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Case Name EEOC v. SHOWBIZ PIZZA TIME dba CHUCK E CHEESE'S EE-WI-0043
Docket / Court 98-C-0698-X ( W.D. Wis. )
State/Territory Wisconsin
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
EEOC's Milwaukee, Wisconsin office filed this lawsuit against the defendant, CEC Entertainment, Inc. (f.k.a. Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc.; d.b.a Chuck E' Cheese's) in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison) on 09/30/1998. The individual complainant intervened ... read more >
EEOC's Milwaukee, Wisconsin office filed this lawsuit against the defendant, CEC Entertainment, Inc. (f.k.a. Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc.; d.b.a Chuck E' Cheese's) in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Madison) on 09/30/1998. The individual complainant intervened in the suit. The case was immediately referred, upon consent of the parties, to Magistrate Judge Stephen L. Crocker for all proceedings. The court granted the plaintiff's motion for partial summary judgment but denied the defendant's motions to dismiss and for summary judgment. Thereafter, the parties engaged in intensive discovery from 08/1999 to 10/1999. The jury found the defendant liable after four days of trial and awarded the plaintiff $13,070,000.00 in damages after another four days. The court entered the final judgment on 05/11/2000, denying the defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law and reducing the final damages to the complainant to $309,657.00 in addition to more than $115,000 in fees and costs to the EEOC and the complainant's attorney. With access only to the docket, there is no information about the specific allegations or whether any injunctive relief was granted.

Yin Zheng - 06/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) CEC Entertainment, INC.
CEC Entertainment, Inc. Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc.
Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc.
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
98-C-0698-X (W.D. Wis.) 05/26/2000
EE-WI-0043-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
No documents currently in the collection
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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