Case: Allison v. the Geo Group, Inc.

2:08-cv-00467 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Filed Date: Jan. 30, 2008

Closed Date: 2010

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Case Summary

On January 30, 2008, two arrestees detained at jails operated by the Geo Group Inc., a private corrections management company, filed a nationwide 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the Geo Group, Inc. engaged in improper strip-search practices at its facilities in violation of the plaintiff's Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights. The Geo Group, Inc. manages numerous correctional, detention, mental health, an…

On January 30, 2008, two arrestees detained at jails operated by the Geo Group Inc., a private corrections management company, filed a nationwide 42 U.S.C. § 1983 class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleging that the Geo Group, Inc. engaged in improper strip-search practices at its facilities in violation of the plaintiff's Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights.

The Geo Group, Inc. manages numerous correctional, detention, mental health, and residential treatment facilities in the United States and operated the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornton, Pennsylvania under a contract with Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The Plaintiffs were arrested and brought to the George W. Hill Correctional Facility where they were allegedly strip-searched without reasonable suspicion in front of other inmates pursuant to the Geo Group's blanket policy of strip-searching every pre-trial detainee that entered its facilities, regardless of the crime charged and without making a determination whether there was a reasonable suspicion that the detainee possessed weapons or contraband.

The Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought declaratory, monetary, and injunctive relief, as well as class certification. Specifically, the Plaintiff's requested monetary damages for Fourth Amendment violations pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, declaratory judgment as to the Fourth Amendment violations, and preliminary and permanent injunctions as to the Fourth Amendment violations. Additionally, the Plaintiff's brought claims under state law for battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

On May 2, 2008, the Defendant filed a motion to dismiss the Plaintiff's battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress claims. The Plaintiffs did not oppose the motion. On May 30, 2008, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Judge Jan E. Dubois) granted the Defendant's motion to dismiss.

On September 18, 2008, the Defendant filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings. On March 25, 2009, the District Court (Judge Dubois) denied the Defendant's motion. Allison v. Geo Group, Inc., 611 F. Supp. 2d 433 (E.D.Pa. 2009)

On March 1, 2010 the parties reached a settlement agreement. The terms of the settlement provided that since January 31, 2008 the Defendant stopped strip-searching without reasonable suspicion, and the Defendant instituted new strip search policies that are constitutional. All officers and employees will have access and training regarding the Defendant's strip search policy. An injunction order to ensure the Defendant's compliance with the revised strip search policy will remain in force for eighteen months from the date of the final approval of the settlement. Additionally, the settlement entitled each class member to a share of the $2.999 million settlement.

The approved settlement class is described as follows: All persons who were placed into the custody of one or more of the Jails after being detained for misdemeanors, summary offenses, or other crimes that did not involve the possession or distribution of drugs, possession of weapons, crimes of violence, or felonies, who had no history of such charges, and did not behave in a manner at intake that would give intake officers reasonable suspicion that the inmate was carrying or concealing contraband, but were strip searched upon their admission into one or more of the Jails pursuant to Defendants' then existing strip search policy.

The Class Period is from January 30, 2006 to January 30, 2008 for George W. Hill Correctional Facility, Frio County Detention Center, Dickens County Detention Center, Tri-County Detention Center, and Newton County Correctional Center, and from January 30, 2005 to January 30, 2008 for Guadalupe County Correctional Facility.

On October 22, 2010 the District Court (Judge Dubois) granted final approval regarding the settlement agreement.

Summary Authors

Joe Reiter (4/8/2011)

People

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Judge(s)

DuBois, Jan Ely (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clarke, Jennifer R. (Pennsylvania)

Feinberg, Jonathan H. (Pennsylvania)

Hayes, Christopher G. (Pennsylvania)

Johns, Benjamin F. (Pennsylvania)

Levin, Daniel C. (Pennsylvania)

Rudovsky, David (Pennsylvania)

Sauder, Joseph G. (Pennsylvania)

Schaffer, Charles (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Begley, Sara A (Pennsylvania)

Judge(s)

DuBois, Jan Ely (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Clarke, Jennifer R. (Pennsylvania)

Feinberg, Jonathan H. (Pennsylvania)

Hayes, Christopher G. (Pennsylvania)

Johns, Benjamin F. (Pennsylvania)

Levin, Daniel C. (Pennsylvania)

Rudovsky, David (Pennsylvania)

Sauder, Joseph G. (Pennsylvania)

Schaffer, Charles (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Begley, Sara A (Pennsylvania)

Edelstein, Miriam S. (Pennsylvania)

McClure, Shannon Elise (Pennsylvania)

Short, Carolyn P. (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

United States District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)

Bussy v. Geo Group, Inc.

Nov. 1, 2010 Docket
16

AMENDED COMPLAINT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

March 28, 2008 Complaint
24-1

MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. TO DISMISS COUNTS IV, VI, AND VII OF PLAINTIFFS’ COMPLAINT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

May 2, 2008 Pleading / Motion / Brief
24

MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. TO DISMISS THE COMPLAINT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

May 2, 2008 Pleading / Motion / Brief
26

ORDER AND STIPULATION CONCERNING DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC'S MOTION TO DISMISS CERTAIN COUNTS OF PLAINTIFFS' AMENDED COMPLAINT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

May 30, 2008 Order/Opinion
29

MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

Sept. 18, 2008 Pleading / Motion / Brief
41

MEMORANDUM

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

611 F.Supp.2d 433

March 25, 2009 Order/Opinion
60-3

AMENDED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

March 1, 2010 Settlement Agreement
66

MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ AND DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AND CLASS CERTIFICATION

Allison v. Geo Corp, Inc.

Sept. 27, 2010 Pleading / Motion / Brief
66

[PROPOSED] ORDER GRANTING FINAL APPROVAL TO CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AND JUDGMENT

Allison v. Geo Group, Inc.

Oct. 13, 2010 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4824184/bussy-v-the-geo-group-inc/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 1:37 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
41

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER THAT THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS IS DENIED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT DEFENDANT'S REQUEST FOR ORAL ARGUMENT IS DENIED AS MOOT. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT THE PARTIAL STAY ON DISCOVERY IMPOSED BY THE COURT DATED 10/10/08 IS VACATED; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 3/24/09. 3/25/09 ENTERED AND E-MAILED AND FAXED.(jl, )

March 25, 2009 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT against THE GEO GROUP, INC., JOHN DOES 1 − 100 ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 945473), filed by STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY. (Attachments: # 1 Case Management Track, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet, # 3 Design Form)(jmv, ) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008

DEMAND for Trial by Jury by STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY. (jmv, ) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008

Summons Issued as to THE GEO GROUP, INC.. Forwarded To: 1 Orig mailed to counsel on 1/30/08 (jmv, ) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008
2

Disclosure Statement Form pursuant to FRCP 7.1 by STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY.(jmv, ) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008
3

NOTICE of Appearance by JOSEPH G. SAUDER on behalf of STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY (SAUDER, JOSEPH) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008
4

NOTICE of Appearance by BENJAMIN F. JOHNS on behalf of STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY (JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 01/30/2008)

Jan. 30, 2008
6

NOTICE of Appearance by CHRISTOPHER G HAYES on behalf of STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY (HAYES, CHRISTOPHER) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

Feb. 1, 2008
7

NOTICE of Appearance by DANIEL C. LEVIN on behalf of STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY with Jury Demand(LEVIN, DANIEL) (Entered: 02/06/2008)

Feb. 6, 2008
8

AFFIDAVIT of Service by WAYNE Z. POLLICK re: served COMPLAINT, SUMMONS, AND NOTICE OF RIGHT TO CONSENT TO EXERCISE OF JURISDICTION BY A UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE upon JOHN BULSIN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF THE GEO GROUP, INC. on 2/1/08 (JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 02/06/2008)

Feb. 6, 2008
9

NOTICE of Appearance by MIRIAM S. EDELSTEIN on behalf of THE GEO GROUP, INC. with Certificate of Service(EDELSTEIN, MIRIAM) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008
10

NOTICE of Appearance by CAROLYN P. SHORT on behalf of THE GEO GROUP, INC. with Certificate of Service(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008
11

NOTICE of Appearance by SARA A. BEGLEY on behalf of THE GEO GROUP, INC. with Certificate of Service(BEGLEY, SARA) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008
12

Stipulation for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Certificate of Service.(SHORT, CAROLYN) (FILED IN ERROR BY ATTORNEY; COPY FORWARDED TO CLERK/JUDGE FOR APPROVAL) Modified on 2/14/2008 (nd). (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008
13

STIPULATION AND ORDER THAT THE DEFENDANT GEO GROUP, INC. HAS UNTIL 4/2/08 TO ANSWER THE COMPLAINT; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 2/15/08. 2/20/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED BY CHAMBERS.(jl, ) (Entered: 02/20/2008)

Feb. 20, 2008
14

NOTICE of Appearance by SHANNON ELISE MCCLURE on behalf of THE GEO GROUP, INC. with Certificate of Service(MCCLURE, SHANNON) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008
15

NOTICE of Hearing: PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCE IS SET FOR 4/22/2008 AT 5:00 PM IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS.(ajf, ) (Entered: 03/10/2008)

March 10, 2008
16

AMENDED COMPLAINT against THE GEO GROUP, INC., filed by PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR, JURY DEMAND.(jl, ) (Entered: 03/31/2008)

March 28, 2008
17

NOTICE of Appearance by JOSEPH G. SAUDER on behalf of PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR (SAUDER, JOSEPH) (Entered: 04/03/2008)

April 3, 2008
18

NOTICE of Appearance by BENJAMIN F. JOHNS on behalf of PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR (JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 04/03/2008)

April 3, 2008
19

NOTICE of Appearance by DANIEL C. LEVIN on behalf of PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR (LEVIN, DANIEL) (Entered: 04/03/2008)

April 3, 2008
20

NOTICE of Appearance by CHRISTOPHER G HAYES on behalf of PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR (HAYES, CHRISTOPHER) (Entered: 04/03/2008)

April 3, 2008
21

STIPULATION AND ORDER THAT DEFT, THE GEO GROUP, INC.'S TIME TO ANSWER OR OTHERWISE RESPOND TO THE AMENDED COMPLAINT IN THE ABOVE−CAPTIONED ACTION SHALL BE EXTENDED UP TO &INCLUDING 5/2/2008. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 4/8/08. 4/10/08 ENTERED AND COPIES E−MAILED.(kw, ) (Entered: 04/10/2008)

April 9, 2008
22

SCHEDULING ORDER THAT DISCOVERY WILL BE SERVED, NOTICED AND COMPLETED BY 1/16/09. PLAINTIFFS SHALL FILE AND SERVE A MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION ON OR BEFORE 2/13/09; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 4/22/08. 4/24/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED BY CHAMBERS.(jl, ) (Entered: 04/24/2008)

April 24, 2008
23

Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS: Pretrial Conference held on 4/22/08 (jl, ) (Entered: 04/29/2008)

April 29, 2008
24

MOTION to Dismiss Counts IV, VI, and VII of Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum, Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law in Support)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 05/02/2008)

May 2, 2008
25

Statement Disclosure Statement Form with Certificate of Service by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (MCCLURE, SHANNON) (Entered: 05/07/2008)

May 7, 2008

Disclosure Statement Form pursuant to FRCP 7.1 by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (SEE PAPER #25 FOR ATTACHMENT) (nd) (Entered: 05/08/2008)

May 7, 2008
26

ORDER THAT DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC.'S UNOPPOSED MOTION TO DISMISS DIRECTED TO COUNTS IV,VI, AND VII OF THE AMENDED COMPLAINT IS GRANTED AND COUNTS IV, VI AND VII OF THE AMENDED COMPLAINT ARE DISMISSED FROM THIS ACTION WITH PREJUDICE; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 5/30/08. 6/2/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED.(jl, ) (Entered: 06/02/2008)

May 30, 2008
27

ANSWER to 16 Amended Complaint and Affirmative Defenses by THE GEO GROUP, INC..(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 06/19/2008)

June 19, 2008
28

STIPULATION AND PROTECTIVE ORDER WITH COURT APPROVAL RE: CERTAIN STATEMENTS; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 9/5/08. 9/8/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED.(jl, ) (Entered: 09/08/2008)

Sept. 8, 2008
29

MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum, Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 09/18/2008)

Sept. 18, 2008
30

MOTION to Stay Discovery , MOTION for Protective Order filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum, Certificate of Counsel, Certificate of Service.(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 09/19/2008)

Sept. 19, 2008
31

STIPULATION AND ORDER THAT THE TIME FOR PLAINTIFFS' RESPONSE TO MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS IN THE ABOVE−CAPTIONED ACTION SHALL BE EXTENDED UP TO AND INCLUDING 10/21/08; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 9/25/08. 9/26/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED.(jl, ) (Entered: 09/26/2008)

Sept. 26, 2008
32

RESPONSE in Opposition re 30 MOTION to Stay Discovery MOTION for Protective Order filed by PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Text of Proposed Order, # 4 Certificate of Service)(JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 09/30/2008)

Sept. 30, 2008
33

ORDER THAT THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER AND STAY OF DISCOVERY IS GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT, BY REASON OF THE PARTIAL GRANTING OF THE MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER AND STAY OF DISCOVERY, THE SCHEDULING ORDER OF 4/22/08 IS VACATED; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/7/08. 10/9/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED BY CHAMBERS.(jl, ) (Entered: 10/09/2008)

Oct. 8, 2008
34

ORDER THAT THE ORDER OF 10/7/08 IS VACATED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED THAT THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER AND STAY OF DISCOVERY IS GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/10/08. 10/10/08 ENTERED AND E−MAILED AND FAXED.(jl, ) (Entered: 10/10/2008)

Oct. 10, 2008
36

NOTICE of Appearance by JENNIFER R. CLARKE on behalf of PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR (CLARKE, JENNIFER) (Entered: 10/27/2008)

Oct. 27, 2008
37

REPLY to Response to Motion re 29 MOTION for Judgment on the Pleadings Certificate of Service filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 11/05/2008)

Nov. 5, 2008
38

Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS: Telephone STATUS Conference held on 10/7/08 (jl, ) (Entered: 11/07/2008)

Nov. 7, 2008
39

NOTICE by PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR re 35 Response in Opposition to Motion NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY IN FURTHER SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS' MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN OPPOSITION TO GEO'S MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS (Attachments: # 1 EXHIBIT A, # 2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE)(JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 02/11/2009)

Feb. 11, 2009
40

NOTICE by THE GEO GROUP, INC. re 39 Notice (Other), Notice (Other) Defendant The GEO Group, Inc.'s Response to Plaintiffs' Notice of Supplemental Authority (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 02/23/2009)

Feb. 23, 2009
42

NOTICE of SCHEDULING CONFERENCE: SCHEDULING CONFERENCE IS SET FOR 4/13/2009 AT 4:45 PM BY TELEPHONE BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS.(ajf, ) (Entered: 03/27/2009)

March 27, 2009
43

MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum, Certificate of Service.(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 04/02/2009)

April 2, 2009
44

RESPONSE in Opposition re 43 MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) filed by PENNY ALLISON, Certificate of Service. (RUDOVSKY, DAVID) Modified on 4/8/2009 (nd, ). (Entered: 04/07/2009)

April 7, 2009
45

REPLY to Response to Motion re 43 MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 04/09/2009)

April 9, 2009
47

Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS: Telephone Status Conference held on 04/13/2009. (jfc, ) Modified on 4/16/2009 (afm, ). (Entered: 04/16/2009)

April 13, 2009
48

Memorandum of Law in Support (Supplemental) re 43 MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) with Certificate of Service filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 04/23/2009)

April 23, 2009
49

Memorandum in Opposition re 43 MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) MOTION to Amend/Correct 41 Memorandum &Opinion, Motion Of Defendant The GEO Group, Inc. To Amend This Courts March 24, 2009 Order To Certify An Issue For Interlocutory Appeal Pursuant To 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) filed by PENNY ALLISON. (RUDOVSKY, DAVID) (Entered: 05/01/2009)

May 1, 2009
50

ORDER THAT THE JOINT REQUEST OF THE PARTIES FOR A TEN DAY EXTENSION FROM MAY 5 TO 5/15/09, FOR SUBMISSIONS OF THE JOINT REPORT ON SETTLEMENT TO WHICH REFERENCE IS MADE IN PARAGRAPH 2 OF THE ORDER OF 4/14/09 IS GRANTED; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 5/7/09. 5/7/09 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 05/07/2009)

May 7, 2009
51

Letter from DAVID RUDOVSKY AND CAROLYN SHORT TO JUDGE DUBOIS RE: CERTAIN STATEMENTS. (jl, ) (Entered: 05/20/2009)

May 19, 2009
52

ORDER THAT THE PARTIES, THROUGH COUNSEL, SHALL JOINTLY REPORT TO THE COURT ON OR BEFORE 6/15/09, WITH RESPECT TO THE STATUS OF THEIR SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS AND MEDIATION BEFORE RETIRED UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE JAMES MELINSON; AND THE COURT DEFERS RULING ON THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. TO AMEND THIS COURT'S 3/24/09 ORDER TO CERTIFY AN ISSUE FOR INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. (b) UNTIL THE ISSUE OF SETTLEMENT IS FULLY EXPLORED; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 5/19/09. 5/20/09 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 05/20/2009)

May 19, 2009
53

NOTICE of Change of Address by JENNIFER R. CLARKE(CLARKE, JENNIFER) (Entered: 11/19/2009)

Nov. 19, 2009
54

Joint MOTION for Approval Preliminary Approval of Settlement and Provisional Class Certification filed by STEPHEN DIMITRI BUSSY, THE GEO GROUP, INC., PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR.Memorandum of Law in Support and Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 1A, # 3 Exhibit 1B, # 4 Exhibit 2)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 12/21/2009)

Dec. 21, 2009
55

NOTICE of Hearing: CONFERENCE SET FOR 1/29/2010 03:30 PM IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS, ROOM 12613, BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS.(gvw, ) (Entered: 12/23/2009)

Dec. 23, 2009
56

NOTICE of Hearing: CONFERENCE SET FOR 2/5/2010 03:30 PM IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS (ROOM 12613)BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS.(gvw, ) (Entered: 01/05/2010)

Jan. 5, 2010
58

Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS: Telephone STATUS CONFERENCE held on 1/19/10 (jl, ) (Entered: 01/25/2010)

Jan. 22, 2010
59

NOTICE of Hearing: CONFERENCE SET FOR 2/23/2010 02:00 PM IN JUDGE'S CHAMBERS (RM. 12613) BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS.(gvw, ) (Entered: 02/12/2010)

Feb. 12, 2010
60

Joint MOTION for Approval (Preliminary) of Amended Settlement and Provisional Class Certification filed by PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR, THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum of Law and Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Memorandum of Law in Support (Part 1), # 2 Supplement Memorandum of Law in Support (Part 2), # 3 Exhibit Exhibit Sheet and Exhibit 1 (Settlement Agreement) to Memorandum of Law, # 4 Exhibit Exhibits A−C of Settlement Agreement, # 5 Exhibit Exhibits D−E of Settlement Agreement, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit F−G of Settlement Agreement, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit 2 to Memorandum of Law, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit 3 to Memorandum of Law, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit 4 to Memorandum of Law)(MCCLURE, SHANNON) (Entered: 03/01/2010)

March 1, 2010
61

ORDERED THAT TERMS OF THE PARTIES SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ARE HEREBY CONDITIONALLY APPROVED, SUBJECT TO FURTHER CONSIDERATION THEREOF AT THE FINAL APPROVAL HEARING. A HEARING ON THE SETTLEMENT IS HEREBY SCHEDULED TO BE HELD BEFORE THIS COURT ON 10/1/10 AT 2:30 P.M. TO CONSIDER THE FAIRNESS, THE REASONABLENESS AND ADEQUACY OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 3/2/10. 3/2/10 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 03/02/2010)

March 2, 2010
62

ORDER THAT THE MOTION OF DEFENDANT THE GEO GROUP, INC. TO AMEND THIS COURT'S 3/24/09 ORDER TO CERTIFY AN ISSUE FOR INTERLOCUTORY APPEAL PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. (b) IS DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 3/10/10. 3/11/10 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 03/11/2010)

March 10, 2010
63

Letter from CAROLYN SHORT TO JUDGE DUBOIS RE: CERTAIN STATEMENTS. (jl, ) (Entered: 04/23/2010)

April 23, 2010
64

AMENDED ORDER THAT BEGINNING BY 5/17/10, CLASS COUNSEL SHALL CAUSE TO BE DISSEMINATED THE NOTICES IN THE MANNER SET FORTH IN SECTION IV OF THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT. SUCH NOTICE PROGRAM WILL BE COMPLETED EXPEDITIOUSLY PURSUANT TO THE TERMS OF THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT. CLASS MEMBERS WILL HAVE FORTY FIVE DAYS FROM THE NOTICE DATE, UNTIL 7/1/10, TO OPT OUT OR TO OBJECT, AND ONE−HUNDRED TWENTY DAYS FROM THE NOTICE TO FILE CLAIMS, UNTIL 9/14/10; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 4/23/10. 4/26/10 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 04/26/2010)

April 23, 2010
65

MOTION for Attorney Fees EXPENSES AND INCENTIVE AWARDS filed by PENNY ALLISON, ZORAN HOCEVAR.Memorandum. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Exhibit C, # 5 Exhibit D, # 6 Exhibit E)(JOHNS, BENJAMIN) (Entered: 09/27/2010)

Sept. 27, 2010
66

Final MOTION for Approval of Settlement and Class Certification filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC..Memorandum, Certificate of Service. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Declaration of Ryanne Cozzi, # 2 Exhibit Declaration of Benjamin Johns)(SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 09/27/2010)

Sept. 27, 2010
67

RESPONSE in Opposition re 65 MOTION for Attorney Fees EXPENSES AND INCENTIVE AWARDS filed by THE GEO GROUP, INC.. (SHORT, CAROLYN) (Entered: 09/29/2010)

Sept. 29, 2010
69

ORDER THAT A MOTION HEARING ON MOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES, EXPENSES AND INCENTIVE AWARDS (DOC. NO. 66) IS SET FOR 11/1/2010 AT 2:00 PM IN COURTROOM 12−B BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS. A TELEPHONE CONFERENCE IS SET FOR 10/5/2010 AT 2:30 PM TO ADDRESS ISSUES RELATED TO THE PREPARATION AND FILING OF AN ORDER GRANTING THE MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT AND CLASS CERTIFICATION BEFORE HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/1/2010. 10/4/2010 ENTERED AND COPIES E−MAILED.(jcab) (Entered: 10/04/2010)

Oct. 4, 2010
70

Minute Entry for proceedings held before HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS: FAIRNESS HEARING held on 10/1/10. (jl, ) (Entered: 10/05/2010)

Oct. 5, 2010
71

ORDER THAT COUNSEL SHALL JOINTLY REPORT TO THE COURT ON OR BEFORE 10/12/10, WITH RESPECT TO A RESOLUTION OF THE ISSUES PRESENTED BY PLAINTIFFS MOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES, EXPENSES AND INCENTIVE AWARDS; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/5/10. 10/6/10 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 10/06/2010)

Oct. 6, 2010
72

ORDER THAT THE SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBERS ARE BOUND BY THE: SETTLEMENT, SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, RELEASE CONTAINED WITHIN THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT, AND THE FINAL ORDER AND JUDGMENT. SETTLEMENT CLASS MEMBERS DO NOT HAVE A FURTHER OPPORTUNITY TO OPT−OUT OF THIS ACTION. THE LIABILITY ISSUES IN THIS CASE HAVE BEEN VIGOROUSLY CONTESTED. THE CLASS REPRESENTATIVE, PENNY ALLISON AND ZORAN HOCEVAR, ARE ENTITLED TO AND ARE HEREBY AWARDED A PAYMENT OF $2,500.00 EACH. THE PARTIES JOINT MOTION FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT IS GRANTED. THIS ACTION AND ALL CLAIMS AGAINST THE SETTLING DEFENDANT ARE HEREBY DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. THE COURT RESERVES JURISDICTION OVER ALL MATTERS ARISING OUT OF THE SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT; ETC.. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/13/10. 10/14/10 ENTERED AND E−MAILED.(jl, ) (Entered: 10/14/2010)

Oct. 13, 2010
73

ORDER DISMISSING ACTION WITH PREJUDICE PURSUANT TO LOCAL RULE 41.1(b), BY AGREEMENT OF COUNSEL, WITHOUT COSTS. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/22/2010. 10/22/2010 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED, E−MAILED.(kk, ) (Entered: 10/22/2010)

Oct. 22, 2010
74

ORDER THAT THE MOTION IS GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART, AND THE COURT AWARDS CLASS COUNSEL $510,000 IN ATTORNEYS' FEES FROM THE SETTLEMENT FUND. SIGNED BY HONORABLE JAN E. DUBOIS ON 10/21/2010. 10/25/2010 ENTERED AND COPIES MAILED, E−MAILED.(kk, ) (Entered: 10/25/2010)

Oct. 22, 2010
75

TRANSCRIPT of held on 10/1/2010, before Judge DUBOIS. Court Reporter/Transcriber ANDREA MACK. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER.. Redaction Request due 11/19/2010. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 11/29/2010. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 1/27/2011. (kk, ) (Entered: 11/01/2010)

Nov. 1, 2010
76

Notice of Filing of Official Transcript with Certificate of Service re 75 Transcript − PDF, 11/1/2010 Entered and Copies Emailed and Mailed.. (kk, ) (Entered: 11/01/2010)

Nov. 1, 2010

State / Territory: Pennsylvania

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 30, 2008

Closing Date: 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Arrestees strip-searched pursuant to a blanket policy of strip-searching every pre-trial detainee that entered its facilities, regardless of the crime charged and without making a determination whether there was a reasonable suspicion

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, LLP

Public Interest Law Center (PILCOP)

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Geo Group, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Search policies

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Type of Facility:

Non-government for profit