In September 2016, a $3 million verdict was awarded to a former Columbus, Ohio prisoner following the state's failure to file an answer to his lawsuit for a period of five years.
John Hendricks was incarcerated at the Pickaway Correctional Institution in June 2008 when Dr. Ida Gonzalez refused to provide him with his prescribed pain medication following a nerve injury he sustained during an emergency appendectomy. The case survived summary judgment in 2009, at which point the state was given 30 days to file an answer rebutting Hendricks' allegations, but they did not answer until July 2013. After three hours of deliberation, a jury awarded Hendricks $1 million in actual damages and $2 million in punitive damages.
Dan Mordarski and NPAP member attorney John Camillus represented Hendricks.