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Case Name Briggs v. Bremby PB-CT-0010
Docket / Court 3:12-cv-324 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Post-WalMart decisions on class certification
Case Summary
On March 5, 2012 plaintiff filed on behalf of all Connecticut residents who, since March 5, 2009 have applied or will apply for food stamps from the Connecticut Department of Social Services in United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiff sued the Connecticut ... read more >
On March 5, 2012 plaintiff filed on behalf of all Connecticut residents who, since March 5, 2009 have applied or will apply for food stamps from the Connecticut Department of Social Services in United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiff sued the Connecticut Department of Social Services under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by public interest lawyers, asked the court for injunctive relief for the processing of food stamp applications. Plaintiffs claimed that defendant was noncompliant with the Food Stamps Act 7 U.S.C. § 2020(e)(3) for application for food stamps. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that defendant was failing to process food stamp applications in a timely manner as well as refusing to properly use the expedited process for eligible food stamp applications.

On December 4, 2012 the court granted a preliminary injunction enjoining the defendant to properly process food stamp applications for plaintiff and denied the defendant's motion to dismiss. Defendants appealed this to the 2nd Circuit. This appeal was denied without an opinion.

On May 13, 2013, the court signed the preliminary injunction order as well as the order granting class certification. On March 24, 2014 the court denied defendant's motion to amend the preliminary injunction. On July 6, 2015 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court's preliminary injunction order. 792 F.3d 239 (2d Cir. 2015).


As of October 7, 2016 the parties are in the process of negotiating a court-approved settlement.

David Smellie - 10/07/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Food stamps
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Defendant(s) State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
Plaintiff Description All Connecticut residents who, since March 5, 2009 have applied, are applying, or will apply for food stamps from the Connecticut Department of Social Services.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
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)
3:12−cv−00324−VLB (D. Conn.) 09/12/2016
PB-CT-0010-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/05/2012
PB-CT-0010-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Of Decision Denying Defendant's Motion To Dismiss And Granting Plaintiff's Motion For Preliminary Injunction 12/04/2012 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0010-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Certifying Class 05/13/2013 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Preliminary Injunction Order 05/13/2013 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0010-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting In Part And Denying In Part Defendant's Motion To Alter And Amend And Motion For Reconsideration 03/24/2014 (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [2nd Circuit] 07/06/2015 (2015 WL 4069053)
PB-CT-0010-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Bryant, Vanessa Lynne (D. Conn.)
PB-CT-0010-0002 | PB-CT-0010-0004 | PB-CT-0010-0005 | PB-CT-0010-0006 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Calabresi, Guido (Second Circuit)
PB-CT-0010-0001
Carney, Susan Laura (Second Circuit)
PB-CT-0010-0001
Hall, Peter W. (Second Circuit)
PB-CT-0010-0001
Richardson, Robert A. Court not on record [Magistrate]
PB-CT-0010-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bass, Greg (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-0003 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Cohan, Marc (New York)
PB-CT-0010-0003 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Mannix, Mary R. (New York)
PB-CT-0010-0003 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Potter, Lucy (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-0003 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Shay, Giovanna (District of Columbia)
PB-CT-0010-9001
Tasheff, Petra T. (New York)
PB-CT-0010-9001
Thomas, Cecil Joseph (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-0003 | PB-CT-0010-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Barber, Hugh (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-9001
Callahan, Jennifer L. (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-9001
McGovern, Rosemary Miller (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-9001
Melendez, Emily V. (Connecticut)
PB-CT-0010-9001
Other Lawyers None on record

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