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Fojtik v. Charter Med. Corp.
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Felix Fojtik (plaintiff) entered in-patient treatment for alcoholism at Charter Medical Corporation (Charter) (defendant). Although he entered treatment voluntarily, he did so only after being told that he would be legally committed to a hospital and brought there in handcuffs. Fojtik sought to leave the facility on temporary “passes.” Initially, Fojtik was denied such passes on the ground that he had not yet been in treatment long enough. After a period of time, he was given passes for leaves of a few hours at a time. At no time did Fojtik ask to leave the facility permanently. Fojtik sued Charter for false imprisonment in a Texas state court. Charter moved for summary judgment, asserting that Fojtik was always free to leave and that its system of “passes” was simply a procedural practice. The court granted Charter’s motion. Fojtik appealed.
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