United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF CLASS ACTION
TO: All persons who have been placed into the custody of the Susquehanna County Jail after being sentenced
or as pre-trial detainees who were deloused upon their entry into the Susquehanna County Jail from on
or about July 24, 2007 to the present.
PLEASE READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY.
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED BY THIS LITIGATION.
The United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania authorized this notice.
It is not from a lawyer. You are not being sued.
YOU ARE RECEIVING THIS NOTICE BECAUSE YOUR RIGHTS MAY BE AFFECTED BY A CLASS ACTION
LAWSUIT RELATED TO AN ACT OF DELOUSING THAT MAY HAVE BEEN DONE TO YOU UPON YOUR
ENTRY TO THE SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY JAIL. THE LAWSUIT IS PENDING IN FEDERAL COURT IN
SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA. THE COURT HAS ORDERED THAT THIS NOTICE BE SENT TO YOU. THE
PURPOSE OF THIS NOTICE IS TO INFORM YOU HOW THE LAWSUIT MAY AFFECT YOUR RIGHTS AND
WHAT STEPS YOU MAY TAKE. THIS NOTICE IS NOT AN EXPRESSION BY THE COURT OF ANY OPINION
AS TO THE MERITS OF THE CLAIMS OR DEFENSES ASSERTED BY EITHER SIDE IN THIS LAWSUIT.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS CASE:|
If you exclude yourself from the class, you will not be bound by the class action and will not
be entitled to relief sought. You will be free to pursue your claims against the Defendant. This
is the only option that allows you to bring or be part of any other lawsuit against the Defendant
in this case about the same legal claims that are advanced in this case.
You must exclude yourself from the Settlement by April 21, 2012.
If you do nothing, you will be a member of the class.
If you fall within the Class as defined more fully in this Notice, you are a member of the Class. IF YOU WISH TO
REMAIN A MEMBER OF THE CLASS, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING AT THIS TIME.
I. WHY DID I GET THIS NOTICE PACKAGE?
You or someone in your family may have been admitted to the Susquehanna County Jail after being sentenced
or as a pre-trial detainee from July 24, 2007 to the present and been subject to a delousing procedure. "Delousing" involves
the act of an individual from the Susquehanna County Jail spraying a liquid on you while your clothes have been removed.
II. WHAT IS THIS LAWSUIT ABOUT?
Plaintiff claims in this lawsuit that the County of Susquehanna illegally deloused individuals upon their admission
to the Susquehanna County Jail, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, by subjecting
them to unwanted medical treatment. Defendant denies that it did anything wrong, and contends that even if it did
do anything wrong, Plaintiff and the Class Members are not entitled to any money as a result of being deloused.
The Court in charge of this case is the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, United
States District Judge A. Richard Caputo presiding. The case is called Roneld Logory v. County of Susquehanna, Case
No. 3:CV-09-1448. The person who sued is called the Plaintiff, and the county sued, the County of Susquehanna, is
called the Defendant.
III. WHY IS THIS A CLASS ACTION?
In a class action, one or more people, called the Class Representatives (in this case, Roneld Logory), sue on behalf
of all people who have similar claims. All of these people are a Class or Class Members. A class action resolves the issues
for all Class Members, except for those who exclude themselves from the Class.
IV. HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM PART OF THE CLASS?
Everyone who fits the following description may be a Class Member: you were placed in the custody of the
Susquehanna County Jail after being sentenced or as a pre-trial detainee and you were deloused with a liquid spray upon
your entry to the Jail.
The Class Period commences on July 24, 2007 and extends to the present.
V. WHAT IF I WAS ADMITTED TO THE SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY JAIL ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION DURING THE CLASS PERIOD?
CAN I STILL PARTICIPATE IN THE CLASS?
Yes. Individuals who were admitted to the Susquehanna County Jail on more than one occasion during the class period
can be members of the Class.
VI. I AM STILL NOT SURE IF I AM INCLUDED.
If you are still not sure if you are included, you can ask for help. You can call Class Counsel who may help answer
VII. WHAT DOES THE CLASS SEEK?
The Class is seeking monetary damages to compensate Class Members for damages sustained as a result of the
Susquehanna County Jail's policy of delousing detainees upon their admission to the Jail. NO JUDGMENT OR SETTLEMENT
HAS OCCURRED IN THE ACTION AND YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE A
PAYMENT FROM THIS ACTION. THIS NOTICE MERELY INFORMS YOU THAT THE ACTION IS PROCEEDING
AND THAT YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS WITH RESPECT TO THE ACTION, AS MORE FULLY
DESCRIBED IN THIS NOTICE.
VIII. WHAT AM I GIVING UPTO STAY IN THE CLASS?
Unless you exclude yourself, you are staying in the Class, and that means you can't sue, continue to sue, or be part
of any other lawsuit against the County of Susquehanna, its employees, or its elected officials about the legal issues in
this case. It also means that all the Court's orders will apply to you and legally bind you.
EXCLUDING YOURSELF FROM THE CLASS
If you do not want a to be a member of the Class, but you want to keep the right to sue or continue to sue the County
of Susquehanna on your own about the legal issues in this case, then you must take steps to preserve these rights. This
is called excluding yourself - or is sometimes referred to as "opting out" of the Class.
IX. HOW DO I GET OUT OF THE CASE?
To exclude yourself from the class, you must send a letter by mail saying that you want to be excluded from
Logory v. County of Susquehanna. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number and your signature. You must mail
your exclusion request postmarked no later than April 21, 2012 to Susquehanna County Prison Litigation, c/o Notice
Administrator, P.O. Box 1367, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
You can't exclude yourself on the phone or by email. If you exclude yourself, you will not be legally bound by anything
that happens in this lawsuit. You may be able to sue (or continue to sue) the County of Susquehanna in the future.
X. IF I DO NOT EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I SUE THE COUNTY OF SUSQUEHANNA FOR THE SAME THING LATER?
No. Unless you exclude yourself, you give up the right to sue the County of Susquehanna for the claims that this
class involves. If you have a pending lawsuit, speak to your lawyer in that lawsuit immediately. You must exclude yourself
from this class action to continue your own lawsuit. Remember, the exclusion deadline is April 21, 2012.
XI. IF I EXCLUDE MYSELF, CAN I GET MONEY FROM THE LAWSUIT?
No. If you exclude yourself, you will not receive benefits from this lawsuit.
THE LAWYERS AND INDIVIDUALS REPRESENTING YOU
XII. DO I HAVE A LAWYER IN THIS CASE?
The Court approved Charles J. LaDuca and Alexandra C. Warren of Cuneo Gilbert & LaDuca, LLP, Washington,
DC; Daniel Levin of Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Beverly Steinberg Sporn,
Princeton, New Jersey to represent you and other Class Members. Together, the lawyers are called Class Counsel. You
will not be charged for these lawyers. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own
XIII. HOW WILL THE LAWYERS AND THE CLASS REPRESENTATIVES BE PAID?
Class Counsel will seek attorney fees at conclusion of the case from Defendant or a percentage of the fund obtained
for the class.
XIV. EXAMINATION OF PAPERS AND INQUIRIES.
This Notice contains only a summary of the litigation and your rights as a potential Class Member. For more detailed
information regarding the matters involved in this litigation, please refer to the papers on file in this matter, which may
be inspected, during business hours, at the office of the Clerk of the Court, United States District Court, Middle District
of Pennsylvania, William J. Nealon Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, 235 N. Washington Ave., Scranton, PA 18501.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE COURT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THIS LAWSUIT. If you want additional
information, you may contact Plaintiff's counsel, Alexandra C. Warren, identified above, at 202-789-3960.
Additionally, further information about this case may be obtained at Class Counsel's website at
Susquehanna County Prison Litigation
c/o McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
P.O. Box 1367
Blue Bell, PA 19422