Case: Pierce v. District of Columbia

1:13-cv-00134 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Feb. 1, 2013

Closed Date: 2016

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Case Summary

On February 1, 2013, a deaf jail inmate filed this lawsuit on behalf of himself in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff claimed that the officials at DC’s Correctional Treatment Facility denied him (1) effective access to qualified interpreters (2) effective access to telecommunications, (3) access to jail alerts and announcements, and (4) adequate access to visitation. This effectively prevented the plaintiff from communicating with staff and inmates inside the j…

On February 1, 2013, a deaf jail inmate filed this lawsuit on behalf of himself in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff claimed that the officials at DC’s Correctional Treatment Facility denied him (1) effective access to qualified interpreters (2) effective access to telecommunications, (3) access to jail alerts and announcements, and (4) adequate access to visitation. This effectively prevented the plaintiff from communicating with staff and inmates inside the jail, and family and friends during visitation hours. The plaintiff sued the District of Columbia under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, the plaintiff sought damages and attorneys’ fees and costs.

The plaintiff claimed that officers at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility denied him adequate accommodations from the moment he arrived. The plaintiff’s native language was American Sign Language. He had relied on interpreters and auxiliary aids when communicating with people who did not know American Sign Language. Although he could communicate via notes in written English, it was his second language and no substitute for the accommodations guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act. Yet no interpreter was present for intake, orientation, or at any point during the plaintiff’s fifty-one day sentence. The lack of accommodation prevented the plaintiff from obtaining adequate health care, accessing the facility’s rehabilitative services, and communicating with visitors. During in person visits, the plaintiff wore handcuffs. The plaintiff analogized that this was equivalent to gagging a hearing prisoner.

On April 4, 2013 the case was reassigned to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Over a year later on August 2, 2014, Judge Jackson referred the case to a magistrate judge for mediation. But by October, the parties had not reached a settlement. The case proceeded through discovery.

On November 14, 2014 the plaintiff moved for summary judgment with respect to claim (1) that he had been denied access to an interpreter, and claim (2) that he had been denied effective telecommunication technology. On September 2, 2015, the judge granted the plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment with respect to his claims that the facility had denied him adequate access to interpreters and telecommunications technology. 128 F.Supp.3d 250 (D.D.C. 2015). On September 29, 2015 the defendant filed a motion to reconsider the summary judgment the court had filed against them. Judge Brown denied this motion on November 25, 2015. 146 F.Supp.3d 197 (D.D.C. 2015).

The case then went to trial with respect to the plaintiff’s remaining Rehabilitation Act claims, and on May 11, 2016 the jury returned a judgment for the plaintiff and awarded $70,000 in damages. The city appealed. The District of Columbia sought and obtained an order to withhold attorneys' fees from the judgment until the appeal had been resolved.

The defendant appealed on the following issues: the calculation of the plaintiff's damages, whether there was a duty to conduct disability assessment before admitting the plaintiff, whether there was a genuine issue of fact that the jail afforded the plaintiff an interpreter and on the plaintiffs non-interpreter claims, and whether the court erred in allowing opinions from the plaintiff's experts. Before the appeal resolved though, the parties entered a settlement agreement on November 11, 2016. Information regarding this settlement is not available on the docket.

Subsequently, the D.C. appellate court entered a stipulated dismissal, requiring each party to pay their own attorneys' fees and costs. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Keagan Potts (1/30/2019)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4211857/parties/pierce-v-district-of-columbia/


Judge(s)

Jackson, Ketanji Brown (District of Columbia)

Treadwell, Marc Thomas (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kalt, Damon J. (District of Columbia)

Mulhauser, Frederick V. (District of Columbia)

Rocap, James Elmer III (District of Columbia)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Talbot, Bizunesh K. (District of Columbia)

Tennis, Rachel (District of Columbia)

Thanawala, Nina Shishir (District of Columbia)

Wedekind, Jennifer A. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Jackson, Ketanji Brown (District of Columbia)

Treadwell, Marc Thomas (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Kalt, Damon J. (District of Columbia)

Mulhauser, Frederick V. (District of Columbia)

Rocap, James Elmer III (District of Columbia)

Spitzer, Arthur (District of Columbia)

Talbot, Bizunesh K. (District of Columbia)

Tennis, Rachel (District of Columbia)

Thanawala, Nina Shishir (District of Columbia)

Wedekind, Jennifer A. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Berkowitz, Matthew D. (District of Columbia)

Bravo, Mariana Del Valle (District of Columbia)

Feldon, Gary Daniel (District of Columbia)

Graham, Grace (District of Columbia)

Koger, Thomas Louis (District of Columbia)

Orcutt, Anne Marie (Arizona)

Rosenbloom, Douglas Stuart (District of Columbia)

Struck, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)

Other Attorney(s)

Charmatz, Marc P. (Maryland)

Patkin, Debra Joy (Maryland)

Rosenblum, Howard A (Maryland)

Vargas, Mary C. (Maryland)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Nov. 29, 2016 Docket
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Complaint

Feb. 1, 2013 Complaint
83

Order in Favor of Plaintiff Granting Summary Judgment

128 F.Supp.3d 250

Sept. 2, 2015 Order/Opinion
104

Brief of Amicus Curiae

Nov. 10, 2015 Pleading / Motion / Brief
107

Memorandum Opinion and Order

146 F.Supp.3d 197, 2015 WL 7574750

Nov. 25, 2015 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

Pierce v. District of Columbia

American Civil Liberties Union

In February 2013 the ACLU filed suit on behalf of William Pierce, who is profoundly deaf but received virtually no accommodation for his disability while he was an inmate at the D.C. Correctional Tre… Nov. 17, 2014 https://www.acludc.org/...

Placeholder for Executive Summary, Large Print

Tessa Bialek & Margo Schlanger

Abstract here June 2, 2022 None

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Tessa Bialek and Margo Schlanger

Abstract here June 12, 2022 None

Placeholder for Deaf/Blind Report, in large print

Tessa Bialek & Margo Schlanger

None

Effective Communication with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Blind, and Low Vision Incarcerated People

Tessa Bialek and Margo Schlanger

Abstract here. Note that there are several other versions available: Large print <a href="https://www.clearinghouse.net">here</a>; and executive summary only <a href="https://www.clearinghouse.net">… June 15, 2022 None

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4211857/pierce-v-district-of-columbia/

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

ECF Number Description Date Link

Case Assigned/Reassigned

Feb. 1, 2013 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

Feb. 1, 2013 PACER
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COMPLAINT against DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 0090-3205506) filed by WILLIAM PIERCE. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 02/01/2013)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Summons

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Feb. 1, 2013 Clearinghouse
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COMPLAINT against DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 0090-3205506) filed by WILLIAM PIERCE. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Summons)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 02/01/2013)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Summons

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Feb. 1, 2013 Clearinghouse
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ELECTRONIC SUMMONS Issued as to DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, District of Columbia Attorney General, and the District of Columbia Mayor. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 02/01/2013)

Feb. 1, 2013 PACER
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ELECTRONIC SUMMONS Issued as to DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, District of Columbia Attorney General, and the District of Columbia Mayor. (Attachments: # 1 Summons)(sth) (Entered: 02/01/2013)

Feb. 1, 2013 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the District of Columbia Attorney General. Date of Service Upon District of Columbia Attorney General 2/5/2013. ( Answer due for ALL D.C. DEFENDANTS by 2/26/2013.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Date of Service Upon the Mayor for the District of Columbia on 02/05/2013. (Attachments: # 1 Declaratio of service of process on DC)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 02/06/2013)

Feb. 6, 2013 PACER
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RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed as to the District of Columbia Attorney General. Date of Service Upon District of Columbia Attorney General 2/5/2013. ( Answer due for ALL D.C. DEFENDANTS by 2/26/2013.), RETURN OF SERVICE/AFFIDAVIT of Summons and Complaint Executed on the Mayor of the District of Columbia. Date of Service Upon the Mayor for the District of Columbia on 02/05/2013. (Attachments: # 1 Declaratio of service of process on DC)(Spitzer, Arthur) (Entered: 02/06/2013)

Feb. 6, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Frederick V. Mulhauser on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Mulhauser, Frederick) (Entered: 02/08/2013)

Feb. 8, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Frederick V. Mulhauser on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Mulhauser, Frederick) (Entered: 02/08/2013)

Feb. 8, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Gary Daniel Feldon on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Feldon, Gary) (Entered: 02/20/2013)

Feb. 20, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Gary Daniel Feldon on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Feldon, Gary) (Entered: 02/20/2013)

Feb. 20, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Feldon, Gary) (Entered: 02/20/2013)

Feb. 20, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Answer re 1 Complaint by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Feldon, Gary) (Entered: 02/20/2013)

Feb. 20, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer

Feb. 22, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Answer

Feb. 22, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

Feb. 22, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

Feb. 22, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Jennifer A. Wedekind on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Wedekind, Jennifer) (Entered: 03/12/2013)

March 12, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Jennifer A. Wedekind on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Wedekind, Jennifer) (Entered: 03/12/2013)

March 12, 2013 PACER

Order

March 20, 2013 PACER

Order

March 20, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 20, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 20, 2013 PACER
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ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013 PACER
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ANSWER to Complaint with Jury Demand by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013 PACER
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DEMAND for Trial by Jury by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013 PACER
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DEMAND for Trial by Jury by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 03/20/2013)

March 20, 2013 PACER

Order

March 26, 2013 PACER

Order

March 26, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 27, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 27, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew D. Berkowitz on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Berkowitz, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2013)

March 27, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew D. Berkowitz on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Berkowitz, Matthew) (Entered: 03/27/2013)

March 27, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Mariana del Valle Bravo on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Bravo, Mariana) (Entered: 03/27/2013)

March 27, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Mariana del Valle Bravo on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Bravo, Mariana) (Entered: 03/27/2013)

March 27, 2013 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

April 4, 2013 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

April 4, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Terence Joseph O'Connell on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (O'Connell, Terence) (Entered: 04/05/2013)

April 5, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Terence Joseph O'Connell on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (O'Connell, Terence) (Entered: 04/05/2013)

April 5, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Bizunesh K. Talbot on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Talbot, Bizunesh) (Entered: 04/22/2013)

April 22, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Bizunesh K. Talbot on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Talbot, Bizunesh) (Entered: 04/22/2013)

April 22, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 04/22/2013)

April 22, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 04/22/2013)

April 22, 2013 PACER

Notice of Hearing

April 25, 2013 PACER

Notice of Hearing

April 25, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 05/21/2013)

May 21, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 05/21/2013)

May 21, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Protective Order by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Protective Order by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 05/29/2013)

May 29, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Protective Order

May 30, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Protective Order

May 30, 2013 PACER

Order

May 30, 2013 PACER

Order

May 30, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 06/06/2013)

June 6, 2013 PACER
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MEET AND CONFER STATEMENT. (Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 06/06/2013)

June 6, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

June 7, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

June 7, 2013 PACER
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SCHEDULING ORDER. See attached order for details. A further status conference is set for 10/15/2013 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 17 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/7/2013. (lckbj3) (Entered: 06/07/2013)

June 7, 2013 PACER
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SCHEDULING ORDER. See attached order for details. A further status conference is set for 10/15/2013 at 11:00 AM in Courtroom 17 before Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/7/2013. (lckbj3) (Entered: 06/07/2013)

June 7, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Protective Order (Amended) by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 06/07/2013)

June 7, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Protective Order (Amended) by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Struck, Daniel) (Entered: 06/07/2013)

June 7, 2013 PACER
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PROTECTIVE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 19 Amended Consent Motion and Memorandum, which demonstrate good cause for the issuance of a protective order in this case, the motion is hereby granted and the protective order entered. See attached order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/10/2013. (lckbj3) (Entered: 06/10/2013)

June 10, 2013 PACER
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PROTECTIVE ORDER. Upon consideration of the 19 Amended Consent Motion and Memorandum, which demonstrate good cause for the issuance of a protective order in this case, the motion is hereby granted and the protective order entered. See attached order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 6/10/2013. (lckbj3) (Entered: 06/10/2013)

June 10, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Rachel Tennis on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Tennis, Rachel) (Entered: 07/15/2013)

July 15, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Rachel Tennis on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Tennis, Rachel) (Entered: 07/15/2013)

July 15, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Anne Marie Orcutt on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 07/16/2013)

July 16, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Anne Marie Orcutt on behalf of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 07/16/2013)

July 16, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to WILLIAM PIERCE. Attorney Rachel Tennis terminated. (Tennis, Rachel) (Entered: 08/13/2013)

Aug. 13, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF APPEARANCE as to WILLIAM PIERCE. Attorney Rachel Tennis terminated. (Tennis, Rachel) (Entered: 08/13/2013)

Aug. 13, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER

Order

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER

Order

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION for Leave to Appear Telephonically at Status Conference by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION for Leave to Appear Telephonically at Status Conference by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Deanna P. Cook on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Cook, Deanna) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Deanna P. Cook on behalf of WILLIAM PIERCE (Cook, Deanna) (Entered: 10/08/2013)

Oct. 8, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/10/2013)

Oct. 10, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/10/2013)

Oct. 10, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery

Oct. 15, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery

Oct. 15, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Oct. 17, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Oct. 17, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION for Leave to Appear Telephonically at Hearing by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/17/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013 PACER
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Unopposed MOTION for Leave to Appear Telephonically at Hearing by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/17/2013)

Oct. 17, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Expert Disclosures and File Dispositive Motions by WILLIAM PIERCE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order PROPOSED ORDER GRANTING CONSENT MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME)(Cook, Deanna) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Expert Disclosures and File Dispositive Motions by WILLIAM PIERCE (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order PROPOSED ORDER GRANTING CONSENT MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME)(Cook, Deanna) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting 28 Consent Motion for Extension of Time Complete Discovery and File Dispositive Motions. See attached order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/18/2013.(lckbj3) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER
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ORDER granting 28 Consent Motion for Extension of Time Complete Discovery and File Dispositive Motions. See attached order for details. Signed by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on 10/18/2013.(lckbj3) (Entered: 10/18/2013)

Oct. 18, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

Oct. 21, 2013 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

Oct. 21, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/31/2013)

Oct. 31, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 10/31/2013)

Oct. 31, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery

Nov. 1, 2013 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery

Nov. 1, 2013 PACER

Set Scheduling Order Deadlines

Nov. 1, 2013 PACER

Set Scheduling Order Deadlines

Nov. 1, 2013 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 01/14/2014)

Jan. 14, 2014 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery by DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Orcutt, Anne) (Entered: 01/14/2014)

Jan. 14, 2014 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Disability Rights/Public Accommodations

Special Collection(s):

Deaf or Blind in Jail/Prison

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 1, 2013

Closing Date: 2016

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Deaf Jail Inmate

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU National Prison Project

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

District of Columbia (District of Columbia), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Voluntary Dismissal

Amount Defendant Pays: 70,000

Issues

General:

Access to public accommodations - governmental

Classification / placement

Conditions of confinement

Effective Communication (ADA)

Individualized planning

Reasonable Modifications

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Affected Gender:

Male

Disability:

Hearing impairment

Type of Facility:

Government-run