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Case Name Lippert v. Godinez PC-IL-0032
Docket / Court 1:10-cv-04603 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On July 23, 2010, an inmate at Stateville Correction Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ilinois. The plaintiff sued Wexford Health Services, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, representing ... read more >
On July 23, 2010, an inmate at Stateville Correction Center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ilinois. The plaintiff sued Wexford Health Services, Inc. and the Illinois Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, representing himself pro se, asked the court for monetary damages and injunctive relief. The plaintiff claimed that defendants violated his Eighth Amendment rights. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that defendants were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs resulting from Type 1 Diabetes, in violation of Stateville Correction Center's medical policy and depriving the plaintiff of his rights under the Eighth Amendment.

On August 10, 2010, the court appointed private counsel to represent the plaintiff. On November 10, 2010, plaintiff filed a first amended complaint. On October 7, 2011, plaintiff submitted a second amended complaint, which sought class certification for a class of all inmates in Illinois adult correctional centers that have not received adequate medical treatment due to misconduct of the staff. The complaint included two subclasses, the first for those who were not receiving a medically necessary diet and the second for those who were not receiving the prescribed medical treatment.

On January 9, 2012, defendants filed motions to dismiss all counts against them. On October 31, 2012, plaintiffs filed a third amendment complaint, alleging a new class of all present and future inmates in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.
On December 20, 2012, defendants filed a motion to dismiss all counts, and the parties filed an agreement to assure compliance with HIPAA.

On May 19, 2015, the court filed a court-appointed expert's December 2014 final report that the health care program for prisoners in the State of Illinois was not meeting the minimal constitutional standard.

On December 7, 2015, plaintiffs filed a Fourth Amendment complaint, and a separate motion to certify class. The new alleged class was all prisoners in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections with serious medical or dental needs.

On June 16, 2015, the Court (Judge Jorge L. Alonso) denied the defendant's motion for summary judgment on the issue of original plaintiff's individual allegations against the defendants. 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77503, 2015 WL 3777551.

This case is still ongoing. The court held a hearing on the motion to certify class on January 26, 2017. As of February 10, 2017, the court has not published an opinion on the motion to certify class.

David Smellie - 02/10/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Medical/Mental Health
Dental care
Medical care, general
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Wexford Health Sources, Inc.
Plaintiff Description All prisoners in the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections with serious medical or dental needs.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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 ]

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

Docket(s)
1:10-cv-04603 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0032-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/06/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint
PC-IL-0032-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/23/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint
PC-IL-0032-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/10/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT
PC-IL-0032-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/07/2011
MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS
PC-IL-0032-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/09/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Dismiss
PC-IL-0032-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/09/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint
PC-IL-0032-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Agreed HIPAA Qualified Compliance Order (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0032-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Wexford Health Sources, Inc. and Athena Rossiter's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Third Amended Complaint
PC-IL-0032-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Report of the Court Appointed Expert
PC-IL-0032-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/19/2015
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification
PC-IL-0032-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Fourth Amended Complaint (Redacted)
PC-IL-0032-0010.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order (2015 WL 3777551) (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0032-0008.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/16/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Alonso, Jorge Luis (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0032-0008 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Castillo, Ruben (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0032-0001 | PC-IL-0032-0002 | PC-IL-0032-0003 | PC-IL-0032-0004 | PC-IL-0032-0006 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Denlow, Morton (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
PC-IL-0032-0001 | PC-IL-0032-0004 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Martin, Daniel G. Court not on record [Magistrate]
PC-IL-0032-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Andrichik, William Robert (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Argentine, Kristine (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0001 | PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010
Bennett, Camille E. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Brown, Ruth Z. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Green, Ebony Hope (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Grossman, Harvey (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Hirshman, Harold C. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Johnson, Mark L. (Minnesota)
PC-IL-0032-0011
Marsh, Robyn Elizabeth (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Miller, Lindsay Stark (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0001 | PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Rinella-Argentine, Kristine Marie (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Romo, Peter (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0005
Seber, John Robert (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-0006 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Stiehl, Jason P (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0001 | PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010 | PC-IL-0032-0011 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Street, Richard Jonathon (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0005 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Sullivan, Teresa A. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Van Der Laan, David T. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Williams, Ryan Christopher (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Wolf, Benjamin S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0009 | PC-IL-0032-0010 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Alikhan, Saira Janine (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0002 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Baker, Deborah J. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Beribak, John J (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0003 | PC-IL-0032-0012 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Charysh, Michael Johnathon (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0003 | PC-IL-0032-0012 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Doran, James Patrick (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Eliaser, Matthew Aaron (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Hallaj, Summer Muazaz (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Inouye, Thor Yukinobu (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Lovellette, Kevin R. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0002 | PC-IL-0032-0006 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Lutzke, Jennifer Marie (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Newman, Sarah Hughes (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Ptasznik, Agnes A. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-0002 | PC-IL-0032-9000
Stephenson, Michael Charles (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Tjepkema, Richards A. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Weller, Matthew H. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000
Other Lawyers Sassan, Anthony Joseph (Illinois)
PC-IL-0032-9000

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