U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York has granted class certification to the approximately 1,600 people jailed in the west building of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center during a power outage in early 2019, when temperatures in New York City dropped to as low as 2 degrees Fahrenheit.

The class will be represented by Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law professors Alexander Reinert and Betsy Ginsberg, who have served as plaintiff’s counsel since 2019.