Karsjens v. Lourey, No. 18-3343 (8th Cir. 2021)
Nature of Case: Plaintiffs had brought a civil rights challenge to the constitutionality of their continued confinement in Minnesota’s civil commitment facility. They had previously won at the district court level, which was reversed on appeal in Karsjens I. On remand, the district court evaluated the remaining claims and dismissed them in line with the 8th Circuit’s opinion in Karsjens I. Plaintiffs appealed.
Holding: 8th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed in part, finding that the lower court had used the incorrect standard in evaluating claims related to the conditions of their confinement. On those claims, the Court reversed, but otherwise affirmed the judgment of the trial court.