Case: Rucker v. Spokane County

2:12-cv-05157 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Filed Date: Nov. 20, 2012

Closed Date: 2015

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Case Summary

On November 20th, 2012, a class of plaintiffs who had been jailed in Spokane County, Washington for unpaid financial obligations filed this lawsuit in the Eastern District of Washington. The plaintiffs sued Spokane County for violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the Center for Justice and private counsel, asked the court for monetary damages. The plaintiffs claimed that Spokane County violated their due process rights by jailin…

On November 20th, 2012, a class of plaintiffs who had been jailed in Spokane County, Washington for unpaid financial obligations filed this lawsuit in the Eastern District of Washington. The plaintiffs sued Spokane County for violations of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by the Center for Justice and private counsel, asked the court for monetary damages.

The plaintiffs claimed that Spokane County violated their due process rights by jailing them for unpaid legal financial obligations (LFOs). They claim that the County's practice of using non-attorney employees in the County Clerk's office to make sentencing orders and provide legal advice violated the plaintiff's constitutional rights. Moreover, the plaintiffs claim their rights were violated by the County's practice of sentencing jail time for unpaid LFOs without a hearing.

The parties exchanged Discovery and agreed to pursue a settlement agreement.

On September 19th, 2014, the court (Judge Lonny R. Suko) certified the class and preliminarily approved of the proposed settlement agreement. The Defendant denied all allegations, but agreed to settle and pay damages of $349,967.68 to the class.

Summary Authors

Michael Abrams (11/21/2016)

People

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Judge(s)

Suko, Lonny R. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beggs, Breean Lawrence (Washington)

Biviano, Andrew Sean (Washington)

Finer, Jeffry Keith (Washington)

Patterson, Michael A. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Kitson, Michael (Washington)

Judge(s)

Suko, Lonny R. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beggs, Breean Lawrence (Washington)

Biviano, Andrew Sean (Washington)

Finer, Jeffry Keith (Washington)

Patterson, Michael A. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Kitson, Michael (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Feb. 25, 2015 Docket
1

Complaint for Violations of Civil Rights

Nov. 20, 2012 Complaint
6

Amended Complaint for Violations of Civil Rights Class Action Certification Pending

Dec. 18, 2012 Complaint
28

Order Re: Motions for Partial Summary Judgment

Nov. 25, 2013 Order/Opinion
70

Order Granting Joint Motion for Class Certification for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement

Sept. 19, 2014 Order/Opinion
83

Order Granting Joint Motion for Final Approval of Class Settlement and Award of Attorneys Fees, Costs, and Incentive Awards

Feb. 25, 2015 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5526396/rucker-v-spokane-county/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 4:01 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL RIGHTS − CLASS ACTION CERTIFICATION PENDING against Spokane County ( Filing fee $ 350; Receipt # SPO017751). Summons issued. Filed by Betty Rucker. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(PL, Case Administrator) (Entered: 11/20/2012)

Nov. 20, 2012
28

ORDER RE MOTIONS FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT - granting 14 Motion for Partial Summary Judgment; and the Plaintiffs Cross-Motion For Partial Summary Judgment 18 is DENIED. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (CC, Case Administrator)

Nov. 26, 2013 RECAP
70

ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION FOR SETTLEMENT PURPOSES AND PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF PROPOSED SETTLEMENT - granting 64 Motion to Certify Class. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (CC, Case Administrator)

Sept. 19, 2014 RECAP
2

NOTICE of Appearance by Michael Alexander Patterson on behalf of Spokane County (Patterson, Michael) (Entered: 11/30/2012)

Nov. 30, 2012
3

NOTICE of Appearance by Michael T Kitson on behalf of All Defendants (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 11/30/2012)

Nov. 30, 2012
4

SUMMONS Returned Executed by All Plaintiffs re Spokane County. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/05/2012)

Dec. 5, 2012
5

First AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATIONS OF CIVIL RIGHTS against All Defendants. Filed by Betty Rucker.(Beggs, Breean) Modified on 12/21/2012 COMPLAINT WAS REFILED UNDER ECF NO. 6 WITH CORRECTION OF TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS (CV, Case Administrator). (Entered: 12/11/2012)

Dec. 11, 2012
6

Praecipe filed by Betty Rucker: Re 5 Amended Complaint. Description: typographical errors par. 15 & 24. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/18/2012)

Dec. 18, 2012
7

ANSWER to Complaint by All Defendants.(Patterson, Michael) Modified on 1/23/2013 JURY DEMAND INCLUDED (CV, Case Administrator). (Entered: 01/22/2013)

Jan. 22, 2013
8

SCHEDULING CONFERENCE NOTICE: Telephonic Scheduling Conference set for 3/13/2013 at 9:00 AM before Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Consent to Magistrate)(LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 01/29/2013)

Jan. 29, 2013
9

Amended ANSWER to Complaint with jury demand. by All Defendants.(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 02/27/2013)

Feb. 27, 2013
10

Joint Certificate Pursuant to LR 26.1 / LR 16.1 by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Discovery Plan)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 02/27/2013)

Feb. 27, 2013
11

Minute Entry for TELEPHONIC proceedings held before Judge Lonny R. Suko: Scheduling Conference held on 3/13/2013. (Reported/Recorded by: Not Reported) (LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 03/13/2013)

March 13, 2013
12

SCHEDULING ORDER: Telephonic Status Conference set for 1/28/2014 09:30 AM via Telephonic Argument before Judge Lonny R. Suko. Telephonic Pretrial Conference set for 4/8/2014 at 09:30 AM via Telephonic Argument before Judge Lonny R. Suko. Jury Trial set for 4/21/2014 at 01:00 PM in Spokane before Judge Lonny R. Suko. Signed by Judge Lonny R. Suko. (CV, Case Administrator) (Entered: 03/18/2013)

March 18, 2013
13

NOTICE of Association of Counsel by Andrew Sean Biviano on behalf of All Plaintiffs (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 08/21/2013)

Aug. 21, 2013
14

MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 11/14/2013 at 11:00 AM in Spokane before Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 09/25/2013)

Sept. 25, 2013
15

STATEMENT OF Material FACTS re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 09/25/2013)

Sept. 25, 2013
16

DECLARATION by Michael T. Kitson in Support re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit 1 Page 5−40, # 2 Exhibit Exhibit 2 Page 41−51, # 3 Exhibit Exhibit 3 Page 52−56, # 4 Exhibit Exhibit 4 Page 57−58, # 5 Exhibit Exhibit 5 Page 59−60, # 6 Exhibit Exhibit 6 Page 61−63, # 7 Exhibit Exhibit 7 Page 64−66, # 8 Exhibit Exhibit 8 Page 67−69, # 9 Exhibit Exhibit 9 Page 70−72, # 10 Exhibit Exhibit 10 Page 73−75, # 11 Exhibit Exhibit 11 Page 76−78, # 12 Exhibit Exhibit 12 Page 79−83, # 13 Exhibit Exhibit 13 Page 84−119, # 14 Exhibit Exhibit 14 Page 120−132, # 15 Exhibit Exhibit 15 Page 133−134)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 09/25/2013)

Sept. 25, 2013
17

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE as to 16 Declaration in Support of Motion,, for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 09/26/2013)

Sept. 26, 2013
18

RESPONSE to Motion re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013
19

STATEMENT OF RESPONSIVE MATERIAL FACTS re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Exhibit A)(Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 10/15/2013)

Oct. 15, 2013
20

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 10/29/2013)

Oct. 29, 2013
21

MOTION to Expedite by All Plaintiffs. Motion Hearing set for 11/7/2013 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 10/31/2013)

Oct. 31, 2013
22

ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR EXPEDITED HEARING ON PLAINTIFF'S CROSS MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT − GRANTED 21 MOTION to Expedite filed by Betty Rucker. Motion 14 for Partial Summary Judgment is set for 11/14/2013 at 11:00 AM in Spokane. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (VR, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 11/01/2013)

Nov. 1, 2013
23

RESPONSE to Motion re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Michael T. Kitson)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 11/05/2013)

Nov. 5, 2013
24

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael). Document sealed and no longer available. This document was previously filed at ECF No. 20 . Attorney to file the correct document . Modified on 11/6/13 to seal document(PL, Case Administrator). (Entered: 11/05/2013)

Nov. 5, 2013
25

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 11/06/2013)

Nov. 6, 2013
26

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment and Plaintiff's Cross Motion for Partial Summary Judgment filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 11/12/2013)

Nov. 12, 2013
27

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko: Motion Hearing held on 11/14/2013 re 14 MOTION for Partial Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County and Plaintiff's Cross Motion. (Reported/Recorded by: Debra Kinney Clark) (LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 11/14/2013)

Nov. 14, 2013
29

MOTION for Summary Judgment by Betty Rucker. Motion Hearing set for 2/5/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/17/2013)

Dec. 17, 2013
30

STATEMENT OF MATERIAL FACTS re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Betty Rucker. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/17/2013)

Dec. 17, 2013
31

DECLARATION by Breean Beggs in Support re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Betty Rucker. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit, # 2 Exhibit, # 3 Exhibit, # 4 Exhibit)(Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/17/2013)

Dec. 17, 2013
33

MOTION to Certify Class by All Plaintiffs. Motion Hearing set for 2/5/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
34

DECLARATION by Breean Beggs in Support re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by All Plaintiffs. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
35

DECLARATION by Jeffry K. Finer in Support re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by All Plaintiffs. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
36

DECLARATION by Andrew S. Biviano in Support re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by All Plaintiffs. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
37

Submission of Proposed Order Re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by Betty Rucker ; filed by All Plaintiffs. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
38

MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages in Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification by All Plaintiffs. Motion Hearing set for 2/5/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
39

Submission of Proposed Order Re 38 MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages in Memorandum in Support of Motion for Class Certification filed by Betty Rucker ; filed by All Plaintiffs. (Beggs, Breean) (Entered: 12/24/2013)

Dec. 24, 2013
40

ORDER GRANTING 38 Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Text−only entry; no PDF will follow. This text−only entry constitutes the Court order or notice on the matter. (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 12/26/2013)

Dec. 26, 2013
41

Stipulated MOTION to Amend/Correct Case Schedule by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 1/2/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 12/27/2013)

Dec. 27, 2013
42

MOTION to Expedite Hearing on Stipulated Motion to Amend Case Schedule by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 1/2/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 12/27/2013)

Dec. 27, 2013
43

ORDER GRANTING 42 Motion to Expedite Hearing. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Text−only entry; no PDF will follow. This text−only entry constitutes the Court order or notice on the matter. (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 12/30/2013)

Dec. 30, 2013
44

ORDER GRANTING STIPULATED MOTION TO AMEND SCHEDULE − GRANTED 41 Stipulated MOTION to Amend/Correct Case Schedule filed by Spokane County. Setting Hearing on 33 MOTION to Certify Class , 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment; Motion Hearing set for 4/15/2014 at 03:30 PM in Spokane. Jury Trial is continued to 10/6/2014 at 01:00 PM in Spokane. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (VR, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 01/06/2014)

Jan. 6, 2014
45

AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER: Telephonic Status Conference set for 7/8/2014 10:00 AM in Telephonic Argument. Final Telephonic Pretrial Conference/Motion Hearing set for 9/23/2014 at 09:30 AM in Telephonic Argument. Jury Trial shall commence at 1:00 p.m. on October 6, 2014, Spokane. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (VR, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 01/06/2014)

Jan. 6, 2014
46

RESPONSE to Motion re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/17/2014)

Jan. 17, 2014
47

STATEMENT OF Material FACTS re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/17/2014)

Jan. 17, 2014
48

DECLARATION by Michael T. Kitson in Opposition re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Kitson, Michael)

Jan. 17, 2014
50

DECLARATION by Scott Mason in Opposition re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/17/2014)

Jan. 17, 2014
51

Submission of Proposed Order Re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Betty Rucker ; filed by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/17/2014)

Jan. 17, 2014
52

MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 1/30/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/24/2014)

Jan. 24, 2014
53

MOTION to Expedite by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 1/30/2014 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/24/2014)

Jan. 24, 2014
54

ORDER GRANTING 52 Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages; and GRANTING 53 Motion to Expedite Hearing. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Text−only entry; no PDF will follow. This text−only entry constitutes the Court order or notice on the matter. (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 01/24/2014)

Jan. 24, 2014
55

RESPONSE to Motion re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/31/2014)

Jan. 31, 2014
56

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/31/2014)

Jan. 31, 2014
57

STATEMENT OF (PLAINTIFF'S REPLY) FACTS re 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/31/2014)

Jan. 31, 2014
58

REPLY MEMORANDUM re 33 MOTION to Certify Class filed by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix Appendix A, # 2 Appendix Appendix B)(Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 02/14/2014)

Feb. 14, 2014
59

NOTICE RESETTING Hearing on Motion − By Court − Text entry;no PDF document. Oral Argument Requested re 33 MOTION to Certify Class , 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment : Motion Hearing currently set for 4/14/14 is reset for 4/23/2014 at 11:00 AM in Spokane before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 03/20/2014)

March 20, 2014
60

NOTICE RESETTING Hearing on Motion − By Court − Text entry;no PDF document. Oral Argument Requested re 33 MOTION to Certify Class , 29 MOTION for Summary Judgment : The Motion Hearing currently set for 4/23/14 is reset to 5/15/2014 at 2:30 PM in Yakima before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 04/08/2014)

April 8, 2014
61

NOTICE of Cancellation − By Court: Counsel informed the Court this matter is resolved; all hearing dates are vacated. Settlement paperwork forthcoming − Text entry;no PDF document. (LMM, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 05/08/2014)

May 8, 2014
62

ORDER CLOSING FILE. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (VR, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 05/16/2014)

May 16, 2014
63

MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages on Joint Motion for Class Certification for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 8/26/2013 at 06:30 PM in Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 08/19/2014)

Aug. 19, 2014
64

MOTION to Certify Class for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 9/18/2014 at 02:00 PM in Telephonic Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 08/19/2014)

Aug. 19, 2014
66

ORDER GRANTING 63 Motion for Leave to File Excess Pages. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Text−only entry; no PDF will follow. This text−only entry constitutes the Court order or notice on the matter. (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 08/19/2014)

Aug. 19, 2014
67

NOTICE re hearing on 64 MOTION to Certify Class for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement . Counsel are directed to call the Court Conference Line: 1−877−336−1828; Access Code: 3470056; Security Code: 5157 at 2:00 p.m. on 9/18/14. (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 09/17/2014)

Sept. 17, 2014
68

Praecipe filed by Spokane County: Re 64 MOTION to Certify Class for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement , 65 Declaration in Support of Motion,. Description: correct language as directed by court. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 09/18/2014)

Sept. 18, 2014
69

Minute Entry for TELEPHONIC proceedings held before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko: Motion Hearing held on 9/18/2014 re 64 MOTION to Certify Class for Settlement Purposes and Preliminary Approval of Proposed Settlement filed by Spokane County. (Reported/Recorded by: Lynette F. Walters) (GT, Judicial Assistant) (Entered: 09/19/2014)

Sept. 18, 2014
71

Stipulated MOTION To Extend Opt Out Deadline re 70 Order on Motion to Certify Class by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 1/14/2015 Without Oral Argument before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/14/2015)

Jan. 14, 2015
72

ORDER GRANTING 71 Motion To Extend Opt Out Deadline re 70 Order on Motion to Certify Class by Spokane County. Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Text−only entry; no PDF will follow. This text−only entry constitutes the Court order or notice on the matter. (GT, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 01/15/2015)

Jan. 15, 2015
73

MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs and Incentive Award by All Plaintiffs. Motion Hearing set for 2/25/2015 at 02:00 PM in Richland Courtroom 189 before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
74

DECLARATION by Andrew S. Biviano in Support re 73 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs and Incentive Award filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
75

DECLARATION by Breean L. Beggs in Support re 73 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs and Incentive Award filed by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
76

DECLARATION by Jeffry K. Finer in Support re 73 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs and Incentive Award filed by All Plaintiffs. (Biviano, Andrew) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
77

Joint MOTION for Settlement of Class Action (Final Approval) by Spokane County. Motion Hearing set for 2/25/2015 at 02:00 PM in Richland Courtroom 189 before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
79

DECLARATION by Michael T. Kitson in Support re 77 Joint MOTION for Settlement of Class Action (Final Approval) filed by Spokane County. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, pp. 4 − 5, # 2 Exhibit B, pp. 6 − 8)(Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 01/28/2015)

Jan. 28, 2015
80

NOTICE of Hearing on Motion − By Court − Text entry; no PDF document. Oral Argument Requested re 77 Joint MOTION for Settlement of Class Action (Final Approval) , and 73 MOTION for Attorney Fees and Costs and Incentive Award : Motion Hearing RESET for 2/25/2015 at 2:00 PM Spokane Courtroom 755 before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. Change in location only. (GT, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 01/29/2015)

Jan. 29, 2015
81

DECLARATION of Colette Saunders of Service re 79 Declaration in Support of Motion, 78 Declaration in Support of Motion, by Spokane County. (Kitson, Michael) (Entered: 02/05/2015)

Feb. 5, 2015
82

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko: Motion Hearing held on 2/25/2015. (Reported/Recorded by: Mark A. Snover) (GT, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 02/25/2015)

Feb. 25, 2015
83

ORDER GRANTING JOINT MOITON FOR FINAL APPROVAL OF CLASS SETTLEMENT AND AWARD OF ATTORNEYS FEES, COSTS, AND INCENTIVE AWARD granting 73 Motion for Attorney Fees; granting 77 Motion for Settlement Signed by Senior Judge Lonny R. Suko. (VR, Courtroom Deputy) (Entered: 02/25/2015)

Feb. 25, 2015

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Criminal Justice (Other)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 20, 2012

Closing Date: 2015

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Plaintiffs are a class of thousands of men and women residing in Spokane County, Washington who faced criminal liability for unpaid financial obligations, and who were deprived of access to an attorney and other legal rights due to them.

Plaintiff Type(s):

City/County Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Spokane County, Washington (Spokane), County

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $349,967.68

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Commitment procedure

Courts

Over/Unlawful Detention

Pattern or Practice

Placement in detention facilities

Poverty/homelessness

Affected Gender:

Female

Male