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Case Name M.H. v. County of Alameda JC-CA-0131
Docket / Court 3:11-cv-02868-JST ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On June 10, 2011, the plaintiffs--family members of the decedent--filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California. The decedent, a father to one of the plaintiffs, had been beaten and killed by several deputy sheriffs in Santa Rita Jail after he made a mess in his ... read more >
On June 10, 2011, the plaintiffs--family members of the decedent--filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District for the Northern District of California. The decedent, a father to one of the plaintiffs, had been beaten and killed by several deputy sheriffs in Santa Rita Jail after he made a mess in his cell after being denied medical treatment for alcohol withdrawal. The plaintiffs sued Alameda Country as well as Corizon Health, Inc., the corporation responsible for providing medical treatment to the inmates of Alameda County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought monetary, declaratory, and injunctive relief. Their complaint alleged that Alameda County had violated the decedent’s Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment as well as his Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure; the complaint also included state law claims.

On June 16, 2011, the case was assigned to Judge Claudia Wilken. Later, on Feb 12, 2013, the case would be assigned to Judge Jon S. Tigar. On November 19, 2012, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint.

The parties began settlement negotiations, and on December 18, 2012, the defendant Corizon Health filed a motion to dismiss. On April 18, 2013, Judge Tigar denied this motion, finding that the plaintiffs had stated valid claims against Corizon Health.

On August 30, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a notice of settlement. In November 2013, the defendants filed three separate motions for summary judgment or in the alternative, partial summary judgment.

On April 11, 2014, Judge Tigar granted in part and denied in part the defendants’ motions for summary judgment. The court ruled in the defendants’ favor for all claims except the claim of assault and battery.

On January 5, 2015, Judge Tigar referred the case to Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler for a mandatory settlement conference. The following month, the parties reached a settlement agreement and filed two stipulations with the court. One offered a proposed order of settlement. The other dismissed with prejudice all claims against the defendants pursuant to the settlement agreement. On February 27, 2015, the court granted both. The settlement agreement consisted of monetary relief in the amount of $8,300,000 and injunctive relief. The injunctive relief required Corizon Health to provide nurses for conducting patient assessments of all inmates in Alameda County. The settlement also required Alameda County to provide health training for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office as well as to provide documentation of the training processes. The injunctive relief is to last for four years and the court will retain jurisdiction over the settlement.

Later that year, an individual with a similar case filed a motion to intervene in order to gain access to a deposition transcript from the present case. On January 21, 2016, Judge Tigar granted the motion to intervene.

The injunctive relief was set to end February 1, 2019. Presumably, the settlement lapsed and this case is now closed.

Jake Parker - 05/23/2018

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Content of Injunction
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Personal injury
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Corizon Health, Inc.
County of Alameda
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs included several family members of the decedent.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2015 - 2019
Filed 06/10/2011
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
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3:11-cv-2868 (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0131-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages [ECF# 1]
JC-CA-0131-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/10/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint for Damages and Demand for Jury Trial [ECF# 46]
JC-CA-0131-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/19/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Regarding Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 76] (90 F.Supp.3d 889) (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0131-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/17/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Order Granting in Part, Denying in Part Defendants' Motions for Summary Judgment [ECF# 296] (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0131-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and (Proposed) Order of Settlement [ECF# 437]
JC-CA-0131-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Beeler, Laurel (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
Tigar, Jon Steven (State Trial Court, N.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0003 | JC-CA-0131-0004 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Altomare, Gina N. (California) show/hide docs
Burris, John L. (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0001 | JC-CA-0131-0002 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Friedman, Richard Henry (Washington) show/hide docs
Guertin, Genevieve K. (California) show/hide docs
Haddad, Michael J. (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0002 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Helm, Thomas Kennedy IV (California) show/hide docs
Nisenbaum, Benjamin (California) show/hide docs
Sherwin, Julia (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0005 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Andrada, J. Randall (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0005 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Chung, Pamela (California) show/hide docs
Drury, William W. Jr. (Arizona) show/hide docs
Grigg, Matthew M (California) show/hide docs
Ho, Carol B. (California) show/hide docs
Hudgins, Nancy Eaton (California) show/hide docs
JC-CA-0131-0005 | JC-CA-0131-9000
Hunter, Jeffrey Stephen (Arizona) show/hide docs
Koss, Catherine Elizabeth (California) show/hide docs
Ly, Valerie Lu (California) show/hide docs
Pang, Aileen (California) show/hide docs
Stringer, Martha (California) show/hide docs
Williams, Kathleen J. (California) show/hide docs
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