The civil division is responsible for representing the interests of the United States in a wide variety of cases.
Defensive Litigation - Frequently the civil division is called upon to defend federal government agencies which have been sued in the Northern District of Ohio. These type of lawsuits include civil tort suits, employment discrimination cases, judicial appeals of administrative decisions denying applications for Social Security disability benefits, and suits filed by federal prisoners.
Affirmative Civil Enforcement - The civil division represents the United States in numerous different civil affirmative enforcement cases in areas as diverse as protecting the environment, enforcing civil rights, ensuring fair housing, addressing health care fraud and enforcing the False Claims Act.
Bankruptcy Litigation - The civil division protects the interests of federal government agencies which are owed money by persons filing bankruptcy.
Financial Litigation - The financial litigation unit (FLU) is responsible for reducing to judgment a variety of civil debts owed to various federal agencies and then taking all appropriate steps to collect those judgments. In addition, the FLU is responsible for the collection of assessments, fines, and restitution imposed on defendants in federal criminal cases.