478 F. Supp. 1342 (D. Mass. 1979), 634 F.2d 650 (1st Cir. 1980), 457 U.S. 291 (1982)

This was a civil rights and malpractice case in which seven mental patients sued fourteen doctors for alleged wrongful use of seclusion and forced medication. Stephen Schultz was lead counsel for the defendants. A 74 day trial was held on the merits. The defense won the damages issue at trial. The constitutional issue of a committed mental patient’s right to refuse treatment was argued to the United States Supreme Court. National experts from across the country testified regarding the use of antipsychotic medications to treat committed mental patient.  Mr. Schultz has written several articles discussing the case. The case received considerable local and national coverage (Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Good Morning America).

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