Case: Hardnett v. City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge

3:23-cv-01393 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 2023

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

This case involved a class action lawsuit brought by individuals who were strip-searched and taken into custody without probable cause and without reasonable suspicion by the Baton Rouge Police Department. On September 29, 2023, an individual plaintiff filed this lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and the Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, in his official capacity, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff alleged violations of the Fourth Amend…

This case involved a class action lawsuit brought by individuals who were strip-searched and taken into custody without probable cause and without reasonable suspicion by the Baton Rouge Police Department. On September 29, 2023, an individual plaintiff filed this lawsuit against the City of Baton Rouge and the Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, in his official capacity, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiff alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff sought compensatory and punitive damages to each member of the proposed class, a declaratory judgment declaring the defendant’s policy unconstitutional, and a preliminary and permanent injunction enjoining the defendant from continuing their policy. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel. 

The plaintiff alleged that the Baton Rouge Police Department maintained a policy and/or practice of strip-searching individuals who had not been arrested. They alleged that the defendants strip searched individuals prior to establishing probable cause to bring criminal charges and do so to serve the purpose of obtaining evidence to be used against the individual.

As of December 25, 2023, this case is ongoing. 

Summary Authors

Andrew Eslich (12/25/2023)

People

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Judge(s)

Jackson, Brian Anthony (Louisiana)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Haley, Ronald S. (Louisiana)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

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3:23-cv-01393

Complaint (Complete Case Opening First)

Sept. 29, 2023

Sept. 29, 2023

Complaint

Docket

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Last updated March 17, 2024, 3:08 a.m.

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COMPLAINT against CITY OF BATON ROUGE-PARISH OF EAST BATON ROUGE, MURPHY PAUL in his capacity as Chief of Police for City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number BLAMDC-2644493.), filed by BOBBY HARDNETT. (Attachments: # 1 Attachment Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Attachment Summons, # 3 Summons)(Haley, Ronald) (Attachments 1-3 replaced on 10/2/2023) (EDC). Modified on 10/2/2023 to flatten documents. (EDC). (Entered: 09/29/2023)

1 Attachment Civil Cover Sheet

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2 Attachment Summons

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3 Summons

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Sept. 29, 2023

Sept. 29, 2023

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Summons Issued as to City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge, MURPHY PAUL in his capacity as Chief of Police for City of Baton Rouge-Parish of East Baton Rouge. (NOTICE: Counsel shall print and serve both the summons and all attachments in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4.) (Attachments: # 1 summons)(EDC) (Entered: 10/02/2023)

Oct. 2, 2023

Oct. 2, 2023

PACER
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NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY with LR 7.1 as to 1 Complaint. Failure to file a Certificate of Interested Persons REQUIRED CORRECTION: Within one business day, the filer shall file a Certificate of Interested Persons and the interested persons shall be added to CM/ECF by the filer using the event Certificate of Interested Persons. (EDC) (Entered: 10/02/2023)

Oct. 2, 2023

Oct. 2, 2023

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Certificate of Interested Persons by Bobby Hardnett identifying Affiliate/Interested Person Baton Rouge Police Department for Bobby Hardnett. (Haley, Ronald) (Entered: 10/03/2023)

Oct. 3, 2023

Oct. 3, 2023

PACER
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SCHEDULING CONFERENCE ORDER: Telephone Scheduling Conference set for 12/28/2023 at 11:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Scott D. Johnson. Status Report due by 12/14/2023. Signed by Magistrate Judge Scott D. Johnson on 10/11/2023. (KAH) (Entered: 10/11/2023)

Oct. 11, 2023

Oct. 11, 2023

PACER
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MOTION to Enroll Michael S. Walsh as Attorney by Murphy Paul (Walsh, Michael) (Entered: 11/06/2023)

Nov. 6, 2023

Nov. 6, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion to Enroll as Attorney

Nov. 7, 2023

Nov. 7, 2023

PACER

MOTION(S) REFERRED: 6 MOTION to Enroll Michael S. Walsh as Attorney . This motion is now pending before the USMJ. (EDC)

Nov. 7, 2023

Nov. 7, 2023

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Certificate of Interested Persons by Murphy Paul. (Walsh, Michael) (Entered: 11/07/2023)

Nov. 7, 2023

Nov. 7, 2023

PACER
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ORDER granting 6 Motion to Enroll as Attorney. Signed by Magistrate Judge Scott D. Johnson on 11/7/2023. (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no hyperlink or PDF document associated with this entry.) (KAH) (Entered: 11/07/2023)

Nov. 7, 2023

Nov. 7, 2023

PACER
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ORDER: The Telephone Scheduling Conference is reset for 1/31/2024 at 09:30 AM before Magistrate Judge Scott D. Johnson. Status Report now due by 1/17/2024. Signed by Magistrate Judge Scott D. Johnson on 12/26/2023. (This is a TEXT ENTRY ONLY. There is no hyperlink or PDF document associated with this entry.)(KAH) (Entered: 12/26/2023)

Dec. 26, 2023

Dec. 26, 2023

PACER

1 - Terminate Deadlines and Hearings AND Order AND ~Util - Set Deadlines/Hearings

Dec. 26, 2023

Dec. 26, 2023

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1 - Terminate Deadlines and Hearings AND Order AND ~Util - Set Deadlines/Hearings

Jan. 19, 2024

Jan. 19, 2024

PACER
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Enroll Additional Attorney

Jan. 31, 2024

Jan. 31, 2024

PACER

Order on Motion to Enroll Additional Attorney

Feb. 5, 2024

Feb. 5, 2024

PACER
15

Appear Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 15, 2024

Feb. 15, 2024

PACER
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Appear Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 20, 2024

Feb. 20, 2024

PACER

Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 20, 2024

Feb. 20, 2024

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Dismiss

1 Attachment Memorandum in Support of Motion to Dismiss

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2 Proposed Pleading; Proposed Order

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Feb. 21, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

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Scheduling Conference

Feb. 21, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

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90 Day Conference Order

Feb. 21, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024

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Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 26, 2024

Feb. 26, 2024

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Policing

Special Collection(s):

Strip Search Cases

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 2023

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

An individual who filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of those strip searched and taken into custody without probable cause or without reasonable suspicion.

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Pending

Defendants

Baton Rouge Police Department (East Baton Rouge), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None yet

Source of Relief:

None yet

Issues

Policing:

False arrest