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Bliss v. CoreCivic, Inc.
Case 2:18-cv-01280-JAD-EJY (District of Nevada)

On July 12, 2018, we filed a complaint on behalf of Kathleen Bliss and a proposed class of attorneys, alleging that the for-profit prison company CoreCivic had recorded attorney-client privileged conversations in violation of federal and state wiretaps laws. If you are an attorney who has had a client detained in any CoreCivic facility at any time since July 2016 and you would like more information about this case, please contact our paralegal, Kristine Nelson (knelson@nka.com).

Type of Case

Federal and State Wiretap Action

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Case Updates

  • January 20, 2022

    Judge Denies CoreCivic’s Request to Dismiss Proposed Nationwide Wiretapping Class Action

    On January 14, 2022, Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ruled that a lawsuit against the for-profit prison company, CoreCivic, should move forward. CoreCivic had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, which is a proposed class action that alleges CoreCivic wiretapped attorneys’ phone calls with their clients who were confined in CoreCivic’s prisons and detention centers. The Plaintiff, Kathleen Bliss, is herself a criminal defense attorney and will seek to certify a nationwide class of attorneys who have had their calls with clients recorded, as well as a subclass of Nevada attorneys. Bliss alleges CoreCivic violated the Federal and Nevada Wiretap Acts.

    Bliss said of the court’s decision: “The attorney-client relationship is one of the most important protections that the Constitution extends to all of us in America. It is key to our liberty, our ability to defend ourselves against government accusations. Judge Dorsey’s decision recognizes the seriousness, the importance of these rights; and though not deciding the merits, this first step demonstrates that all accused people expect and deserve to have the confidentiality of their innermost thoughts and conversations with counsel preserved and respected without violation or ill-intention.”

    Bliss is represented by Anna P. Prakash, Charles A. Delbridge, Matthew H. Morgan, Melanie A. Johnson, and Charles J. O’Meara of Nichols Kaster, PLLP; Michael Hodgson of The Hodgson Law Firm, LLC; Lance Sandage of Sandage Law LLC; Joseph K. Eischens of the Law Office of Joseph K. Eischens; and Paul S. Padda of Paul Padda Law, PLLC.

    The case is Kathleen Bliss, on behalf of herself, the Proposed Nationwide Rule 23 Class, and the Proposed Nevada Subclass v. CoreCivic, Inc., Case No. 2:18-cv-01280-JAD-EJY (District of Nevada).

  • October 27, 2020

    Ninth Circuit Revives Wiretapping Action Against For-Profit Prison CoreCivic

    In July of 2018, Kathleen Bliss, on behalf of herself and a proposed class of attorneys, sued the for-profit prison CoreCivic, alleging that the prison wiretapped attorney-client phone calls in violation of federal and state law. The prison moved for summary judgment based on the statute of limitations. Bliss argued that she had claims based on calls that were recorded within two years prior to filing suit and that those claims were timely under the applicable statute of limitations. The district court held Bliss’ claims untimely, and Bliss appealed. On October 27, 2020, the Ninth Circuit issued an opinion stating, in part, “to the extent Bliss’s claims are based on calls that were recorded less than two years before she filed suit on July 12, 2018, they are not time barred,” and remanded the case. Bliss is represented by Nichols Kaster, PLLP, The Hodgson Law Firm, Sandage Law LLC, Joseph Eischens, and Paul Padda Law.

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