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Case Name Cajune v. Lake County JC-MT-0003
Docket / Court 9:09-cv-00164-DWM-JCL ( D. Mont. )
State/Territory Montana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On November 19, 2009, the plaintiff, a pregnant inmate, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against Lake County, its sheriff, and the medical doctor and chief officer of its detention facility, under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment and Article II, ... read more >
On November 19, 2009, the plaintiff, a pregnant inmate, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against Lake County, its sheriff, and the medical doctor and chief officer of its detention facility, under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment and Article II, Sections 10 and 22 of the Montana Constitution. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Montana, asked the court for declaratory relief, and nominal, compensatory and punitive damages.

Specifically, plaintiff claimed that the defendants unconstitutionally denied necessary medical care while she was jailed in the county detention facility. While undergoing a long-term drug addiction treatment program, the plaintiff was incarcerated in the detention facility, where she claims she was denied her prescribed medication. The complaint alleges that the plaintiff became extremely ill as a result of withdrawal from the medication and that she was eventually released from the detention facility due to medical complications.

On March 3, 2011, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the medical doctor from the lawsuit. Subsequently on March 14, 2011, the defendants moved for summary judgment. On April 4, 2011, before the court ruled on the motion, the parties agreed to settle the case, pursuant to which, Lake County adopted a policy for medical care for pregnant inmate addition to opiates. On April 5, 2011, the District Court (Judge Donald W. Molloy) dismissed the case with prejudice, with each party to pay its own costs.

Christina Bonanni - 10/17/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Conditions of confinement
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Lake County
Plaintiff Description Pregnant inmate addicted to opiates.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2011
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)
9:09-cv-164 (D. Mont.) 04/05/2011
JC-MT-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [PACER] 11/19/2009
JC-MT-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal and Settlement Agreement 04/04/2011
JC-MT-0003-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Dismissing With Prejudice 04/05/2011 (D. Mont.)
JC-MT-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Molloy, Donald W. (D. Mont.)
JC-MT-0003-0005 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)
JC-MT-0003-9000
Camp, Susan Talcott (New York)
JC-MT-0003-0001 | JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Griffing, Betsy (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-0001 | JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Guittari, Jennifer Ann (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-0001 | JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Kasdan, Diana (New York)
JC-MT-0003-0001 | JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Munro, Gregory S (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cooney, Dee Ann (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Johnson, C.J. (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-9000
Kalkstein, Gary (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-9000
Sehestedt, Michael W (Montana)
JC-MT-0003-0006 | JC-MT-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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