary

Plaintiffs, nine African-American voters, challenged Louisiana’s 2011 congressional districting plan claiming it violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The plaintiffs alleged that the state legislature packed minority voters into one congressional district while splitting other minority voters across three separate districts. Plaintiffs asked the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to declare that the map violated the Voting Rights Act and to enjoin the state from using the map in the future. Plaintiffs also asked the district court to order the state to adopt a new congressional map that included an additional majority-minority district.

Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss was denied. Subsequently, Defendant Secretary of State filed a third-party complaint against U.S. Justice Department due to the DOJ’s issuance of preclearance for the 2011 plan. Defendant also moved to stay the case pending the resolution of the Fifth Circuit’s en banc review of Thomas v. Bryant, a case involving similar issues as were raised in Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. On October 17, 2020, the district court granted the Defendant's motion to stay the case pending the result in Thomas, but subsequently denied the defendant's motion for reconsideration of their motion to dismiss on April 22, 2020. On September 29, 2020, the district court judge lifted the stay in light of the Fifth Circuit's final holding in Thomas.

On October 13, 2020, the case was dismissed with prejudice following a joint stipulation of dismissal submitted by the parties.

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U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana - 3:18-cv-00625