In Hailes v. Collier, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76127 (SD OH, June 3, 2014), an Ohio federal magistrate judge recommended dismissing a complaint by Seventh Day Adventist inmate that he was retaliated against for not reporting for snow removal duty on his Sabbath.
In Watts v. Allen, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76402 (MD GA, June 5, 2014), a Georgia federal district court adopted a magistrate's recommendations (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76763, May 14, 2014) and dismissed an inmate's complaint that he is being denied a vegan diet.
In Parkell v. Morgan, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76989 (D DE, June 6, 2014), a Delaware federal district court dismissed an inmate's complaint that he was denied a kosher diet.
In Mead v. Palmer, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77011 (ND IA, June 6, 2014), an Iowa federal district court dismissed a complaint by plaintiff, an involuntarily committed patient at a civil commitment sexual offender unit, that he was not provided a Pentecostal minister to meet with.
In Williams v. Emmons, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76528 (MD GA, June 5, 2014), a Georgia federal district court, rejecting in part a magistrate's recommendation (2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77342, May 8, 2014), refused to permit a Muslim inmate to proceed with his claim for compensatory damages despite his weight loss and headaches stemming from the failure to provide him with vegan meals. The court concluded that plaintiff had not alleged more than de minimis physical injury as required by the Prison Litigation Reform Act. However the court permitted plaintiff to proceed with his claim for nominal damages.