U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Mary Catherine Roper (ACLU-PA); Paul Messing (Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP); Seth Kreimer (University of Pennsylvania School of Law)
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP filed a federal lawsuit on June 5, 2012, against the city of Philadelphia and Mayor Michael Nutter on behalf of a group of churches and religious leaders who wish to continue their ministries of feeding the homeless in the city's public parks. The city recently implemented new regulations that would force these groups to end their practice of sharing food with those in need outdoors. The lawsuit alleges these changes were made not to protect the health of the homeless but instead to protect the city's image in a tourist area.