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Case Name John S. v. Cuomo ID-NY-0002
Docket / Court 90-CV-294 ( N.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On March 14, 1990, attorneys for the Legal Services of Central New York filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 on behalf of mentally retarded residents of New York State psychiatric centers at Mohawk Valley, Hutchings and Binghamton in the U.S. District Court for the Northern ... read more >
On March 14, 1990, attorneys for the Legal Services of Central New York filed a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 on behalf of mentally retarded residents of New York State psychiatric centers at Mohawk Valley, Hutchings and Binghamton in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. Plaintiffs alleged that the facilities at Mohawk Valley, Binghamton and Hutchings, as psychiatric centers, were not staffed or otherwise prepared to provide services, programs or training to persons with mental retardation. Defendants included the state of New York and officials from the New York State Office of Mental Health ("OMH") and State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities ("OMRDD"). Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

Attorneys for the Public Interest Law Firm of Syracuse University Law College and Prisoners' Legal Services also assisted in the representation of plaintiffs.

Our information as to the procedural history of the case is very limited. According to the PACER docket, the District Court (Senior Judge Neal P. McCurn) approved the Stipulation for Settlement of Class Action on April 15, 1999. On August 2, 1999, the District Court issued a Memorandum Decision and Order, awarding plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and costs $179,290.68. John S. v. Cuomo, 1999 WL 592693 (N.D.N.Y. July 29, 1999).

We have no further information on this matter.

Dan Dalton - 04/14/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Classification / placement
Education
Habilitation (training/treatment)
Special education
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) Binghamton Psychiatric Center
Hutchings Psychiatric Center
Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center
New York State Office of Mental Health ("OMH")
State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities ("OMRDD")
Plaintiff Description Mentally retarded residents of New York State psychiatric centers at Mohawk Valley, Hutchings and Binghamton.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1999
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
90-294 (N.D.N.Y.) 08/02/1999
ID-NY-0002-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/14/1990
ID-NY-0002-0001 PDF | Detail
Correspondence 12/20/1996
ID-NY-0002-0002 PDF | Detail
Memorandum-Decision and Order 07/29/1999 (1999 WL 592693 / 1999 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 12209) (N.D.N.Y.)
ID-NY-0002-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges McCurn, Neal Peters (N.D.N.Y.)
ID-NY-0002-0003 | ID-NY-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fuller, Sarah Betsy (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0003 | ID-NY-0002-9000
Goldenberg, Elizabeth (New York)
ID-NY-0002-9000
Golinker, Lewis (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0001
Kanter, Arlene S. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-9000
Kelly, Paul F. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0003
McKay, George H. (Arizona)
ID-NY-0002-0001
Stanczak, Frederick M. (Pennsylvania)
ID-NY-0002-0001 | ID-NY-0002-0003 | ID-NY-0002-9000
Young, Susan M. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0001 | ID-NY-0002-0003 | ID-NY-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Freshour, Richard J. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0003 | ID-NY-0002-9000
Ratner, Judith I. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-9000
Spitzer, Eliot (New York)
ID-NY-0002-0003
Voninski, John R. (New York)
ID-NY-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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