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Case Name Gonzales v. Gomez PC-CA-0019
Docket / Court 89-1439 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On April 27, 1989, Michael Gonzales, a prisoner of the state of California, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the California Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff asked the court to award him injunctive relief ... read more >
On April 27, 1989, Michael Gonzales, a prisoner of the state of California, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the California Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff asked the court to award him injunctive relief and damages for the defendants' failure to provide him with supervised physical therapy, arguing that the deprivation amounted to deliberate indifference to his medical needs.

On March 6, 1991, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Charles Legge) granted the plaintiff a preliminary injunction requiring the defendants to provide him with physical therapy. On June 12, 1992, the court (Judge Legge) entered summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff, awarding him damages in the amount of one dollar. On July 9, 1992, both parties appealed.

On June 26, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Judge Mary Schroeder, Judge Robert Beezer, and Judge David Thompson) affirmed the district court's opinion. Gonzales v. Gomez, 1995 WL 378781 (9th Cir.(Cal.) June 26, 1995).

Kristen Sagar - 03/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) California Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoner alleging deliberate indifference to his medical needs by prison officials
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1992 - 1995
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
89-1439 (N.D. Cal.) 06/27/1997
PC-CA-0019-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum 06/26/1995 (59 F.3d 175)
PC-CA-0019-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Beezer, Robert R. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-CA-0019-0001
Langford, F. Steele (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
PC-CA-0019-9000
Legge, Charles A. (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Schroeder, Mary Murphy (Ninth Circuit)
PC-CA-0019-0001
Thompson, David R. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-CA-0019-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Unruh, Rocky N. (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lenk, Morris (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Lockyer, Bill (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Meyers, Beverly R. (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Prince, George D. (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Slavin, Bruce Michael (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Williamson, George H. (California)
PC-CA-0019-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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