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Tyson v. City of New York

Full Name: Tyson v. City of New York No. 97 Civ. 3762 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 1998)

In what was, at the time, the largest civil rights settlement in New York history, the Firm obtained $50 million for a class of 62,000 people challenging the constitutionality of pre-arraignment strip-searches.

Plaintiffs claimed that the DOC’s practice of strip searching every arrestee, regardless of the offense alleged and regardless of whether there was any reasonable suspicion that the arrestee was concealing weapons or contraband violated the U.S. Constitution. To remedy the alleged constitutional violation, Plaintiffs obtained compensatory and injunctive relief, as well as class certification on behalf of a class of all misdemeanor or non-criminal offense arrestees who were subjected to pre-arraignment strip searches under the DOC’s blanket policy.

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