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Case Name Natale v. Camden County Correctional Facility PC-NJ-0019
Docket / Court 1:99-cv-02579 ( D.N.J. )
State/Territory New Jersey
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 9, 1999, plaintiff, a detainee who was an insulin-dependent diabetic, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and § 1981 against Camden County Correctional Facility(CCCF). Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendants committed malpractice, that ... read more >
On March 9, 1999, plaintiff, a detainee who was an insulin-dependent diabetic, filed a lawsuit in New Jersey state court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and § 1981 against Camden County Correctional Facility(CCCF). Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the defendants committed malpractice, that decision makers for Prison Health Services established a policy or well-settled custom of ignoring the medical needs of prisoners, and that the defendants violated plaintiff's right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution by denying him adequate medical care by failing to administer insulin during his first twenty-one hours of incarceration.

The case was removed to federal court. On July 26, 2000, the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey (Judge Joel A. Pisano) entered summary judgment for CCCF on detainee's § 1983 claim, and dismissed the § 1981 claim. On July 24, 2001, the District Court issued an order dismissing detainee's medical malpractice claim, and on July 30, 2001, the court granted Prison Health Service's motion for summary judgment on § 1983 claim. The detainee appealed. On March 21, 2003, the Court of Appeals reversed and remanded, finding that fact questions precluded summary judgment on the detainee's claim that his right to adequate medical care was violated, and as to whether the actions of private prison health service employees could be attributed to their employer. On August 17, 2004, the case was reopened. On November 4, 2005, the U.S. District Court (Judge Jerome B. Simandle) issued an order dismissing the case because the parties reached a settlement.

Julie Singer - 10/23/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
Law-enforcement
General
Conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Camden County Correctional Facility
Camden County Sheriff's Department
County of Camden
Prison Health Services
Plaintiff Description Insulin-dependent diabetic detainee
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
Case: 1:99-cv-2579 (D.N.J.) 11/04/2005
PC-NJ-0019-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Reversing and Remanding to District Court] 02/07/2003 (318 F.3d 575)
PC-NJ-0019-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Order of Dismissal 11/05/2005 (D.N.J.)
PC-NJ-0019-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Ambro, Thomas L. (Third Circuit)
PC-NJ-0019-0001
Simandle, Jerome B. (D.N.J.) [Magistrate]
PC-NJ-0019-0002 | PC-NJ-0019-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Steinberg, Saul J. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0019-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Garty, Marylou (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0019-9000
Lynch, Kevin W. (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0019-9000
Weeks, David (New Jersey)
PC-NJ-0019-9000
Zaslow, David R. (Pennsylvania)
PC-NJ-0019-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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