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Case Name Watson v. Sheahan JC-IL-0041
Docket / Court 94-cv-6891 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On November 18, 1994, individuals detained in jail after their court-ordered release filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the sheriff of Cook County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs alleged that they were ... read more >
On November 18, 1994, individuals detained in jail after their court-ordered release filed this class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the sheriff of Cook County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs alleged that they were detained for ten hours or more while the corrections staff processed the paperwork after their court-ordered release.

The parties settled the case in 1996 and the court approved the settlement on June 27, 1997. The defendants agreed to pay each class claimant $90 to as many as 65,000 people whose release from the jail was delayed more than 10 hours. They had been inmates sometime between Dec. 2, 1992, and Oct. 1, 1996. The defendants also agreed to pay the plaintiffs' attorney's fees and costs, including costs of settlement. The plaintiffs and their attorney initially petitioned for $1,070,955 in attorney's fees and $80,463.76 in costs. They subsequently filed an additional fee petition seeking additional attorney's fees of $106,601.25 and costs of $15,130.54.

On September 29, 1998, the honorable Judge Elaine Bucklo awarded the plaintiffs $344,094.95 in attorney's fees and $92,196.91 in costs. 1998 WL 708803 (N.D. Ill. 1998).

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Kya Henley - 03/24/2014
Jessica Kincaid - 04/07/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Over/Unlawful Detention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cook County Jail
Plaintiff Description All all persons who have suffered unlawful and prolonged detention in excess of ten hours rather than four hours.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
1:94-cv-06891 (N.D. Ill.) 11/14/2001
JC-IL-0041-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order [Awarding Attorneys' Fees and Costs] 09/30/1998 (1998 WL 708803) (N.D. Ill.)
JC-IL-0041-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Bucklo, Elaine E. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
JC-IL-0041-0001 | JC-IL-0041-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Morrissey, Thomas Gerard (Illinois)
JC-IL-0041-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Jacobs, Michael David (Illinois)
JC-IL-0041-9000
McDonald, Terry L. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0041-9000
Meyerson, David S. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0041-9000
Sprovieri, Connie R. (Illinois)
JC-IL-0041-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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