Robert Katz, '92, Secures Life-Saving Treatment for Inmates

IU McKinney Professor and Alumnus Secure Life-Saving Treatment for Inmates

The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) has entered into a settlement agreement to provide costly but life-saving medication to nearly 3,500 inmates who are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The agreement is the result of a lawsuit litigated by IU McKinney School of Law Professor Robert Katz and Indianapolis attorney Mark W. Sniderman, '06, of the firm Findling Park Conyers Woody & Sniderman, P.C.

The settlement was approved by Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, ’83, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, in an order issued January 2. The settlement resolves a federal class action lawsuit, Stafford v. Carter, brought on behalf of infected inmates nearly three years ago.

The legal implications of this case are enormous, not only from an Eighth Amendment prison rights perspective but also from a wider public health point of view.

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