Arizona Prisoners' Class Action Expanding?

Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Jul 18, 2013 in Class Action Lawsuits

The AP reported today that a federal appellate court will be considering whether to expand litigation in an unusual case: a class-action being brought by 13 Arizona inmates. The lawsuit challenges the quality of healthcare provided by AZ state prisons, and if the court rules to broaden litigation, thousands of prisoners may become plaintiffs.

Lawyers for the state motioned to remove the class-action certification that was granted in March by U.S. District Judge Neil Wake. The 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals has agreed to rule on the motion. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, if the ruling is upheld and the certification remains, the suit may face many more years of litigation.

When the class-action was certified, Wake said the class could include prisoners who are not given access to needed and appropriately timed care. A subclass of inmates that spend 22 hours per day in their cells was included.

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