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Case Name Kentucky ARC v. Conn. ID-KY-0001
Docket / Court 78-0157 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Case Summary
On May 16, 1977 the Kentucky Association for Retarded Citizens and residents of Outwood, a residential treatment facility in rural Kentucky for persons with intellectual disabilities, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky against the ... read more >
On May 16, 1977 the Kentucky Association for Retarded Citizens and residents of Outwood, a residential treatment facility in rural Kentucky for persons with intellectual disabilities, filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky against the Secretary of the Kentucky Department for Human Resources, state officials, and others. Outwood was operated by defendant Excepticon, Inc., a private corporation under contract with the Department for Human Resources of Kentucky. The complaint alleged violations of the residents' constitutional rights, the Developmentally Disabled Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The complaint alleged that the residents were entitled to community-based care, and sought to prevent the construction of a new facility at Outwood.

March 21, 1980, the district court (Chief District Judge Charles M. Allen) dismissed the plaintiffs' complaint as it sought prevention of construction of a new facility. It also denied practically all other relief sought by the plaintiffs. Kentucky Asso. for Retarded Citizens v. Conn, 510 F. Supp. 1233 (W. D. Ky. 1980). Chief Judge Allen denied the plaintiffs' claim for attorney fees in an opinion dated July 8, 1980. On April 6, 1982, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed, specifically finding that the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 did not prohibit the building of residential facilities for patients for whom the least restrictive treatment was institutionalization. Kentucky Asso. for Retarded Citizens, Inc. v. Conn, 674 F.2d 582 (6th Cir. 1982). The court delayed the decision concerning attorneys' fees, pending a Supreme Court decision on that issue. The Supreme Court denied certiorari. Bruington v. Conn, 459 U.S. 1041 (1982).

On September 30, 1983, the Court of Appeals affirmed the decision denying attorneys' fees. Kentucky Asso. for Retarded Citizens, Inc. v. Conn, 718 F.2d 182 (6th Cir. 1983).

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Angela Heverling - 03/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Disability
Integrated setting
Least restrictive environment
General
Funding
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Individualized planning
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. ยง 701
Defendant(s) Kentucky Department of Human Resources
Plaintiff Description Residents of Outwood residential treatment facility in Kentucky.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1983
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Judgment 03/21/1980 (510 F.Supp. 1233) (W.D. Ky.)
ID-KY-0001-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Opinion 04/06/1982 (674 F.2d 582)
ID-KY-0001-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Memorandum Decision 11/29/1982 (459 U.S. 1041)
ID-KY-0001-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 09/30/1983 (718 F.2d 182)
ID-KY-0001-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Judges Allen, Charles Mengel (W.D. Ky.)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Phillips, Harry (Sixth Circuit)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hinton, Henry (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Lawlor, Brian (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
McHugh, Richard (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0002
Newberg, Herbert B. (Pennsylvania)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Triplett, Henry (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Barber, Sarah (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Barber, Oliver H. Jr. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Dobbins, Charles W. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Durham, H. Hunter (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Fauri, Paul F. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0002
Hunsaker, Ann T. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Kasdan, Martin Z. Jr. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002
Lowe, Cathy (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0002
Shuffett, James A. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Terry, Joseph H. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Vandercoy, David (Missouri)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Wickliffe, Charles (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Other Lawyers Crawford, James D. (Pennsylvania)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Fleischner, Robert D. (Massachusetts)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Grafton, Mikell (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Master, Barry L. (Kentucky)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Meyers, Joyce S. (Pennsylvania)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Peabody, Arthur E. Jr. (District of Columbia)
ID-KY-0001-0001
Reynolds, William Bradford (District of Columbia)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Rieser, Leonard (District of Columbia)
ID-KY-0001-0001 | ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003
Schwartz, Steven J. (Massachusetts)
ID-KY-0001-0002 | ID-KY-0001-0003

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