The firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, in the case of Davison v. State of New York. The case challenges the State’s practice of charging only those patients who file damages lawsuits against the State, for the patients’ stay at State psychiatric hospitals – with charges ranging from several hundred thousand dollars into the millions. Allowing the State to single out such patients insulates the State from virtually all civil liability and violates the State Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of expression as well as public policy. The Sheppard, Mullin team was led by partner and NYLPI board member Daniel L. Brown, an attorney with a long history of fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities.
Read the brief here.