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Case Name Estate of Claypole v. County of San Mateo JC-CA-0117
Docket / Court 5:14-cv-02730-BLF ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Attorney Organization Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Case Summary
On June 12, 2014, the mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the County of San Mateo, the Mateo County Sheriff, the County of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff, ... read more >
On June 12, 2014, the mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the County of San Mateo, the Mateo County Sheriff, the County of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff, the City of Monterey, the Monterey Police, the California Forensic Medical Group, and the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 1988, as well as state law. Represented by private counsel, she asked the court for monetary relief, claiming violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Specifically, she claimed failures to provide medical care, to protect from harm, and to furnish medical care. She also claimed a deprivation of substantive due process, medical malpractice, negligent supervision, training, hiring, and retention, and wrongful death.

In 2013, the detainee committed suicide while in his administrative segregation cell at the Monterey County Jail by hanging himself with a bed sheet. The detainee had a history of mental illness and had been arrested three days prior for a murder he committed during a bipolar episode. The plaintiff alleged that the Jail's policies and practices for screening, supervising, and treating prisoners at risk for suicide were inadequate. The plaintiff also alleged serious deficiencies in the delivery of mental health care at the Jail. The detainee had been previously detained at the Jail and had not received adequate mental health care.

On October 9, 2014, the District Court granted in part Monterey City's and Monterey County's motions to dismiss with leave to amend to the complaint. The Court also denied the County's motion to strike. On October 28, 2014, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint adding a claim of general negligence and allegations to other claims against Monterey and Monterey County. Then, on November 19, 2014, Judge Labson Freeman denied the Hospital's motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

On September 22, 2015, Judge Freeman approved the stipulated dismissal of the County and the Sheriff as defendants. Two days later, she approved the stipulated dismissal of the Hospital as a defendant. Presumably these were based on out-of-court settlements. As of October 1, 2015, the case is ongoing against the remaining defendants.

Jessica Kincaid - 10/01/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Disability
Mental impairment
General
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) California Forensic Medical Group
City of Monterey
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula
County of Monterey
County of San Mateo
Monterey County Sheriff
Monterey Police Department
San Mateo County Sheriff
Plaintiff Description The mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
None yet
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2015 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
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Docket(s)
5:14-cv-2730 (N.D. Cal.) 07/09/2015
JC-CA-0117-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 06/12/2014
JC-CA-0117-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (1) Granting in Part City of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Dismiss With Leave to Amend; (2) Granting in Part County of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Dismiss With Leave to Amend; and (3) Denying County of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Strike 10/09/2014 (2014 WL 5100696) (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Estate of Claypole v. County of San Mateo 10/28/2014
JC-CA-0117-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Freeman, Beth Labson (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0003 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Grewal, Paul Singh (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0117-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Piovia-Scott, Joshua (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Rifkin, Lori Ellen (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Tajsar, Mohammad K. (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bertling, Peter George (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Blitch, Susan K. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Cohen, Amanda Michelle (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Ely, Adam Wells (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Levy, David A. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Philippi, Michael Rudolph (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Saunders, Jemma Allison Parker (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Tabari, Cyrus A. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Thompson, Ryan (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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