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Case Name Estate of Claypole v. County of San Mateo JC-CA-0117
Docket / Court 5:14-cv-02730-BLF ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Attorney Organization Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Case Summary
On June 12, 2014, the mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the County of San Mateo, the Mateo County Sheriff, the County of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff, ... read more >
On June 12, 2014, the mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiff sued the County of San Mateo, the Mateo County Sheriff, the County of Monterey, the Monterey County Sheriff, the City of Monterey, the Monterey Police, the California Forensic Medical Group, and the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula under 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983 and 1988, as well as state law. Represented by private counsel, she asked the court for monetary relief, claiming violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, she alleged failures to provide medical care, to protect from harm, and to furnish medical care. She also claimed a deprivation of substantive due process, medical malpractice, negligent supervision, training, hiring, and retention, and wrongful death.

In 2013, the detainee committed suicide while in his administrative segregation cell at the Monterey County Jail by hanging himself with a bed sheet. The detainee had a history of mental illness and had been arrested three days prior for a murder he committed during a bipolar episode. The plaintiff alleged that the Jail's policies and practices for screening, supervising, and treating prisoners at risk for suicide were inadequate. The plaintiff also alleged serious deficiencies in the delivery of mental health care at the Jail. The detainee had been previously detained at the Jail and had not received adequate mental health care.

On October 9, 2014, the District Court granted in part Monterey City's and Monterey County's motions to dismiss with leave to amend to the complaint. The Court also denied the County's motion to strike. On October 28, 2014, the plaintiff filed an amended complaint adding a claim of general negligence and allegations to other claims against Monterey and Monterey County. Then, on November 19, 2014, Judge Labson Freeman denied the Hospital's motion to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

On September 22, 2015, Judge Freeman approved the stipulated dismissal of the County and the Sheriff as defendants. Two days later, she approved the stipulated dismissal of the Hospital as a defendant. Presumably these were based on out-of-court settlements.

The case proceeded against the remaining defendants. On January 12, 2016, the court granted summary judgment for a defendant police officer and denied summary judgment for defendant Monterey City. The court found that the plaintiffs had indicated an intention to dismiss the police officer and did not oppose summary judgment as to him. With respect to the City, the court held that there was a dispute as to the issue of whether or not the City "lacks minimally necessary policies and procedures for identifying a detainee’s mental health issues and responding to those issues appropriately by either transferring the detainee to a mental health facility or transmitting information regarding the detainee’s mental health to the next custodian."

On February 22, 2016, the court granted partial summary judgment for county defendants and medical defendants.

The parties then progressed toward trial, but on March 28, 2016, the parties indicated they had reached settlement. Accordingly, they moved for voluntary dismissal two days later, which the court granted while retaining jurisdiction over the settlement's enforcement.

The court related this case to Estate of Sandra Vela v. County of Monterey, No. 5:16-cv-02375, on May 12, 2016.

The settlement is not publicly available, though a status report indicates that "[t]he Agreement required payment of all funds by June 24, 2016, as well as the return of Mr. Claypole’s personal property and handwritten suicide note by that date." There has been no further docket activity since July 2016. The case is now closed.

Jessica Kincaid - 10/01/2015
Virginia Weeks - 03/24/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Disability
Mental impairment
General
Administrative segregation
Conditions of confinement
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) California Forensic Medical Group
City of Monterey
Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula
County of Monterey
County of San Mateo
Monterey County Sheriff
Monterey Police Department
San Mateo County Sheriff
Plaintiff Description The mother of a pretrial detainee who committed suicide while in jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Hadsell, Stormer & Renick
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
return of property
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
5:14-cv-2730 (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/21/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0117-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (1) Granting in Part City of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Dismiss With Leave to Amend; (2) Granting in Part County of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Dismiss With Leave to Amend; and (3) Denying County of Monterey Defendants' Motion to Strike [ECF# 54] (2014 WL 5100696) (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 10/09/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Estate of Claypole v. County of San Mateo [ECF# 55]
JC-CA-0117-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/28/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Defendant Hall's Motion for Summary Judgment; Denying City of Monterey's Motion for Summary Judgment; and Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave to Substitute Detective Kruse as a Doe Defendant [ECF# 160] (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/12/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting in Part County Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Plaintiffs' Corss-Motion; and Granting in Part Medical Defendants' motion for Summary Judgment and Denying Plaintiffs' Cross-Motion [ECF# 178] (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/22/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cousins, Nathanael M. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0117-9000
Freeman, Beth Labson (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0117-0003 | JC-CA-0117-0004 | JC-CA-0117-0005 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Grewal, Paul Singh (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0117-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Piovia-Scott, Joshua (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Rifkin, Lori Ellen (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Tajsar, Mohammad K. (California)
JC-CA-0117-0001 | JC-CA-0117-0002 | JC-CA-0117-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bertling, Peter George (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Blitch, Susan K. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Cohen, Amanda Michelle (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Ely, Adam Wells (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Grant, Irven L. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Holmes, Janet L. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Levy, David A. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Litt, William Merrill (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Philippi, Michael Rudolph (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Saunders, Jemma Allison Parker (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Tabari, Cyrus A. (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000
Thompson, Ryan (California)
JC-CA-0117-9000

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