Case: Tuggle v. Cook

3:83-cv-01009 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Filed Date: Dec. 30, 1983

Closed Date: 1992

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Case Summary

On December 30, 1983, African American inmates in the Tennessee prison system filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee under 42 U.S.C. §1983, alleging racial discrimination on cell and work assignments. In May of 1986, the two sides in that suit reached a draft settlement agreement. The case was consolidated with another action filed by African-American inmates in July 1985 seeking injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief, alleging that after being fired …

On December 30, 1983, African American inmates in the Tennessee prison system filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee under 42 U.S.C. §1983, alleging racial discrimination on cell and work assignments. In May of 1986, the two sides in that suit reached a draft settlement agreement. The case was consolidated with another action filed by African-American inmates in July 1985 seeking injunctive, declaratory, and monetary relief, alleging that after being fired from their prison jobs following a riot, discriminatory hiring practices kept them from getting their jobs back. This litigation is Tuggle.

On June 6, 1986, the defendants in the Tuggle case submitted a motion to consolidate it with still more, individual cases. Three of the plaintiffs from these individual cases filed an objection to the consolidation in the district court, but on May 6, 1987, the district court approved the consolidation and the settlement agreement from the first case which certified a mandatory class of all African American inmates in the Tennessee prison system. In the settlement agreement, the prison system agreed to reform cell and job assignment procedures by not considering race in making these assignments. The parties also agreed to refer some additional claims concerning injunctive relief to the special master in Grubbs v. Bradley, 552 F.Supp. 1052 (M.D. Tenn. 1982), PC-TN-007. The settlement did not award class members any money.

Five inmates from the involuntarily consolidated cases appealed to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, alleging that the district court erred by consolidating the cases, and by foreclosing their claims for monetary and other relief. On January 3, 1989, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (Judge Ralph B. Guy), in an unpublished opinion, affirmed the district court's holdings, and denied the plaintiffs appeals. Mitchell v. Dutton, 865 F.2d 1268 (6th Cir. 1989)(table op). The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari. Mitchell v. Dutton, 490 U.S. 1048 (1989).

In August, 1992, the court noted the "conclusion of all action under the implementation plan," ordered the prior order itself in full force and effect, and closed the file. Subsequent activity was by single claim members, and went nowhere. We have no further information on the case.

Summary Authors

Ben Kelly (3/26/2006)

Related Cases

Grubbs v. Bradley, Middle District of Tennessee (1980)

People


Judge(s)

Guy, Ralph B. Jr. (Michigan)

Higgins, Thomas Aquinas (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dinkins, Richard Hovey (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Anderson, Edward Lee (Tennessee)

Booker, Cyrus (Tennessee)

Carpenter, William F. Jr. (Tennessee)

Robinson, Charles E. (North Carolina)

Judge(s)

Guy, Ralph B. Jr. (Michigan)

Higgins, Thomas Aquinas (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dinkins, Richard Hovey (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Anderson, Edward Lee (Tennessee)

Booker, Cyrus (Tennessee)

Carpenter, William F. Jr. (Tennessee)

Robinson, Charles E. (North Carolina)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

July 23, 1999 Docket

Opinion

Mitchell v. Dutton

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

865 F.2d 1268, 1989 WL 933

Jan. 3, 1989 Order/Opinion

Memorandum Decision

Mitchell v. Dutton

Supreme Court of the United States

490 U.S. 1048, 109 S.Ct. 1958, 104 L.Ed.2d 427

May 1, 1989 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
155

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins Clerk directed to file the letter fm Monroe E. Davis as part of the record in this action and to furnish a copy to the attnys of record and the Special Master in the Grubbs litigation. Clerk further directed to furnish a copy of this order to Mr. Davis (cc: all counsel) (lh) (Entered: 01/28/1992)

Jan. 27, 1992
156

LETTER fm Monroe E. Davis (lh) (Entered: 01/28/1992)

Jan. 27, 1992
157

MOTION by defendant Talley - to withdraw attorney for dfts M. C. Hamby, Dennis Talley and Howard Cook (mg) (Entered: 04/03/1992)

April 2, 1992
158

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins granting motion to withdraw attorney (s) with Dearborn and Ewing for dfts M. C. Hamby, Dennis Talley and Howard Cook [157-1] (cc: all counsel) (mg) (Entered: 04/16/1992)

April 15, 1992
159

MEMORANDUM OF THE COURT (cc: all counsel) EOD 8/4/92 (mg) (Entered: 08/04/1992)

Aug. 4, 1992
160

ORDER: The 10/15/90, order of the Administrative Law Judge of the Office of the TN Secretary of State is hereby affirmed, and the petition for review, filed by David Lee Carter, is denied by Judge Thomas A. Higgins (cc: all counsel) EOD 8/4/92 (mg) (Entered: 08/04/1992)

Aug. 4, 1992
161

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins: The clerk is directed to close the above cons case. Except for the closure of this case, representing the conclusion of all action under the implementation plan, all terms and conditions of the order entered 5/8/87, particularly paragraphs #1 and 4, remain in full force and effect [dismissing case] EOD 8/13/92 entered 5/8/87, particularly paragraphs #1 and #4, remain in full force and effect dismissing case (cc: all counsel) (mg) (Entered: 08/13/1992)

Aug. 13, 1992
162

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins: On 7/31/91, Mr. Carter filed a m fr judgment docketed in Grubbs v. Norris, No. 80-3404 (docket entry no. 758). In light of this Court's order of 8/4/92, and this Court's order entered 8/13/92 dismissing the above styled case, this motion is moot, since the Court has ruled on his amended petition. It is therefore, DENIED. EOD 8/20/92 [cc: all counsel] (mg) (Entered: 08/20/1992)

Aug. 20, 1992
163

MOTION by pla Terry X. Lee Clifton for contempt of Court for the defts' failure to comply with the fifth draft order of settlement and order on post-settlement notice, claims procedure in cases (attachments) (dm) (Entered: 04/05/1994)

April 4, 1994

REMARK: 3 expandable files sent to Judge Higgins with motion (dm) (Entered: 04/06/1994)

April 6, 1994
164

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins denying motion for contempt [163-1]. The clerk is directed to make a copy of the motion (DE #163) and attachments and place same in a separate file under a general docket number (General Docket No. 3-95-X-21), until such time as Mr. Clifton pays the usual filing fee or is permitted to proceed ifp. The clerk shall place a copy of this order in the newly established file and send a copy of this order to the Attorney General of TN and Mr. Clifton. (cc: all counsel) EOD 2/16/95 (gi) Modified on 03/08/1995 (Entered: 02/16/1995)

Feb. 16, 1995

MAIL Returned [164-1] addressed to plaintiff Robert Williams (gi) (Entered: 03/08/1995)

Feb. 24, 1995
165

MOTION by Monroe Davis to proceed in forma pauperis (dm) (Entered: 12/07/1995)

Dec. 7, 1995
166

MOTION by Monroe Davis for the Court to hold the defts in contempt (Attachment) (dm) (Entered: 12/07/1995)

Dec. 7, 1995
167

AFFIDAVIT of Monroe Davis re [166-1] (dm) (Entered: 12/07/1995)

Dec. 7, 1995
168

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins denying motion for the Court to hold the defts in contempt [166-1]. Clerk is directed to send a copy of this order to the Attorney General of TN, as well as Mr. Davis (Certified Receipt No. Z195411067) (cc: all counsel) EOD 2/6/96 (dm) (Entered: 02/06/1996)

Feb. 6, 1996

MAIL Returned [168-1] addressed to pltf Robert Williams marked "RTS". TDOC informed clerk that pltf is on parole as of 3/30/95 (dm) (Entered: 02/09/1996)

Feb. 9, 1996

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 30, 1983

Closing Date: 1992

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

all African American inmates in the Tennessee prison system

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Tennessee Department of Corrections, State

Tenn. Prison System (Nashville), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

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: 1987 - 1992

Issues

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run