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Prisoner Settles Suit over Failure to Treat Crohn's Disease

Lindsay John Max, a California state prisoner, filed a civil rights action in federal court pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that various officials in the California prison system had failed to provide proper medical treatment for his Crohn's disease which causes inflammation of the bowels.

To lessen the Crohn's symptoms, Max should have been provided a high-calorie, low-residue diet and be allowed smaller, more frequent meals. Although he was transferred between three different prisons and such a meal plan was recommended by prison and free-world medical personnel, no prison would accommodate his meal plan needs. On June 1, 2009, in exchange for a waiver of fees, Max settled the lawsuit. He was represented by San Diego attorneys Frank J. Polek, Mark D. Myers and John C. Dineen. See: Max v. Hickman, U.S.D.C.-S.D.Cal., Case No. 04-CV-1189-L(AJB).

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Max v. Hickman