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Case Name Schilling v. TransCor PC-CA-0051
Docket / Court 3:08-cv-00941 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On February 14, 2008, a pretrial detainee filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Transcor America, LLC. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, and ... read more >
On February 14, 2008, a pretrial detainee filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Transcor America, LLC. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, and compensatory and punitive damages. Plaintiff claimed that the defendant's policy, practice, or custom of transporting pretrial detainees and prisoners in poor conditions amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. Specifically, plaintiff claimed that Transcor America's transported pretrial detainees and prisoners in small metal cages in which the prisoner could neither stand up nor lie down, for more than 24 hours at a time, handcuffed, chained, and in shackles. In addition, Transcor was accused of failing to provide pretrial detainees and prisoners with adequate foods fluids, exercise, hygiene, and medical care.

Plaintiff also claims that after four days of traveling, two individual defendants sprayed him with pepper spray in his face, and then walked him into poles, and, along with an unknown Transcor employee, punched him. Plaintiff was not allowed to shower or change clothes or see a nurse or a doctor until approximately two days later. Plaintiff initiated this action pro se on behalf of himself and all persons similarly situated.

On August 11, 2008, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Susan Illston), granted part of the defendant's motion to dismiss the complaint, and denied part of the defendant's motion. Schilling v. Transcor America, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64016.

On October 14, 2009, the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of California (Judge Illston) denied the defendants' motion to transfer venue and granted the plaintiffs' motion to file a second amended complaint. Schilling v. Transcor America, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 100447.

On February 16, 2010, the Court (Judge Illston), granted the plaintiff's motion for class certification. Schilling v. Transcor America, U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20786.

On April 21, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, (Judges Raymond Fisher and Milan Smith Jr.) denied defendants' petition to appeal the District Court's class action certification, and on January 24, 2011, the United States Supreme Court denied defendants' petition for writ of certiorari. Transcor v. Schilling, 131 S. Ct. 1044, 2011.

The parties are presently engaged in briefing on cross-motions for summary judgment.

Denise Heberle - 08/03/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Transportation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Transcor America LLC
Plaintiff Description Pre-trial detainees transported by defendant, Transcor America
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies 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 ]

  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 ]

Links Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Written: Jun. 04, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:08-cv-00941 (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Schilling v. Transcor America (Complaint) [ECF# 1]
PC-CA-0051-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Schilling v. Transcor America (Motion to Dismiss Class Action Complaint & For a More Definite Statement) [ECF# 4]
PC-CA-0051-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/10/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Schilling v. Transcor America (Partial Grant and Denial of Motion to Dismiss the Complaint) (2008 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 64016) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0013.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/11/2008
Source: LexisNexis
Schilling v. Transcor America (Amended Complaint) [ECF# 26]
PC-CA-0051-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/21/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Schilling v. Trancor America (Motion to Transfer Venue Denied & Motion to File Second Amended Complaint Granted) (2009 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 100447) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0012.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/14/2009
Source: LexisNexis
Schilling v. Transcor America (Class Certification Granted) (2010 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 20786) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0011.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/16/2010
Source: LexisNexis
Schilling v. Transcor (Notice of Pendency of Class Action) [ECF# 118] (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/16/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Schillling v. Transcor America (Ninth Circuit Denial of Petition to Appeal District Court Grant of Class Action Certification) [ECF# 120]
PC-CA-0051-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/21/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Schilling v. Transcor America (Denial of Writ of Certiorari to Supreme Court) (131 S.Ct. 1044)
PC-CA-0051-0014.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 01/24/2011
Source: Westlaw
Order Granting Defendants' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 205] (2012 WL 3257659) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/08/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Plaintiffs' Motion to Amend [ECF# 211] (2012 WL 4859020) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/11/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Approving Plan to Provide Class Notice [ECF# 220] (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/12/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal Upon Settlement SETTLEMENT [ECF# 223] (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0051-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/31/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Request for Amendment of Order of Dismissal Upon Settlement and Proposed Order [ECF# 225]
PC-CA-0051-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/03/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fisher, Raymond C. Court not on record
PC-CA-0051-0005
Illston, Susan Yvonne Court not on record
PC-CA-0051-0004 | PC-CA-0051-0006 | PC-CA-0051-0007 | PC-CA-0051-0008 | PC-CA-0051-0009 | PC-CA-0051-0010 | PC-CA-0051-0011 | PC-CA-0051-0012 | PC-CA-0051-0013 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Roberts, John Glover Jr. Court not on record
PC-CA-0051-0014
Smith, Milan Dale Jr. Court not on record
PC-CA-0051-0005
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kaizuka, Joshua (California)
PC-CA-0051-0001 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Merin, Mark E. (California)
PC-CA-0051-0001 | PC-CA-0051-0003 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Schwartz, Andrew Charles (California)
PC-CA-0051-0001 | PC-CA-0051-0010 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Snell, Karen L. (California)
PC-CA-0051-0001 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Fletcher, Matthew Edward (California)
PC-CA-0051-9000
Fletcher, Ashlee B (Arizona)
PC-CA-0051-9000
Lewis, David C. (Arizona)
PC-CA-0051-9000
Love, Rachel (Arizona)
PC-CA-0051-9000
Spillner, Justus C. (California)
PC-CA-0051-0002 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Struck, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)
PC-CA-0051-0010 | PC-CA-0051-9000
Wahlin, Lisa S. (Arizona)
PC-CA-0051-9000

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