Pro Bono Opportunity in Case 4:16-cv-214-MW-CAS

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in a case set for jury trial in June 2021 in Tallahassee. The case is Furman v. Cherry, et. al., Case No. 4:16cv214-MW/CAS.

Plaintiff, an inmate currently incarcerated in Illinois, was formerly in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections. Plaintiff seeks relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Florida Department of Corrections and several of its employees for delaying medical treatment for his hepatitis C infection. This Court granted summary judgment for Plaintiff on the issue of liability but held that Plaintiff was not entitled to compensatory or punitive damages. ECF No. 177. On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed this Court’s ruling as to liability but reversed as damages. Furman v. Warden, 827 F. App’x 927, 934 (11th Cir. 2020). A trial is now scheduled to determine damages.

Public funds are not available for payment of attorney’s fees. Fees may be recoverable under applicable law if Plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988. Limited funds sometimes are available from the district’s Bench and Bar Fund for payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by attorneys providing representation of this type.

Members of the District’s bar will be afforded access to the electronic docket without charge for the purpose of considering whether to undertake the representation. Any attorney who wishes to provide representation should contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance. Any attorney who wishes to appear should file a notice of appearance by December 31, 2020.

The Clerk is also directed to send this Order to all members of the Court’s bar who receive electronic noticing.

SO ORDERED on December 9, 2020.

The full notice can be viewed below: