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Case Name O'Day v. Nassau County JC-NY-0029
Docket / Court 0:99-cv-02844 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection Strip Search Cases
Case Summary
On May 20, 1999, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by private New York attorneys, the plaintiffs challenged the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. Under the policy, ... read more >
On May 20, 1999, plaintiffs filed this lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Represented by private New York attorneys, the plaintiffs challenged the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. Under the policy, the plaintiffs alleged, all misdemeanor and minor offense arrestees were strip-searched, without reasonable suspicion that the arrestees were concealing weapons or other contraband. The plaintiffs alleged the policy violated the Fourth Amendment and sought declaratory and injunctive relief, monetary damages, and class certification.

This case, which was styled O'Day v. Nassau County, was one of three cases that were filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, challenging the blanket strip search policy of the Nassau County Correctional Center. The other two cases were Iaffaldano v. County of Nassau (JC-NY-44 in this database) and Augustin v. Jablonsky (JC-NY-24 in this database). The plaintiffs in all three cases moved to consolidate the cases and for class certification for a class defined as "all persons arrested for or charged with non-felony offenses who have been admitted to the Nassau County Correctional Center and strip searched without particularized reasonable suspicion." The District Court (Distrct Judge Denis J. Hurley) consolidated the cases, but denied class certification. Augustin v. Jablonsky , 2001 WL 770839 (E.D. N.Y. Mar. 08, 2001).

See Augustin v. Jablonsky (JC-NY-0024 in this database) for the full summary of proceedings occurring after consolidation of the three cases.

On April 10th, 2014 the court entered final judgment for the Defendant on Federal constitutional claims, and for the Plaintiff class on state constitutional claims, awarding $11,508,000 in damages as well as attorney's fees. Both the Plaintiff class and the Defendant filed appeals.

The defendant filed for additional time to make the deposit necessary for the disbursement of compensatory damages. On April 30, 2014, Judge Denis R.
Hurley denied this motion as premature. The defendants then motioned for a show cause hearing to stay the execution of judgment. Following a show cause hearing on June 4, 2014, the court ordered the award stayed for 180 days, with an alternative option to stay the award payment indefinitely with the posting of a $11,508,000 bond.

The defendants filed a motion to stay the final judgment in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on November 12, 2014. The court granted this motion on December 23, 2014.

On February 26th, 2016, the Appellate court (Judge Jose A. Cabranes, Judge Rosemary S. Pooler, Judge Denny Chin) upheld the District court ruling. The court agreed with the District court's reasoning that there were no grounds for federal relief but there were state constitutional violations for which Plaintiffs should be awarded relief.

On August 18th, 2016, the Appellate court denied the Defendants' motion to stay the mandate. On September 6th, 2016, the Defendants filed a writ of certiorari to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. On October 12th, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the writ of certiorari.

This case is ongoing.

Dan Dalton - 03/05/2008
Michael Abrams - 10/28/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Male
General
Search policies
Strip search policy
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Nassau County
Nassau County Sheriff's Department
Plaintiff Description All persons arrested for misdemeanors or non-criminal offenses in Nassau County who were strip searched at Nassau County Correctional Facility pursuant to defendants' Blanket Policy, from May 20, 1996 until June 1, 1999.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing JC-NY-0024 : Augustin v. Jablonsky (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0044 : Iaffaldano v. Nassau County (E.D.N.Y.)
Additional Resources
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  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Jail Strip-Search Cases: Patterns and Participants
http://law.duke.edu/journals/lcp
Date: Spring 2008
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University in St. Louis)
Citation: 71 Law & Contemp. Problems 65 (2008)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
0:99-cv-02844-DRH (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/27/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Re: In re Nassau County Strip Search Cases [regarding class certification] [ECF# 90]
JC-NY-0029-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum & Order [Denying Motion to Certify Class] [ECF# 89-2] (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/20/2004
Correspondence Re: Settlement [ECF# 98]
JC-NY-0029-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/04/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Correspondence Re: Settlement [ECF# 102]
JC-NY-0029-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Settlement [ECF# 104]
JC-NY-0029-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment [ECF# 105] (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/05/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appellate Opinion (461 F.3d 219)
JC-NY-0029-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/24/2006
Source: Google Scholar
Mandate of USCA [Ct. of App. ECF# 119-2]
JC-NY-0029-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/10/2006
Order [Granting Class Certification] [ECF# 54-3] (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/16/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 352] (742 F.Supp.2d 304) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/22/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 390] (819 F.Supp.2d 153) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0009.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/19/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order [ECF# 440] (958 F.Supp.2d 339) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/18/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order (2014 WL 1411762) (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 04/11/2014
Source: Bloomberg Law
Summary Order [Ct. of App. ECF# 165-1] (639 Fed.Appx. 746)
JC-NY-0029-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 02/26/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Ct. of App. ECF# 1784030]
JC-NY-0029-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/01/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Ct. of App. ECF# 178]
JC-NY-0029-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/18/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brown, Gary R (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
JC-NY-0029-9000
Cabranes, Jose Alberto (FISCR, D. Conn., Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-0015
Chin, Denny (S.D.N.Y., Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0015
Hall, Peter W. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012
Hurley, Denis Reagan (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0029-0001 | JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0009 | JC-NY-0029-0010 | JC-NY-0029-0011 | JC-NY-0029-0013 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Pooler, Rosemary S. (N.D.N.Y., Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0015
Straub, Chester J. (Second Circuit)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brinckerhoff, Matthew D. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Freedman, Spencer B. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0003
Herbst, Robert L. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0005 | JC-NY-0029-0006 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Moore, Jonathan C. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Restituyo, Martin E (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Scanlon, Vera M. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Smith, Jeffrey G. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0008 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Wang, Mariann Meier (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ben-Sorek, Liora M. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0002 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Ford, Bernadette K. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0007 | JC-NY-0029-0008
Goodman, Lorna B. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0008
Lobasso, Christine Ann (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Millus, Paul F. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Nocella, Joseph (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Saffran, Dennis J. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-0004 | JC-NY-0029-0012 | JC-NY-0029-9000
Van Der Waag, Robert F. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Waters, Gerald C Jr. (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000
Other Lawyers Schulz, David A (New York)
JC-NY-0029-9000

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