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Case Name Napier v. Laurel County, KY JC-KY-0016
Docket / Court 6:06-cv-00368-DCR ( E.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
This is one of a pair of class action cases filed by inmates who claimed to have been infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) while incarcerated in Kentucky jails. MRSA is a flesh eating bacteria that can cause debilitating open sores, pain and death. In the Laurel County ... read more >
This is one of a pair of class action cases filed by inmates who claimed to have been infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) while incarcerated in Kentucky jails. MRSA is a flesh eating bacteria that can cause debilitating open sores, pain and death. In the Laurel County case, Lester Napier, an inmate in poor health, alleged that he was exposed and got infected by MRSA while locked up in the Laurel County Detention Center. Plaintiff alleged that the habitually overcrowded condition of the Jail (average population being 157% of capacity) and the deliberate indifference of jail officials to prevent infectious disease caused his exposure. Plaintiff's complaint, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in August 2006, specifically alleged violations of his rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments and 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as class certification.

According to the PACER docket, the parties have engaged in discovery and discovery-related motion practice since the suit was filed. The District Court (Judge Danny C. Reeves) entered a scheduling order but no trial date had been set.

In August 2007, an attorney representing five other individual plaintiffs filed a motion to consolidate those cases with the Napier case.

At the time of this summary, the case was still active.

Dan Dalton - 09/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Skin Infections
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Laurel County
Plaintiff Description Inmates at the Laurel County Detention Center who have become infected with MRSA.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
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Docket(s)
6:06-cv-00368-DCR (E.D. Ky.) 03/24/2011
JC-KY-0016-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 08/16/2006
JC-KY-0016-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 02/26/2008 (2008 WL 544468) (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0016-0002 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment 04/07/2009
JC-KY-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Judgment 10/08/2009 (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0016-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Reeves, Danny C. (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0016-0002 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Thapar, Amul Roger (E.D. Ky.)
JC-KY-0016-0004 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Wier, Robert E. (E.D. Ky.) [Magistrate]
JC-KY-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-0001 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Hegge, Colleen M. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Horne, Andrew J. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Shipp, Jeffrey C. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Banks, Estill D. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Bevington, Dinah Townsend (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Ford, Chacey R. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-9000
Hamblin, Pierce W. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-0003 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Hooks, Bradley C. (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-0003 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Vose, Leslie Patterson (Kentucky)
JC-KY-0016-0003 | JC-KY-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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