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Case Name ARC v. O'Meara PB-CT-0004
Docket / Court 3:01-cv-01871 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Case Summary
On October 2, 2001, Arc/Connectibut (a non-profit advocacy organization) and ten individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit under the Medicaid statute, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the U. S. Constitution, against various state officials in the United States District Court for the District of ... read more >
On October 2, 2001, Arc/Connectibut (a non-profit advocacy organization) and ten individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit under the Medicaid statute, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the U. S. Constitution, against various state officials in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that their rights had been violated. Specifically, Plaintiffs claimed that the state failed to provide adequate services under the waiver, failed to provide them with a choice between institutional and home and community-based services, failing to provide services in a reasonably prompt manner, and failing to provide services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

On August 20, 2002, the Court (Judge Janet B. Aterton) granted Plaintiffs' motion to amend their complaint and that fifteen additional disabled individuals would be allowed to intervene in the action. ARC/Connecticut v. O'Meara, 2002 WL 31106383 (D. Conn. Aug. 20, 2002).

The parties reached a settlement agreement, and on March 31, 2005, the Court issued an order of dismissal notifying the parties that the case was being administratively closed pending the completion of notice to class members following the Connecticut General Assembly's approval of the parties' settlement agreement.

The Court (Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis) preliminarily approved the settlement on April 1, 2005. The Court also entered various orders relating to class notice and the process by which the Court will make a final determination as to whether the settlement agreement will obtain final approval.

The Court approved the settlement agreement during a fairness hearing on May 20, 2005 and dismissed the case on May 31, 2005. The Court retained jurisdiction for enforcement purposes. The case was closed, and there has been no additional substantive litigation.

Haley Waller - 02/12/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
Defendant(s) Patricia A. Wilson−Coker
Peter H. O'Meara
Plaintiff Description Arc/Connecticut (a non-profit advocacy organization) and individuals with disabilities.
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 Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:01-cv-01871-JBA (D. Conn.) 07/02/2009
PB-CT-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Ruling on Pending Motions [Docs.21 & 43] 08/20/2002 (2002 WL 31106383) (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0004-0006 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND FOR AN ORDER REQUIRING NOTICE TO THE CLASS AND SCHEDULING OF A FAIRNESS HEARING 03/31/2005
PB-CT-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER OF DISMISSAL 03/31/2005 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER (Approving settlement) 04/01/2005 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
MEMORANDUM OF LAW RELATING TO THE STANDARDS FOR APPROVING THE SETTLEMENT OF A CLASS ACTION 05/20/2005
PB-CT-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
ORDER OF DISMISSAL 05/31/2005 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0004-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Arterton, Janet Bond (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0004-0004 | PB-CT-0004-0005 | PB-CT-0004-0006 | PB-CT-0004-9000
Margolis, Joan Glazer (D. Conn.) [Magistrate]
PB-CT-0004-0003 | PB-CT-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Shaw, David C. (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0004-0001 | PB-CT-0004-0002 | PB-CT-0004-9000
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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