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Case Name Boyd v. Greenville County JC-SC-0002
Docket / Court 6:06-cv-02339-GRA ( D.S.C. )
State/Territory South Carolina
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On August 22, 2006, a group of 25 inmates and pretrial detainees filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of South Carolina, claiming to have been infected with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ("MRSA") while they were ... read more >
On August 22, 2006, a group of 25 inmates and pretrial detainees filed this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of South Carolina, claiming to have been infected with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus ("MRSA") while they were incarcerated at the Greenville County Detention Center ("Jail") in South Carolina. MRSA is a flesh eating bacteria that can cause debilitating open sores, pain, and death. Staph infections, including the MRSA strain, are generally spread through close skin-to-skin contact and in places with crowded living conditions and poor hygiene. Plaintiffs alleged that the poor sanitation of the Jail together with the deliberate indifference of Jail officials to preventing infectious disease led to their exposure, effectively violating their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and class certification.

The case was assigned to District Court Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr. According to the PACER docket, the parties engaged in discovery and Defendants eventually moved for summary judgment. Prior to any ruling on Defendants' motion, however, the parties advised the Court that they had reached a settlement. On March 4, 2008, the Court (Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe) held a fairness hearing and approved the settlement. While the settlement documents were not available through the PACER docket, news accounts reported that Greenville County agreed to pay $80,000 to settle the case.

We have no further information on this case.

Dan Dalton - 03/10/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Skin Infections
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Greenville County
Plaintiff Description 25 inmates and/or pretrial detainees at the Greenville County Detention Center in South Carolina filed a civil rights case claiming to have been infected with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2008
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-02339-GRA (D.S.C.) 03/10/2008
JC-SC-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint; Jury Trial Demanded 08/22/2006
JC-SC-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 03/04/2008 (D.S.C.)
JC-SC-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Anderson, George Ross Jr. (D.S.C.)
JC-SC-0002-9000
Catoe, William M. Jr. (D.S.C.) [Magistrate]
JC-SC-0002-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Dunaway, Thomas Whitfield III (South Carolina)
JC-SC-0002-0001 | JC-SC-0002-9000
Howard, Milford Oliver III (South Carolina)
JC-SC-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Groves, Charles Michael (South Carolina)
JC-SC-0002-9000
Harter, Russell W. Jr. (South Carolina)
JC-SC-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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