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Case Name Smith v. Aroostook County JC-ME-0007
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-00352 ( D. Me. )
State/Territory Maine
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 6, 2018, a female prisoner at Aroostook County Jail filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Represented by the ACLU Chapter in Maine and private counsel, the plaintiff sued Aroostook County and its sheriff under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the ... read more >
On September 6, 2018, a female prisoner at Aroostook County Jail filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine. Represented by the ACLU Chapter in Maine and private counsel, the plaintiff sued Aroostook County and its sheriff under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The plaintiff suffered from opioid use disorder. For ten years, the plaintiff's doctor treated her disorder with medication-assisted treatment (MAT). After pleading guilty in a criminal case, the plaintiff was sentenced to 40 days in Aroostook County Jail. While detained in Aroostook County Jail, the plaintiff was prohibited from receiving her MAT medications due to the defendant's policy banning prisoners from using MAT. The plaintiff experienced a similar denial of her MAT medications when she was detained in York County Jail. The plaintiff accused the defendants of violating her Eighth Amendment rights because of their deliberate indifference to her serious medical need and asserted that the defendants' refusal to make reasonable accommodations for her disability was in violation of the ADA. The plaintiff sought compensatory, declaratory, and injunctive relief that the defendants to provide her with necessary medical care and prevent further suffering.

After receiving the defendants' answer, plaintiffs moved for a preliminary injunction to prevent the defendants from further denial of the plaintiff's necessary medical treatment for her opioid use disorder. Both parties submitted additional briefs to support their claims in support and opposition of the plaintiff's motion, and the case moved on to discovery. On February 7, 2019, the plaintiff filed a motion to conditionally consolidate the preliminary injunction hearing with the trial on the merits. Discovery continued as both parties determined who would testify at trial. On March 27, 2019, Judge Torressen granted the plaintiff's motion for a preliminary injunction and ordered the defendants to provide the plaintiff with the necessary medications for her treatment. But the court denied the plaintiff's motion to consolidate the preliminary injunction hearing with trial.

The defendants filed an interlocutory appeal against Judge Torressen's decision to grant the plaintiff's preliminary injunction. The First Circuit Court of Appeals denied the defendants' request for a stay on the district court's order and affirmed the preliminary injunction on April 30, 2019. The lawsuit returned to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and the jury trial was set to be held in August 2019. On June 12, 2019, the plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the merits of the case as moot and remove the case from the August trial list. The plaintiff additionally requested for adjudication of the Plaintiff’s attorney fee petition and to set a deadline for briefing on the attorney fee petition.

The case remains open.

Kimberly Goshey - 06/14/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Corrections
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Reasonable Accommodations
Reasonable Modifications
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Defendant(s) Aroostook County
Plaintiff Description Detainee at Aroostook County Jail with an opioid use disorder.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:18-cv-352 (D. Me.)
JC-ME-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
JC-ME-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/06/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order on Plaintiff's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 116] (2019 WL 1387684) (D. Me.)
JC-ME-0007-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/27/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [Ct. of App. ECF# 48] (922 F.3d 41)
JC-ME-0007-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/30/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Howard, Jeffrey R. (First Circuit) show/hide docs
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Kayatta, William Joseph Jr. (First Circuit) show/hide docs
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Lynch, Sandra Lea (First Circuit) show/hide docs
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Torresen, Nancy (D. Me.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bond, Emma E. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Heiden, Zachary L. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Mancuso, Peter G. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Monteleone, James G. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Soley, David (Maine) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Marchesi, Peter T. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Shaffer, Cassandra S. (Maine) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers O'Meara, Richard L. (Maine) show/hide docs
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