Motion asks judge to reconsider dismissal of patient-dumping lawsuit

U.S. District Judge James Mahan is being asked to reconsider his February ruling to dismiss a lawsuit over allegations of patient dumping at state-run Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital.

Because of the March 5 motion filed by attorneys for plaintiff James Brown, a status hearing scheduled for today has been canceled and a new hearing on the motion will be scheduled.

In June 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada and Mark Merin, a civil rights lawyer in Sacramento, Calif., filed the lawsuit in federal court in Las Vegas on behalf of Brown and those similarly situated. After being discharged on Feb.11, 2013 from Rawson-Neal, Brown was bused to Sacramento, where he had no family or support waiting for him.

Mahan dismissed the plaintiff’s claims without prejudice.

Contact reporter Yesenia Amaro at or 702-383-0440.

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