National Center for Youth Law

STRATEGIES

Letisha v. Morgan

After the James Bank Group Home closed pursuant to the state court class action in Letisha A. v. Morgan, eleven children filed this companion case in federal court. Defendants were the state officials responsible for placing the children in the home and for monitoring the children’s treatment in the home, the private corporation that owned the home, and various personnel employed by the home. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, the children alleged violations of their substantive due process rights to an adequate and safe placement under the Fourteenth Amendment against the state defendants. Plaintiffs also alleged tort violations under state law against the private defendant.

Overview

FILE NO., COURT AND DATE FILED

93 J. 4643 (N.D. Ill., Oct. 21, 1993)

CITATIONS

855 F. Supp. 943 (N.D. Ill. 1994)

ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS

Jill Runk
Robert F. Harris
Office of the Cook County Public Guardian
69 W. Washington
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 603-0800
Fax: (312) 603-9946
rujill@cookcountygov.com

HISTORY AND STATUS

After litigation of defendants’ motions to dismiss and other pre-trial matters, the case proceeded to discovery. Subsequently, a federal magistrate mediated a settlement agreement for a substantial monetary sum.