Amador v. Baca, No. 10-1649 SVW (RC) (C.D. Calif) (pending class action for group strip searches of women arrestees without probable cause or individualized suspicion; estimated number of class members is 80,000- 100,000; 23 b)(2) class certified; renewed 23(b)(3) class certification motion pending)
McKibben v. McMahon (2018) – lawsuit challenging the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s systemic discrimination of gay, bisexual and transgender jail detainees. Class members were assigned to segregated housing and permitted significantly less time out of their cells and fewer work opportunities, educational courses, and rehabilitation programs than general population inmates. The settlement provided for extensive policy reforms including a broader range of housing options; increased time out of cell; equalized access to rehabilitation programs, drug treatment classes, and work opportunities; a committee to assess and monitor housing needs, access to programming, work opportunities; a commitment to eliminate discrimination; sexual harassment training for deputies; and, $2,050,000 in damages, costs and attorneys’ fees.
Nozzi v. Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, CV 07-00380 GW (C.D. Calif.) (class action against the Housing Authority for violations of 6 due process and federal regulations by failing to provide proper notice of Section 8 rent increase affecting approximately 22,000 tenants; case dismissed on sj for defendants; reversed by Ninth Circuit; dismissed again; second appeal pending)
Bynum v. District of Columbia, Case No.: 02-956 (RCL) (D.D.C.) class action against the District of Columbia for overdetentions and blanket strip searches of persons ordered released from custody; final approval of $12,000,000 settlement occurred January 2006; estimated number of overdetention class members is 6000-7000
Williams v. Block, Case No.: CV-97-03826-CW (Central District of California) and related cases (a series of county jail over detention and strip search cases, settled for $27 Million and a complete revamp of jail procedures)
Craft v. County of San Bernardino, 468 F.Supp.2d 1172 (C.D.Cal. 2006) certified class action against the Sheriff of San Bernardino County for blanket strip searches of detainees, arrestees, and persons ordered released from custody; partial summary judgment decided for plaintiffs; $25.5 Million settlement approved April 1, 2008.
Barnes v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No: 06-315 (RCL) (D.D.C.) class action against District of Columbia for continuing to both over-detain and strip search post-release inmates despite settlement in Bynum, supra; class certification granted; summary judgment granted Plaintiffs on most claims, but existence of policy and custom of over-detaining inmates during a discrete part of the class period set for trial on 3/1/13; estimated number of overdetention class members in the 4000-6000 range depending on result of upcoming trial; estimated number of strip search class members is 3500- 4500.
Lopez v. Youngblood, No. CV07-00474 LJO (DLBx) (E.D. Calif.) class action against Kern County, California, for unlawful pre-arraignment and post-release strip searches and strip searches not conducted in private; class certification and summary judgment on liability granted; settlement in principle in October 2010 for putative class fund of approximately $7 Million, subject to preliminary and final court approval
Aichele et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al. Case No.: CV 12-10863 DMG FFM (x) (C.D. Calif.) class action for injunctive relief and damages for arrests and related actions regarding the shutdown of the use of the City Hall lawn by Occupy LA; estimated class size is 300-400; class certified
Powell v. Barrett, Civil Case No. 1:04-cv-1100 (N.D. Ga.)(RWS)( class action against the Sheriff of Fulton County, Fulton County, and the City of Atlanta, Georgia, for overdetentions and blanket strip searches of arrestees and persons ordered released from custody; qualified immunity denied to Fulton County Sheriff in Powell v. Barrett, 496 F.3d 1288 (11th Cir. 8/23/07)); rehearing en banc granted and decided, 541 F.3D 1298 (11th Cir. Sep 04, 2008; case was remanded to district court for further proceedings on overdetention and post-release strip search issues, resulting in summary judgment to defendants; affirmed by 11th Circuit; petition for certiorari denied
Francis, et al. v. California Department of Corrections, et al., Case No: BC302856 class action against the CDC(R) for the failure to reimburse inmates assigned to the restitution centers in Los Angeles for their obligations as ordered by the court. Case was successful in bringing about the restructuring of the CDCR’s inmate accounting systems, and in the payment of restitution settlement in the amount of $325,000.)
Jones v. Murphy, Case No. CCB 05 CV 1287 (D. Maryland)(class action challenging overdetentions and illegal strip searches in Central Booking in Baltimore, MD; class certification granted in part and denied in part; post Florence summary judgment for defendants largely granted; appeal pending)
Johnson v. District of Columbia, Case No. 02-2364 (RMC) (D.D.C.) (class action against the District of Columbia and United States Marshals for blanket strip searches of arrestees without reasonable suspicion and not involved in drug or violent activity; summary judgment granted defendants; order upheld on appeal and now pending petition for rehearing en banc
Gail Marie Harrington-Wisely, et al. v. State of California, et al., Superior Court Case No.: BC 227373 (a case involving searches of visitors to California prisons utilizing backscatter x-ray methods without reasonable suspicion; stipulated injunction entered; appeal on damages and attorneys’ fees pending
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