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Case Name Pou v. Coughlin PC-NY-0007
Docket / Court 1:94-cv-05831-JES ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On August 11, 1994, inmates at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New ... read more >
On August 11, 1994, inmates at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility in New York filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the New York Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by Prisoners' Legal Services of New York, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as compensatory and punitive damages, alleging that their constitutional rights had been violated by exposure to asbestos during a renovation project in the prison.

On February 5, 1997, the parties entered into a settlement agreement and the district court (Judge John E. Sprizzo) closed the case. The settlement agreement provided for medical testing of the asbestos-exposed plaintiffs and for payment of $50,290 in full settlement of attorneys fees and all claims for damages and emotional distress.

We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 10/31/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) New York Department of Correctional Services
Plaintiff Description Inmates alleging that defendants deprived them of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to be free of cruel and unusual punishment when they were participants in a renovation project in the Sing Sing Correctional facility
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1997 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1997
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)
93-cv-05831-JES (S.D.N.Y.) 04/03/1997
PC-NY-0007-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Stipulation & Order 04/03/1997
PC-NY-0007-0001 PDF | Detail
Correspondence 04/28/1997
PC-NY-0007-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Sprizzo, John Emilio (S.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ubozoh, Ferdinand I. (New York)
PC-NY-0007-0001 | PC-NY-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Buchbinder, Marion R. (New York)
PC-NY-0007-0001 | PC-NY-0007-9000
Vacco, Dennis C. (New York)
PC-NY-0007-0001
Other Lawyers Kahn, Ayesha (District of Columbia)
PC-NY-0007-0002
Terrizzi, Thomas (New York)
PC-NY-0007-0002

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