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Case Name T.S. v. Twentieth Century Fox Television, Inc. JI-IL-0005
Docket / Court 1:16-cv-08303 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Case Summary
On August 24, 2016, two children who were previously detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) filed a class action lawsuit against a group of Fox companies, Cook County, Illinois, and various officials connected to the JTDC. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District ... read more >
On August 24, 2016, two children who were previously detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) filed a class action lawsuit against a group of Fox companies, Cook County, Illinois, and various officials connected to the JTDC. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, asked for disgorgement and monetary damages. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that their rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Illinois state law were violated due to the filming of the hit Fox television show Empire at the JTDC.

During the summer of 2015, the JTDC was placed on lockdown for approximately two weeks so that it could be used as a set to shoot scenes for Empire. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants knew the children housed at the JTDC would be confined to their cells and pods at the facility to make room for the shooting. Throughout the two weeks, numerous areas, including JTDC's school, its facilities for family visits, and the outdoor recreation yard, were placed off-limits to the children living there.

Plaintiffs alleged that the lockdown was harmful to the children housed at the JTDC because it “interrupted and degraded the rehabilitation and structured programming that is designed to address the problems, many of them very serious, that brought the children to the JTDC,” including the children’s access to education. The plaintiffs also alleged that the lockdowns were damaging to the children psychologically.

Motions to dismiss were filed by Cook County and its officials named in the complaint on December 5, 2016.

As of January 26, 2017, Judge Amy St. Eve had not ruled on those motions and the case is ongoing.

Amelia Huckins - 01/26/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Conditions of confinement
Juveniles
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Cook County, Illinois
Twentieth Century Fox Television
Plaintiff Description Two children that were detained in the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Order Duration 2016 - n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:16-cv-08303 (N.D. Ill.)
JI-IL-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/18/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
JI-IL-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/24/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 23]
JI-IL-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/05/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges St. Eve, Amy J. (N.D. Ill.)
JI-IL-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hanebutt, Pamela Reasor (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-0001 | JI-IL-0005-0002 | JI-IL-0005-9000
Razzano, Susan M. (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-0001 | JI-IL-0005-0002 | JI-IL-0005-9000
Weil, Stephen Heschel (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-0001 | JI-IL-0005-0002 | JI-IL-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Horvat, T. Andrew (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-9000
Jacobson, Jeffrey S. (New York)
JI-IL-0005-9000
James, Catherine E. (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-9000
Luzadder, Matthew Charles (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-9000
Nowinski, Thomas Edward (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-9000
Zecchin, Anthony E. (Illinois)
JI-IL-0005-9000

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