PARSONS v. RYAN

No. CV-12-0601-PHX-DKD.

Victor Antonio Parsons, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Charles L. Ryan, et al., Defendants.

United States District Court, D. Arizona.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Cause: 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights
Nature of Suit: 555 Prisoner: Prison Condition
Source: PACER


Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Shawn Jensen, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office.

Shawn Jensen, Plaintiff, represented by Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Stephen Oliver Swartz, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Sonia Rodriguez, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Christina Verduzco, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Jackie Thomas, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Jeremy Smith, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Robert Carrasco Gamez, Jr., Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Maryanne Chisholm, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Desiree Licci, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Joseph Hefner, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Joshua Polson, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Charlotte Wells, Plaintiff, represented by Alison Hardy , Prison Law Office, Amelia Morrow Gerlicher , Perkins Coie LLP, Amy B. Fettig , ACLU, Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, Corene T. Kendrick , Prison Law Office, Daniel Clayton Barr , Perkins Coie LLP, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Donald Specter , Prison Law Office, John Howard Gray , Perkins Coie LLP, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Sara Norman , Prison Law Office, Victoria Lopez , ACLU, John Laurens Wilkes , Jones Day, Kathleen E. Brody , ACLU & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Arizona Center for Disability Law, Plaintiff, represented by Caroline N. Mitchell , Jones Day, David Cyrus Fathi , ACLU, Kirstin T. Eidenbach , Eidenbach Law PLLC, Rose Ann Daly-Rooney , Arizona Center for Disability Law, Sarah Eve Kader , Arizona Center for Disability Law, Asim Dietrich , Arizona Center for Disability Law, Jamelia Natasha Morgan , ACLU, Jessica Pari Jansepar Ross , Arizona Center for Disability Law, Jose de Jesus Rico , Arizona Center for Disability Law, Maya Stock Abela , Arizona Center for Disability Law & Rita Katherine Lomio , Prison Law Office.

Charles L Ryan, Defendant, represented by Anne Marie Orcutt , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Ashlee B. Fletcher , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Daniel Patrick Struck , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Jacob Brady Lee , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Kathleen L. Wieneke , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Lucy Marie Rand , Office of the Attorney General, Michael Evan Gottfried , Office of the Attorney General, Nicholas Daniel Acedo , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Timothy James Bojanowski , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Kevin Richard Hanger , Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint PC & Rachel Love , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC.

Richard Pratt, Defendant, represented by Anne Marie Orcutt , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Ashlee B. Fletcher , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Daniel Patrick Struck , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Jacob Brady Lee , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Kathleen L. Wieneke , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Lucy Marie Rand , Office of the Attorney General, Michael Evan Gottfried , Office of the Attorney General, Nicholas Daniel Acedo , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Timothy James Bojanowski , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC, Kevin Richard Hanger , Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint PC & Rachel Love , Struck Wieneke & Love PLC.

Corizon Health Incorporated, Intervenor, represented by Christian Watson Hancock , Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP & Todd Stephen Kartchner , Fennemore Craig PC.


ORDER

DAVID K. DUNCAN, Magistrate Judge.

Defendants have moved for reconsideration of the Court's Order setting an order to show cause hearing where the Court will consider the imposition of a $1,000 fine for each instance of non-compliance with an enumerated list of healthcare performance measures at specified locations ("Chronically Non-Compliant Location/PMs"). (Doc. 2135) A response is not necessary. LRCiv. 7.2(g).

Motions for reconsideration should be granted only in rare circumstances. Defenders of Wildlife v. Browner, 909 F.Supp. 1342, 1351 (D.Ariz. 1995). "Reconsideration is appropriate if the district court (1) is presented with newly discovered evidence, (2) committed clear error or the initial decision was manifestly unjust, or (3) if there is an intervening change in controlling law." School Dist. No. 1J, Multnomah County v. ACandS, Inc., 5 F.3d 1255, 1263 (9th Cir. 1993). Such motions should not be used for the purpose of asking a court "`to rethink what the court had already thought through — rightly or wrongly.'" Defenders of Wildlife, 909 F.Supp. at 1351 (quoting Above the Belt, Inc. v. Mel Bohannan Roofing, Inc., 99 F.R.D. 99, 101 (E.D.Va. 1983)). Defendants are not entitled to reconsideration.

As the Court has repeatedly explained on the record, the Stipulation was not a promise to meet a sampling benchmark. It was a promise to provide the contracted service to every inmate. The Stipulation's benchmarks (now 85%) are for the purpose of determining whether a PM/Location is meeting the Stipulation's underlying requirement of care. The benchmark is the canary in the coal mine: if the benchmark is met, then the Stipulation deems the Defendants to be in compliance. If the benchmark is not met, then Defendants are not in compliance with the Stipulation and the Court's remedial power is in no way limited by the Stipulation's compliance percentage benchmark or sample size specification. Instead, the Court must take measures to ensure Defendants provide the bargained for benefit to each and every inmate.

The Court has provided Defendants over two years to try all of their proposed solutions for the Chronically Non-Compliant Location/PMs. Nothing has worked. Now, the Court must find a way to compel the necessary remedial action.

Finally, in response to Defendants' argument regarding a lack of resources to tabulate the failures to satisfy the Performance Measures, the Court notes that it is not ordering Defendants to hire anyone. How they accomplish compliance with this Court's Order is for Defendants to determine, not the Court. If Defendants determine that the only way to comply with this Order is to hire more staff, nothing in the Stipulation prevents them from doing so. (It is hard for the Court to accept this conclusion given that it appears from the Court's tour of the Lewis facility this day that there are current employees who are willing and able to work overtime but are precluded by management from doing so.)

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED denying Defendants' Motion for Reconsideration of the Court's $1000 Sanction Order (Doc. 2135).


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