Case: D.G. v. Henry

4:08-cv-00074 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: Feb. 13, 2008

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Case Summary

The plaintiffs, represented by Children's Rights, filed this class action suit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) in February 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The complaint alleged violations of the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. § 621 et seq., the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, 42 U.S.C. § 670 et seq., and Oklahoma state …

The plaintiffs, represented by Children's Rights, filed this class action suit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) in February 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. The complaint alleged violations of the First, Fifth, Ninth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, 42 U.S.C. § 621 et seq., the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, 42 U.S.C. § 670 et seq., and Oklahoma state law. The complaint alleged that DHS placed children in dangerous and inappropriate placements, including extended stays in emergency shelters; failed to monitor the safety of children in DHS custody due to excessive case worker caseloads; failed to provide mental health and other behavioral services; and failed to provide legal representation. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief and a permanent injunction enjoining defendants from subjecting plaintiffs to practices that violate their constitutional rights.

In April 2008, the defendants moved to dismiss the case and several Oklahoma-based children's agencies filed amici curiae briefs in response. In January 2009, Judge Gregory K. Frizzell granted the motion to dismiss claims under federal common law and the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, but denied the motion with regard to the other claims. D.G. v. Henry, 594 F. Supp. 2d 1273 (N.D. Okl. 2009).

On May 5, 2009, the court certified the class of the plaintiffs as all children who are or will be in the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (1) due to a report or suspicion of abuse or neglect; or (2) who are or will be adjudicated deprived due to abuse or neglect. The defendants appealed the ruling to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, but in February 2010, the appellate court upheld the class certification.

The parties then engaged in extensive and contested discovery. The plaintiffs provided five expert reports and filed numerous motions to compel the defendants to produce various items. The defendants again moved to dismiss the case and to decertify the class. In November and December 2011, the court denied the motion to decertify and granted the motions to dismiss only as to claims pertaining to rights of familial association and procedural due process. The case proceeded towards a trial scheduled for February 2012.

Meanwhile, the parties engaged in court-supervised settlement conferences. By January 2012, they negotiated an agreement providing for structural reorganization of DHS and appointed experts to oversee the development and implementation of the Compromise Settlement Agreement (CSA). After a series of fairness hearings, the court approved the CSA on February 29, 2012.

The CSA implementation plans provided that the defendant DHS would restructure its agency; improve screening, investigating, and reporting of abuse; reduce the use of emergency shelters; and reduce workloads and improve training for caseworkers. The parties agreed to designate three individuals as Co-Neutrals to act as arbiters of any dispute arising out of the CSA and to evaluate and render judgments about DHS's ongoing compliance efforts. The implementation of the CSA would take at least five years. Additionally, on March 31, 2013, the Court ordered the defendants to pay attorneys' fees and expenses in the amount of about $6 million.

Although DHS originally planned to exit from the CSA in December 2016, it was unable to do so for failure to adequately comply with its terms. In their August 2018 report, the Co-Neutrals noted that although DHS had made important advancements over the course of its reform, those advances were not yet fully instituted, particularly with respect to manageable caseloads and an adequate array of placements for children. The report noted that in some areas, most critically safety for children in the care and custody of DHS, the department’s efforts had been inadequate.

In May 2018, the Co-Neutrals requested that the Court suspend the operations of a particular children's center for failure to comply with the CSA. The Court granted this request and DHS complied by relocating the children from that center.

The Co-Neutrals' monitoring of DHS's compliance with the CSA is still ongoing, but as of May 22, 2020, the case has been dormant since mid-2018.

Summary Authors

Elizabeth Homan (12/21/2012)

Katherine Reineck (1/30/2016)

Eva Richardson (12/25/2018)

People

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Judge(s)

Frizzell, Gregory Kent (Oklahoma)

McCarthy, Frank H. (Oklahoma)

Siler, Eugene Edward Jr. (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Almonrode, Patrick S. (New York)

Barber, Philip (New York)

Bauer, Andrew B. (New York)

Beckman, Mark A. (New York)

Borten, Laurence D. (New York)

Cahalan, John S. (New York)

Day, Bruce (Oklahoma)

Judge(s)

Frizzell, Gregory Kent (Oklahoma)

McCarthy, Frank H. (Oklahoma)

Siler, Eugene Edward Jr. (Kentucky)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Almonrode, Patrick S. (New York)

Barber, Philip (New York)

Bauer, Andrew B. (New York)

Beckman, Mark A. (New York)

Borten, Laurence D. (New York)

Cahalan, John S. (New York)

Day, Bruce (Oklahoma)

DeMuro, Paul (Ohio)

Dorwart, Frederic (Oklahoma)

Edwards, Joe (Oklahoma)

Fontaine, R. Nadine (New York)

Frei-Pearson, Jeremiah (New York)

Geraci, Phil A. (New York)

Graham, Scott Alan (Oklahoma)

Grewal-Kok, Yasmin (New York)

Henek, Carly (New York)

Ingber, Miriam F. (New York)

Kapell, William (New York)

Lambiase, Susan (New York)

Lewis, G. Michael (Oklahoma)

Lowry, Marcia Robinson (New York)

Lustbader, Ira P. (New York)

Miller, Jodi Kim (New York)

Moff, Jason Michael (New York)

Robinson-Glasser, Sara (New York)

Russo, Sarah (New York)

Seymour, R. Thomas (Oklahoma)

Vicari, Angela Rosalee (New York)

Wiltsek, Gena E. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Askew, Thomas Martin (Oklahoma)

Barnett, Elizabeth (Oklahoma)

Bingham, Donald Mitchell (Oklahoma)

Boughton, Scott David (Oklahoma)

Cortes, Stephen (Oklahoma)

DeSimone, Donna M. (Oklahoma)

Everest, Tricia Louise (Oklahoma)

Freeman, Richard Weldon Jr. (Oklahoma)

Garren, Richard T. (Oklahoma)

Gentry, Dorothy Sharon (Oklahoma)

Hall, Melvin Curtis (Oklahoma)

Hillerman, Holly M. (Oklahoma)

Koepsel, Kristopher Edward (Oklahoma)

LaBauve, Elizabeth Barnett (Oklahoma)

Mensching, John Patrick Jr. (Oklahoma)

Meyers, D. Kent (Oklahoma)

Nance, Robert A. (Oklahoma)

Nigh, Holly M. (Oklahoma)

O'Leary, Catherine A. (Oklahoma)

Page, David Phillip (Oklahoma)

Resetaritz, Richard Alan (Oklahoma)

Skeith, Robert P. (Oklahoma)

Strealy, Joseph W. (Oklahoma)

Theban, Stephanie L. (Oklahoma)

Walters, Joseph (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:08-cv-00074

Docket [PACER]

July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018

Docket
2

4:08-cv-00074

Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Request for Class Action

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

Complaint
189

4:08-cv-00074

Opinion and Order

591 F.Supp.2d 1186

Dec. 11, 2008

Dec. 11, 2008

Order/Opinion
220

4:08-cv-00074

Opinion and Order

594 F.Supp.2d 1273

Jan. 19, 2009

Jan. 19, 2009

Order/Opinion
249

4:08-cv-00074

Opinion and Order

2009 WL 455266

Feb. 20, 2009

Feb. 20, 2009

Order/Opinion
260

4:08-cv-00074

Opinion and Order

2009 WL 1011595

April 15, 2009

April 15, 2009

Order/Opinion
270

4:08-cv-00074

Reporter's Transcript of Proceedings

May 5, 2009

May 5, 2009

Transcript
324

0:09-05093

Opinion and Order from the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

DG v. Devaughn

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

594 F.3d 1188

Feb. 8, 2010

Feb. 8, 2010

Order/Opinion
329

0:09-05093

RE: 09-5093, DG, et al v. DeVaughn, et al

D.G. v. DeVaughn

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

Correspondence
338

4:08-cv-00074

Opinion and Order

2010 WL 1257583

March 24, 2010

March 24, 2010

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4364181/dg-v-henry/

Last updated July 20, 2022, 3:14 a.m.

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CIVIL COVER SHEET by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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COMPLAINT against all defendants by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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FILING FEES Paid in Full by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (lml, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION to Certify Class, MOTION for Appointment of Counsel and Brief in Support Thereof by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (With attachments) (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Marcia Robinson Lowry to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391017) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Ira P. Lustbader to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391037) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Yasmin Grewal-Kok to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391046) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Jeremiah Frei-Pearson to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391051) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Phillip A. Geraci to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391095) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Mark A. Beckman to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391107) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Nadine Fontaine to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391111) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Carly Henek to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391135) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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MOTION for Attorney(s) Andrew Bauer to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 10850000000000391138) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/13/2008)

Feb. 13, 2008

Feb. 13, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 5 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 6 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 7 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) Modified on 2/15/2008 ENTERED IN ERROR -NO SIGNATURE ON PDF; SEE 23 FOR SIGNED PDF (crp, Dpty Clk). (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 8 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 9 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 10 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) Modified on 2/15/2008 ENTERED IN ERROR - NO SIGNATURE ON PDF; SEE 24 FOR SIGNED PDF (crp, Dpty Clk). (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 11 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 13 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell ; granting 12 Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell (Re: 16 Order, Ruling on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice ) (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

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ORDER by Judge Gregory K Frizzell (Re: 19 Order, Ruling on Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice ) (hbo, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/14/2008)

Feb. 14, 2008

Feb. 14, 2008

PACER
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WAIVER of Service of Summons sent to C Brad Henry Returned Executed (Re: 2 Complaint ) by J.P., R.J., G.C., K.T., D.G., C.S., J.B., A.P., J.A. (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 02/15/2008)

Feb. 15, 2008

Feb. 15, 2008

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ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Donald Mitchell Bingham on behalf of Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Bingham, Donald) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

PACER
27

Opposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Motion (Re: 4 MOTION to Certify Class MOTION for Appointment of Counsel and Brief in Support Thereof ) by Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Bingham, Donald) Modified on 3/3/2008 to remove C Brad Henry as a filer (sac, Dpty Clk). (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

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28

BRIEF in Support of Motion (Re: 27 Opposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Motion ) by C Brad Henry, Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick ; (Bingham, Donald) Modified on 3/3/2008; this ENTRY MADE IN ERROR - wrong PDF attached - counsel notified to REFILE within 24 hours (sac, Dpty Clk). (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008

Feb. 29, 2008

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Notice of Docket Entry Modification

March 3, 2008

March 3, 2008

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29

BRIEF in Support of Motion (Re: 27 Opposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Motion ) by Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick ; (Bingham, Donald) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008

PACER
30

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Donna Marie De Simone on behalf of Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (De Simone, Donna) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008

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RESPONSE in Opposition to Motion (Re: 27 Opposed MOTION for Extension of Time to Respond to Motion ) by JP, RJ, GC, KT, DG, CS, JB, AP, JA ; (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008

March 4, 2008

PACER
32

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Melvin Curtis Hall on behalf of Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Hall, Melvin) (Entered: 03/07/2008)

March 7, 2008

March 7, 2008

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CERTIFICATE of Service (Re: 32 Appearance - Attorney, ) by Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Wayne Cunningham, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Hall, Melvin) (Entered: 03/10/2008)

March 10, 2008

March 10, 2008

PACER
34

NOTICE of Dismissal, dismissing Wayne Cunningham, (Re: 2 Complaint ) by JP, RJ, GC, KT, DG, CS, JB, AP, JA (Dorwart, Frederic) (Entered: 03/11/2008)

March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008

PACER
35

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Paul DeMuro on behalf of JP, RJ, GC, KT, DG, CS, JB, AP, JA (DeMuro, Paul) (Entered: 03/11/2008)

March 11, 2008

March 11, 2008

PACER
36

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Joseph W Strealy on behalf of Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Strealy, Joseph) (Entered: 03/13/2008)

March 13, 2008

March 13, 2008

PACER
37

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE by Richard Weldon Freeman, Jr on behalf of Richard L DeVaughn, Ronald L Mercer, Jay Dee Chase, Patrice Dills Douglas, Michael L Peck, Garoldine Webb, Aneta F Wilkinson, George E Young, Sr, Howard H Hendrick (Freeman, Richard) (Entered: 03/13/2008)

March 13, 2008

March 13, 2008

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38

Appearance - Attorney

March 17, 2008

March 17, 2008

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39

Reply to Response to Motion

March 18, 2008

March 18, 2008

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40

Errata/Correction to Document

March 19, 2008

March 19, 2008

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Appearance - Attorney

March 20, 2008

March 20, 2008

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Notice of Docket Entry Modification

March 24, 2008

March 24, 2008

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Order

March 24, 2008

March 24, 2008

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43

Motion to Compel

March 25, 2008

March 25, 2008

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45

Motion for Protective Order

March 25, 2008

March 25, 2008

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44

Minute Order

March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008

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Notice of Docket Entry Modification

March 27, 2008

March 27, 2008

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46

Motion to Accelerate/Extend/Reset Hearing(s)/Deadline(s)

March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

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Brief in Support of Motion

March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

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48

Appearance - Attorney

March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

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Response in Opposition to Motion

March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

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Response in Opposition to Motion

March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008

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Minutes of Motion Hearing

March 31, 2008

March 31, 2008

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Motion(s) Referred

April 1, 2008

April 1, 2008

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Motion to Accelerate/Extend/Reset Hearing(s)/Deadline(s)

April 2, 2008

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Order

April 2, 2008

April 2, 2008

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54

Order

April 2, 2008

April 2, 2008

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55

Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice

April 4, 2008

April 4, 2008

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56

Order

April 7, 2008

April 7, 2008

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57

Appearance - Attorney

April 11, 2008

April 11, 2008

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58

Motion to Dismiss

April 11, 2008

April 11, 2008

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Motion to Reconsider

April 16, 2008

April 16, 2008

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60

Brief in Support of Motion

April 16, 2008

April 16, 2008

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61

Minute Order

April 17, 2008

April 17, 2008

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Motion for Protective Order

April 18, 2008

April 18, 2008

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Motion to Expedite Ruling

April 18, 2008

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Motion(s) Referred

April 21, 2008

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Notice of Docket Entry Modification

April 21, 2008

April 21, 2008

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Appearance - Attorney

April 21, 2008

April 21, 2008

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64

Motion to Exceed Page Limitation

April 21, 2008

April 21, 2008

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66

Order

April 23, 2008

April 23, 2008

PACER
67

Motion for Extension of Time to Answer

April 23, 2008

April 23, 2008

PACER
68

OPINION AND ORDER by Magistrate Judge Frank H McCarthy ; setting/resetting deadline(s)/hearing(s): ( Miscellaneous Deadline set for 4/29/2008, Miscellaneous Hearing set for 4/30/2008 at 09:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Frank H McCarthy); denying 65 Motion to Expedite Ruling (FHM1, Chambers)

April 23, 2008

April 23, 2008

RECAP
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Motion to Exceed Page Limitation

April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008

PACER
70

Errata/Correction to Document

April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008

PACER
71

Order

April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008

PACER
72

Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction

April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008

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73

Motion to Seal Document(s)

April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008

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Order

April 25, 2008

April 25, 2008

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Order

April 25, 2008

April 25, 2008

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Sealed Document

April 25, 2008

April 25, 2008

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Motion to Dismiss

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View on PACER

April 28, 2008

April 28, 2008

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Brief in Support of Motion

April 28, 2008

April 28, 2008

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Notice (Other)

April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008

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Status Report

April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008

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Setting/Resetting Deadline(s)/Hearing(s)

April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008

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82

Response in Opposition to Motion

April 29, 2008

April 29, 2008

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83

Response in Opposition to Motion

May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

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84

Motion for Protective Order

May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

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Brief in Support of Motion

May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

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Response in Opposition to Motion

May 5, 2008

May 5, 2008

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Reply to Response to Motion

May 12, 2008

May 12, 2008

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Appearance - Attorney

May 12, 2008

May 12, 2008

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Response in Opposition to Motion

May 12, 2008

May 12, 2008

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Motion to Exceed Page Limitation

May 14, 2008

May 14, 2008

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Order

May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008

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Motion to Supplement

May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008

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Errata/Correction to Document

May 15, 2008

May 15, 2008

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Order

May 16, 2008

May 16, 2008

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Case Details

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Child Welfare

Special Collection(s):

Post-WalMart decisions on class certification

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 13, 2008

Case Ongoing: Perhaps, but long-dormant

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

The class of plaintiffs includes all children who are or will be in the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (1) due to a report or suspicion of abuse or neglect; or (2) who are or will be adjudicated deprived due to abuse or neglect.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Children's Rights, Inc.

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Oklahoma, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (AACWA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 620 et seq.

Adoption Assistance Program, 42 U.S.C. §§ 670 et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 6,011,888.80

Order Duration: 2012 - 2019

Content of Injunction:

Auditing

Goals (e.g., for hiring, admissions)

Hire

Monitor/Master

Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention

Reporting

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Access to public accommodations - governmental

Adoption

Classification / placement

Counseling

Emergency shelter

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Family reunification

Foster care (benefits, training)

Funding

Incident/accident reporting & investigations

Individualized planning

Juveniles

Neglect by staff

Parents (visitation, involvement)

Placement in shelters

Siblings (visitation, placement)

Special education

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Timeliness of case assignment

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Benefit Source:

Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act