University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name Van Patten v. Pearce PC-OR-0002
Docket / Court 87-298 ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On March 23, 1987, inmates at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the Oregon Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated ... read more >
On March 23, 1987, inmates at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. 1983 against the Oregon Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by inadequate healthcare at the prison.

On May 29, 1991, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Judge Owen M. Panner) denied the defendants' motion for summary judgment, holding that the defendants had been deliberately indifferent to the plaintiffs' serious medical needs by failing to correct systematic deficiencies in the prison's health care system. In addition, the court found that the plaintiffs' rights had been violated by needless pain and suffering because of inadequate physician staff, over-reliance on nurses, inadequate mental health care, and incomplete medical records, which delayed proper treatment. Van Patten v. Pearce, No. 87-298, 1991 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21134 (D.Or. May 29, 1991). The defendants appealed. On June 17, 1991, the U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part, remanding the case for trial.

On March 13, 1996, the parties entered into a stipulated judgment, and on March 15, 1996, the district court (Judge Panner) entered judgment according to that stipulation. This is the end of our docket records, which are accurate as of July 18, 2014.

Kristen Sagar - 09/10/2006
Megan Richardson - 07/18/2014


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Medical care, unspecified
Mental health care, general
Mental health care, unspecified
Untreated pain
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Eastern Oregon Correctional Facility
Plaintiff Description inmates at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution
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 Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
click to show/hide detail
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)
87-298 (D. Or.) 11/14/1996
PC-OR-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Published Opinion 05/29/1991 (1991 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 21134) (D. Or.)
PC-OR-0002-0002.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Panner, Owen Murphy (D. Or.)
PC-OR-0002-0002 | PC-OR-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Goldberg, Steven (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-0002 | PC-OR-0002-9000
Haber, Roy S. (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-0002 | PC-OR-0002-9000
Hallman, W. Eugene (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-0002 | PC-OR-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Elden, Thomas K. (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-9000
Frohnmayer, David B. (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-0002
Londahl, Jan Peter (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-9000
McCulloch, John (Oregon)
PC-OR-0002-0002 | PC-OR-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -