Case: Carson P. ex rel. Foreman v. Heineman

4:05-cv-03241 | U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

Filed Date: Sept. 19, 2005

Closed Date: 2007

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Case Summary

On September 19, 2005, seven foster children filed a putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Governor of Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Plaintiffs, represented by Children's Rights, Inc., the Nebraska Appleseed Center, and private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that Defendants were violating Plaintiffs' substantive and proced…

On September 19, 2005, seven foster children filed a putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Governor of Nebraska and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. The Plaintiffs, represented by Children's Rights, Inc., the Nebraska Appleseed Center, and private counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that Defendants were violating Plaintiffs' substantive and procedural due process rights under the United States Constitution; Plaintiffs' rights under the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (AACWA) and the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program of the Medicaid Act. Plaintiffs also contended that Defendants were in breach of their own obligations under the state's State Plan contracts with the federal government under Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act by denying Plaintiffs' rights to services and benefits as direct third-party beneficiaries of these State Plan contracts.

On January 19, 2007, the District Court (Judge Richard G. Kopf) entered a memorandum and order adopting Magistrate Judge David L. Piestar's Report and Recommendation denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss on Younger abstention grounds. Specifically, the Court found Plaintiffs' proposed class definition to be "both ambiguous and inconsistent with [Plaintiffs'] stated intent," and held that, even if less vague, the intended class lacked commonality and typicality. The Court further concluded that, under the doctrine announced in Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), the federal court should abstain from exercising jurisdiction in cases where equitable relief would interfere with pending state proceedings (here, the children's state juvenile court proceedings) in a way that offends principles of comity and federalism. The Court subsequently entered judgment for Defendants. Carson P. ex rel. Foreman v. Heineman, 240 F.R.D. 456 (D. Neb. 2007).

Summary Authors

Dan Whitman (4/4/2015)

People

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Judge(s)

Kopf, Richard George (Nebraska)

Piester, David L. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adelman, Stanley J. (Illinois)

Auten, Anne C. (Illinois)

Carter, Jennifer A. (Nebraska)

Colleran, Kevin (Nebraska)

Crean, Tara S. (New York)

Gray, Douglas C. (New York)

Grennan, Thomas A. (Nebraska)

Jensen, Marnie A. (Nebraska)

Judge(s)

Kopf, Richard George (Nebraska)

Piester, David L. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adelman, Stanley J. (Illinois)

Auten, Anne C. (Illinois)

Carter, Jennifer A. (Nebraska)

Colleran, Kevin (Nebraska)

Crean, Tara S. (New York)

Gray, Douglas C. (New York)

Grennan, Thomas A. (Nebraska)

Jensen, Marnie A. (Nebraska)

Lowry, Marcia Robinson (New York)

Lustbader, Ira P. (New York)

Mumgaard, D. Milo (Nebraska)

Sinha, Priy (New York)

Summerlin, V. Gene (Nebraska)

Tricker, Edward H. (Nebraska)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barton, Gregory D. (Nebraska)

Engler, Timothy R. (Nebraska)

Heinrich, Christopher R. (Nebraska)

Rumbaugh, Michael J. (Nebraska)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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Docket

Jan. 26, 2007 Docket
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Complaint

Sept. 19, 2005 Complaint
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Amended Class Action Complaint

Feb. 13, 2006 Complaint
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Memorandum & Order Adopting Report & Recommendation Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

240 F.R.D. 456

Jan. 19, 2007 Order/Opinion

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Carson P. v. Heineman

National Center for Youth Law

Plaintiffs filed this case on behalf of five children who have suffered physical and psychological harm while in the custody of the Nebraska Division of Health and Human Services (HHS), and as a clas… https://youthlaw.org/case/carson-p-v-heineman/

Docket

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COMPLAINT against Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling. Six Summons(es) issued, with receipt number 407291, in the amount of $ 250. Filed by Attorney Stanley J. Adelman, Marcia Robinson Lowry, D. Milo Mumgaard, V. Gene Summerlin, Jr., on behalf of Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Attachments: # 1 E-mail to Clerk)(GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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CIVIL COVER SHEET (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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Summons Issued (COPY) as to defendant Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Stanley J. Adelman for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Marcia Robinson Lowry for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Ira P. Lustbader for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Douglas C. Gray for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Tara S. Crean for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Anne C. Auten for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 9/19/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney D. Milo Mumgaard has not registered for admittance to practice or registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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MOTION to Certify Class by Attorney V. Gene Summerlin, Jr on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D.(Summerlin, V.) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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INDEX Support Motion to Certify Class 11 by Attorney V. Gene Summerlin, Jr on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Summerlin, V.) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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BRIEF Support Motion to Certify Class 11 by Attorney V. Gene Summerlin, Jr on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D.(Summerlin, V.) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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NOTICE of Compliance with Local Civil Rule 5.3(A)(1) by Attorney V. Gene Summerlin, Jr on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D. (Summerlin, V.) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Marnie A. Jensen has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Ira P. Lustbader has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Marcia Robinson Lowry has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Douglas C. Gray has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Tara S. Crean has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Jennifer Alice Carter has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Anne C. Auten has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Stanley J. Adelman has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (GJG, ) (Entered: 09/19/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Dave Heineman on 9/21/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Dennis Loose on 9/21/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Nancy Montanez on 9/23/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Richard Nelson on 9/21/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Todd Reckling on 9/21/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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SUMMONS Returned Executed upon defendant Joann Schaefer on 9/21/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Certified Mail Receipts)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/27/2005)

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MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer by Attorney Michael J. Rumbaugh on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Rumbaugh, Michael) (Entered: 10/07/2005)

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ORDER granting 29 Motion for Extension of Time to Answer Dave Heineman answer due 11/10/2005; Nancy Montanez answer due 11/10/2005; Joann Schaefer answer due 11/10/2005; Richard Nelson answer due 11/10/2005; Dennis Loose answer due 11/10/2005; Todd Reckling answer due 11/10/2005. THIS IS A TEXT ONLY ENTRY. A PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS ENTRY. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 10/7/2005. (JAR) (Entered: 10/07/2005)

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SCHEDULING PACKET - Rule 26 Meeting Report Deadline set for 10/28/2005. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 10/11/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 10/11/2005)

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ORDER - Counsel and unrepresented parties shall meet and confer in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and, by October 28, 2005, file their Report of Parties' Planning Conference. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 10/11/2005. (GJG, ) (Entered: 10/11/2005)

Oct. 11, 2005 RECAP
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NOTICE of Appearance by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 10/14/2005)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 10/14/2005)

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MOTION to Extend Time to Respond to MOTION to Certify Class 11 by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 10/14/2005)

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Certificate of Service by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D.(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 10/18/2005)

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NOTICE of Appearance by Attorney Gregory D. Barton on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Barton, Gregory) (Entered: 10/18/2005)

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Joint STIPULATION for Entry of Confidentiality Order by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Crystal Foreman, Jodell Bruns, Danielle D. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 10/20/2005)

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BRIEF In Opposition to Motion to Extend 35 Time to Respond to Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 10/24/2005)

Oct. 24, 2005 PACER
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ORDER granting 38 Stipulation for Confidentiality Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 10/25/2005. (JAR) (Entered: 10/25/2005)

Oct. 25, 2005 RECAP
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REPLY BRIEF in Opposition to Brief, 39 by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 10/27/2005)

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REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 10/28/2005)

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ORDER granting 35 Motion to Extend Time to Respond. After a Telephonic Conference was held, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. The defendants' motion for enlargement of time, filing 35, is granted. The defendants are given until February 1, 2006 to respond to the plaintiffs' filing 11 motion for class certification. Discovery schedule implemented. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 11/2/2005. (JAR) (Entered: 11/03/2005)

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NOTICE of Mailing (discovery requests) by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 11/10/2005)

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ANSWER to Complaint by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 11/10/2005)

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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 11/14/2005)

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NOTICE of Service (Rule 26 Disclosures) by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 11/21/2005)

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NOTICE of Serving Initial Disclosures by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 11/21/2005)

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NOTICE of Service (Rule 26 Disclosure Documents) by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 12/02/2005)

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NOTICE of Serving Initial Disclosure Documents by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 12/06/2005)

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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 12/13/2005)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Crystal Foreman by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 12/15/2005)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Jodell Bruns by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 12/15/2005)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Susan Nowak by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 12/20/2005)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Sara Jensen by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 12/20/2005)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Sherri Wheeler by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 12/20/2005)

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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 01/05/2006)

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NOTICE of Service of Discovery Responses by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 01/26/2006)

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NOTICE of Service of Supplemental Rule 26 Disclosures by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 01/26/2006)

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Unopposed MOTION to Amend Complaint, 1 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Attachments: # 1)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 01/30/2006)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Micheline Creager by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 02/06/2006)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Vanessa Nkwocha by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 02/06/2006)

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ORDER granting 60 Motion to Amend Complaint. Plaintiffs are directed to file their Amended Class Action Complaint with the Clerk of the Court; ETC. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 2/10/2006. (JAR) (Entered: 02/10/2006)

Feb. 10, 2006 RECAP
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AMENDED COMPLAINT against Defendant all defendants, by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 02/13/2006)

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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Christopher R. Heinrich on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Heinrich, Christopher) (Entered: 02/14/2006)

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NOTICE to Take Deposition of Vanessa Nkwocha (Amended) by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling (Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

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Certificate of Service by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006 PACER
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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006 PACER
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Certificate of Service of Discovery Document by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling.(JAR) (Entered: 03/10/2006)

March 9, 2006 PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling.(JAR) (Entered: 03/10/2006)

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INDEX in Support of MOTION to Dismiss 70 and in Opposition to MOTION to Certify Class 11, by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling. Modified on 9/27/2007 to attach documents. (JAB) (Entered: 03/10/2006)

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STIPULATION Regarding Scheduling by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 03/14/2006)

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MEMORANDUM AND ORDER regarding Motion to Dismiss 70, and Stipulation 75 . IT IS ORDERED: 1. The parties' "Stipulation Regarding Scheduling" (filing 75 ), construed as a motion to enlarge response times, is granted in part as follows;2. Plaintiffs shall file their opposition to the defendants' Motion to Dismiss(filing 70 ) on or before April 14, 2006; 3. Defendants shall file their reply, if any, in further support of their Motion to Dismiss on or before May 5, 2006;4. The Clerk of Court shall adjust the court's computerized record-keepingsystem to reflect that the "response due" date on the defendants' Motionto Dismiss (filing 70 ) is now May 5, 2006; 5. Magistrate Judge Piester shall rule on the portion of the parties' "Stipulation Regarding Scheduling" (filing 75 ) pertaining to the plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and Appointment of Class Counsel (filing 11 ). Signed by Judge Richard G. Kopf on 3/15/2006. (JAR) (Entered: 03/15/2006)

March 15, 2006 RECAP
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ORDER granting 75 Stipulation. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED the parties' stipulation, filing 75, insofar as it relates to the deadlines for responses to the pending motions for class certification and appointment of class counsel, is granted and the parties shall comply with the following scheduling dates: Plaintiffs shall serve and file any reply papers in further support of Plaintiffs' Motion forClass Certification and Appointment of Class Counsel (Filing 11 ) on or before March 31, 2006. Signed by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester on 3/16/2006. (JAR, ) (Entered: 03/16/2006)

March 16, 2006 RECAP
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STRICKEN - INDEX support MOTION to Certify Class 11 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) Modified on 4/5/2006 to add "stricken" text pursuant to Order 86 .(JAR) (Entered: 03/31/2006)

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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 03/31/2006)

March 31, 2006 PACER
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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Priy Sinha for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., and Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 4/4/2006. (JAR) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 4, 2006 PACER
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APPLICATION/ORDER admitting pro hac vice Attorney Elissa Hendler for Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., and Susan Nowak. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 4/4/2006. (JAR) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 4, 2006 PACER
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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Priy Sinha has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (JAR) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 4, 2006 PACER
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ATTORNEY LETTER by Clerk that Attorney Elissa Hendler has not registered for the system. If the requested action is not taken within fifteen (15) days of the date of this letter, this matter will be referred to the assigned magistrate judge for the entry of a show cause order. (JAR) (Entered: 04/04/2006)

April 4, 2006 PACER
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STRIKE ORDER that Pursuant to General Order Number 2006-01, the Index, 78 is stricken for the following reason: Duplicate of Sealed Index number 83 . THIS IS A TEXT ONLY ENTRY. A PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS ENTRY. Signed by Deputy Clerk on 4/5/2006. (JAR) (Entered: 04/05/2006)

April 5, 2006 PACER
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NOTICE of Service by Attorney Jennifer Alice Carter on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Carter, Jennifer) (Entered: 04/14/2006)

April 14, 2006 PACER
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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION to the Honorable Richard G. Kopf regarding MOTION to Dismiss 70, and MOTION to Certify Class 11 . The parties are notified that a failure to file an objection to this recommendation as provided in the local rules of this court may be held to be a waiver of any right to appeal the court's adoption of the recommendation.Ordered by Magistrate Judge David L. Piester (JAR) (Entered: 08/16/2006)

Aug. 16, 2006 RECAP
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STIPULATION Regarding Scheduling by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 08/17/2006)

Aug. 17, 2006 PACER
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MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - The parties' Stipulation Regarding Scheduling (filing 91 ) is granted. Either party shall serve and file any Statement of Objection to the Magistrate Judge's August 16, 2006, Report and Recommendation (filing 90 ) on or before September 29, 2006. Briefs opposing such objections shall be filed on or before November 13, 2006. Reply briefs, if any, shall be served and filed on or before November 30, 2006. The Clerk of Court shall adjust the court's internal computerized recordkeeping system to reflect that the "Response Due" date on Filing 11 (Motion to Certify Class), Filing 70 (Motion to Dismiss), and Filing 90 (Report and Recommendation) is November 30, 2006. Ordered by Judge Richard G. Kopf (GJG, ) (Entered: 08/21/2006)

Aug. 21, 2006 RECAP
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OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 28, 2006 PACER
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NOTICE REGARDING ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE 95 (Notice of firm name change) by Deputy Clerk. This document does not comply with Administrative Procedure II.C regarding signatures or the attorney login does not match the s/ signature on this document. This notice is for your information for future filings. THIS IS A TEXT ONLY ENTRY. A PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS ENTRY.(CCB) (Entered: 10/02/2006)

Sept. 28, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF in Support of OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 93 by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 28, 2006 PACER
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NOTICE of Firm Name Change by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/28/2006)

Sept. 28, 2006 PACER
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OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Jacob P., Carson P., Bobbi W., Hannah A., Paulette V., Danielle D.(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

Sept. 29, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF Support of OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 96 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Jacob P., Carson P., Bobbi W., Hannah A., Paulette V., Danielle D.(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

Sept. 29, 2006 PACER
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INDEX in support of OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 96 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Jacob P., Carson P., Bobbi W., Hannah A., Paulette V., Danielle D. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Authorities)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

2 Supplement Authorities

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Sept. 29, 2006 PACER
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MOTION to Strike Index, 98 by Attorney Gregory D. Barton on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Barton, Gregory) (Entered: 10/11/2006)

Oct. 11, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF in Support of MOTION to Strike Index, 98 100 by Attorney Gregory D. Barton on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Barton, Gregory) (Entered: 10/11/2006)

Oct. 11, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF In Opposition to MOTION to Strike Index, 98 100 by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Douglas C. Gray)(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 10/25/2006)

2 Declaration of Douglas C. Gray

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Oct. 25, 2006 PACER
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NOTICE OF INDEX OF EVIDENCE 102 by Deputy Clerk. Pursuant to Administrative Procedure IV.C, evidence in support of or in opposition to a motion shall be identified on an electronically-filed index of evidence. The index of evidence must identify the motion to which it relates. Attachments to the index must be described using the System-generated prompt box. This notice is for your information for future filings. THIS IS A TEXT ONLY ENTRY. A PDF DOCUMENT IS NOT ATTACHED TO THIS ENTRY.(BMH, ) (Entered: 10/30/2006)

Oct. 30, 2006 PACER
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REPLY BRIEF Brief, 102 in Response to Plaintiffs' Brief in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Strike by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 11/06/2006)

Nov. 6, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF In Opposition to Plaintiffs' Statement of Objection to Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 11/13/2006)

Nov. 13, 2006 PACER
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BRIEF in Opposition to Defendants' Statement of Objection to Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation by Attorney Marnie A. Jensen on behalf of Plaintiffs Cheryl H., Sara Jensen, Jacob P., Carson P., Crystal Foreman, Sherri Wheeler, Micheline Creager, Bobbi W., Vanessa Nkwocha, Hannah A., Paulette V., Jodell Bruns, Danielle D., Susan Nowak(Jensen, Marnie) (Entered: 11/13/2006)

Nov. 13, 2006 PACER
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REPLY BRIEF In Support of OBJECTION to Report and Recommendation, 90 93 by Attorney Timothy R. Engler on behalf of Defendants Dave Heineman, Nancy Montanez, Joann Schaefer, Richard Nelson, Dennis Loose, Todd Reckling(Engler, Timothy) (Entered: 11/30/2006)

Nov. 30, 2006 PACER

State / Territory: Nebraska

Case Type(s):

Child Welfare

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 19, 2005

Closing Date: 2007

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All foster children who are or will be in the legal custody of [the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services], including those alleged or adjudicated to be abused, neglected or abandoned by their parent, guardian or custodian, and those alleged or adjudicated to be wayward, uncontrollable or habitually truant.

Plaintiff Type(s):

State Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Appleseed

Children's Rights, Inc.

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (Lincoln, Lancaster), 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.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Amount Defendant Pays: 0

Issues

General:

Adoption

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Classification / placement

Education

Emergency shelter

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Family reunification

Foster care (benefits, training)

Funding

Individualized planning

Juveniles

Neglect by staff

Parents (visitation, involvement)

Pattern or Practice

Placement in shelters

Record-keeping

Sexual abuse by residents/inmates

Siblings (visitation, placement)

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Visiting

Medical/Mental Health:

Dental care

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Benefit Source:

Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act

Medicaid