Case: Inmates of Three Lorton Facilities v. District of Columbia

1:92-cv-01208 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: May 20, 1992

Closed Date: 2000

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Case Summary

On May 20, 1992, inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging inadequate attention to the medical needs of inmates.After pre-trial proceedings, the parties settled the action, agreeing to a Consent Decree on November 22, 1994. The Decree stated that the defendants should increase numbers and hours of medical staff and that "sick call" should …

On May 20, 1992, inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging inadequate attention to the medical needs of inmates.

After pre-trial proceedings, the parties settled the action, agreeing to a Consent Decree on November 22, 1994. The Decree stated that the defendants should increase numbers and hours of medical staff and that "sick call" should be conducted by a physician or a licensed physician assistant five times per week for each housing unit. Additionally, the inmates should be given access to specialty clinics when necessary. Moreover, the Decree required the defendants to have qualified medical personnel review inmates' medical records within one day of the arrival of new inmates. The Decree also provided for chronic care, medical diets, dental services, mental health care, and life support.

Upon the court's finding of the noncompliance of the defendants, it ordered on February 29, 1996 (Judge June L. Green) that the defendants report their progress in implementing the original decree. The defendants did so on February 21, 1997. In the meantime, the court issued a Consent Order on July 11, 1996 in favor of the plaintiffs in the amount of $169,422.50. The litigation continued, with disputes over attorney's fees and an attempt by the plaintiffs to persuade the court to hold the defendants in contempt. The court issued a Consent Order on May 11, 2000, awarding plaintiffs attorneys fees and costs associated with monitoring compliance with the court's orders. The final PACER entry is dated December 19, 2000, vacating the previous orders in the action and dismissing the action.

Summary Authors

David Terry (5/2/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Green, June Lazenby (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Berlin, Seth D. (District of Columbia)

Dygert, Jeffrey H. (District of Columbia)

Gerstein, John Richard I (District of Columbia)

Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)

Hall, Aurie Talbor (Maryland)

Howlett, Thomas H. (District of Columbia)

Lotke, Eric Robert (Virginia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Amato, Maria-Claudia T. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Green, June Lazenby (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Berlin, Seth D. (District of Columbia)

Dygert, Jeffrey H. (District of Columbia)

Gerstein, John Richard I (District of Columbia)

Hacala, Martin G. (District of Columbia)

Hall, Aurie Talbor (Maryland)

Howlett, Thomas H. (District of Columbia)

Lotke, Eric Robert (Virginia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Amato, Maria-Claudia T. (District of Columbia)

Earle, William J. (District of Columbia)

Love, Richard Stuart (District of Columbia)

Robinson, Jo Anne (District of Columbia)

Ruiz, Vanessa (District of Columbia)

Zielinski, Michael Edward (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Doe v. District of Columbia

Dec. 19, 2000 Docket
3

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief

May 20, 1992 Complaint
120

Consent Decree

Nov. 22, 1994 Order/Opinion
227

Praecipe

Feb. 21, 1997 Pleading / Motion / Brief
237

Order

Sept. 25, 1997 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

MOTION filed by plaintiffs for leave to file under seal an affidavit providing names of individual plaintiffs, and to permit use of pseudonyms in future filings Exhibit (ajr) (Entered: 05/21/1992)

May 20, 1992
2

ORDER by Judge John G. Penn : granting motion for leave to file under seal an affidavit providing names of individual plaintiffs, and to permit use of pseudonyms in future filings [1-1] by JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE (N) (ajr) (Entered: 05/21/1992)

May 20, 1992
3

COMPLAINT filed summons issued. Affidavit (affidavit filed under seal in Room 1800, per order of 5/20/92) (ajr) (Entered: 05/21/1992)

May 20, 1992

CASE REASSIGNED to Judge June L. Green (mw) (Entered: 06/02/1992)

May 27, 1992
4

MOTION filed by defendants to extend time to 6/24/92 within which to respond to plaintiffs' complaint (sm) (Entered: 06/11/1992)

June 10, 1992
5

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion to extend time to 6/24/92 within which to respond to plaintiffs' complaint [4-1] by defendant (N) (bjl) (Entered: 06/18/1992)

June 17, 1992
6

AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE of summons and complaint upon Angela Brown, Sharon Pratt Kelly, Mark J. Chasting, John Payton, William Hall, M.D., DC, Mark J. Chasting, Gwen H. Washington, Thomas P. Gaydos, Paul Krull 5/20/92 (lpp) (Entered: 06/18/1992)

June 17, 1992
7

ANSWER for defendants, (lpp) (Entered: 06/30/1992)

June 24, 1992

CALENDARED (lpp) (Entered: 06/30/1992)

June 24, 1992
8

RESPONSE (OPPOSITIONS) by defendant to plaintiffs' suggestion of related case (lpp) (Entered: 06/30/1992)

June 24, 1992
9

REPLY by plaintiff(s)to response to response order [8-1] by defendant (lpp) (Entered: 07/07/1992)

July 6, 1992
10

MEMORANDUM (N) (bjl) (Entered: 07/09/1992)

July 9, 1992
11

ORDER by Judge June L. Green denying defts' request that this case be randomly reassigned to another judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. : (N) (bjl) (Entered: 07/09/1992)

July 9, 1992
12

MOTION filed by plaintiff(s) to appoint an independent expert witness (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
13

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of defendant DC (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
14

INTERROGATORIES filed by plaintiff(s) to all defendants (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
15

REQUEST by plaintiff(s) to all defendants for production of documents (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
16

MOTION filed by plaintiff(s) for class certification (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
17

MOTION filed by plaintiff(s) to file under seal plaintiffs' applications to proceed in forma pauperis (ks) (Entered: 07/27/1992)

July 24, 1992
18

MOTION filed by defendant to extend time to 8/21/92, to respond to Plaintiffs' Motion to appoint an independent expert witness (lpp) (Entered: 08/07/1992)

Aug. 6, 1992
19

ORDER by Judge June L. Green granting motion of defendants for enlargement of time to August 21, l992, but not beyond, to respond to plaintiff's motion to appoint an independent expert witness. : (N) (bjl) (Entered: 08/12/1992)

Aug. 12, 1992
20

RESPONSE by defendant in opposition to motion to appoint an independent expert witness [12-1] by JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE (lpp) (Entered: 08/24/1992)

Aug. 21, 1992
21

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion to file under seal plaintiffs' applications to proceed in forma pauperis [17-1] by JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE (N) (bjl) (Entered: 08/26/1992)

Aug. 25, 1992
22

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : denying motion to appoint an independent expert witness [12-1] by JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE (N) (bjl) (Entered: 08/26/1992)

Aug. 25, 1992
23

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion for class certification [16-1] by JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE (N) (bjl) (Entered: 08/26/1992)

Aug. 25, 1992
24

ANSWER by defendant to first set of interrogatories (lpp) (Entered: 10/06/1992)

Oct. 2, 1992
25

RESPONSE by defendants to request for production of documents (lpp) (Entered: 10/06/1992)

Oct. 2, 1992
26

STIPULATED ORDER by Judge June L. Green : regarding discovery (N) (lpp) (Entered: 11/06/1992)

Nov. 5, 1992
28

SUPPLEMENTAL RESPONSE by defendant to request for production of documents (lpp) (Entered: 11/27/1992)

Nov. 25, 1992
29

SUPPLEMENTAL ANSWERS by defendant to interrogatories (lpp) (Entered: 11/27/1992)

Nov. 25, 1992
30

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of defendant THOMAS P. GAYDOS, defendant PAUL - KRULL, defendant ANGELA - BROWN and DOUGLAS STEMPSON (lpp) (Entered: 12/08/1992)

Dec. 7, 1992
31

MOTION filed by defendant DC for discovery sanctions Exhibits: 1-10 (lpp) (Entered: 01/04/1993)

Dec. 31, 1992
32

RESPONSE by defendants in opposition to motion for discovery sanctions [31-1] by DC; Exhibits (5) (ks) (Entered: 01/14/1993)

Jan. 12, 1993
33

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of Vince Gibbons (dmb) (Entered: 01/14/1993)

Jan. 13, 1993
34

REPLY by plaintiff(s)to response to motion for discovery sanctions [31- 1] by DC, Exhibit (6) (lpp) (Entered: 01/26/1993)

Jan. 25, 1993
35

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiffs of Raymond Preston (lpp) (Entered: 02/11/1993)

Feb. 10, 1993
36

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiffs of Jack Lawlah (lpp) (Entered: 02/11/1993)

Feb. 10, 1993
37

INTERROGATORIES and request to produce documents filed by defendant to plaintiff(s) , (lpp) (Entered: 02/16/1993)

Feb. 12, 1993
38

ORDER by Judge June L. Green setting a hearing on motion for discovery sanctions for March 2, l993 at l0:00 A.M. : (N) (bjl) (Entered: 02/19/1993)

Feb. 18, 1993

MOTION by plaintiffs for sanction heard and taken under advisement, before Judge June L. Green Reporter: Harry Deutsch (bjl) (Entered: 03/02/1993)

March 2, 1993
39

NOTICE by defendant of Discovery statement pursuant to this Court's Order on 3/2/93 (lpp) (Entered: 03/08/1993)

March 5, 1993
40

NOTICE by plaintiff(s) to the Court pursuant to the Court's request 3/2/93, of Plaintiffs' list of documents and categories of documents not produced by the District of Columbia defendants (lpp) (Entered: 03/08/1993)

March 5, 1993
41

ANSWER by plaintiff(s) to interrogatories and response to request for production of documents [37-1] (lpp) (Entered: 03/16/1993)

March 15, 1993
42

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of Humaira Ali, Paulos Kidane, Sunday Nuwasu, Kamal Ghaemi, Rufus Jones (lpp) (Entered: 03/18/1993)

March 17, 1993
43

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of Paula Robinson- Arrieta (lpp) (Entered: 04/20/1993)

April 19, 1993
44

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION by plaintiff(s) of Angela Brown (lpp) (Entered: 04/20/1993)

April 19, 1993

MOTION HEARING held before Judge June L. Green Reporter: Vernell Marshall (bjl) (Entered: 05/11/1993)

May 11, 1993
45

STIPULATED ORDER by Judge June L. Green to take video deposition of Dr. Paula Robinson-Arrieta. : (N) (bjl) (Entered: 05/11/1993)

May 11, 1993
46

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : denying motion for discovery sanctions [31-1] by pltffs; setting forth instructions for the parties; directing parties to file notices of outstanding discovery requests with the Court by 6/14/93. (N) (bjl) (Entered: 05/25/1993)

May 25, 1993
47

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff(s), defendant to extend time to 6/25/93, to file notices of outstanding discovery requests (lpp) (Entered: 06/14/1993)

June 11, 1993
48

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting joint motion to extend time to 6/25/93, to file notices of outstanding discovery requests [47-1] by defendants,and plaintiff(s) (N) (bjl) (Entered: 06/15/1993)

June 15, 1993
49

RESPONSE by defendant to request for production of documents (lpp) (Entered: 06/17/1993)

June 16, 1993
50

SUPPLEMENTAL ANSWER by defendant to interrogatories (lpp) (Entered: 06/17/1993)

June 16, 1993
51

NOTICE by plaintiff(s) of outstanding discovery requests (lpp) (Entered: 06/29/1993)

June 25, 1993
52

NOTICE by defendant of outstanding discovery requests (lpp) (Entered: 06/29/1993)

June 25, 1993
53

THIRD SUPPLEMENTAL ANSWER by defendant to interrogatories and response to request for production of documents [15-1], [14-1] (lpp) (Entered: 06/29/1993)

June 25, 1993
54

NOTICE to the Court by defendant of Outstanding Discovery Request (lpp) (Entered: 07/01/1993)

June 29, 1993
55

NOTICE OF FILING by defendant of a copy of a sample shift report referenced Defendant's Notice of Outststanding Discovery Requests (lpp) (Entered: 07/16/1993)

July 13, 1993
56

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Dalton C. Allen by plaintiff(s). (pm) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
57

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Herman E. Branson by plaintiff(s). (pm) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
59

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Nader Marzban by plaintiff(s). (pm) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
60

MOTION filed by defendant DC GENERAL HOSP. COM for protective order (pm) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
61

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Arthur Graves by plaintiff(s). (lpp) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
62

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of William Plaut by plaintiff(s). (lpp) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
63

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of William H. Hall by plaintiff(s). (lpp) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
64

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Henry Edwards by plaintiff(s) (lpp) (Entered: 07/29/1993)

July 28, 1993
65

MOTION filed by defendant DC GENERAL HOSP. COM for protective order (lpp) (Entered: 07/30/1993)

July 29, 1993
66

RESPONSE by plaintiff(s) in opposition to motion for protective order [65-1] by DC GENERAL HOSP. COM, Exhibits (13) (lpp) (Entered: 08/12/1993)

Aug. 1, 1993
67

REPLY by defendant DC to response to motion for protective order [65- 1] by DC GENERAL HOSP. COM (lpp) (Entered: 08/18/1993)

Aug. 17, 1993
68

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of District of Columbia by plaintiff (s). (lpp) (Entered: 08/26/1993)

Aug. 25, 1993
69

NOTICE OF FILING by defendant DC GENERAL HOSP. COM of Affidavit of Vivian Iglehart, M.D. (lpp) (Entered: 09/01/1993)

Aug. 31, 1993
70

MOTION filed by defendant MARK CHASTING, defendant DC GENERAL HOSP. COM, defendant ANGELA BROWN, defendant PAUL - KRULL, defendant THOMAS P. GAYDOS, defendant GWEN H WASHINGTON, defendant WILLIAM HALL, defendant WALTER B. RIDLEY, defendant SHARON PRATT KELLY, defendant DC to compel Discovery , Exhibit (2) (lpp) (Entered: 09/08/1993)

Sept. 7, 1993
71

RESPONSE by plaintiffs in opposition to motion to compel Discovery [70-1] by defendants, Exhibit: (7) bulky pleading (lpp) (Entered: 09/22/1993)

Sept. 21, 1993
72

REPLY by defendant to response to motion to compel Discovery [70-1] by defendants (lpp) (Entered: 10/06/1993)

Oct. 5, 1993
73

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Jane Doe I by defendant. (bjl) (Entered: 10/12/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
74

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of John Doe II by defendant. (bjl) (Entered: 10/12/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
75

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Jane Doe II by defendant. (bjl) (Entered: 10/12/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
76

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of John Doe I by defendant. (bjl) (Entered: 10/12/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
77

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of John Doe III by defendant. (bjl) (Entered: 10/12/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
78

MOTION filed by defendant for protective order , attachment (2) (lpp) (Entered: 11/10/1993)

Nov. 9, 1993
79

RESPONSE by plaintiff(s) in opposition to motion for protective order [78-1] by defendants (lpp) (Entered: 11/26/1993)

Nov. 23, 1993
80

MEMORANDUM by Judge June L. Green (N) (bjl) (Entered: 12/15/1993)

Dec. 15, 1993
81

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion for protective order [60-1] by DC GENERAL HOSP. COM; directing that the minutes, records and reports generated in "peer review" meetings at D.C. General Hospital are privileged and shall not be produced for purposes of discovery; further directing that defendant must produce all "quality assurance records" that are not "pper review" meeting documents to the plaintiffs forthwith.(N) (bjl) (Entered: 12/15/1993)

Dec. 15, 1993
82

REPLY by defendants to response to plaintiffs' opposition to defendants' motion for a protective order. (bjl) (Entered: 12/20/1993)

Dec. 17, 1993
83

MOTION filed by plaintiff(s) for entry of a scheduling order and trial date (lpp) (Entered: 01/14/1994)

Jan. 13, 1994
84

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Kathy Byrnes by plaintiff(s). (bjl) (Entered: 01/24/1994)

Jan. 14, 1994
85

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Walter Ridley by plaintiff(s). (bjl) (Entered: 01/24/1994)

Jan. 14, 1994
86

NOTICE TO TAKE DEPOSITION of Tom Carter by plaintiff(s). (bjl) (Entered: 01/24/1994)

Jan. 14, 1994
87

RESPONSE by defendant in opposition to motion for entry of a scheduling order and trial date [83-1] by JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, Exhibit (4) . (lpp) Modified on 01/29/1994 (Entered: 01/29/1994)

Jan. 26, 1994
88

REPLY by plaintiff(s) JOHN DOE, plaintiff(s) JOHN DOE, plaintiff(s) JANE DOE, plaintiff(s) JOHN DOE, plaintiff(s) JANE DOE to response to motion for entry of a scheduling order and trial date [83-1] by JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE, Exhibit (1) (lpp) (Entered: 02/09/1994)

Feb. 7, 1994
89

PURSUANT TO COURT ORDER DATED 2/24/94, THIS PLEADING IS STRICKEN: REPLY by defendant reply [88-1] by JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JANE DOE, JOHN DOE, JOHN DOE (lpp) Modified on 03/01/1994 (Entered: 02/23/1994)

Feb. 18, 1994
90

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : denying motion for entry of a scheduling order and trial date [83-1] by plaintiffs; status hearing set for 2:00 3/11/94 ; (N) (bjl) (Entered: 02/24/1994)

Feb. 24, 1994
91

MEMORANDUM (N) (bjl) (Entered: 02/24/1994)

Feb. 24, 1994
92

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion to compel Discovery [70-1] by defendants; directing plaintiffs supplement their response to defendants' interrogatories and provide responses to defendants' "contention interrogatories" on or before 3/8/94; directing that defendants' Reply to plaintiffs' Opposition is stricken from the record of this case.. (N) (bjl) (Entered: 02/24/1994)

Feb. 24, 1994

Text not available. (Entered: 02/24/1994)

Feb. 24, 1994
93

MOTION filed by defendant to extend time to to file a joint stipulation (lpp) (Entered: 03/09/1994)

March 8, 1994
94

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : granting motion to extend time to March 14, 1994, to file a joint stipulation [93-1] by defendants (N) (bjl) (Entered: 03/09/1994)

March 9, 1994
95

ORDER by Judge June L. Green : striking defendants' reply to plaintiffs' reply to defendants' opposition to plaintiffs' motion for entry of a scheduling order and establishment of a trial date (N) (lpp) (Entered: 03/15/1994)

March 11, 1994

STATUS HEARING before Judge June L. Green : defendant shall submit certain documents to Chambers by 5/11/94; status hearing set for 10:00 6/3/94 ; Reporter: Laura Beasley (bjl) (Entered: 03/16/1994)

March 11, 1994
96

CONFIDENTIALITY STIPULATION AND ORDER by Judge June L. Green setting forth instructions.: (N) (bjl) (Entered: 03/16/1994)

March 15, 1994

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 20, 1992

Closing Date: 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

inmates at three facilities of the District of Columbia Department of Corrections

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

D.C. Department of Corrections, Regional

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

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: 1994 - 2000

Issues

Medical/Mental Health:

Medical care, general

Type of Facility:

Government-run