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Case Name Dallas v. Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. EE-MI-0194
Docket / Court No. 2:09-cv-14596 ( E.D. Mich. )
State/Territory Michigan
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On November 23, 2009, a class of former telecommunications installers, with an average age of 55 or older, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act against Alcatel-Lucent Inc. The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On November 23, 2009, a class of former telecommunications installers, with an average age of 55 or older, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act against Alcatel-Lucent Inc. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief, reinstatement and damages, claiming disparate impact based on age discrimination. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that their employer disproportionately selected older employees for permanent transfer.

On February 9, 2012, the Court (Judge Nancy G. Edmunds) granted plaintiff's motion for conditional class certification, which comprised the 36 original plaintiffs and allowed for opt-in plaintiffs within 10 days, which drew an additional 158 plaintiffs.

On May 20, 2013, the Court approved plaintiffs' proposed settlement agreement, which provided for a settlement fund of $1.4 million and attorneys' fees and costs. After each plaintiff was provided with an estimated award and an opportunity to seek reconsideration of that award, the Court granted final approval to the parties' settlement and dismissed the action with prejudice.

Christianna Kyriacou - 11/21/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Seniority
Discrimination-basis
Age discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. ยงยง 621 et seq.
Defendant(s) Alcatel-Lucent Inc.
Plaintiff Description Class of former installers of telecommunications hardware and software, with an average age over 55
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
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 2013
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)
2:09−cv−14596 (E.D. Mich.) 08/13/2013
EE-MI-0194-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/23/2009
EE-MI-0194-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint for Equitable, Declarative and Monetary Relief 03/16/2010
EE-MI-0194-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Defendant's Motion to Dismiss or Transfer 07/16/2010 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Conditional Certification and Discovery Request and Directing Counsel to File a Joint Proposed Notice and Opt-in Consent Form 02/09/2012 (2012 WL 424878) (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0004.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Courts Preliminary Approval of Settlement Agreement and Attorney Fees and Costs 05/20/2013 (2013 WL 2197624) (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting Final Approval to Settlement of Class Action and Dismissing Action with Prejudice 08/13/2013 (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Edmunds, Nancy Garlock (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0004 | EE-MI-0194-0005 | EE-MI-0194-0006 | EE-MI-0194-9000
Friedman, Bernard A. (E.D. Mich.)
EE-MI-0194-0003
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bonanni, Megan (Michigan)
EE-MI-0194-9000
Johnson, Andrea J. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0194-9000
McGehee, Cary S. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0194-9000
Pitt, Michael L. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0194-0001 | EE-MI-0194-0002 | EE-MI-0194-9000
Rivers, Beth M. (Michigan)
EE-MI-0194-0001 | EE-MI-0194-0002 | EE-MI-0194-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Miklave, Matthew Thaddeus (New York)
EE-MI-0194-9000
Pope, John H. (New York)
EE-MI-0194-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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