Case: Cajune v. Lake County

9:09-cv-00164 | U.S. District Court for the District of Montana

Filed Date: Nov. 19, 2009

Closed Date: 2011

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Case Summary

On November 19, 2009, the plaintiff, a pregnant inmate, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against Lake County, its sheriff, and the medical doctor and chief officer of its detention facility, under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment and Article II, Sections 10 and 22 of the Montana Constitution. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Montana, asked the court for declaratory relief, and nominal, compensat…

On November 19, 2009, the plaintiff, a pregnant inmate, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Montana against Lake County, its sheriff, and the medical doctor and chief officer of its detention facility, under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment and Article II, Sections 10 and 22 of the Montana Constitution. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project and the ACLU of Montana, asked the court for declaratory relief, and nominal, compensatory and punitive damages.

Specifically, plaintiff claimed that the defendants unconstitutionally denied necessary medical care while she was jailed in the county detention facility. While undergoing a long-term drug addiction treatment program, the plaintiff was incarcerated in the detention facility, where she claims she was denied her prescribed medication. The complaint alleges that the plaintiff became extremely ill as a result of withdrawal from the medication and that she was eventually released from the detention facility due to medical complications.

On March 3, 2011, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the medical doctor from the lawsuit. Subsequently on March 14, 2011, the defendants moved for summary judgment. On April 4, 2011, before the court ruled on the motion, the parties agreed to settle the case, pursuant to which, Lake County adopted a policy for medical care for pregnant inmate addition to opiates. On April 5, 2011, the District Court (Judge Donald W. Molloy) dismissed the case with prejudice, with each party to pay its own costs.

Summary Authors

Christina Bonanni (10/17/2013)

People


Judge(s)

Molloy, Donald W. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)

Camp, Susan Talcott (New York)

Griffing, Betsy (Montana)

Guittari, Jennifer Ann (Montana)

Kasdan, Diana (New York)

Munro, Gregory S (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cooney, Dee Ann (Montana)

Johnson, C.J. (Montana)

Kalkstein, Gary (Montana)

Judge(s)

Molloy, Donald W. (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Amiri, Brigitte A. (New York)

Camp, Susan Talcott (New York)

Griffing, Betsy (Montana)

Guittari, Jennifer Ann (Montana)

Kasdan, Diana (New York)

Munro, Gregory S (Montana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cooney, Dee Ann (Montana)

Johnson, C.J. (Montana)

Kalkstein, Gary (Montana)

Sehestedt, Michael W (Montana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Cajune v Lake County

April 5, 2011 Docket
1

Complaint [PACER]

Cajune v Lake County

Nov. 19, 2009 Complaint
41

Stipulation of Dismissal and Settlement Agreement

April 4, 2011 Settlement Agreement
42

Order Dismissing With Prejudice

Cajune v Lake County

April 5, 2011 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Bethany Cajune v. Lake County

ACLU

Bethany Cajune was about five months pregnant when she was incarcerated in the Lake County Jail for traffic violations. She had been undergoing treatment for addiction to painkillers, but the jailers… April 6, 2011 https://www.aclumontana.org/en/cases/bethany-cajune-v-lake-county

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Montana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 19, 2009

Closing Date: 2011

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Pregnant inmate addicted to opiates.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Lake County (Polson, Lake), State

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Due Process

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Voluntary Dismissal

Amount Defendant Pays: 0

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Affected Gender:

Female

Medical/Mental Health:

Medication, administration of

Type of Facility:

Government-run