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Case Name Fernandez v. Northampton County JC-PA-0032
Docket / Court 5:09-cv-00320-TMG ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Plaintiff was an inmate in the Northampton County Prison (NCP); he brought § 1983 lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the county, the wardens of the jail, the medical service contractor, and specific health care providers for unsanitary conditions in the jail, the inadequacy ... read more >
Plaintiff was an inmate in the Northampton County Prison (NCP); he brought § 1983 lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the county, the wardens of the jail, the medical service contractor, and specific health care providers for unsanitary conditions in the jail, the inadequacy of the medical care provided, and the failure of developing a quarantine protocol that lead to the plaintiff contracting multiple Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. MRSA infections can be deadly.

After Magistrate Judge Perkins dismissed the case as to the specific medical staff working at the facility, the case was settled pursuant to Local Rule 41(b) on March 18, 2010, which allows a court-sanctioned dismissal after the parties have notified the court of reaching a settlement agreement. The terms of that settlement are unknown.

Blase Kearney - 04/09/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Sanitation / living conditions
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Skin Infections
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Northampton
Plaintiff Description inmate at Northampton County Prison
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
5:09−cv−00320 (E.D. Pa.) 03/18/2010
JC-PA-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/19/2009
JC-PA-0032-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer and Affirmative Defenses of Northampton County 05/13/2009
JC-PA-0032-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/18/2010 (E.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0032-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Golden, Thomas M. (E.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0032-0002 | JC-PA-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Williams, Gerald J. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-0001 | JC-PA-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Baird, Macavan A. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-9000
Brenner, Thomas Edward (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-9000
Kepner, Timothy James (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-9000
Macmain, David J. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-0003 | JC-PA-0032-9000
Sembrot, Joseph M. (Pennsylvania)
JC-PA-0032-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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