Case: Torres v. Valencia County

2:07-cv-00328 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico

Filed Date: April 3, 2007

Closed Date: Nov. 22, 2010

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Case Summary

In April 2007, Plaintiffs, a class of pre-arraignment inmates at Valencia County Detention Center (VCDC), were subjected to strip searches. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, filed a 28 U.S.C. 1983 lawsuit against the County and the private corporation operating the facility, alleging violations of their constitutional rights and state law violations. The plaintiffs sought damages and an injunction.

Plaintiffs and Defendants stipulated to a settlement on Dec. 12, 2008, under which plaintiffs agreed to dismiss their case, acknowledge that the VCDC had already ameliorated the strip search policy, and the defendants would pay, collectively, approximately 3.3 million dollars in damages to a settlement fund. The class representatives received approximately $42,000 dollars each.

The Federal District Court for the District of New Mexico, (Judge Christina Armijo), approved the settlement agreement on July 7, 2009.

Summary Authors

Blase Kearney (4/8/2012)

People


Judge(s)

Armijo, M. Christina (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Apodaca, Frank (New Mexico)

Bienvenu, John C. (New Mexico)

Donatelli, Mark H. (New Mexico)

Griego, Michael R. (New Mexico)

Rothstein, Robert R. (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Patrick D. (New Mexico)

Eaton, P. Scott (New Mexico)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California)

Schneider, W. Daniel (New Mexico)

Judge(s)

Armijo, M. Christina (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Apodaca, Frank (New Mexico)

Bienvenu, John C. (New Mexico)

Donatelli, Mark H. (New Mexico)

Griego, Michael R. (New Mexico)

Rothstein, Robert R. (New Mexico)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Allen, Patrick D. (New Mexico)

Eaton, P. Scott (New Mexico)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Jaramillo, Joseph E. (California)

Schneider, W. Daniel (New Mexico)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Nov. 22, 2010 Docket
1

Class Action Complaint for Damages for Violations of Civil and Constitutional Rights and for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

April 3, 2007 Complaint
62-1

Stipulation of Settlement

Dec. 15, 2008 Settlement Agreement

Press Release

No Court

March 18, 2009 Press Release
74

Final Judgment of Dismissal and Order Granting Final Approval of Settlement Agreement

Torres v. County of Valencia

July 13, 2009 Settlement Agreement

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT Class Action Complaint for Damages for Violations of Civil and Constitutional Rights and for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief against all defendants (Filing fee $ 350.), filed by Joe Torres, eufrasio armijo.(Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 04/03/2007)

April 3, 2007

Judge Leslie C. Smith and W. Daniel Schneider assigned. (nm) (Entered: 04/04/2007)

April 3, 2007
2

Letter re: Consent to Proceed before a US Magistrate Judge (nm) (Entered: 04/04/2007)

April 3, 2007
3

Filing fee: $ 350.00, receipt number 505941 (pz) (Entered: 04/04/2007)

April 4, 2007

Summons Issued as to Valencia County Board of County Commissioners, Cornell Companies, Inc., Michael Oliver &Lawrence Barreras. (nm) (Entered: 04/05/2007)

April 5, 2007
4

NOTICE by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo Consent to Proceed Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 04/12/2007)

April 12, 2007
5

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. Valencia County Board of County Commissioners served on 4/13/2007, answer due 5/3/2007. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 04/16/2007)

April 16, 2007
6

NOTICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners REFUSAL TO CONSENT TO PROCEED BEFORE A U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 05/03/2007)

May 3, 2007
7

VALENCIA COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ANSWER to Complaint by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners. Related document: 1 Complaint filed by Eufrasio Armijo, Joe Torres.(Eaton, P.) (Entered: 05/03/2007)

May 3, 2007
8

NOTICE of Appearance by Patrick D Allen on behalf of Cornell Companies, Inc. (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 05/10/2007)

May 10, 2007
9

Defendant Cornell Companies, Inc.'s ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand for Damages for Violations of Civil and Constitutional Rights and For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief by Cornell Companies, Inc.. Related document: 1 Complaint filed by Eufrasio Armijo, Joe Torres.(Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 05/10/2007)

May 10, 2007
10

NOTICE by Cornell Companies, Inc. of Consent to Proceed Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 05/10/2007)

May 10, 2007
11

MINUTE ORDER REASSIGNING CASE by Matthew J. Dykman, Clerk Case reassigned to Judge Judith C. Herrera for all further proceedings; Judge Leslie C. Smith no longer assigned to case (ac) (Entered: 05/11/2007)

May 11, 2007
12

MINUTE ORDER reassigning case from U.S. District Judge Judith C. Herrera to U.S. District Judge M. Christina Armijo by Clerk of Court (jm) (Entered: 05/11/2007)

May 11, 2007
13

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. Cornell Companies, Inc. served on 4/26/2007, answer due 5/16/2007. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 05/14/2007)

May 14, 2007
14

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. Michael Oliver waiver sent on 5/7/2007, answer due 7/6/2007. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 05/14/2007)

May 14, 2007
15

ANSWER to Complaint by Michael Oliver. Related document: 1 Complaint filed by Eufrasio Armijo, Joe Torres.(Eaton, P.) (Entered: 05/29/2007)

May 29, 2007
16

ORDER by Judge W. Daniel Schneider Scheduling Conference set for 7/9/2007 01:30 PM in Albuquerque − 720 Judge W. Daniel Schneider Chambers before Magistrate Judge W. Daniel Schneider. (mm) (Entered: 06/06/2007)

June 6, 2007
17

Unopposed MOTION to Amend/Correct File First Amended Complaint by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Bienvenu, John) (Entered:

June 15, 2007
19

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres for Plaintiffs' Initial Disclosures (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 06/29/2007)

June 29, 2007
22

ORDER by Judge M. Christina Armijo granting 17 Motion to Amend/Correct (jes) (Entered: 07/03/2007)

June 29, 2007
20

Joint Status Report and Provisional Discovery Plan by Joe Torres (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 07/02/2007)

July 2, 2007
21

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners For Defendants Valencia County Board of County Commissioners and Michael Oliver's Initial Rule 26 Disclosures (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 07/02/2007)

July 2, 2007
23

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Valencia County Board of County Commissioners, Cornell Companies, Inc., Michael Oliver. adding David Griego. terminating Lawrence Barreras., filed by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo.(Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 07/03/2007)

July 3, 2007

Summons Issued as to David Griego. (nm) (Entered: 07/03/2007)

July 3, 2007
24

NOTICE of Appearance by Patrick D Allen on behalf of David Griego (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 9, 2007
25

ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Cornell Companies, Inc., David Griego.(Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 9, 2007

Clerk's MinutesA Rule 16 Scheduling Conference was held before Judge W. Daniel Schneider. THIS IS A TEXT ENTRY ONLY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED. (mm) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 9, 2007
26

NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re 24 Notice of Appearance (ac) (Entered: 07/10/2007)

July 10, 2007
27

NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re 25 Answer to Amended Complaint (ac) (Entered: 07/10/2007)

July 10, 2007
28

NOTICE by Cornell Companies, Inc., David Griego Certificate of Service as to Initial Disclosures of Defendants Cornell and Griego (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 07/12/2007)

July 12, 2007
29

NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re 28 Notice (Other) (ac) (Entered: 07/13/2007)

July 13, 2007
30

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Cornell Companies, Inc., David Griego of Initial Disclosures (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 07/16/2007)

July 16, 2007
31

Joint MOTION for Order of Confidentiality by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. (Attachments: # 1)(Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 07/16/2007)

July 16, 2007
32

NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re 31 Joint MOTION for Order of Confidentiality (ac) (Entered: 07/17/2007)

July 17, 2007
33

SCHEDULING ORDER: by Judge W. Daniel Schneider Discovery due by 7/3/2007. Motions due by 8/21/2008. Proposed Pretrial Order due by 11/6/2008. (mm) (Entered: 07/19/2007)

July 19, 2007
34

ORDER ADOPTING JOINT STATUS REPORT by Judge W. Daniel Schneider (mm) (Entered: 07/19/2007)

July 19, 2007
35

STIPULATED CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER by District Judge M. Christina Armijo (jes) (Entered: 07/23/2007)

July 23, 2007
36

Defendant Michael Oliver's ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Michael Oliver.(Eaton, P.) (Entered: 08/06/2007)

Aug. 6, 2007
38

First Amended ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners.(Eaton, P.) (Entered: 08/07/2007)

Aug. 7, 2007
39

First Amended ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Michael Oliver.(Eaton, P.) (Entered: 08/07/2007)

Aug. 7, 2007
40

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo for Plaintiff's Interrogatories and Request for Production to Defendant Valencia County Board of Commissioners (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 08/10/2007)

Aug. 10, 2007
41

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo for Plaintiff's Interrogatories and Request for Production to Defendant Cornell Companies, Inc. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 08/10/2007)

Aug. 10, 2007
42

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. David Griego waiver sent on 7/16/2007, answer due 9/14/2007. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 09/04/2007)

Sept. 4, 2007
43

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners First Set of Interrogatories and Request for Production of Documents to Plaintiffs Joe Torres and Eurfasio Armijo (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 09/17/2007)

Sept. 17, 2007
44

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Cornell Companies, Inc. First Interrogatories and Requests for Production to Plaintiff Eufrasio Armijo (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 09/20/2007)

Sept. 20, 2007
45

NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY re 44 Certificate of Service (ac) (Entered: 09/21/2007)

Sept. 21, 2007
46

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners Answers to Plaintiff's First Interrogatories and First Request for Production (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 09/26/2007)

Sept. 26, 2007
47

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Cornell Companies, Inc. Objections and Responses to Plaintiff Joe Torres' First Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 10/12/2007)

Oct. 12, 2007
48

MINUTE ORDER Scheduling Jury Selection/Trial by District Judge M. Christina Armijo; Proposed Pretrial Order due by 2/10/2009. Call of the Calendar set for 3/5/2009 09:00 AM in Albuquerque − 480 Chama Courtroom before District Judge M. Christina Armijo. Jury Selection set for 3/9/2009 09:00 AM in Albuquerque − 480 Chama Courtroom before District Judge M. Christina Armijo. Jury Trial set for 3/9/2009 09:00 AM in Albuquerque − 480 Chama Courtroom before District Judge M. Christina Armijo. Pretrial Conference set for 2/3/2009 09:00 AM in Albuquerque − 480 Chama Courtroom before District Judge M. Christina Armijo. (Attachments: # 1 Trial Prep. Instructions)(al) (Entered: 10/15/2007)

Oct. 15, 2007
49

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Eufrasio Armijo (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 11/13/2007)

Nov. 13, 2007
50

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 11/13/2007)

Nov. 13, 2007
51

Unopposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery Relating to Class Certification by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 01/07/2008)

Jan. 7, 2008
52

ORDER by Judge W. Daniel Schneider granting 51 Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery (mm) (Entered: 01/08/2008)

Jan. 8, 2008
53

ORDER by Judge W. Daniel Schneider Telephonic Status Conference set for 3/3/2008 10:30 AM in Albuquerque − 720 Judge W. Daniel Schneider Chambers before Magistrate Judge W. Daniel Schneider. (mm) (Entered: 02/26/2008)

Feb. 26, 2008

Set/Reset Deadlines: Discovery due by 9/3/2008. Motions due by 10/3/2008. (mm) (Entered: 03/03/2008)

March 3, 2008
55

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Eufrasio Armijo for First Requests for Admission to Defendant Cornell Companies, Inc. (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 03/20/2008)

March 20, 2008
56

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres for First Requests for Admission to Defendant Valencia County Board of Commissioners (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 03/20/2008)

March 20, 2008
57

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Cornell Companies, Inc. Objections and Responses to Plaintiff Eufrasio Armijo's First Requests for Admission (Allen, Patrick) (Entered: 04/23/2008)

April 23, 2008
58

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners Responses to Plaintiff's Request for Admissions (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 05/08/2008)

May 8, 2008
59

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo for Second Requests for Admission to Defendant Valencia County Board of Commissioners (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 05/09/2008)

May 9, 2008
60

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Valencia County Board of County Commissioners Answers to Plaintiff's Second Requests for Admissions (Eaton, P.) (Entered: 05/16/2008)

May 16, 2008
61

Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge W. Daniel Schneider: Telephone Conference held with all parties on 12/5/2008 to discuss the status of the settlement agreement in this matter. The parties believe they have worked out nearly all the details of the agreement and can submit a written agreement by December 19, 2008. THIS IS A TEXT ENTRY ONLY. THERE ARE NO DOCUMENTS ATTACHED. (sco) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008
62

Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement Preliminarily of Class Action Settlement Agreement by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 12/19/2008)

Dec. 19, 2008
63

AFFIDAVIT re 62 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement Preliminarily of Class Action Settlement Agreement by John C. Bienvenu by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 12/19/2008)

Dec. 19, 2008
64

ORDER by District Judge M. Christina Armijo vacating pretrial conference set for 2/3/09, call of calendar set for 3/5/09, and jury selection/trial set for 3/9/09, and requesting additional information re: 62 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement Preliminarily of Class Action Settlement Agreement filed by Eufrasio Armijo, Joe Torres; Exhibits to settlement agreement due by 1/15/09. (al) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009
65

NOTICE by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo re 64 Terminate Hearings, Order, of Filing (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5)(Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009
66

ORDER by District Judge M. Christina Armijo granting preliminary approval and setting fairness hearing re: 62 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement Preliminarily of Class Action Settlement Agreement filed by Eufrasio Armijo, Joe Torres. Fairness Hearing set for 7/13/2009 09:00 AM in Albuquerque − 480 Chama Courtroom before District Judge M. Christina Armijo. (al) (Entered: 02/20/2009)

Feb. 20, 2009
68

Unopposed MOTION for Attorney Fees , Costs and Incentive Payments by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo. (Bienvenu, John) (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
69

AFFIDAVIT of John C. Bienvenu re 67 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement of Class Action − Final by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) Modified docket text on 6/23/2009 (ln). (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
70

AFFIDAVIT of Mark H. Donatelli re 67 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement of Class Action − Final by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) Modified docket text on 6/23/2009 (ln). (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
71

AFFIDAVIT of Robert R. Rothstein re 67 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement of Class Action − Final by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) Modified docket text on 6/23/2009 (ln). (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
72

AFFIDAVIT of Ryanne Cozzi re 67 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement of Class Action − Final by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) Modified docket text on 6/23/2009 (ln). (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
73

AFFIDAVIT of Eufrasio Armijo re 67 Unopposed MOTION to Approve Settlement of Class Action − Final by Joe Torres, Eufrasio Armijo (Bienvenu, John) Modified docket text on 6/23/2009 (ln). (Entered: 06/22/2009)

June 22, 2009
74

FINAL JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL AND ORDER Granting Final Approval of Settlement Agreement by District Judge M. Christina Armijo granting 67 Motion to Approve Settlement Agreement (ln) (Entered: 07/13/2009)

July 13, 2009
75

Clerk's Minutes for proceedings held before District Judge M. Christina Armijo: Fairness Hearing held on 7/13/2009. (Court Reporter J. Goehl) (jc) (Entered: 08/12/2009)

July 13, 2009
76

Letter re settlement check by Jeremy Baldonado (ln) (Entered: 10/15/2009)

Oct. 9, 2009
77

Joint MOTION for Disbursement of Funds of Settlement Proceeds by Eufrasio Armijo. (Rothstein, Robert) (Entered: 11/18/2010)

Nov. 18, 2010
78

ORDER by District Judge M. Christina Armijo Granting 77 Joint Motion for Approval of Final Distribution of Settlement Proceeds (jab) (Entered: 11/22/2010)

Nov. 22, 2010

State / Territory: New Mexico

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 3, 2007

Closing Date: Nov. 22, 2010

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Pre-arraignment arrestees at Valencia County Detention Center from 2004 onward.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Valencia County (Valencia), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Unreasonable search and seizure

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 3.31 million

Issues

General:

Search policies

Strip search policy

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run