Civil Rights Court Cases

Practicing nationwide, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP’s civil rights lawyers have proven willing and equipped to safeguard the civil rights of persons subjected to unconstitutional policies – including unreasonable searches and cruel and unusual punishments. By using civil litigation class actions as a means to aggregate the claims of many, we achieve positive precedents through zealous advocacy on behalf of our clients.


Hill v. County of Montgomery, New York, Case No. 9:14-cv-00933 (N.D.N.Y). Migliaccio & Rathod LLP represented individuals placed into custody of Montgomery County Jail who have been denied adequate food and nutrition. Plaintiffs suffered symptoms of malnutrition and scurvy, including severe weight loss, hair loss, skin rashes and other debilitating symptoms. Among many violations, this treatment goes against the Eighth Amendment, which protects citizens from cruel and unusual punishments. After years of litigation, the case settled on a class action basis for $1,000,000, providing significant relief to the class of inmates and detainees. For more information, visit the settlement website here.

McDonald v. Franklin County, Ohio, Case No. 2:13-cv-503 (S.D.Ohio.). Along with co-counsel, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP represented a class of female inmates that underwent unconstitutional documentation of tattoos in their private areas. These women were admitted for failure to pay fines, city code violations, traffic infractions, and other minor crimes. The Constitution demands that the need for a search and seizure be balanced against the invasion of one’s personal liberties. Given the minor violations these individuals were detained for, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP asserted that Franklin County violated their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect citizens against such unreasonable searches and seizures – such as unreasonable photographic documentation, in this case. This case was settled on a class action basis for $2,500,000. For more information, visit the settlement website here.

Vasquez v. Libre by Nexus, Inc., Case No. 3:17cv755 (N.D Cal). Migliaccio & Rathod LLP filed a class action suit seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief against Libre by Nexus arising from their exploitation of Spanish-speaking migrant detainees with so-called “lease agreements” for GPS trackers. Following a hearing on February 3, 2021, the Court entered final approval of a class action settlement. Read more about the settlement here.

For information on current Civil Rights cases, visit Our Civil Rights Lawyers in DC.