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Case Name Berry v. Pastorek ED-LA-0003
Docket / Court 10-ED-04049 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Education
Attorney Organization Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On October 26, 2010, a group of students with disabilities filed a law suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board. The plaintiffs, represented by private and public counsel, allege that the ... read more >
On October 26, 2010, a group of students with disabilities filed a law suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against the Louisiana Department of Education and the Orleans Parish School Board. The plaintiffs, represented by private and public counsel, allege that the defendants acted and continue to act in violation of: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, 20 U.S.C. § 1400; § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794; and the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101. The plaintiffs seek to represent a class consisting of all New Orleans students with disabilities.

The plaintiffs allege that the New Orleans public schools have: denied admission to disabled students; refused to evaluate needs for special education; failed to implement individualized education plans; and used abusive restraint techniques on disabled students.

The plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment, and preliminary and permanent injunction requiring the defendants to: (1) make their facilities and programs be accessible to all students with disabilities; (2) adequately evaluate disabled children; (3) implement appropriate education accommodations; (4) and provide students with disabilities with a free appropriate public education.

On March 12, 2014, there was a hearing on the motion for class certification. The District Court (Judge Jay C. Zainey) ordered a stay for filing post-hearing briefs pending the outcome of settlement negotiations between the two parties.

This case is ongoing as the parties continue to negotiate a settlement.

David Cho - 10/17/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Disability
disability, unspecified
Hearing impairment
Mental impairment
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
General
Individualized planning
Special education
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Protection and Advocacy of Individual Rights (PAIR), 29 U.S.C. § 794e
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
Louisiana Department of Education
Orleans Parish School Board
Plaintiff Description Individual students with disabilities in New Orleans
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lawyers Comm. for Civil Rights Under Law
Southern Poverty Law Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
2:10−cv−04049 (E.D. La.) 10/07/2014
ED-LA-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint - Class Action 10/26/2010
ED-LA-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Berrigan, Helen Ginger (E.D. La.)
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Roby, Karen Wells (E.D. La.) [Magistrate]
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Zainey, Jay C. (E.D. La.)
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Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Adler, Krista Dawn (New York)
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Banky, Poopak (New York)
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Bedi, Sheila A. (Mississippi)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Callahan, Elizabeth L. (New York)
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Cavanaugh, William Francis Jr (District of Columbia)
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Coco, Jennifer M. (Louisiana)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Comstock-Galagan, James E. (Louisiana)
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Cruz, Alejandro H. (New York)
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DiPaolo, John K. (District of Columbia)
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Faridi, Muhammad U. (New York)
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Felicello, Rosanne E (New York)
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Finger, Davida (Louisiana)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Gelernter, Eugene M. (New York)
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Greenbaum, Jon M. (District of Columbia)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Heilman, Eden B. (Louisiana)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Katzerman, Jerri (Alabama)
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Kurland, Thomas P. (New York)
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Mallick, Sumit (District of Columbia)
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Schmedlin, William F. (New York)
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Schwartzmann, Katie M (Louisiana)
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Shum, Brenda L. (District of Columbia)
ED-LA-0003-0001 | ED-LA-0003-9000
Sykes, Matthew D. (District of Columbia)
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Waters, Timothy (New York)
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Defendant's Lawyers Freel, Angelique Duhon (Louisiana)
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Hammonds, Robert L. (Louisiana)
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Hunt, Joan E. (Louisiana)
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Manieri, Tyrell T. (Louisiana)
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Moog, Audrey E. (District of Columbia)
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Sneed, Maree F. (District of Columbia)
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Stewart, Wayne Thomas (Louisiana)
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Other Lawyers None on record

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