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Case: Beatty v. Lamont

3:22-cv-00380 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: March 14, 2022

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

Connecticut General Statute §§18-85a-c required current and formerly incarcerated people to pay $249 per day incarcerated. This debt resulted in the state frequently collecting against formerly incarcerated people's property.  On March 14, 2022, two plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, filed suit against Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, responsible for overseeing the Department of Corrections, and Attorney General William Tong, vested with authority to file collections against people owing pris…

Connecticut General Statute §§18-85a-c required current and formerly incarcerated people to pay $249 per day incarcerated. This debt resulted in the state frequently collecting against formerly incarcerated people's property.  On March 14, 2022, two plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU, filed suit against Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, responsible for overseeing the Department of Corrections, and Attorney General William Tong, vested with authority to file collections against people owing prison debt, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Plaintiffs alleged that the prison debt law violated the Excessive Fines Clause of the U.S. Constitution. On March 25, 2022, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint adding a third formerly incarcerated plaintiff who was forced to pay half of a subsequent settlement to the State due to his prison debt. 

Plaintiffs are three Connecticut residents - one formerly incarcerated and two currently incarcerated. Due to their prison debt, the plaintiffs lost a significant portion of their inheritance and the proceeds of a police brutality civil suit respectively. Plaintiffs brought this action individually and as a class action on behalf of anyone owing prison debt to Connecticut by virtue of having been incarcerated by the state on or after October 1, 1997. Plaintiffs alleged that because this debt follows formerly incarcerated people even after they have paid their debt to society by serving a sentence, impedes formerly incarcerated people from building wealth, and protects state employees from facing accountability in civil suits brought by incarcerated people (because the State will take any settlement money in order to pay off the debt), it violated the Excessive Fines Clause in the 8th Amendment. Plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief. 

On March 14, 2022, the case was assigned to District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer. On June 17, 2022 Defendants filed a motion to dismiss on numerous grounds including that the Plaintiffs did not have standing as the debt had not actually been collected from them yet, the owed money was repayment to the Government for an individual's conduct and therefore not a fine under the 8th Amendment, and that amendments to the law limiting the State's ability to use money from civil suits towards this debt rendered two of the plaintiffs' claims moot.

As of November 2022, litigation remains ongoing. 

Summary Authors

Anna Lennon (11/18/1997)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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3:22-cv-00380

Complaint

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

Complaint

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/63155439/beatty-v-lamont/

Last updated Oct. 21, 2022, 4:02 p.m.

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COMPLAINT against Ned Lamont, William Tong ( Filing fee $402 receipt number ACTDC-6863558.), filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet)(Slossberg, David) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

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March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

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NOTICE of Appearance by Dan Barrett on behalf of Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens (Barrett, Dan) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
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Order on Pretrial Deadlines: Amended Pleadings due by 5/13/2022 Discovery due by 9/13/2022 Dispositive Motions due by 10/18/2022 Signed by Clerk on 3/14/2022.(Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
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ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER FOR COUNSEL - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 3/14/2022.(Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
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STANDING PROTECTIVE ORDER Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 3/14/2022.(Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

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NOTICE TO COUNSEL/SELF-REPRESENTED PARTIES : Counsel or self-represented parties initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 2 Notice of Appearance filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, 4 Electronic Filing Order, 5 Protective Order, 1 Complaint filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, 3 Order on Pretrial Deadlines Signed by Clerk on 3/14/2022.(Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
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ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *Ned Lamont, William Tong* with answer to complaint due within *21* days. Attorney *David A. Slossberg* *Hurwitz Sagarin Slossberg & Knuff, LLC* *147 N. Broad Street* *Milford, CT 06460*. (Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/14/2022)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER

Add and Terminate Judges

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER

Request for Clerk to issue summons as to Ned Lamont, William Tong. (Slossberg, David)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER

Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer added. (Oliver, T.)

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER

Request to Issue Summons

March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022

PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens. All Defendants. (Barrett, Dan) (Entered: 03/15/2022)

March 15, 2022

March 15, 2022

PACER
9

NOTICE of Appearance by Erica Oates Nolan on behalf of Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens (Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 03/16/2022)

March 16, 2022

March 16, 2022

PACER
10

NOTICE of Appearance by Elana Spungen Bildner on behalf of Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens (Bildner, Elana) (Entered: 03/18/2022)

March 18, 2022

March 18, 2022

PACER
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AMENDED COMPLAINT against All Defendants, filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens.(Barrett, Dan) (Entered: 03/25/2022)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

PACER

Request for Clerk to issue summons as to All Defendants. re. Amended Complaint (Barrett, Dan)

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

PACER

Request to Issue Summons

March 25, 2022

March 25, 2022

PACER
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ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *Ned Lamont, William Tong* with answer to complaint due within *21* days. Attorney *Dan Barrett* *American Civil Liberties Union - CT* *765 Asylum Ave., 1st Floor* *Hartford, CT 06105*. (Carr, Dave) (Entered: 03/28/2022)

March 28, 2022

March 28, 2022

PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Robert J. Deichert on behalf of Ned Lamont, William Tong (Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 04/06/2022)

April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022

PACER
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First MOTION for Extension of Time until May 27, 2022 to Respond to Plaintiffs' Amended Complaint, whether by Answer or Motion Under Rule 12 11 Amended Complaint by Ned Lamont, William Tong. (Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 04/06/2022)

April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022

PACER
15

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. All Defendants. (Barrett, Dan) (Entered: 04/06/2022)

April 6, 2022

April 6, 2022

PACER
16

ORDER GRANTING IN PART MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME (Doc. # 14 ). The Court GRANTS in part the motion for extension of time to file any answer or other response to the complaint by May 9, 2022. It is so ordered.Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 4/7/22. (Barry, Donna) (Entered: 04/07/2022)

April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

PACER

Update Answer Deadline

April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

PACER

Answer deadline updated for Ned Lamont and William Tong to 5/9/2022. (Barry, Donna)

April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time

April 7, 2022

April 7, 2022

PACER
17

NOTICE of Appearance by Krislyn Mina Launer on behalf of Ned Lamont, William Tong (Launer, Krislyn) (Entered: 04/11/2022)

April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022

PACER
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Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until May 23, 2022 to Respond to Plaintiffs' Operative Complaint, Whether by Answer or Motion under Rule 12 of the FRCP, in Light of Impending Changes to the Challenged Laws 11 Amended Complaint by Ned Lamont, William Tong. (Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 05/05/2022)

May 5, 2022

May 5, 2022

PACER
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ORDER granting 18 Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until May 23, 2022 to Respond to Plaintiffs' Operative Complaint. Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 5/9/2022. (Petkun, J.) (Entered: 05/09/2022)

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

PACER

Answer deadline updated for Ned Lamont and William Tong to 5/23/2022. (Barry, Donna)

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time

May 9, 2022

May 9, 2022

PACER

Update Answer Deadline

May 10, 2022

May 10, 2022

PACER
20

Joint MOTION for Order to Modify Scheduling Order by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. (Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 05/17/2022)

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

PACER
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ORDER. The Court GRANTS the parties' joint motion for modification of scheduling order (Doc # 20 ) and adopts the dates as proposed by the parties in their motion. It is so ordered. Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 5/18/22. (Barry, Donna) (Entered: 05/18/2022)

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

PACER

Order on Motion for Order

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

PACER

Update Answer Deadline

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

PACER

Answer deadline updated for Ned Lamont and William Tong to 6/17/2022. (Barry, Donna)

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

PACER
22

NOTICE of Appearance by Benjamin A. Abrams on behalf of Ned Lamont, William Tong In Addition to Counsel On File (Abrams, Benjamin) (Entered: 06/13/2022)

June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim by Ned Lamont, William Tong.Responses due by 7/8/2022 (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Appendix)(Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 06/17/2022)

1 Memorandum in Support

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2 Appendix

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June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

PACER
24

MOTION to Stay re 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim Requesting that the Court Stay All Discovery in this Action Pending Decision on the Pending Motion to Dismiss by Ned Lamont, William Tong.Responses due by 7/8/2022 (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support)(Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 06/17/2022)

June 17, 2022

June 17, 2022

PACER
25

Memorandum in Opposition re 24 MOTION to Stay re 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim Requesting that the Court Stay All Discovery in this Action Pending Decision on the Pending Motion to Dismiss filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs' Opposition to Motion to Stay Discovery)(Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 06/23/2022)

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

PACER
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ORDER. Defendants are requested to file any reply to plaintiffs' opposition (Doc. # 25 ) on or before July 1, 2022. It is so ordered. Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 6/24/22.(Barry, Donna) (Entered: 06/25/2022)

June 24, 2022

June 24, 2022

PACER

~Util - Set Motion and Rcmd Ruling Deadlines/Hearings AND Order

June 25, 2022

June 25, 2022

PACER
27

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim until July 22, 2022 by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. (Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 06/29/2022)

June 29, 2022

June 29, 2022

PACER
28

ORDER granting plaintiffs' Motion for Extension of Time (Doc. # 27 ) until July 22, 2022 to respond to defendants' motion to dismiss (Doc. # 23 ). Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 6/30/22. (Barry, Donna) (Entered: 07/01/2022)

June 30, 2022

June 30, 2022

PACER
29

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting. (Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 07/01/2022)

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

PACER
30

REPLY to Response to 24 MOTION to Stay re 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim Requesting that the Court Stay All Discovery in this Action Pending Decision on the Pending Motion to Dismiss Filed in Accordance with the Court's Request at ECF No. 26 filed by Ned Lamont, William Tong. (Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 07/01/2022)

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply to Motion

July 1, 2022

July 1, 2022

PACER
31

Memorandum in Opposition re 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G)(Nolan, Erica) (Entered: 07/22/2022)

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Exhibit E

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6 Exhibit F

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7 Exhibit G

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July 22, 2022

July 22, 2022

RECAP
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REPLY to Response to 23 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim filed by Ned Lamont, William Tong. (Deichert, Robert) (Entered: 08/05/2022)

Aug. 5, 2022

Aug. 5, 2022

RECAP
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NOTICE OF E-FILED CALENDAR: THIS IS THE ONLY NOTICE COUNSEL/THE PARTIES WILL RECEIVE.ALL PERSONS ENTERING THE COURTHOUSE MUST PRESENT PHOTO IDENTIFICATION.Oral argument on defendants' Motion to Dismiss (Doc. # 23 ) is set for October 31, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom Three, 141 Church St., New Haven, CT before Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer. (Barry, Donna) (Entered: 09/16/2022)

Sept. 16, 2022

Sept. 16, 2022

PACER

Set Motion and Rcmd Ruling Deadlines/Hearings AND Calendar Entry

Sept. 16, 2022

Sept. 16, 2022

PACER
34

NOTICE of Appearance by James W. Caley on behalf of Natalie Braswell Comptroller, State of Connecticut (Caley, James) (Entered: 09/30/2022)

Sept. 30, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

PACER
35

MOTION for Protective Order Or, In the Alternative, Modification of the Subpoena by Natalie Braswell.Responses due by 10/21/2022 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Caley, James) (Entered: 09/30/2022)

Sept. 30, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

PACER
36

Memorandum in Support re 35 MOTION for Protective Order Or, In the Alternative, Modification of the Subpoena filed by Natalie Braswell. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit B, # 2 Exhibit C)(Caley, James) (Entered: 09/30/2022)

1 Exhibit B

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2 Exhibit C

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Sept. 30, 2022

Sept. 30, 2022

PACER
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ORDER. Plaintiffs may file any objection or other response to the motion for protective order (Doc. # 35 ) by October 4, 2022. It is so ordered. Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 10/03/22.(Barry, Donna) (Entered: 10/03/2022)

Oct. 3, 2022

Oct. 3, 2022

PACER

~Util - Set Motion and Rcmd Ruling Deadlines/Hearings AND Order

Oct. 3, 2022

Oct. 3, 2022

PACER
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Memorandum in Opposition re 35 MOTION for Protective Order Or, In the Alternative, Modification of the Subpoena filed by Teresa Beatty, Michael Llorens, Karl Weissinger. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 (return of service), # 2 Exhibit 2 (email from Erica Nolan to James Caley), # 3 Exhibit 3 (email from James Caley to Erica Nolan))(Barrett, Dan) (Entered: 10/04/2022)

Oct. 4, 2022

Oct. 4, 2022

PACER
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ORDER. The Court GRANTS for good cause shown the Comptroller's motion for protective order (Doc. # 35 ) until 21 days after the Court's ruling on the pending motion to dismiss. It is so ordered. Signed by Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer on 10/5/22. (Barry, Donna) (Entered: 10/06/2022)

Oct. 5, 2022

Oct. 5, 2022

PACER
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Notice of Additional Authority re 35 MOTION for Protective Order Or, In the Alternative, Modification of the Subpoena filed by Natalie Braswell. (Attachments: # 1 1, # 2 2)(Caley, James) (Entered: 10/06/2022)

Oct. 6, 2022

Oct. 6, 2022

PACER

Order on Motion for Protective Order

Oct. 7, 2022

Oct. 7, 2022

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

Criminal Justice (Other)

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 14, 2022

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Current and formerly incarcerated Connecticut residents owing debt to the State of Connecticut for their time spent incarcerated.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

Connecticut, State

Ned Lamont, State

William Tong, State

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Excessive bail/fines

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

General:

Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond