Cases & Deals

Prisoner represented in the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court in case involving the Prison Litigation Reform Act's exhaustion requirement

Clients Ngo, Viet Mike

Jones Day represented on a pro bono basis a California state prisoner, Viet Mike Ngo, in a federal civil rights matter before the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. The case presented the question whether the Prison Litigation Reform Act's exhaustion requirement permanently bars a prisoner from bringing a lawsuit for constitutional violations or other violations of federal law when his prison's grievance system has rejected his grievance because he missed a filing deadline or committed some other procedural error. The Ninth Circuit, disagreeing with several other circuits, agreed with Jones Day's position that the PLRA does not bar such prisoners' lawsuits.

Meir Feder argued the case before the Supreme Court on March 22, 2006, and he was assisted on the briefs by Donald Ayer, Charles Morse, Kate Bushman, and Thomas Davis.

Meir Feder also successfully briefed and argued the case on a pro bono basis before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meir Feder argued the case on March 22, 2006 before the Supreme Court. A decision was returned on June 22, 2006 with the Court ruling against us, 6-3.

Woodford v. Ngo, No. 05-416 (U.S.)

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