Case: Goodwin v. Shapiro

2:80-02828 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Filed Date: Aug. 26, 1980

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Case Summary

In 1980, past and present patients at Essex County Hospital Center (the "Hospital"), filed a class action lawsuit against Essex County, Essex County Hospital Center, and Essex County Department of Health and Rehabilitation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, represented by New Jersey State public advocates, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that Hospital conditions violated their First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and…

In 1980, past and present patients at Essex County Hospital Center (the "Hospital"), filed a class action lawsuit against Essex County, Essex County Hospital Center, and Essex County Department of Health and Rehabilitation in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs, represented by New Jersey State public advocates, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that Hospital conditions violated their First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth and Fourteenth Amendment rights, as well as those under various laws and statutes of the United States and the State of New Jersey. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that conditions and policies at the Hospital deprived them of their right to meaningful treatment, subjected them to inhumane and unsafe environmental factors, deprived them of effective medical care, confined them in unduly restrictive ward settings, deprived them of their fundamental personal and civil rights, and denied them access to their own funds.

On February 25, 1981, the District Court (Judge Herbert J. Stern) certified a class consisting of all past, present, and future patients at the Hospital.

The parties immediately entered settlement negotiations and, on July 20, 1981, the parties entered a stipulation of settlement, which the District Court (Judge Stern) approved. Under the settlement, the hospital agreed to submit to a court-appointed Master.

On August 2, 1982, the District Court (Judge Stern) granted the parties' joint request to publish the terms of the stipulation by issuing an opinion. Goodwin v. Shapiro, 545 F. Supp. 826 (D.N.J. 1982). The stipulation contained provisions respecting safety and maintenance, the physical and psychological environment, treatment, the token economy and behavior modification program, staffing, quality control and program evaluation, nutritional standards and diets, pharmaceutical services, medical records, patients discharged pending placement, miscellaneous provisions, and the monitoring agreement.

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Summary Authors

Josh Altman (6/28/2006)

Nick Kabat (10/29/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Stern, Herbert Jay (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Chaffin, Paula S. (New Jersey)

Rodriguez, Joseph H. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barone, Susan J. (New Jersey)

Ben-Asher, David H. (New Jersey)

Judge(s)

Stern, Herbert Jay (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Chaffin, Paula S. (New Jersey)

Rodriguez, Joseph H. (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barone, Susan J. (New Jersey)

Ben-Asher, David H. (New Jersey)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:80-02828

Opinion

545 F.Supp. 826

Aug. 2, 1982

Aug. 2, 1982

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: New Jersey

Case Type(s):

Mental Health (Facility)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 26, 1980

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All past, present, and future patients at the Essex County Hospital Center

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Essex County Department of Health (Essex), County

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Hospital/Health Department

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1981 - 0

Content of Injunction:

Monitor/Master

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Classification / placement

Conditions of confinement

Confinement/isolation

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Individualized planning

Record-keeping

Sanitation / living conditions

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Disability:

Least restrictive environment

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Mental health care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run