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Case Name Wuori v. Concannon ID-ME-0002
Docket / Court 75-80 ( D. Me. )
State/Territory Maine
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Case Summary
In July 1975 mentally retarded citizens of the state of Maine (many of whom were inhabitants of the Pineland Center) filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Maine in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. The plaintiffs, represented by Pine Tree ... read more >
In July 1975 mentally retarded citizens of the state of Maine (many of whom were inhabitants of the Pineland Center) filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the state of Maine in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. The plaintiffs, represented by Pine Tree Legal Assistance, alleged that the defendants had violated their constitutional right to be free from harm and to receive certain habilitative services. On July 14, 1977, the parties entered into a consent decree, which set forth a comprehensive plan for upgrading the Pineland Center and developing a network of community facilities and programs to serve the mentally retarded.

On September 18, 1981, the district court (Judge Edward Thaxter Gignoux) found the Pineland Center to be in substantial compliance and dissolved their obligations under the consent decree, with the agreement of all parties. The court retained jurisdiction with respect to portion of the decree ordering the development of community facilities. The plaintiffs asked the district court to award them attorneys' fees. On August , 1982, the district court (Judge Gignoux) awarded the plaintiffs their attorneys' fees, which were calculated according to the lodestar method. Wuori v. Concannon, 551 F.Supp. 185 (D.Me. 1982). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 08/07/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Aggressive behavior
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Mental Disability
Intellectual/developmental disability, unspecified
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Pineland Center
Plaintiff Description mentally retarded citizens of the state of Maine
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 1977 - 1981
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies The Role of the Special Master in Institutional Reform Litigation
By: Murray Levine (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
Citation: 8 Law & Pol'y 275 (1986)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum of Opinion and Order of the Court 08/06/1982 (551 F.Supp. 185) (D. Me.)
ID-ME-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Gignoux, Edward Thaxter (D. Me.)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Asen, Michael (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Bailey, Helen A (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Feldman, Michael (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Woodruff, Neville (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Kingsley, Karen G. (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Laubenstein, William H. III (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Nugent, William C. (Maine)
ID-ME-0002-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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