Case: Chapman v. Hardin County, Kentucky

3:05-cv-00433 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

Filed Date: Aug. 1, 2005

Closed Date: 2011

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Case Summary

On August 1, 2005, a female inmate at the Hardin County Detention Center (HCDC) filed a civil rights class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that she and other inmates of the Jail contracted Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) because of inadequate policies and practices to diagnose, treat, isolate, and prevent the spread of MRSA. The plaintiff sought m…

On August 1, 2005, a female inmate at the Hardin County Detention Center (HCDC) filed a civil rights class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, alleged that she and other inmates of the Jail contracted Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) because of inadequate policies and practices to diagnose, treat, isolate, and prevent the spread of MRSA. The plaintiff sought monetary relief, as well as class certification.

On May 15, 2006, the plaintiffs were granted leave to amend their complaint to add claims of additional individual plaintiffs over the objection of defendants that some claims were barred by the statute of limitations. Chapman v. Hardin County, 2006 WL 1382272 (W.D.Ky. 2006). The complaint was amended a second time on July 28, 2006.

On July 30, 2007, the plaintiffs moved for class certification. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin denied the motion in February 2009, holding there was no single set of operative facts from which all of their claims arose. Whether the HCDC failed to protect Chapman was determined to be "an inquiry complete unto itself." For the same reasons, would-be class members' motion to intervene was denied in May 2009.

The case was dismissed in December 2010, as the plaintiff's counsel withdrew from the case due to an adverse decision by the Sixth Circuit in a separate case against defendant involving a prisoner with MRSA. Wooler v. Hickman County, et al., 377 Fed. Appx. 502 (6th Cir. May 14, 2010). The grant of summary judgment to the HCDC was upheld because the sheriff, physicians, and nurses were not "deliberately indifferent" to the plight of the prisoner.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (8/1/2007)

Dan Hofman (3/20/2016)

People

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Judge(s)

Simpson, Charles Ralph III (Kentucky)

Whalin, Dave (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, James L. (Kentucky)

Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)

Durham, Matthew Eliot (Kentucky)

Miller, Douglas E. (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bland, T. Steven (Kentucky)

Blankenship, Stacey A. (Kentucky)

Howard, Kenneth M. (Kentucky)

Moore, Douglas R. (Kentucky)

Judge(s)

Simpson, Charles Ralph III (Kentucky)

Whalin, Dave (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, James L. (Kentucky)

Belzley, Gregory A. (Kentucky)

Durham, Matthew Eliot (Kentucky)

Miller, Douglas E. (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bland, T. Steven (Kentucky)

Blankenship, Stacey A. (Kentucky)

Howard, Kenneth M. (Kentucky)

Moore, Douglas R. (Kentucky)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Feb. 10, 2011 Docket
1

Complaint

Chapman v. Hardin County

Aug. 1, 2005 Complaint
25

Memorandum Opinion and Order

Chapman v. Hardin County

2006 WL 1382272, 2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 47095

May 17, 2006 Order/Opinion
36

Second Amended Complaint

Chapman v. Hardin County

July 28, 2006 Complaint

Expert Report - Gordon C. Kamka

Chapman v. Hardin County, KY

Jan. 29, 2007 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report
75-1

Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification

Chapman v. Hardin County

July 30, 2007 Pleading / Motion / Brief
149

Memorandum Opinion

Chapman v. Hardin County

2009 WL 366521

Feb. 11, 2009 Order/Opinion
159

Memorandum and Order

Chapman v. Hardin County

2009 WL 1373956

May 14, 2009 Order/Opinion
193

Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Recommendation

Chapman v. Hardin County

Dec. 14, 2010 Magistrate Report/Recommendation
195

Order of Dismissal

Chapman v. Hardin County

Jan. 12, 2011 Order/Opinion

Docket

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Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
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MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER by U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Simpson III on 5/15/06;, for reasons set forth DN 20 is GRANTED and the Amended Complaint is ordered FILED in this matter.cc:Counsel(SJS)

May 17, 2006 RECAP
149

MEMORANDUM OPINION signed by Judge Charles R. Simpson, III on 2/11/2009. For the reasons set forth, 117 Plaintiffs' MOTION to Certify Class will be denied. A separate order will be entered.cc: Counsel (RLK)

Feb. 13, 2009 RECAP
159

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER by Judge Charles R. Simpson, III on 5/14/2009; 153 Motion to Intervene DENIED. cc:counsel (TLB)

May 15, 2009 RECAP

State / Territory: Kentucky

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 1, 2005

Closing Date: 2011

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A female inmate at the Hardin County Detention Center who contracted MRSA.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

Hardin County (Hardin), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Sanitation / living conditions

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Skin Infections

Type of Facility:

Government-run