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Case Name Lacy v. Dart DR-IL-0005
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-06259 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Case Summary
On August 14, 2014, a wheelchair using detainee filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Cook County, Illinois under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ... read more >
On August 14, 2014, a wheelchair using detainee filed this suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Cook County, Illinois under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act, and against two Cook County correctional officers in their individual capacities under 42 U.S.C. §1983. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, claimed deprivation by the County of rights secured under the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act, and alleged excessive force by the correctional officers.

Shortly thereafter, the plaintiff, now joined by three additional wheelchair using detainees, filed an amended complaint. A fifth named plaintiff was later added. The plaintiffs, individually and on behalf of a putative class of Cook County inmates, sought preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and damages. The plaintiffs complained that, during their monthly trips from the jail to one of the six local courthouses, the County subjected them to numerous ADA and Rehabilitation Act violations, including inadequate van transport and holding cell accommodations, severely limited and unequal access to lavatory facilities, and non-ADA compliant wheelchair ramps.

On September 17, 2104, the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction, which the Court (Judge Robert W. Gettleman) consolidated with a trial on the merits on December 18, 2014. Over the next five months, the Court conducted extensive evidentiary hearings, in which the County introduced status reports detailing their efforts and plans to achieve compliance with the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act. Plaintiffs contended that these plans were incomplete, and therefore not sufficient to overcome the need for injunctive relief. The next hearing on this matter is scheduled for June 10, 2015.

On April 30, 2015, the Court granted the plaintiffs' motion for class certification, defining the class as all Cook County Jail detainees who have been assigned and currently use a wheelchair. On May 27, 2015, the Court denied the defendants' motion to sever the excessive force claim by the original plaintiff against the two correctional officers. As of June 4, 2015, this case is ongoing.

Robert Lake - 06/04/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mobility impairment
Discrimination-area
Accommodation / Leave
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Bathrooms
Buildings
Reasonable Accommodations
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Cook County, Illinois
Plaintiff Description Five wheelchair using detainees at the Cook Country Jail in Illinois, individually and on behalf of class of other wheelchair using inmates.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:14-cv-6259 (N.D. Ill.) 05/28/2015
DR-IL-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/14/2014
DR-IL-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 08/26/2014
DR-IL-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amendment to Complaint 01/13/2015
DR-IL-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 04/30/2015 (2105 WL 1995576) (N.D. Ill.)
DR-IL-0005-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Gettleman, Robert William (N.D. Ill.)
DR-IL-0005-0004 | DR-IL-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Flaxman, Kenneth N. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-0001 | DR-IL-0005-0002 | DR-IL-0005-0003 | DR-IL-0005-9000
Flaxman, Joel A. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Morrissey, Patrick William (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-0001 | DR-IL-0005-0002 | DR-IL-0005-9000
Morrissey, Thomas Gerard (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-0001 | DR-IL-0005-0002 | DR-IL-0005-0003 | DR-IL-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cargie, Thomas E. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Carroll, Jacqueline B. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Condron, David Richard (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Cummings, Nicholas E. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Gallagher, Michael L. (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Hannon, Maureen O'Donoghue (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Sorich, Michael Jude (Illinois)
DR-IL-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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