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Court-ordered receiverships

Only rarely is receivership used in civil rights cases -- although as the list below demonstrates, receivership is a less uncommon remedial device in cases dealing with public housing, and cases in the District of Columbia. A currently high-profile receivership is drawing to a close in Plata v. Brown (California prison medical care), but another near-receivership is just getting underway in Allen v. City of Oakland (Oakland police department).
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Harper v. Bennett
1:04-cv-01416-MHS (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 2004 - Closed 2015
Fulton County
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
JC-GA-0023
Fulton County
Coding Complete
On May 19, 2004, inmates at the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta, Georgia filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiffs sued Fulton County and the Georgia Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. §1983 challenging the conditions of their confinement under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The ... [view]
2 Plata v. Brown
3:01-cv-01351-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2001 - Case Ongoing
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
CA State Prisons
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CA-0018
Coding Complete
NOTE: All documents relating to the prison overcrowding proceedings in this case, which led to imposition of a statewide prison population cap, affirmed by the Supreme Court, are presented in a different case record, PC-CA-0057. See "related cases" below. Summary: On August 20, ... [view]
3 Allen v. City of Oakland
3:00-cv-04599-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2000 - Case Ongoing
Oakland Police Department
Policing
PN-CA-0010
Oakland, California
Coding Complete
On December 17, 2000, a citizen filed this §1983 class action lawsuit against the City of Oakland and its police department in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging a group of rogue police officers within the OPD known as "the Riders" violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights by kidnapping, beating, and ... [view]
4 Brian A. v. Sundquist
3:00-cv-00445 (M.D. Tenn.)
Filed 2000 - Case Ongoing
Tennessee Department of Children's Services
Child Welfare
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
CW-TN-0001
Coding Complete
On May 10, 2000, the children in the custody of Tennessee's Department of Children's Services (including a subclass of African-American foster care children) filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the state of Tennessee. The plaintiffs, represented by Children's Rights and a team of ... [view]
5 Petties v. D.C
95-148 (PLF) (D.D.C.)
Filed 1995 - Closed 2014
District of Colombia
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-DC-0001
Coding Complete
On January 29, 1995, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, plaintiffs, minor students eligible for special education and their parents sued the District's public school system, sought a preliminary injunction, and sought to certify a class of students with disabilities who were entitled to or received special education ... [view]
6 David C. v. Leavitt
93-CV-206C (D. Utah)
Filed 1993 - Closed 2008
State of Utah
Child Welfare
CW-UT-0001
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed by the National Center of Youth Law on February 2, 1993, against the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS), in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The class action complaint named as the plaintiff class all children in the custody of DHS, whether in a shelter care facility, foster family home, group home, or ... [view]
7 Tinsley v. Pierce
89-23 (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 1989 - Closed
Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
Public Housing
PH-MO-0002
Kansas City, MO
Coding Complete
On January 17, 1989, residents of T.B. Watkins Homes, a public housing development operated by the Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, filed a class-action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Missouri in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of ... [view]
8 LaShawn A. v. Fenty
1:89-cv-01754-TFH (D.D.C.)
Filed 1989 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
Department of Human Services
Child Welfare
CW-DC-0001
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
In 1989, Children's Rights and the ACLU filed a federal class action on behalf of children placed in foster care under the supervision of the District of Columbia's Department of Human Services (DHS), and abused and neglected children who are (or should be) known to DHS by virtue of abuse or neglect. The case asserted violations of Title IV-E of ... [view]
9 Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, Inc. v. Commissioner of the Department of Mental Retardation
86E-0018-G1 (State Court)
Filed 1986 - Closed
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
ID-MA-0002
Coding Complete
10 Jerry M. v. District of Columbia
1519-85 (State Court)
Filed 1985 - Closed 2000
District of Columbia
Jail Conditions
Juvenile Institution
JC-DC-0003
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On March 1, 1985, a class of juveniles confined at juvenile detention centers operated by the District of Columbia ("the District") filed a lawsuit against the District under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. They alleged unconstitutional conditions of confinement in violation of the juveniles' Fifth and Eighth ... [view]
11 Vaughn G. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
1:84-cv-01911-MJG (D. Md.)
Filed 1984 - Closed 2012
Mayor and City Council of the City of Baltimore
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
ED-MD-0001
Coding Complete
In 1984, the Maryland Disability Law Center ("MDLC") filed this class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on behalf of several students with disabilities who lived in Baltimore, Maryland. The Plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from the MDLC and private counsel, sought declaratory and injunctive relief, ... [view]
12 Shaw v. Allen
81-1008 (S.D. W. Va.)
Filed 1981 - Closed
McDowell County
Jail Conditions
JC-WV-0001
McDowell County
Coding Complete
In 1981, inmates at McDowell County Jail in West Virginia filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against McDowell County Commissioners and Sheriff claiming constitutional violations in the jail. Plaintiffs were represented by Appalachian Research and ... [view]
13 G.L. v. Sherman
77-0242 (W.D. Mo.)
Filed 1977 - Closed 2006
Missouri Division of Family Services
Child Welfare
Public Benefits / Government Services
CW-MO-0001
Coding Complete
In 1977 (and thereafter amended a number of times), the foster children of Jackson Missouri, represented by Children's Rights Inc., and Legal Aid of Western Missouri, filed a class action aimed at reforming the state's child welfare system. The federal complaint charges the Missouri Division of Family Services (DFS) with endangering the lives of ... [view]
14 Inmates of D.C. Jail v. Jackson
75-1668 (D.D.C.)
Filed 1975 - Closed 2003
D.C. Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-DC-0002
Coding Complete
On October 7, 1975, post-trial detainees at the District of Columbia jail brought a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that various conditions at the jail were unconstitutional. The plaintiff class was represented by the National Prison Project of the American ... [view]
15 Pugh v. Locke
74-57 (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 1974 - Closed 1988
Alabama Department of Corrections
Alabama Correction Institute
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0010
Wilcox County
Coding Complete
In 1972, Alabama prisoners filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of Alabama in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs, who were represented by a court-appointed attorney, asked the court to grant them declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that their constitutional rights ... [view]
16 Gary W. v. Louisiana
74 CV 2412 (E.D. La.)
Filed 1974 - Closed 1994
Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration
Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
ID-LA-0003
Coding Complete
On September 3, 1974, a lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging that agencies within the Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration violated the constitutional and statutory rights of emotionally disturbed children and children with intellectual disabilities by placing them in ... [view]
17 Dixon v. Weinberger
74-285 (D.D.C.)
Filed 1974 - Closed 2014
District of Columbia
Federal Mental Institute
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-DC-0001
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
In 1974, patients confined at the Federal Mental Institution (FMI) in the District of Columbia filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs filed under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and the Hospitalization of the Mentally Ill Act (HMIA), 21 D.C. Code §501, against the District of Columbia. The ... [view]
18 Morgan v. Hennigan [Boston School Desegregation Case]
72-911-G (D. Mass.)
Filed 1972 - Closed
Boston School Committee
Boston Public Schools
School Desegregation
Education
SD-MA-0001
Suffolk County
Coding Complete
The Boston School Desegregation Cases predate PACER and span more than twenty years. The following summary is derived from various court opinions and news sources. On March 15, 1972, several black parents filed this lawsuit on behalf of their children in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The children were all ... [view]
19 Newman v. Alabama
3501N (M.D. Ala.)
Filed 1972 - Closed 1984
Alabama Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AL-0017
Coding Complete
In 1972, Alabama prisoners filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the State of Alabama in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. The plaintiffs, who were represented by court appointed attorney Joe Phelps, asked the Court to grant them declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that their constitutional ... [view]
20 Campbell v. McGruder
1462-71 (D.D.C.)
Filed 1971 - Closed 2004
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-DC-0001
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 21, 1971, pre-trial detainees at the District of Columbia Jail filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the mayor of the District of Columbia and jail officials. The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief for a long list of violations of the inmates' Fifth, Eighth, ... [view]
21 Wayne County Jail Inmates v. Wayne County Sheriff
NA (State Court)
Filed 1971 - Case Ongoing
Wayne County Jail
Jail Conditions
JC-MI-0005
Wayne County
Coding Complete
In 1971, prisoners in the Wayne County Jail filed a class action in the Wayne County Circuit Court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Wayne County Sheriff. The prisoners were represented by the Legal Services of Michigan, and alleged violations of their rights under Federal and State constitutions, as well as state law for inhumane and barbaric ... [view]
22 Gautreaux v. Chicago Housing Authority
1:66-cv-01459 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 1966 - Case Ongoing
Chicago Housing Authority
Public Housing
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
PH-IL-0001
Chicago
Coding Complete
Background This longstanding chase chronicles efforts to stop racial discrimination by the Chicago Housing Authority (“CHA”). On August 9, 1966, a group of African American public housing residents brought suit against the CHA in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, ... [view]
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