Migliaccio & Rathod LLP has proven willing and equipped to safeguard the civil rights of persons subjected to unconstitutional policies – including unreasonable searches and cruel and unusual punishments. Employing class actions as a means to aggregate the claims of many, we achieve positive precedents by zealously advocating on behalf of our clients.
Hill v. County of Montgomery, New York:
Migliaccio & Rathod LLP represents individuals placed into custody of Montgomery County Jail who have been denied adequate food and nutrition. Plaintiffs have 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.
McDonald v. Franklin County, Ohio:
Along with co-counsel, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP represents 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 asserts Franklin County violated their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect citizens against such unreasonable searches and seizures – such as unreasonable photographic documentation, in this case.
Smith v. Franklin County, Ohio:
Migliaccio & Rathod LLP and co-counsel have brought a class action against Franklin County for denying pre-arraignment misdemeanor detainees an opportunity to post bail before being subjected to the indignities of a strip search and being unnecessarily incarcerated for several hours. Migliaccio & Rathod LLP maintains Franklin County has violated the due process rights, as safeguarded by the U.S. Constitution, of tens of thousands of individuals who were presumptively entitled to the right to post bail.
Russo v. Allegheny County, New York:
Co-counsel and Migliaccio & Rathod LLP have brought a case against Allegheny County, New York for violating detainees’ constitutional right to privacy. Specifically, during the booking process at the Allegheny County Jail, detainees are forced to detail their medical history and medical conditions while being placed in the same room as other detainees. Under the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections of privacy, a citizen has the right to avoid disclosure of his or her personal matters, including the disclosure of medical records and health conditions. Therefore, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP contends Allegheny County has violated thousands of detainees’ constitutional right to privacy by requiring them to detail protected health information while being within earshot of other detainees.
Vasquez v. Libre by Nexus, Inc.
This is a civil class action seeking monetary damages and injunctive relief against Libre by Nexis, a bond financing company, for exploiting Spanish-speaking migrant detainees with crushing financial terms and GPS shackles in exchange for its “service” of arranging for a third party to post bond. Contrary to its marketing representations, Migliaccio & Rathod LLP and co-counsel allege Libre by Nexis is not in the business of helping as a neutral advisor for families who would like to get a loved one out of immigration detention. Instead, Libre by Nexus is in the business of leasing GPS trackers under false pretenses to vulnerable detainees.
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