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Case Name United States v. State of Louisiana EE-LA-0100
Docket / Court 3:96-cv-03426 ( M.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 29, 1996, the United States Department of Justice filed an employment discrimination lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and the Louisiana State Police Commission. ... read more >
On August 29, 1996, the United States Department of Justice filed an employment discrimination lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana against the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, and the Louisiana State Police Commission. On the same day, the parties filed a joint motion for an expedited approval and entry of the proposed consent decree and a joint stipulation of uncontested facts.

On September 3, 1996, the District Court (Judge Frank J. Polozola) provisionally entered the proposed consent decree and scheduled a fairness hearing. State Police Cadets, State Troopers, and African Americans were permitted to file complaints regarding the proposed consent decree with the court.

On December 20, 1996, the court directed the Louisiana State Police to use the protective services selection battery for the selection of candidates for appointment to the position of state police cadet.

On July 16, 1997, the court approved the parties' final settlement. A non-party to the litigation appealed the final determinations. The appeal was dismissed.

After distribution of the settlement funds, the case was closed on March 9, 1998.

The only document available for this case is the docket.

Kaitlin Corkran - 04/05/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Louisiana Dept. of Public Safety and Corrections
Louisiana State Police Commission
State of Louisiana through the Department of Public Safety and Corrections
Plaintiff Description United States
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1996 - 1998
Case Closing Year 1998
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform
Written: Mar. 01, 2008
By: Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law)
Citation: 49 B.C. L. Rev. 367 (2008)
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  Second Generation Employment Discrimination: A Structural Approach
By: Susan Sturm (Columbia Law School)
Citation: 101 Colum. L. Rev. 458 (2001)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:96-cv-03426 (M.D. La.) 03/09/1998
EE-LA-0100-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
Judges Polozola, Frank Joseph (M.D. La.) [Magistrate]
EE-LA-0100-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hingle, Tara Avery (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Lin, Tana (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Tejani, Sharyn A. (District of Columbia)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Nash, Megan Shemwell (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Pyburn, Keith M Jr. (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Sherburne, Richard A. Junior (Louisiana)
EE-LA-0100-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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