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Case Name Darensberg v. Metropolitan Transportation Commission PB-CA-0015
Docket / Court 3:05-cv-01597 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Case Summary
On April 19, 2005, a class of members of racial minority groups who ride buses operated by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District ("AC Transit"), a labor union, and a community-based organization filed a federal class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Metropolitan Transportation ... read more >
On April 19, 2005, a class of members of racial minority groups who ride buses operated by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District ("AC Transit"), a labor union, and a community-based organization filed a federal class action lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Metropolitan Transportation Commission ("MTC") in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division. The plaintiffs alleged that MTC has historically engaged, and continues to engage in a policy, pattern or practice of actions and omissions that have the purpose and effect of discriminating against poor transit riders of color in favor of white, suburban transit users, on the basis of their race and national origin. The plaintiffs asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief.

In June 2005, the parties consented to proceed before a U.S. Magistrate Judge (Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte.) This action was also assigned to the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Multi-Option Program for the Northern District of California. The parties engaged in ADR discussions running parallel to the litigation. On Feburary 21, 2007, the parties stipulated to class certification.



After Magistrate Judge Laporte denied Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Judgment, and granted in part and denied in part Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment, the case went to trial in October 2008. After a prolonged trial, on March 27, 2009, Magistrate Judge Laporte filed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law and entered a judgment in favor of the defendant. Although the Court agreed with the plaintiffs that MTC caused a "disparate impact," it found that MTC had a "substantial legitimate justification" for its practices because it had relied on the Partnership Advisory Board in formulating them, and because it had other competing goals to meet (such as reducing highway congestion, enhancing transportation connectivity, ensuring safety and security of transportation system). The Court ruled that these justifications were sufficient to allow MTC to continue these practices in spite of their discriminatory impact.

On April 23, 2009, the plaintiffs appealed the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. On February 16, 2011, the Court of Appeals filed an opinion to affirm the judgment of the District Court.

Xin Chen - 04/01/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Plaintiff Description A class of members of racial minority groups who ride buses operated by the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, a labor union, and a community-based organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2009
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
3:05−cv−01597 (N.D. Cal.) 03/17/2011
PB-CA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Defendant's Amended Motion to Dismiss and Memorandum 11/01/2005
PB-CA-0015-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Memorandum in Opposition to Defandant's Amended Motion to Dismiss 11/29/2005
PB-CA-0015-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order re Discovery and Class Certification 02/23/2007 (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0015-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint 11/01/2007
PB-CA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Memorandum for Summary Adjudication 04/01/2008
PB-CA-0015-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment Against Plaintiff's ATU and CBE and Memorandum 04/22/2008
PB-CA-0015-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment Against Plaintiffs and the Plaintiff Class for Lack of Standing and Memorandum 04/22/2008
PB-CA-0015-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Memorandum for Summary Judgment Or in the Alternative Partial Summary Judgment 04/23/2008
PB-CA-0015-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Summary Adjudication; Granting in Part and Denying in Part Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment 08/21/2008 (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law Following Court Trial 03/27/2009 (2009 WL 5948454) (N.D. Cal.)
PB-CA-0015-0006.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (9th Circuit) 02/16/2011 (636 F.3d 511)
PB-CA-0015-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Laporte, Elizabeth D. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
PB-CA-0015-0003 | PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0006 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Noonan, John T. Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
PB-CA-0015-0002
Silverman, Barry G. (D. Ariz., Ninth Circuit) [Magistrate]
PB-CA-0015-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bloch, Adrienne L. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Brigham, Matthew J. (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000
Dermody, Kelly M. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0004
Fondo, Grant P. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0008 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Hasselman, Margaret Elizabeth (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0008 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Hutchinson, Daniel M. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Jongco, Angelica Kristen (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0008
Juran, Laura P. (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000
Lee, Bill Lann (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0007 | PB-CA-0015-0008 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Lye, Linda (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0007 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Marathe, Neha Mukund (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Marcantonio, Richard A. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0008 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Mayer, Guillermo (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0008 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Navarro, Heather Annette Dunn (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Nussbaum, Peter David (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0007 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Purtell, Daniel T. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0007 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Rostov, William B. (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000
Santamaria, Jessica Valenzuela (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Sekhon, Nirej S. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0007 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Steinberger, Sacha Crittenden (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000
VOIGT, ELISABETH (California)
PB-CA-0015-0001 | PB-CA-0015-0008
Defendant's Lawyers Arnold, Karin Manwaring (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Chin, Francis F. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-0010 | PB-CA-0015-0011 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Hofmann, Adam Wolff (California)
PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Manolius, Kimon (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-0010 | PB-CA-0015-0011 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Segal, Cynthia E. (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-0010 | PB-CA-0015-0011 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Veit, Julia Heller (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-0010 | PB-CA-0015-0011 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Webster, Warren Richmond (California)
PB-CA-0015-0004 | PB-CA-0015-0005 | PB-CA-0015-0009 | PB-CA-0015-0010 | PB-CA-0015-0011 | PB-CA-0015-9000
Other Lawyers Mass, Julia Harumi (California)
PB-CA-0015-9000

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