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Case Name ARMSTRONG v. FORD MOTOR COMPANY EE-TN-0140
Docket / Court 3:01-CV-00012 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
On January 5, 2001, employees filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1441 of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 against the Ford Motor Company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive ... read more >
On January 5, 2001, employees filed a lawsuit under 28 U.S.C. § 1441 of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 against the Ford Motor Company in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief due to alleged employment discrimination. The plaintiffs sought to represent similarly situated individuals.

According to the PACER docket, on June 19, 2002, prior to certifying a class, the court (Judge Aleta A. Trauger) produced an order stating that the parties had reached a settlement, establishing a settlement class. According to the PACER docket, on November 15, 2002 the parties proposed a settlement order to the court, and on November 20, 2002 the court (Judge Trauger) approved the settlement. Though class certification had not been granted, a settlement class was established in the agreement. With the settlement, the plaintiffs received incentive payments, attorneys' fees and expenses, a total of $60,000. Following the settlement, the defendants submitted progress reports to the court. Shedding light on the injunctive relief provided by the settlement, a monitor's revised proposal for mid-point review dated September 27, 2006, states, "The initiatives instituted by Visteon Corporation focused on the goal of promoting and fostering equal opportunity in compensation, promotion, evaluations, and career advancement for all employees in all levels and areas of the business, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, national origin or disability, and to promote and foster an environment of inclusion, respect, and freedom from retaliation."

The defendants continued to file status reports on the settlement through May 2007. No further information is available.

Emily Kuznick - 04/03/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Transportation
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Ford Motor Company
Plaintiff Description Unknown.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2002
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
3:01-CV-00012 (M.D. Tenn.) 10/01/2007
EE-TN-0140-9000.pdf | Detail
General Documents
Revised Proposal for Mid-Point Review 09/27/2006
EE-TN-0140-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges Trauger, Aleta Arthur (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Peyton, Suzette B. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Whitted, Rhonda M. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Crenshaw, Waverly David Jr. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Graham, Stanley E. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Hyde, Kevin E. (Florida)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Poppell, James W. (Florida)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Ware, Dabney D. (Florida)
EE-TN-0140-0001 | EE-TN-0140-9000
Other Lawyers Alexander, Elizabeth A. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Ayala, Julian (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000
Hayes, Arnold G. (Tennessee)
EE-TN-0140-9000

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