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Case Name Richard S. v. Dept. of Developmental Services of California ID-CA-0004
Docket / Court SACV97-219 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Attorney Organization NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
Case Summary
On March 20, 1997, Richard S. filed a class-action lawsuit and an application for a temporary restraining order in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the Department of Developmental Services for the State of California and Fairview Developmental Center. ... read more >
On March 20, 1997, Richard S. filed a class-action lawsuit and an application for a temporary restraining order in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against the Department of Developmental Services for the State of California and Fairview Developmental Center. Richard S. was a resident of Fairview and was represented by a private attorney. William Cable, M.D. served as guardian ad litem for the class members, developmentally disabled clients without conservators. The complaint alleged various violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Social Security Act, and the Constitution. On June 16, 1997, Protection and Advocacy, Inc. moved to intervene and the motion was granted. Other organizations and individuals intervened.

The complaint alleged that developmental centers released patients into community placements that were not prepared to care for them and were doing so out of fear of financial penalties for not meeting "exit quotas." Previous state court litigation had resulted in a settlement agreement, the "Coffelt Settlement," requiring the Department to reduce the population in developmental centers. (ID-CA-0001) Interveners sought to uphold the Coffelt Settlement.

The complaint also alleged that the centers were selecting those residents who had no family members or conservators for discharge. The court granted a preliminary injunction on July 16, 1997.

On March 24, 2000, the District Court (Judge Gary L. Taylor) denied the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment. It granted the defendant's motion with respect to two of the plaintiffs' counts and denied the defendant's motion with respect to injunctive relief. Interveners sought to enjoin the State Defendants from refusing to release residents into community placements without a court order if a family member or legal representative objected to the placement. Judge Taylor permanently enjoined this practice on April 24, 2000, stating that the Defendant should not allow third-parties to interfere with its discretion regarding community placements.

On August 8, 2000, the court dissolved the preliminary injunction it had granted in 1997. On January 1, 2001, the court amended its permanent injunction against the Defendant. It again enjoined the Defendant from implementing any policy or practice of refusing to place adult residents into community placements absent a court order because a family member or legal representative objected.

On January 18, 2001, the court entered a judgment holding that the parties' had settled all remaining claims on August 29, 2000. The settlement agreement is not available. The court later denied Plaintiffs' request for fees and costs. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judge Harry Pregerson) reversed and remanded to the district court, holding that plaintiffs were entitled to reasonable fees. Richard S. v. Dep't of Developmental Servs., 317 F.3d 1080 (9th Cir. 2003).

The PACER docket indicates that Eugene C. Andres was appointed as Special Master in 2004. On April 22, 2005, the district court awarded 80 percent of costs and fees to the Plaintiffs. No further substantive case activity was noted on the PACER docket after July 2005, and the case was designated as "closed."

We have no further information on this matter.

Angela Heverling - 04/08/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Disability
Integrated setting
General
Classification / placement
Deinstitutionalization/decarceration
Mental Disability
Developmental disability without intellectual disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Social Security (Title XX), 42 U.S.C. § 1397 et seq.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Developmental Services
Fairview Developmental Center
Plaintiff Description Developmentally disabled adults and residents of Fairview Developmental Center
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
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 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing ID-CA-0001 : Coffelt v. Dept. of Developmental Serv. (State Court)
Docket(s)
97-219 (C.D. Cal.) 07/28/2005
ID-CA-0004-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Correspondence Re: Dr. Cable 01/01/1996
ID-CA-0004-0019 PDF | Detail
Ex-Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Application to Show Cause Re: Preliminary Injunction; Memorandum of Opposing Counsel [Local Rule 7.18] 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0001 PDF | Detail
Complaint for Injunctive Relief 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0002 PDF | Detail
Proposed Order 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0003 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Frederick Herzig, M.D. in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0004 PDF | Detail
Declaration of William Cable, M.D. in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0005 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Jocelyn Doroughty, M.D. in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0006 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Linda Copeland, M.D. in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0007 PDF | Detail
Petition and Order for Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0008 PDF | Detail
Notice of Application re: Application for TRO and Preliminary Injunction, Declaration of Francis X. Hardiman [Local Rule 7.18.1] 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0009 PDF | Detail
Notice of Related Cases Local Rule 4.3.1 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0010 PDF | Detail
Declaration of David J. Strauss, Ph.D., FASA, in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction 03/20/1997
ID-CA-0004-0011 PDF | Detail
State Defendant Dept. of Develop. Services and Fairview Develop. Center's Opposition to Plaintiffs' Application for Preliminary Injunction and declarations of Michael B. Mount, Dawn Lemonds, Lois A. Cissell, Jeffrey Helfer, and Roberta A. Marlowe. 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0012 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Dawn Lemonds 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0013 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Jeffrey Helfer 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0014 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Lois A. Cissell 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0015 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Roberta A. Marlowe, Ph. D. 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0016 PDF | Detail
Declaration of Michael B. Mount 03/31/1997
ID-CA-0004-0017 PDF | Detail
Supplemental Points and Authorities in Support of Request for Preliminary Injuction 04/10/1997
ID-CA-0004-0018 PDF | Detail
Order on Motions for Summary Judgment 03/27/2000 (2000 WL 35944246) (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0020 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Permanent Injunction 04/24/2000 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0021 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting State Defendants' Motion for Order Dissolving Amended Permanent Injunction and Exonerating Bond 08/08/2000 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0022 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Permanent Injunction 01/18/2001 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0023 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 01/18/2001 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0024 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Dismissal and Order Thereon 01/24/2001 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0025 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Reported Opinion 01/29/2003 (317 F.3d 1080)
ID-CA-0004-0027 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order on Attorneys' Fees and Costs 04/22/2005 (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0026 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Pregerson, Harry (C.D. Cal., Ninth Circuit)
ID-CA-0004-0027
Taylor, Gary L. (C.D. Cal.)
ID-CA-0004-0020 | ID-CA-0004-0021 | ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-0026 | ID-CA-0004-0027 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Thompson, David R. (Ninth Circuit)
ID-CA-0004-0027
Wardlaw, Kim McLane (C.D. Cal., Ninth Circuit)
ID-CA-0004-0027
Monitors/Masters Nakazato, Arthur (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cahill, Margaret M. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0001 | ID-CA-0004-0002 | ID-CA-0004-0003 | ID-CA-0004-0008 | ID-CA-0004-0009 | ID-CA-0004-0010 | ID-CA-0004-0011 | ID-CA-0004-0018 | ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-0027 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Hafif, Herbert (California)
ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Hardiman, Francis X. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0001 | ID-CA-0004-0002 | ID-CA-0004-0003 | ID-CA-0004-0008 | ID-CA-0004-0009 | ID-CA-0004-0010 | ID-CA-0004-0011 | ID-CA-0004-0018 | ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Lytle, Patricia M (California)
ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-0027
Defendant's Lawyers Bell, Suzanne L. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Bobak, M. Lois (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Enright, Judith A. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Fried, Karen L. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0012 | ID-CA-0004-0013 | ID-CA-0004-0014 | ID-CA-0004-0015 | ID-CA-0004-0016 | ID-CA-0004-0017 | ID-CA-0004-9000
House, Ronald R. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Lockyer, Bill (California)
ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0024
Lungren, Daniel E. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0012 | ID-CA-0004-0013 | ID-CA-0004-0014 | ID-CA-0004-0015 | ID-CA-0004-0016 | ID-CA-0004-0017
Nixon, Thomas F. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Ocheltree, Julia (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Ryu, Tammy Chung (California)
ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025
Salzwedel, Suzanne (California)
ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025
Sanders, John H. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0012 | ID-CA-0004-0013 | ID-CA-0004-0014 | ID-CA-0004-0015 | ID-CA-0004-0016 | ID-CA-0004-0017 | ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Schwartz, Richard O. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Waldow, Richard T. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0022 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Weidman, Leon W. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Other Lawyers Bird, Melinda R. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Gelber, Eric R. (California)
ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Goldblatt, Ellen Sue (California)
ID-CA-0004-0023 | ID-CA-0004-0024 | ID-CA-0004-0025 | ID-CA-0004-9000
Juarez, Daniel (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Pettit, Sandra B. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Rosenbaum, Stephen A. (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000
Villafana, Monica Galvan (California)
ID-CA-0004-9000

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