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Case Name Iaffaldano v. Nassau County JC-NY-0044
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-04238-DRH ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On July 27, 1999, a plaintiff represented by private New York attorneys filed a civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. The plaintiff alleged ... read more >
On July 27, 1999, a plaintiff represented by private New York attorneys filed a civil rights lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. The plaintiff alleged that under the policy, all misdemeanor and minor offense arrestees were strip-searched without reasonable suspicion that they were concealing weapons or other contraband. Plaintiff alleged the policy violated the Fourth Amendment and sought declaratory and injunctive relief, monetary damages, and class certification.

This case, Iaffaldano v. County of Nassau, 99-CV-4238, was one of three cases filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. The other two cases were O'Day v. Nassau County, JC-NY-29, and Augustin v. Jablonsky, JC-NY-24. Plaintiffs in all three cases moved to consolidate the cases and for class certification for a class defined as "all persons arrested for or charged with non-felony offenses who have been admitted to the Nassau County Correctional Center and strip searched without particularized reasonable suspicion." The District Court (District Judge Denis J. Hurley) consolidated the cases, but denied class certification. Augustin v. Jablonsky, 2001 WL 770839 (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 08, 2001).

See Augustin v. Jablonsky, JC-NY-24, for the summary of proceedings occurring after the consolidation of the three cases.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008
Maurice Youkanna - 07/30/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Disciplinary procedures
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Nassau County
Nassau County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description All persons arrested for misdemeanors or non-criminal offenses in Nassau County who were strip searched at Nassau County Correctional Facility pursuant to defendants' Blanket Policy, from May 20, 1996 until June 1, 1999.
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 Attorneys fees
Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing JC-NY-0024 : Augustin v. Jablonsky (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029 : O'Day v. Nassau County (E.D.N.Y.)
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 ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
0:99-cv-04238-DRH (E.D.N.Y.) 09/30/2005
JC-NY-0044-9000.pdf | Detail
0:99-cv-02844-DRH (E.D.N.Y.) 07/19/2007
JC-NY-0044-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order 08/20/2004 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044-0003.pdf | Detail
Stipulation of Settlement 06/24/2005
JC-NY-0044-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment 07/05/2005 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Decision [2nd Circuit remanding class action certification] 08/24/2006 (461 F.3d 219)
JC-NY-0044-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order [Certifying Class] 01/12/2007 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cabranes, Jose Alberto (D. Conn., FISCR, Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0044-0001
Hall, Peter W. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0044-0001
Hurley, Denis Reagan (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044-0002 | JC-NY-0044-0004 | JC-NY-0044-0005 | JC-NY-0044-9000
Straub, Chester J. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0044-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brinckerhoff, Matthew D. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0001 | JC-NY-0044-0002 | JC-NY-0044-0003 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Cromwell, John M. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-9000
Freedman, Spencer B. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0003
Herbst, Robert L. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0001 | JC-NY-0044-0002 | JC-NY-0044-0003 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Scanlon, Vera M. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0001 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Smith, Jeffrey G. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0001 | JC-NY-0044-0002 | JC-NY-0044-0003 | JC-NY-0044-9000
Wang, Mariann Meier (New York)
JC-NY-0044-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Ben-Sorek, Liora M. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0003 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Ford, Bernadette K. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0002
Goodman, Lorna B. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0002
Millus, Paul F. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-9000 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Saffran, Dennis J. (New York)
JC-NY-0044-0001 | JC-NY-0044-9001
Sarno, Lindafel Lynnette (New York)
JC-NY-0044-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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