The Public Interest Division (PID) represents the District of Columbia in challenges to the government’s authority to act in the best interests of its citizens, and represents the interest of its residents to see that they are treated fairly and honestly in their dealings with the many vendors and merchants who operate businesses in the District, as well as enforce the legal mandates of the Mayor’s executive agencies.
The PID prosecutes on behalf of and defends the District of Columbia, and its agencies and officials, in all types of civil and administrative actions brought by and against the District.
- Challenges under the First, Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments, violations/Civil Rights cases, false arrest
- Civil forfeitures
- Class actions
- Collection actions
- Consumer protection
- Employment discrimination
- Healthcare professional discipline
- Medicaid/social services, contracts
- Regulatory enforcement
- Unemployment Insurance Compensation fraud
- Whistleblower actions
The work of the Division is accomplished through the work of three sections:
The Civil Enforcement Section initiates civil litigation and prosecutions in the courts and administrative tribunals of the District seeking enforcement of the District’s laws and regulations to protect the public welfare. The section also handles a limited number of administrative appeals of final agency actions appealed to the courts, and criminally prosecutes healthcare professionals.
The Equity Section defends the District of Columbia and its officials and employees in all large complex constitutional litigation brought against the District challenging the laws, regulations, policies and practices.
The Public Advocacy Section brings civil cases in court to protect the public from law violations in the areas of consumer protection, fraud against the government, charities, antitrust, and tobacco, and represents the District before the Public Service Commission. The section also receives and seeks to resolve consumer complaints.