NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
A class action lawsuit was filed by nine individuals who were inmates at the Fulton County Jail in November of 2014 against Fulton County Jail Sheriff Theodore Jackson and Chief Jailer Mark Adger (the “Defendants”). The lawsuit is Thompson et al. v. Jackson et al., 1:16-cv-04217 (N.D.Ga.) and the complaint may be downloaded here. The lawsuit alleges that due to a GCIC outage that lasted from approximately Friday, November 14, 2014, until Friday, November 21, 2014, certain inmates were unlawfully detained 24 hours or more after they were eligible for release from the Fulton County Jail.
On November 15, 2018, the Court certified a class of all inmates at the Fulton County Jail who, between November 14 and November 21, 2014, were detained for more than 24 hours past the time they were entitled to release due to the inability of the Jail employees to run GCIC checks because the system was experiencing an outage. The lawsuit sought money damages for the individuals in this class.
The Plaintiffs and Defendants have reached a settlement of this case on behalf of the proposed class, and the Court has granted preliminary approval of the settlement. The terms of the settlement agreement are as follows:
The final agreement reached by the parties consists of a $2,000,000 settlement. An average of approximately $4,000 will be distributed per class member. However, the amount each class member receives will vary based on the specifics of each person’s length of detention, including the amount of time each class member’s release was delayed and what types of damages each class member suffered. It is anticipated that there are potentially 313 responding class members, which would consume $1,200,000 of the $2,000,000 settlement.
The remaining amount, $800,000, will be paid to Plaintiffs’ counsel for attorneys’ fees. This amount will be reduced per class member who opts of the class and is represented by Plaintiffs’ counsel.
If any checks issued to the class members are not cashed within six months, those funds will be returned to the Defendants once the six-month period has run.
If you are a member of the class as a result of the November 2014 GCIC outage’s impact on your release from the jail, you are eligible to participate in the class settlement or opt out of the class settlement.
If you wish to be a class member and obtain compensation through the settlement, you must complete and return the Response Form available via download here. If you wish to opt out, you must complete and return the Opt-Out Form available via download here. The Response Form or Opt-Out Form must be received by no later than AUGUST 1, 2022. Please send those forms to the attorneys for the class at the following address:
Attn: Fulton County Jail Settlement
Eshman Begnaud LLC
PO Box 130
Decatur, GA 30031