Texas Inmates' Settlement, $4.5M In Fees OK'd In Heat Suit

Law360 (June 11, 2018, 5:21 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge has approved a class action settlement on behalf of a group of prisoners who argued exposure to extreme heat violated their constitutional rights, including the approval of $4.5 million in fees and expenses that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice agreed to pay class counsel.

U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison issued the final order and judgment on Friday, noting that the relief that will be granted to the class of prisoners at a geriatric and medical prison under the settlement exceeds any relief he ordered in two prior injunctions and would bring an end to “four...

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