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Case Name Gregory v. Armistead MH-LA-0001
Docket / Court 77-CV-423 ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Mental Health (Facility)
Case Summary
On October 27, 1977, Davis Gregory filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United Stated District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration. The lawsuit challenged the conditions of confinement at the East Feliciana Forensic ... read more >
On October 27, 1977, Davis Gregory filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United Stated District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration. The lawsuit challenged the conditions of confinement at the East Feliciana Forensic Facility and was brought as a class action lawsuit. Attorneys Lawrence R. Anderson, Jr. of Seale, Smith, Zuber & Barnette, Clay J. Calhoun, Jr., and R. James Kellogg represented the plaintiffs. Because the complaint is not available, there is little information about the specific conditions that were challenged.

At some time before the parties reached a settlement, the Attorney General of the United Stated intervened in this action. The District Court (Judge Frank Joseph Polozola) approved a Consent Decree on December 2, 1983. Davis v. Armistead, 575 F.Supp 695 (M.D. La. 1983). According to the Decree, a new facility, War Veterans Home (on the campus of East Louisiana State Hospital), was being built and would become a part of the East Feliciana Forensic Facility. The defendants agreed that within six months of the completion of the War Veteran Home, the facility would be in substantial compliance with the following: Louisiana State Rules, Regulations and Minimum Standards Governing Hospitals, including The Hospital Licensing Law; Standards of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Agency policies regarding the use of psychotropic medications, seclusion, and restraints; and the Louisiana statute enumerating mental health patients' rights (La. R.S. § 28:171).

According to the docket, the defendant was in compliance with the terms of the Consent Decree as of May 18, 1992 and the case was closed on July 7, 1992.

Angela Heverling - 03/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Restraints : physical
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Mental health care, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) East Louisiana State Hospital
Feliciana State Hospital
Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration
Plaintiff Description Individuals confined at the East Feliciana Forensic Facility.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1983 - 1992
Case Closing Year 1992
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
77-CV-423 (M.D. La.) 07/07/1992
MH-LA-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
77-CV-423 (M.D. La.) 07/07/1992
MH-LA-0001-9001 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Opinion 12/02/1983 (575 F.Supp. 695) (M.D. La.)
MH-LA-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Lawrence R. Jr. (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Butler, Daniel P. (District of Columbia)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Calhoun, Clay J. Jr. (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Certain, Christopher (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Kellogg, R. James (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Lemelle, James Stanley (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Richardson, Barry (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Castille, Charles F. (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Eaton, Fernin Farrell (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Montgomery, J. Marvin (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003 | MH-LA-0001-9000 | MH-LA-0001-9001
Teague, Tommy D. (Louisiana)
MH-LA-0001-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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