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Case Name Doe v. Chiles PB-FL-0005
Docket / Court 1:92-cv-00589-ASG ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
Special Collection Olmstead Cases
Case Summary
On March 13, 1992, thirteen unnamed developmentally disabled individuals filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) against the Governor of Florida and the state's Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit ... read more >
On March 13, 1992, thirteen unnamed developmentally disabled individuals filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Miami) against the Governor of Florida and the state's Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services. The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit under the Medicaid Act (42 U.S.C. § 1396) as well as 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, the plaintiffs, who had been placed on waiting lists for entry into intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled (ICF/DD), alleged that the defendants were causing unreasonable delays regarding the provision of ICF/DD. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory, injunctive, and incidental relief.

On July 22, 1996, the District Court (Judge Wilkie Ferguson, Jr.) granted the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment, finding that officials of the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services were in fact violating the Medicaid Act by failing to furnish Medicaid assistance with "reasonable promptness" to eligible developmentally disabled individuals. The District Court subsequently enjoined the officials from failing to provide the assistance within a "reasonable" time period, not to exceed ninety days.

The defendants appealed, but on February 26, 1998, the Eleventh Circuit (Judge Rosemary Barkett, Judge Joseph W. Hatchett, and District Judge Robert Prost) issued an opinion affirming the judgment. Doe v. Chiles, 136 F.3d 709 (11th Cir. 1998).

Subsequent to the 11th Circuit's affirmance of the District Court's final judgment, the District Court entered an order on October 7, 1999 holding defendants in contempt for failing to comply. The District Court also entered a class certification order on February 11, 2000. However, defendants appealed both orders, and on August 8, 2001, the Eleventh Circuit (Judge R. Lanier Anderson, III; Judge Edward Earl Carnes; District Judge John F. Nangle) reversed the orders and remanded the case. Doe v. Bush, 261 F.3d 1037 (11th Cir. 2001). Significantly, the Eleventh Circuit nevertheless found that an implied class existed. Doe v. Bush, 261 F.3d 1027, 1049 (11th Cir. 2001). The defendants filed a petition for writ of certiorari on this issue, but the petition was denied on January 14, 2002.

The District Court also entered a post-judgment award of $678,000 to the plaintiffs, covering attorney fees and litigation costs, which the defendants appealed. On January 16, 2004, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the District Court's judgment. Doe v. Bush, 91 Fed.Appx. 655 (11th Cir. 2004). Once again, defendants filed a petition for writ of certiorari on this issue, but the petition was denied on June 21, 2004. The case is now closed.

Jordan Rossen - 04/03/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Benefit Source
Medicaid
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title XIX of the Social Security (Medicaid) Act, 42 U.S.C §1396
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Department of Health & Rehabilitative Services of the State of Florida
Plaintiff Description All developmentally disabled individuals in the State of Florida who are entitled to Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (“ICF/MR”) placement but have not received a placement with reasonable promptness
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
Form of Settlement Confession of Judgment
Order Duration 1996 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:92-cv-00589-ASG (U.S. Court of Appeals)
PB-FL-0005-9002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/27/2000
Source: Westlaw
1:92-cv-00589-ASG (U.S. Court of Appeals)
PB-FL-0005-9003.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/03/2001
Source: Westlaw
1:92-cv-00589-ASG (U.S. Court of Appeals)
PB-FL-0005-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/18/2002
Source: Westlaw
1:92-cv-00589-ASG (U.S. Court of Appeals)
PB-FL-0005-9004.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/22/2004
Source: Westlaw
1:92-cv-00589-ASG (S.D. Fla.)
PB-FL-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/10/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiffs' Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (1993 WL 13654043)
PB-FL-0005-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/19/1993
Source: Westlaw
Answer Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellees (1997 WL 33493420)
PB-FL-0005-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/08/1997
Source: Westlaw
Initial Brief of Appellants-Defendants (1997 WL 33493418)
PB-FL-0005-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/09/1997
Source: Westlaw
Reply Brief of Appellants-Defendants (1997 WL 33493419)
PB-FL-0005-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/14/1997
Source: Westlaw
Opinion Affirming Judgment of the District Court (136 F.3d 709)
PB-FL-0005-0016.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/26/1998
Source: Google Scholar
Plaintiffs-Appellees' Answer Brief (2000 WL 33976370)
PB-FL-0005-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/24/2000
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Reply Brief (2000 WL 33983128)
PB-FL-0005-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/17/2000
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Initial Brief (2000 WL 33982023)
PB-FL-0005-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/02/2000
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Reply Brief (2000 WL 33978815)
PB-FL-0005-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/25/2000
Source: Westlaw
Opinion (Reversing the District Court's Contempt Order and Class Certification Order) (261 F.3d 1037)
PB-FL-0005-0017.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/14/2001
Source: Google Scholar
Petition for Writ of Certiorari (2001 WL 34116510)
PB-FL-0005-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 11/09/2001
Source: Westlaw
Denial of Petition for Writ of Certiorari (534 U.S. 1104)
PB-FL-0005-0020.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/14/2002
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Initial Brief (2003 WL 23356799)
PB-FL-0005-0010.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/21/2003
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Initial Brief (2003 WL 23469606)
PB-FL-0005-0011.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/28/2003
Source: Westlaw
Plaintiffs-Appellees' Answer Brief (2003 WL 23845045)
PB-FL-0005-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 09/29/2003
Source: Westlaw
Defendants-Appellants' Reply Brief (2003 WL 23469679)
PB-FL-0005-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/14/2003
Source: Westlaw
Opinion Affirming Judgment of the District Court (91 Fed.Appx. 655)
PB-FL-0005-0018.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/16/2004
Source: Google Scholar
Petition for Writ of Certiorari (2004 WL 839419)
PB-FL-0005-0014.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/13/2004
Source: Westlaw
Plaintiffs' Brief in Opposition to Petition for a Writ of Certiorari (2004 WL 1149249)
PB-FL-0005-0015.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 05/19/2004
Source: Westlaw
Denial of Petition for Writ of Certiorari (542 U.S. 920)
PB-FL-0005-0019.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 06/21/2004
Source: Westlaw
Judges Barkett, Rosemary Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0016
Carnes, Edward Earl Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0017
Erba, Andrew F. Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0017
Gold, Alan Stephen Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-9000
Hatchett, Joseph Woodrow Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0016
Nangle, John Francis Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0017
Propst, Robert Bruce Court not on record
PB-FL-0005-0016
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lesemann, Dana J. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0001
Lippman, Juliette E (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Saideman, Ellen Marjorie (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Tetzeli, Helena Marie (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0002 | PB-FL-0005-0005 | PB-FL-0005-0012 | PB-FL-0005-0015 | PB-FL-0005-9000 | PB-FL-0005-9004
Weinger, Steven Murray (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0001 | PB-FL-0005-0002 | PB-FL-0005-0005 | PB-FL-0005-0012 | PB-FL-0005-0015 | PB-FL-0005-9000 | PB-FL-0005-9001 | PB-FL-0005-9004
Defendant's Lawyers Barrera, Martha F. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Butterworth, Robert A. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0003 | PB-FL-0005-0004 | PB-FL-0005-0006 | PB-FL-0005-0007 | PB-FL-0005-0008 | PB-FL-0005-0009 | PB-FL-0005-0010
Crist, Charles J. Jr. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0011 | PB-FL-0005-0013 | PB-FL-0005-0014
Gandy, William Eugene Jr. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Hancock, Paul F. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9001
Kise, Christopher M. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0014
Marshall, Marilyn Josephine (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
McCoy, Charlie (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0003 | PB-FL-0005-0004
Rynor, Jeffrey A. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Shelkofsky, Morris E. Jr. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Smith, Chesterfield Jr. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0003 | PB-FL-0005-0004 | PB-FL-0005-9000
Talenfeld, Howard M. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-9000
Vail, E. Jason (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0008 | PB-FL-0005-0009 | PB-FL-0005-0011 | PB-FL-0005-0013 | PB-FL-0005-0014 | PB-FL-0005-9000 | PB-FL-0005-9001 | PB-FL-0005-9003 | PB-FL-0005-9004
Warner, Thomas E. (Florida)
PB-FL-0005-0006 | PB-FL-0005-0007 | PB-FL-0005-0008 | PB-FL-0005-0009 | PB-FL-0005-0010

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