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Case Name Webb v. Ada County JC-ID-0001
Docket / Court 1:91-cv-00204-EJL ( D. Idaho )
State/Territory Idaho
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
Plaintiff Webb, represented by private counsel, filed a class action suit on May 21, 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging overcrowding conditions at the Ada County Jail. Through various court orders and a partial consent decree, Webb ... read more >
Plaintiff Webb, represented by private counsel, filed a class action suit on May 21, 1991 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging overcrowding conditions at the Ada County Jail. Through various court orders and a partial consent decree, Webb prevailed on several issues. The District Court (Judge Edward J. Lodge) awarded Webb $224,308 in attorney's fees, only a percentage of his requested post-judgment attorney's fees.

The plaintiffs appealed the attorney's fees issue to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which affirmed in part and remanded in part. Webb v. Ada County, 195 F.3d 524 (9th Cir. 1999). The court held that the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA) did not apply to the request for attorney's fees for work completed prior to the Act's effective date, and attorney's fees for services performed after the PLRA's effective date were subject to the limitations contained in the PLRA. On remand, the United States District Court for the District of Idaho (Judge Lodge) again awarded only a percentage of the requested fees. Plaintiff appealed again to the Ninth Circuit (Judge Arthur Lawrence Alarcon), which affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded, holding that the use of $125 hourly rate for fees incurred prior to the adoption of PLRA was within the district court's discretion, post-judgment fees were compensable under the PLRA, a $75 baseline hourly rate applied for the purposes of the PLRA, and the district court failed to explain adequately its reductions in requested fees. Webb v. Ada County, 285 F.3d 829 (9th Cir. 2002), cert denied, 537 U.S. 948 (2002). On remand, the district court awarded nearly $30,000 in additional attorney's fees to the plaintiffs. PACER does not contain a specific calculation of these fees, but they were awarded in accordance with the 9th Circuit decision.

David Terry - 03/08/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Crowding
Crowding / caseload
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Ada County Jail
Plaintiff Description inmates of the Ada County Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 1991 - 2002
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
91-CV-00204-EJL (D. Idaho) 08/27/2007
JC-ID-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 03/10/1998 (D. Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Reported Opinion 10/29/1999 (195 F.3d 524)
JC-ID-0001-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 04/04/2002 (285 F.3d 829)
JC-ID-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum Decision 10/15/2002 (537 U.S. 948)
JC-ID-0001-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Alarcon, Arthur Lawrence (Ninth Circuit)
JC-ID-0001-0003
Beezer, Robert R. (Ninth Circuit)
JC-ID-0001-0002
Lodge, Edward J. (D. Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-0001 | JC-ID-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Belodoff, Howard A. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-0002 | JC-ID-0001-0003 | JC-ID-0001-9000
Cooper, Lea C. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bilyeu, Valencia J. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-0003
Bower, Greg H. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
Brassey, Andrew C. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
Colaianni, Cary B. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-0002 | JC-ID-0001-0002 | JC-ID-0001-0003 | JC-ID-0001-0003 | JC-ID-0001-0004 | JC-ID-0001-9000
Gates, Robert R. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
Hales, Roger J. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
McNeese, Timothy R. (Idaho)
JC-ID-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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