OFFICIAL LEGAL NOTICE OF CLASS CERTIFICATION
RE: Munday, et al. v. Beaufort County
This Notice was authorized by the U.S. District Court – District of South CarolinaThis is not a solicitation by a lawyer. You are not being sued. Please read this Notice carefully.
This class action lawsuit against Beaufort County remains in litigation and there is currently no settlement or jury verdict. Additional updates will be posted as the case proceeds.
ATTENTION: IF YOU ARE A FEMALE AND WERE STRIP-SEARCHED
UPON ADMISSION TO BEAUFORT COUNTY DETENTION CENTER IN BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA, BETWEEN FEBRUARY 27, 2015 AND MAY 5, 2020, YOU MAY BE A MEMBER OF A CERTIFIED CLASS.
A class action lawsuit against Beaufort County is pending in the U.S. District Court – District of South Carolina, Beaufort Division (the “Court”). The case is called Cheryl A. Munday and Margaret Devine, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated v. Beaufort County, Case No. 9:20-cv-02144-DCN-MHC.
Plaintiffs in this class action allege that between February 27, 2015, and May 5, 2020, the Beaufort County Detention Center unconstitutionally strip-searched all female pre-classification detainees, but not all similarly situated males. A pre-classification detainee is an inmate who has been arrested and placed or housed at the detention center prior to going to a bond hearing. Plaintiffs seek damages in the form of monetary compensation for each female class member that was strip-searched during that time period.
The Class consists of all female pre-classification detainees in the custody of Beaufort County Detention Center who, upon their admission to the detention center, were strip-searched. Records from the detention center show that you may be a member of the Class.
If you were identified as a potential Class Member according to records maintained by Beaufort County Detention Center, you will remain a Class Member unless you submit a Request to Opt Out. If you remain in the Class, you will be bound by any future order, judgment or settlement in this matter.
If you stay in the class, you will be permitted to share in any potential recovery that may occur in this lawsuit. You will also reserve the right to object to any proposed settlement and participate in future proceedings, if allowed by the Court. However, by staying in the Class, you give up any rights to sue the Defendants separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit. You will also be legally bound by all of the orders and judgment entered by the Court in this lawsuit, even if there is no recovery.
If you wish to stay in the Class, you do not have to do anything. However, you should contact us to provide your current contact information so we can keep you updated. You can do so by dialing 1-866-742-4955. You may also provide your current contact information by sending an email to BCDC@rg2claims.com.
If you opt out of the Class, you will give up the right to participate in any recovery or settlement that may occur. But you will keep any rights you may currently have to sue Defendants for the legal claims at issue in this lawsuit. You also will not be bound by the orders and judgments entered by the Court in this lawsuit. Procedures to opt-out of the Class can be found in the Notice located Notice Section of this website.
Your legal rights are affected even if you do nothing.
Read this Notice carefully.
|YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS|
|STAY IN THE CLASS||
You do not have to do anything to stay in the Class. Please contact us to confirm your current contact information.
|OPT OUT OF THE CLASS||
You give up your right to participate in any recovery or settlement that may occur. Submit a written “Request to Opt Out” by email or regular mail postmarked by September 11, 2023.
These rights and options —and the deadlines to exercise them— are explained in the Notice of Class Certification.