Case: Ray v. Madison Co., et al

1:20-cv-02973 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Filed Date: Nov. 13, 2020

Closed Date: June 23, 2021

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Case Summary

On November 21, 2018, the plaintiff, a deaf woman, was arrested by the Anderson Police Department and transported to the Madison County Jail. The plaintiff was handcuffed behind her back while she was detained, preventing her from communicating using American Sign Language (ASL). Her requests for an interpreter were ignored and she was not provided with access to a qualified interpreter or other functional auxiliary aids (at one point, she was given a teletypewriter (TTY) but the facility lacke…

On November 21, 2018, the plaintiff, a deaf woman, was arrested by the Anderson Police Department and transported to the Madison County Jail. The plaintiff was handcuffed behind her back while she was detained, preventing her from communicating using American Sign Language (ASL). Her requests for an interpreter were ignored and she was not provided with access to a qualified interpreter or other functional auxiliary aids (at one point, she was given a teletypewriter (TTY) but the facility lacked the equipment necessary for it to function). Medical staff also injected her with an unknown vaccination during the medical intake process. On November 13, 2020, the plaintiff, represented by Indiana Disability Rights (IDR), the state protection and advocacy entity, filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana against Madison County, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, the Madison County Commissioner’s Office, and Madison County Council. The complaint alleged violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and various tort claims under state law. The plaintiff sought a declaration that her rights were violated, monetary relief, and attorneys’ fees. The case was assigned to Judge Tanya Walton Pratt. 

The parties entered into settlement discussions with the county’s insurance carrier in the early stages of discovery. On April 1, 2021, the parties informed the court that a preliminary settlement agreement had been reached. The Clearinghouse was unable to obtain a copy of the settlement agreement, however, local news reported that the County approved a payment of $9,500 to the plaintiff. The case was dismissed on June 22, 2021. 

Summary Authors

Hannah Juge (7/3/2022)

People

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Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gray, Nikki (Indiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hinkle, Matthew (Indiana)

Maurovich, John (Indiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Gray, Nikki (Indiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hinkle, Matthew (Indiana)

Maurovich, John (Indiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
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1:20-cv-02973

Complaint

Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020

Complaint

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18628607/ray-v-madison-county/

Last updated July 24, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
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COMPLAINT against All Defendants, filed by All Plaintiffs. (Filing fee $400, receipt number 0756-6274000) (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Proposed Summons)(Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 11/13/2020)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Proposed Summons

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Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020

Clearinghouse
2

NOTICE of Appearance by Nikki G. Gray on behalf of Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 11/13/2020)

Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020

PACER
3

CIVIL COVER SHEET amended, filed by Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 11/13/2020)

Nov. 13, 2020

Nov. 13, 2020

PACER
4

Summons Issued as to MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. (AKH) (Main Document 4 replaced on 11/16/2020) (AKH). (Entered: 11/16/2020)

Nov. 16, 2020

Nov. 16, 2020

PACER
5

MAGISTRATE JUDGE's NOTICE of Availability to Exercise Jurisdiction issued. (AKH) (Entered: 11/16/2020)

Nov. 16, 2020

Nov. 16, 2020

PACER
6

NOTICE of Appearance by Matthew L. Hinkle on behalf of Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. (Hinkle, Matthew) (Entered: 12/11/2020)

Dec. 11, 2020

Dec. 11, 2020

PACER
7

NOTICE of Appearance by John Vincent Maurovich on behalf of Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. (Maurovich, John) (Entered: 12/11/2020)

Dec. 11, 2020

Dec. 11, 2020

PACER
8

NOTICE OF INITIAL EXTENSION OF TIME TO RESPOND TO PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT, filed by Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT (Maurovich, John) (Entered: 12/11/2020)

Dec. 11, 2020

Dec. 11, 2020

PACER
9

ORDER SETTING INITIAL PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE - Initial Telephonic Pretrial Conference set for 2/4/2021 at 10:30 AM (Eastern Time) before Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman. The information needed to participate in this telephonic conference will be provided by a separate notification. o fewer than seven (7) days before the IPTC, counsel must file a Proposed CMP. SEE ORDER. Signed by Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman on 12/16/2020.(JRB) (Entered: 12/16/2020)

Dec. 16, 2020

Dec. 16, 2020

PACER
10

ANSWER to 1 Complaint and Affirmative Defenses, filed by All Defendants.(Maurovich, John) (Entered: 01/11/2021)

Jan. 11, 2021

Jan. 11, 2021

PACER
12

Parties' Proposed CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN TENDERED, filed by Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT Plaintiff Catherine Ray. (Maurovich, John) (Entered: 01/26/2021)

Jan. 26, 2021

Jan. 26, 2021

PACER
13

ORDER: CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN APPROVED AS SUBMITTED. Initial Pretrial Conference held on 2/4/2021. Dispositive Motions due by 12/29/2021. Discovery due by 12/15/2021. Telephonic Settlement Conference set for 3/31/2021 at 02:00 PM (Eastern Time) before Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman. Signed by Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman on 2/5/2021.(TMB) Modified text on 3/22/2021 (TMB). (Entered: 02/05/2021)

Feb. 5, 2021

Feb. 5, 2021

PACER
14

Witness List Preliminary, filed by Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 03/11/2021)

March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

PACER
15

Exhibit List Preliminary, filed by Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 03/11/2021)

March 11, 2021

March 11, 2021

PACER
16

Witness List Preliminary, filed by Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, Exhibit List Preliminary, filed by Defendants MADISON COUNTY, MADISON COUNTY COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE, MADISON COUNTY COUNCIL, MADISON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. (Maurovich, John) (Entered: 03/18/2021)

March 18, 2021

March 18, 2021

PACER
18

MINUTE ORDER for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman: Settlement Conference held on 3/31/2021. A settlement has been reached in this action. Therefore, all pending motions, if any, are now DENIED AS MOOT and all previously ordered dates relating to discovery, filings, schedules, conferences and trial, if any, are VACATED. Within thirty (30) days of the date of this entry, counsel for the Plaintiff shall file a motion to dismiss this cause and submit an order for the Court's signature ordering the dismissal of this action or a stipulation of dismissal (consistent with the agreement of the parties). Additional time to complete the execution of the settlement documents may be granted for good cause shown, if requested in writing before expiration of this period. Signed by Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman. (TMB) (Entered: 04/01/2021)

April 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

PACER
19

Reassignment of Case to Magistrate Judge Mario Garcia. Magistrate Judge Matthew P. Brookman is no longer assigned to this case. Please include the new case number (1:20-cv-2973-TWP-MG), which includes the initials of the newly assigned judge, on all future filings in this matter. (JDad) (Entered: 04/05/2021)

April 5, 2021

April 5, 2021

PACER
20

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE - On April 1, 2021, parties were ordered to file a stipulation of dismissal or motion to dismiss within thirty days 18 . As of today's date, a stipulation of dismissal has not been filed, nor have the parties requested an extension of time. Parties are ordered to file a response to this Order to Show Cause or the stipulation of dismissal on or before May 25, 2021. Failure to do so will result in dismissal of this matter. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 5/11/2021.(JRB) (Entered: 05/11/2021)

May 11, 2021

May 11, 2021

PACER
21

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to June 24, 2021 to file stipulation to dismiss re 20 Order to Show Cause, filed by Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Gray, Nikki) Modified on 5/20/2021 (AKH). (Entered: 05/19/2021)

May 19, 2021

May 19, 2021

PACER
22

ORDER - granting 21 Motion for Extension of Time to File a Stipulation or Motion of Dismissal to 06/24/2021. The May 11, 2021 Order to Show Cause is hereby vacated. (See Order). Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 5/20/2021. (AKH) (Main Document 22 replaced on 5/20/2021) (AKH). (Entered: 05/20/2021)

May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021

PACER
23

Joint MOTION to Dismiss STIPULATION, filed by Plaintiff CATHERINE RAY. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Gray, Nikki) (Entered: 06/21/2021)

1 Text of Proposed Order

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June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

PACER
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CLOSED DISMISSED - ENTRY: The parties having stipulated that this action should be dismissed with prejudice; and The Court being duly advised in the premises, it is ORDERED that this action be, and the same hereby is, dismissed with prejudice, with each party to bear its own costs. SO ORDERED. Signed by Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on 6/22/2021.(DWH) (Entered: 06/23/2021)

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Indiana

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Disability Rights

Special Collection(s):

Deaf or Blind in Jail/Prison

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 13, 2020

Closing Date: June 23, 2021

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A deaf woman who was arrested by the Anderson Police Department and incarcerated at the Madison County Jail

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Madison County (Madison), County

Madison County (Madison), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Law-enforcement

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

State law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Issues

General:

Conditions of confinement

Language access/needs

Reasonable Accommodations

Discrimination-area:

Accommodation / Leave

Discrimination-basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Disability:

Hearing impairment

Type of Facility:

Government-run