Correctional Services Corporation v. John E. Malesko

Topic(s): 
Protecting Constitutional Rights and Requirements
Docket Number: 
860
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Case Description: 

Mr. Malesko was a federal prisoner incarcerated in a privately-run halfway house when he was deprived of his heart medication and forced to hurry up five flights of his stairs to his room. He suffered a heart attack and related injuries, and sued the prison company for violating his constitutional rights.

David Vladeck of Public Citizen was co-counsel for Mr. Malesko on the merits in the Supreme Court. The Court, deciding in favor of Correctional Services Corporation, held that Bivens could not be extended to create a right of action against private entities acting under color of federal law.