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Case Name Estate of Prasad v. County of Sutter JC-CA-0121
Docket / Court 2:12-cv-00592-TLN-CKD ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Attorney Organization Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Case Summary
On March 6, 2012, the mother and minor children of a pre-trial detainee who died in jail from an infection filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Sutter under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; represented by private counsel, they ... read more >
On March 6, 2012, the mother and minor children of a pre-trial detainee who died in jail from an infection filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the County of Sutter under 42 U.S.C. § 1983; represented by private counsel, they asked the court for monetary relief. The plaintiffs claimed that the defendants violated their father's substantive due process rights and the Constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed the defendants' poor medical care for their father's life-threatening infection led to his preventable death.

After a series of motions to dismiss by the defendant and amended complaints filed by the plaintiffs, the parties reached a settlement agreement. On April 10, 2014, the plaintiffs filed a motion for approval of a settlement and for orders to deposit money into blocked accounts. The defendants agreed to pay the plaintiffs $824,999. On June 11, 2014, parties agreed to the dismissal of the case.

Jessica Kincaid - 10/08/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Conditions of confinement
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Skin Infections
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Sutter County
Plaintiff Description The mother and minor children of a pre-trial detainee who died in jail from an infection
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2014 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2014
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)
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Docket(s)
2:12-cv-592 (E.D. Cal.) 04/22/2015
JC-CA-0121-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/06/2012
JC-CA-0121-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint 03/03/2014
JC-CA-0121-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Approval of Minors' Compromise and for Orders to Deposit Money Into Blocked Accounts 04/10/2014
JC-CA-0121-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal With Prejudice 06/11/2014
JC-CA-0121-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Delaney, Carolyn K. (E.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0121-9000
Nunley, Troy Lynne (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0121-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bien, Michael W. (California)
JC-CA-0121-0001 | JC-CA-0121-0002 | JC-CA-0121-0003 | JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Fischer, Aaron Joseph (California)
JC-CA-0121-0001 | JC-CA-0121-0002 | JC-CA-0121-0003 | JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Galvan, Ernest (California)
JC-CA-0121-0002 | JC-CA-0121-0003 | JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Mantoan, Kathryn Grzenczyk (California)
JC-CA-0121-0002 | JC-CA-0121-0003 | JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Rifkin, Lori Ellen (California)
JC-CA-0121-9000
Stark, Jennifer L (California)
JC-CA-0121-0002 | JC-CA-0121-0003 | JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Holley, Glenn M. (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004
Kurlan, Jennifer C. (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Lyde, D. Marc (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004
Scott, Porter (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004
Whitefleet, John Robert (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Williams, Kathleen J. (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Zimmerman, Robert Harry (California)
JC-CA-0121-0004 | JC-CA-0121-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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