A federal judge has ruled that the class-action lawsuit over how prisons in Oregon handled COVID-19 can proceed.
“A federal judge in Portland ruled Tuesday that a group of Oregon prison inmates could continue suing state officials over their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The class-action lawsuit states the seven inmates named in the case have underlying medical conditions and are at risk for contracting COVID-19; though the case applies to any Department of Corrections inmate who has contracted the disease or is medically vulnerable.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stacie Beckerman ruled state leaders named in the lawsuit are not protected from litigation over their response to the pandemic inside Oregon’s correctional institutions. The ruling could have national implications because it’s believed to be one of the first rulings where a judge found a state is not protected from litigation over its pandemic response in prisons and could have to pay financial damages.” [READ MORE]