Case: Dowl v. Williams

3:18-cv-00119 | U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska

Filed Date: May 22, 2018

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

On May 22, 2018, two prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, both practicing Muslims, brought this lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that prison officials failed numerous times to accommodate their religious needs during Ramadan. According to the plaintiffs, during both the 2017 and 2018 Ramadan seasons they received only two bagged meals per day, which were smaller, less in number, and lower in calorie count than the legally required amount. In some …

On May 22, 2018, two prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex, both practicing Muslims, brought this lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC), alleging that prison officials failed numerous times to accommodate their religious needs during Ramadan. According to the plaintiffs, during both the 2017 and 2018 Ramadan seasons they received only two bagged meals per day, which were smaller, less in number, and lower in calorie count than the legally required amount. In some instances these meals allegedly included sandwiches containing pork, which they did not eat because of their religious beliefs. They alleged that this “Ramadan Policy” violated the First Amendment's Free Exercise Clause, the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause, the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), they filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as attorneys' fees.

Since Ramadan was still ongoing at the time the complaint was filed, the plaintiffs also moved for a temporary restraining order or preliminary injunction that would compel prison officials to provide them with nutritionally adequate and pork-free meals through the end of Ramadan on June 15. The case was initially assigned to District Judge John W. Sedwick, but was re-assigned to District Judge H. Russel Holland on May 23, 2018 after Judge Sedwick recused himself (Judge Sedwick did not give a reason in his recusal order). After a hearing, Judge Holland granted the plaintiffs' motion for a temporary restraining order after deciding that they were likely to succeed on their RLUIPA claims. 2018 WL 2392498. The court reserved the issue of a preliminary injunction for later adjudication after the parties briefed the issue. But on May 31, the defendants stipulated that they would comply with the TRO's provisions through the end of the month of Ramadan and any subsequent Ramadan that occurred during the litigation. The plaintiffs withdrew the motion for preliminary injunction as moot.

The DOC filed its answer to the complaint on June 26, 2018, largely denying the plaintiffs' pertinent factual allegations. In addition, the department also asserted several affirmative defenses: that the DOC official defendants in the suit were protected by qualified immunity, that the plaintiffs’ alleged failure to exhaust administrative remedies made a lawsuit in federal court premature, and that the damages suffered by the plaintiffs were de minimis.

On July 6, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint to further allege that officials at the prison prohibited Muslims from holding religious services or study groups, while allowing Christian prisoners to do the same. The DOC denied these allegations in its answer filed on July 20, 2018.

After the parties proceeded through discovery, the court ordered the case ready for trial by the end of August 2019. But on September 3, the parties notified the court that they had reached a settlement. They filed the agreement with the court on September 5, 2019 and the court filed approval the next day. The court dismissed the case with prejudice and retained jurisdiction to enforce the settlement.

The settlement provided that prisoners fasting during the month of Ramadan would receive meals consisting of 3,000 calories per day, and that they would be two hot meals between sunset and dawn. The defendants agreed to provide pork-free meals with labels indicating as much. And the settlement provided that Muslim prisoners would be permitted to congregate for daily prayers, weekly religious services, and Islamic study groups. The settlement also included that CAIR would provide a four-hour religious sensitivity training to staff statewide. The defendants agreed to pay $102,500 in damages and attorneys' fees. The settlement did not indicate an enforcement period, but that the court would retain jurisdiction to enforce the settlement's terms.

The case appears closed.

Summary Authors

Alexander Walling (7/30/2018)

Chelsea Rinnig (1/15/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Holland, Hezekiah Russel (Alaska)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abbas, Gadeir Ibrahim (District of Columbia)

Homer, Carolyn M. (District of Columbia)

Masri, Lena Fatina (District of Columbia)

Mohamed, Ahmed M. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cicotte, Matthias (Alaska)

Judge(s)

Holland, Hezekiah Russel (Alaska)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Abbas, Gadeir Ibrahim (District of Columbia)

Homer, Carolyn M. (District of Columbia)

Masri, Lena Fatina (District of Columbia)

Mohamed, Ahmed M. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cicotte, Matthias (Alaska)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:18-cv-00119

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 6, 2019

Sept. 6, 2019

Docket
1

3:18-cv-00119

Complaint

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

Complaint
18

3:18-cv-00119

Order

2018 WL 2392498

May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

Order/Opinion
35

3:18-cv-00119

Amended Complaint

July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

Complaint
62-1

3:18-cv-00119

Settlement Agreement

Sept. 5, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/6856471/dowl-v-williams/

Last updated June 1, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT (Verified) against All Defendants ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 097--2521911.), filed by All Plaintiffs. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/22/2018)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

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2

MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order to supply adequate, pork-free nutrition during Ramadan by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Granting Temporary Restraining Order)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/22/2018)

1 Proposed Order Granting Temporary Restraining Order

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May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

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3

MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Lena F. Masri by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson.(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/22/2018)

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

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4

Civil Cover Sheet. (Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/22/2018)

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

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5

MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Gadeir I. Abbas by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson.(Abbas, Gadeir) (Entered: 05/22/2018)

May 22, 2018

May 22, 2018

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6

ORDER OF RECUSAL. Judge John W. Sedwick recused. Case reassigned to Judge H. Russel Holland for all further proceedings. Please use case number 3:18-cv-00119-HRH on all future filings. (BJK, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/23/2018)

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

PACER
7

ORDER re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order. Motion Hearing set for 5/24/2018 at 1:30 PM in Anchorage Courtroom 1 before H. Russel Holland.Counsel may participate telephonically by calling (907) 677-6246 with Access Code 599153 five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 5/23/2018. (SDW, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/23/2018)

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

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8

MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Carolyn M. Homer. ( Pro Hac Vice Admission fee $150.00 paid. Receipt number 097--2522648.) by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson.(Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/23/2018)

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

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9

DECLARATION of Lena Masri re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order to supply adequate, pork-free nutrition during Ramadan by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/23/2018)

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

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10

DECLARATION of Carolyn Homer Regarding Rule 65 Notice Efforts re 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order to supply adequate, pork-free nutrition during Ramadan by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/23/2018)

May 23, 2018

May 23, 2018

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Unissued summons re Defendant Dena Williams, (Attachments: # 1 Unissued Summons re Defendant Dan Aicher, # 2 Unissued Summons re Defendant Gwen Helms, # 3 Unissued Summons re Defendant Attorney General, # 4 Unissued Summons re Defendant Deborah Luper, # 5 Unissued Summons re Defendant Jason Mata, # 6 Unissued Summons re Defendant Gerald Sulliman, # 7 Unissued Summons re Defendant Clare Sullivan, # 8 Unissued Summons re Defendant April Wilkerson, # 9 Unissued Summons re Defendant Sidney Wood, # 10 Unissued Summons re Defendant Zane Nighswonger)(PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

1 Unissued Summons re Defendant Dan Aicher

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2 Unissued Summons re Defendant Gwen Helms

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3 Unissued Summons re Defendant Attorney General

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4 Unissued Summons re Defendant Deborah Luper

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5 Unissued Summons re Defendant Jason Mata

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6 Unissued Summons re Defendant Gerald Sulliman

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7 Unissued Summons re Defendant Clare Sullivan

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8 Unissued Summons re Defendant April Wilkerson

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9 Unissued Summons re Defendant Sidney Wood

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10 Unissued Summons re Defendant Zane Nighswonger

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May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

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Summons Issued as to Dan Aicher, Gwen Helms, Deborah Luper, Jason Mata, Zane NighSwonger, Gerald Silliman, Clare Sullivan, April Wilkerson, Dean Williams, Sidney Wood, Attorney General (PXS, COURT STAFF)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

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12

JUDGE HOLLAND TEXT ORDER: The Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice filed by Attorney Carolyn M. Homer, at docket 8, is GRANTED. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

PACER
13

Receipt of 150.00 non-resident attorney payment for Lean Masri as to Plaintiff Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. re 3 MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Lena F. Masri (PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

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14

Receipt of 150.00 non-resident attorney payment for Gadeir Abbas as to Plaintiff Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. re 5 MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Gadeir I. Abbas (PXS, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

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15

JUDGE HOLLAND TEXT ORDER: The Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice filed by Attorney Lena F. Masri, at docket 3, is GRANTED. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

PACER
16

JUDGE HOLLAND TEXT ORDER: The Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice filed by Attorney Gadeir I. Abbas, at docket 5, is GRANTED. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

PACER
17

MINUTE ENTRY for proceedings held before Judge H. Russel Holland: Hearing on Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction 2 held 1:34 PM to 1:54 PM on 5/24/2018. Arguments heard re Motion for Temporary Restraining Order; Court to issue written order early tomorrow morning and will be effective immediately after order issued. Court and counsel heard re Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction 2 ; Defendants' response due 5/31/2018; Plaintiffs' reply due COB 6/1/2018 or if additional time is needed, due by 6/4/2018. Court called counsels' attention to LR 7.2B regarding hearings and/or evidentiary hearings. Court ordered Defendants shall not remove Plaintiffs from the Ramadan meal list while temporary restraining order is in effect. Court to issue scheduling order for the next proceeding. APPEARANCES: Gadeir I. Abbas, Pro Hac Vice (Tel), Lena Fatina Masri, Pro Hac Vice (Tel), Carolyn M. Homer, Pro Hac Vice (Tel) for Plts. A. Dowl and E. Jacobsson; Matthias Cicotte, State AG for Defendants; Becky Bohrer for Associated Press in Juneau (Tel); R. Joy Stancel, Court Reporter. (SDW, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/24/2018)

May 24, 2018

May 24, 2018

PACER
18

ORDER granting 2 Motion for Temporary Restraining Order. This temporary restraining order shall remain in effect until the court rules onplaintiffs motion for a preliminary injunction. Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction due 5/31/18. Reply due 6/4/18. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 5/25/18. (JLH, COURT STAFF) Modified on 5/25/2018 to correct typo in docket text (JLH, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 05/25/2018)

May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

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19

NOTICE of Appearance by Matthias Cicotte on behalf of Dean Williams (Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 05/25/2018)

May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

PACER
20

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson re Summons Issued on Defendant Dean Williams, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Corrections (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/25/2018)

May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

PACER
21

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson re Summons Issued and served on the Attorney General of Alaska (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/25/2018)

May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018

PACER
22

ORDER RE MOTIONS TO DISMISS: Advising counsel of procedures to follow prior to filing a motion to dismiss. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 5/29/18. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/29/2018)

May 29, 2018

May 29, 2018

PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson re Summons Issued on Defendants Sidney Wood, Zane Nighswonger, Gerald Silliman, Jason Mata, and Dan Aicher (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/30/2018)

May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

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24

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson re 22 Order, 6 Order of Recusal, 9 Declaration, 7 Order,, Set Motion and R&R Deadlines/Hearings, 18 Order on Motion for TRO, 2 MOTION for Temporary Restraining Order to supply adequate, pork-free nutrition during Ramadan -- documents served by first-class mail to currently unrepresented parties (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 05/30/2018)

May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018

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25

STIPULATION by Dean Williams.(Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 05/31/2018)

May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018

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26

ORDER approving 25 Stipulation. Plaintiffs' motion for preliminary injunction is moot, and is deemed withdrawn. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 6/5/18. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 06/05/2018)

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

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27

INITIAL CASE STATUS REPORT/CASE SCHEDULING AND PLANNING ORDER: Counsel for plaintiff shall serve and file the Rule 26 Meeting Report within 28 days of service of this order. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 06/05/2018)

June 5, 2018

June 5, 2018

PACER
28

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson re Summons Issued on Defendants Clare Sullivan, Gwen Helms, and Deborah Luper (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 06/11/2018)

June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

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29

NOTICE of Appearance by Matthias Cicotte on behalf of All Defendants (Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 06/15/2018)

June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

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30

ANSWER to 1 Complaint by All Defendants.(Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 06/15/2018)

June 15, 2018

June 15, 2018

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31

TRANSCRIPT REQUEST RE May 24, 2018 Hearing by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Masri, Lena) (Entered: 06/22/2018)

June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

PACER
32

TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings ; Hearing on Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction held on May 24, 2018, before Judge H. Russel Holland. Realtime Court Reporter: R. Joy Stancel. Any party needing a copy of the transcript to review for redaction purposes may purchase a copy by calling Realtime Court Reporter, R. Joy Stancel 907-677-6104. Transcript may be viewed at the court public terminal or purchased through the Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through PACER. The parties have seven (7) calendar days to file with the court a Notice of Intent to Request Redaction of this transcript. If no such Notice is filed, the transcript may be made remotely electronically available to the public without redaction after Release of Transcript Restriction deadline of 9/20/2018. (RJS, ) (Entered: 06/22/2018)

June 22, 2018

June 22, 2018

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33

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting. (Homer, Carolyn) (Entered: 06/26/2018)

June 26, 2018

June 26, 2018

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34

SCHEDULING AND PLANNING ORDER: Discovery completed by 5/30/2019. Dispositive Motions due by 6/28/2019. See Order for additional deadlines. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 6/29/18. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 06/29/2018)

June 29, 2018

June 29, 2018

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35

AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants, filed by All Plaintiffs.(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 07/06/2018)

July 6, 2018

July 6, 2018

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36

ANSWER to 35 Amended Complaint by All Defendants.(Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 07/20/2018)

July 20, 2018

July 20, 2018

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37

MOTION for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident ) Attorney Ahmed Mohamed. ( Pro Hac Vice Admission fee $150.00 paid. Receipt number 097--2554924.) by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson.(Mohamed, Ahmed) (Entered: 07/26/2018)

July 26, 2018

July 26, 2018

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38

ORDER granting 37 Motion for Leave to Appear as Pro Hac Vice (Non-Resident) Attorney. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 07/31/2018)

July 31, 2018

July 31, 2018

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39

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion For Leave To File Second Amended Complaint (Unopposed) by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 08/27/2018)

1 Proposed Order

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Aug. 27, 2018

Aug. 27, 2018

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40

ORDER granting 39 Motion for Extension of Time to File. Amended Complaint due by 9/24/18. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 08/27/2018)

Aug. 27, 2018

Aug. 27, 2018

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41

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Motion For Leave To File Second Amended Complaint (Unopposed) due to Defendants' delayed discovery responses by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 09/24/2018)

1 Proposed Order

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Sept. 24, 2018

Sept. 24, 2018

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42

ORDER granting 41 Consent Motion For Leave To File Second Amended Complaint. Amended Complaint due by 10/22/2018. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 09/25/2018)

Sept. 25, 2018

Sept. 25, 2018

PACER
43

ORDER re Amended Complaint. Plaintiffs shall filed their motion to amend and proposed second amended complaint or joint status report by 10/31/2018. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 10/24/2018)

Oct. 24, 2018

Oct. 24, 2018

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44

STATUS REPORT (Joint) Per Dkt. 43 Order by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Masri, Lena) (Entered: 10/29/2018)

Oct. 29, 2018

Oct. 29, 2018

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45

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Final Witness List for Lay Witness (UNOPPOSED) by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 01/15/2019)

1 Proposed Order Proposed Order

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Jan. 15, 2019

Jan. 15, 2019

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46

ORDER granting 45 Motion for Extension of Time to File. The parties' lay witness lists shall be served and filed by 1/29/19. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 1/16/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 01/16/2019)

Jan. 16, 2019

Jan. 16, 2019

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47

MOTION for Protective Order by Dan Aicher, Gwen Helms, Deborah Luper, Jason Mata, Zane NighSwonger, Gerald Silliman, Clare Sullivan, April Wilkerson, Dean Williams, Sidney Wood. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 01/25/2019)

1 Proposed Order

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Jan. 25, 2019

Jan. 25, 2019

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48

ORDER re 47 Motion for Protective Order. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 1/28/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 01/28/2019)

Jan. 28, 2019

Jan. 28, 2019

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Witness List by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Abbas, Gadeir) (Entered: 01/29/2019)

Jan. 29, 2019

Jan. 29, 2019

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Witness List by Dan Aicher, Gwen Helms, Deborah Luper, Jason Mata, Zane NighSwonger, Gerald Silliman, Clare Sullivan, April Wilkerson, Dean Williams, Sidney Wood. (Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 01/29/2019)

Jan. 29, 2019

Jan. 29, 2019

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Joint STIPULATION to extend discovery by two months pursuant to D. Ak. L.R. 16.1(c)(3)[A] by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson.(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 02/15/2019)

Feb. 15, 2019

Feb. 15, 2019

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ORDER approving 51 Joint Stipulation to Extend Discovery. Discovery closes 7/3/19. Dispositive Motions due 8/28/19. See Order for additional deadlines. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 02/26/2019)

Feb. 26, 2019

Feb. 26, 2019

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Consent MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Mohamed, Ahmed) (Entered: 03/26/2019)

1 Proposed Order

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March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

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ORDER re 53 Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. Attorney Ahmed Mohamed is allowed to withdraw as co-counsel for plaintiffs in this matter. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 3/27/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 03/27/2019)

March 27, 2019

March 27, 2019

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Endorsed MOTION to Take Deposition from Ernest Jacobsson by Dan Aicher, Gwen Helms, Deborah Luper, Jason Mata, Zane NighSwonger, Gerald Silliman, Clare Sullivan, April Wilkerson, Dean Williams, Sidney Wood. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 04/24/2019)

1 Proposed Order

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April 24, 2019

April 24, 2019

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ORDER granting 55 Motion to Take Deposition. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 4/26/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 04/26/2019)

April 26, 2019

April 26, 2019

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57

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery (two week extension of fact discovery only) by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 05/03/2019)

1 Proposed Order

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May 3, 2019

May 3, 2019

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ORDER granting 57 Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery. The close of fact discovery is extended to 5/17/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 05/06/2019)

May 6, 2019

May 6, 2019

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59

ORDER re Certify Case Ready for Trial; parties to meet/confer and file report or request status conference by 9/20/2019. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 8/30/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 08/30/2019)

Aug. 30, 2019

Aug. 30, 2019

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60

NOTICE of Settlement Agreement by All Defendants (Cicotte, Matthias) (Entered: 08/30/2019)

Aug. 30, 2019

Aug. 30, 2019

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61

ORDER re 60 Notice of Settlement. Closing papers or status report due 10/3/2019. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 09/03/2019)

Sept. 3, 2019

Sept. 3, 2019

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Joint MOTION for Settlement to be entered by Court by Anas A. Dowl, Ernest A. Jacobsson. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Settlement Agreement for Entry by Court)(Masri, Lena) (Entered: 09/05/2019)

1 Proposed Settlement Agreement for Entry by Court

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Sept. 5, 2019

Sept. 5, 2019

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JUDGMENT approving Settlement Agreement. Signed by Judge H. Russel Holland on 9/6/19. (JLH, COURT STAFF) (Entered: 09/06/2019)

Sept. 6, 2019

Sept. 6, 2019

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Case Details

State / Territory: Alaska

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Post-PLRA enforceable consent decrees

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 22, 2018

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Two practicing Muslim prisoners at the Anchorage Correctional Complex.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Alaska Department of Corrections, State

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Equal Protection

Free Exercise Clause

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order

Attorneys fees

Damages

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $102,500

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief granted

Training

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Language access/needs

Religious programs / policies

Totality of conditions

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

Type of Facility:

Government-run