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Case Name Flood v. Florida Gulf Coast University ED-FL-0001
Docket / Court 2:08-cv-30 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On January 18, 2008, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against the Board of Trustees of the Florida Gulf Coast University ("FGCU") under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title IX") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Plaintiffs were former head coaches for the women' ... read more >
On January 18, 2008, Plaintiffs filed a Complaint against the Board of Trustees of the Florida Gulf Coast University ("FGCU") under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title IX") in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Plaintiffs were former head coaches for the women's athletic program at FGCU; they claimed that FGCU retaliated against them after they complained about sex discrimination and advocated for gender equity in FGCU's Athletic Department. One of the plaintiffs also claimed that FGSU defamed her by making false public statements intended to damage her professional reputation. Plaintiffs asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief and damages.

After plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint, on October 10, 2008, the parties reached a settlement agreement. Pursuant to the agreement, FGSU agreed to pay damages totaling $3,400,000. FGSU also agreed to hire an independent expert in Title IX to review and monitor FGCU's compliance with the law for five years.

On October 15, 2008, upon the parties' joint stipulation, the case was dismissed with prejudice. The District retained jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the Settlement Agreement.

Xin Chen - 05/07/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Florida Gulf Coast University
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs, who were former Head Coaches for the women’s athletic programs at the University, bring this action against the University for (a) retaliating against her after she complained about sex discrimination, and (b) defaming her.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
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 2008
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Courts and Kids: Pursuing Educational Equity Through the State Courts
By: Michael Rebell (Columbia University, and Campaign for Educational Equity)
Citation: (University of Chicago Press, 2009)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:08−cv−00030 (M.D. Fla.) 10/15/2008
ED-FL-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
First Amended Complaint 05/12/2008
ED-FL-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Settlement Agreement 10/10/2008
ED-FL-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges Frazier, Douglas N. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
ED-FL-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Collins, Heather Moore (Florida)
ED-FL-0001-0001 | ED-FL-0001-9000
Correia, Linda M (District of Columbia)
ED-FL-0001-0001 | ED-FL-0001-0002 | ED-FL-0001-9000
Gunter, Jason L. (Florida)
ED-FL-0001-9000
Kimmel, Adele P. (District of Columbia)
ED-FL-0001-0001 | ED-FL-0001-0002 | ED-FL-0001-9000
Radon, Amy (District of Columbia)
ED-FL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Behar, Aaron (Florida)
ED-FL-0001-0002 | ED-FL-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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