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Case Name EEOC v. Vivendi Universal Studios EE-CA-0245
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-07023-GAF-JTL ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the Los Angeles and New York District Offices and San Diego Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the collective enterprises making up Universal Pictures(Vivendi Universal SA, Vivendi Universal Group LLP, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios LLLP, Vivendi Universal ... read more >
In September 2003, the Los Angeles and New York District Offices and San Diego Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the collective enterprises making up Universal Pictures(Vivendi Universal SA, Vivendi Universal Group LLP, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios LLLP, Vivendi Universal Entertainment LLLP, Universal City Studios LLLP, Universal Pictures Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging discrimination on the basis of race, black, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears the EEOC's 2006 press release that the defendant allegedly terminated the employment of the complainant from his position as first assistant director on the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" based upon his race. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in March 2005. Following extensive discovery, a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant, and defendant's successful motion to dismiss breach of contract and fraud claims by the intervenor-plaintiff upheld by the 9th Circuit, the lawsuit was tried before a jury in June 2007, and before the judge in June 2007. The intervenor complainant's lawsuit against the defendant was settled and dismissed in July 2007. The defendnat's motion for judgment as a matter of law was granted in October 2007. The Court billed the EEOC $54,313.07 in costs for the lawsuit. The EEOC appealed this judgment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in December 2007. No judgment from the Ninth Circuit was made prior to the collection of this case; therefore, the outcome of this appeal is unknown.

Daisy Manning - 04/14/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) "Does 1-10"
Universal City Studios LLLP
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures Inc
Universal Studios LLLP
Vivendi Universal Entertainment LLLP
Vivendi Universal Group LLP
Vivendi Universal S A
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 2007
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)
CV-03-07023-GAF (U.S. Court of Appeals) 05/24/2007
EE-CA-0245-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:03-cv-07023-GAF-JTL (C.D. Cal.) 02/15/2008
EE-CA-0245-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Sues Universal Studios for Race Discrimination" 09/30/2003
EE-CA-0245-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Order Re Defendants' Motion to Compel Mental Examination of Frank Davis 03/16/2005 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-in-Intervention's Complaint 11/03/2005 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-in-Intervention's Second Amended Complaint 12/20/2005 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment 04/20/2006 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Race Bias Suit Against Universal Pictures Moves Forward to Trial, Court Rules" 04/28/2006
EE-CA-0245-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: EEOC.gov
Stipulation for Dismissal 07/20/2007 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 10/10/2007 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0012.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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