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Roberson v. Giuliani

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
346 F.3d 75 (2003)


Facts

Ms. Roberson and other similarly situated individuals (plaintiffs) filed a class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Mayor of New York City and the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services (defendants). In their suit, the plaintiffs asserted seven claims regarding the defendants’ policies for the disposition of applications for certain public benefits. The defendants were granted summary judgment on one of the plaintiffs’ claims. The other six claims were resolved through a settlement agreement. In the agreement, the defendants denied any liability related to the plaintiffs’ allegations, but agreed to various changes in the way that benefits claims would be handled in the future. When dismissing the claims pursuant to the settlement agreement, the district court stated that it would retain jurisdiction over the agreement for enforcement purposes. The plaintiffs moved for attorney’s fees and costs. The district court denied their motion, and the plaintiffs appealed.

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