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Walker v. Corizon Health, 947 F.3d 1244 (10th Cir. Jan. 14, 2020)

Jan 14, 2020

In this 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action, the plaintiff, the estate of a deceased inmate, sued Corizon, which was the medical entity providing care to the institution, along with numerous healthcare professionals.  One defendant, Dr. Mohiuddin, filed a motion to dismiss based on qualified immunity arguing that the complaint only made collective allegations against all defendants and nothing particular as to him.  The district court denied the motion.  The Tenth Circuit reversed noting that the allegations in the complaint, if true, were “disturbing and reprehensible,” but “[m]erely lumping Mohiuddin in with fifteen other medical professionals under the generic label ‘defendants’ or ‘Corizon healthcare providers’ does not adequately plead a § 1983 claim against him.”