In re: Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Class Action Litigation

ScalesThis website contains information regarding pending class action litigation against Rutherford County, Tennessee, in the case of E.J. v Templeton, et al, Middle District of Tennessee, No. 3:16-cv-1975We are seeking information and input from potential plaintiffs and class members.

This lawsuit is based on alleged illegal juvenile arrest and detention policies maintained by Rutherford County, Tennessee, that resulted in many juveniles being arrested and detained in the Rutherford County Juvenile Detention Center in violation the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the State of Tennessee.

View media coverage of the case here:

US Newshttps://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/tennessee/articles/2017-05-16/judge-bars-rutherford-county-juvenile-detention-policy

NPR:  http://nashvillepublicradio.org/post/judge-orders-rutherford-county-stop-arresting-and-jailing-kids-minor-charges#stream/0

The Tennesseanhttp://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2017/05/18/judge-rutherford-county-must-change-juvenile-detention-practices/326269001/

Murfreesboro Posthttp://www.murfreesboropost.com/wrongfully-detained-in-rutherford-county–cms-46961

View the lawsuit and the preliminary injunction here:

Lawsuit

Preliminary Injunction Order

Preliminary Injunction Memorandum

The litigation is still pending in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.  Depending on the progress and outcome of the case, this litigation may affect your rights.  Your input and your story is important to this case.

You or your child may have a claim if:

  1. Your child was arrested or detained in Rutherford County, Tennessee, within the past ten (10) years;
  2. For arrest: The offense for which your child was arrested was not Domestic Assault or a felony, and was not alleged to have been committed in the presence of the arresting officer.
  1. For detention: The offense for which your child was detained was not a “violent” felony and did not involve a firearm. A “violent” felony is a felony offense that includes an element of physical harm to another person.
    • Examples of “violent” felonies: Robbery, Aggravated Assault
    • Examples of non-violent felonies: Drug offenses, Burglary, Theft
  1. Your child’s nineteenth (19th) birthday was after October 20th, 2016;

Even if your child’s case only falls into one of the “arrest” or “detention” categories, you may still have a claim.

If you think you or your child may have a claim and you would like to participate in this litigation, we encourage you to fill out the contact form below and a member of our litigation team may contact you with further information.

This form should be filled in with the information of the potential class member, whether that is yourself if you are over the age of eighteen and meet the above qualifications, or your child if your child is under the age of eighteen and meets the qualifications.