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Case Name Andre H. v. Sobol JI-NY-0001
Docket / Court 1:84-cv-03114-DNE ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On May 3, 1984 juveniles filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et. seq., and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, challenging their ... read more >
On May 3, 1984 juveniles filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Education of the Handicapped Act (EHA), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et. seq., and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794, challenging their conditions of confinement at the Spofford Juvenile Center (Spofford). Plaintiffs were represented by the New York Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division and sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Class certification was granted by the District Court on February 26, 1985. After years of discovery, the parties settled the case. On September 10, 1990, the District Court (Judge David N. Edelstein) approved and entered a Stipulation and Order of Settlement. The Stipulation set forth agreed reforms to be implemented in the following areas: assessment, evaluation and placement of juveniles; education; staffing requirements; procedural safeguards; and special education and regulations relating to handicapped children. The Stipulation provided for a monitoring period of three years.

By separate order dated December 26, 1990, plaintiffs were awarded attorneys' fees and costs in the amount of $135,000.

According to the PACER docket, the case was administratively closed on August 6, 1991. We have no further information on the case.

Dan Dalton - 02/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Education
Individualized planning
Special education
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Spofford Juvenile Detention Center
Plaintiff Description A;; juveniles confined at the Spofford Juvenile Center (Spofford).
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1990 - 1993
Case Closing Year 1991
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
84-3114 (S.D.N.Y.) 08/06/1991
JI-NY-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 02/26/1985 (104 F.R.D. 606) (S.D.N.Y.)
JI-NY-0001-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Stipulation and Order of Settlement 09/10/1990 (S.D.N.Y.)
JI-NY-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Stipulation and Order Regarding Attorney's Fees and Costs 12/26/1990 (S.D.N.Y.)
JI-NY-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Correspondence 01/03/1991
JI-NY-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Correspondence 01/14/1991
JI-NY-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
Judges Edelstein, David Norton (S.D.N.Y.)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0010 | JI-NY-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Firestein, Rose E. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001
Gittis, Lenore (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0010
McNally, Kay G. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0010
Murray, Kay C. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0007 | JI-NY-0001-0010
Schwarz, Frederick A.O. Jr. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0010
Sufian, Jane M. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0010
Defendant's Lawyers Abrams, Robert W. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0010
Goodman, Grace (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004
Kovner, Victor A. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004
Ovesey, Michele (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0010
Pines, Jonathan (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0005
Shoemaker, Martha O. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0005
Weintraub, Henry S. (New York)
JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0001 | JI-NY-0001-0004 | JI-NY-0001-0005 | JI-NY-0001-0010
Other Lawyers None on record

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