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Case Name Allen v. Alabama State Bd. of Educ. EE-AL-0099
Docket / Court 2:81-cv-00697 ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Case Summary
In 1981, African-American applicants to the Alabama Initial Teacher Certification Testing Program filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against the Alabama State Board of Education in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. They filed the suit on behalf of a putative ... read more >
In 1981, African-American applicants to the Alabama Initial Teacher Certification Testing Program filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1981 against the Alabama State Board of Education in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. They filed the suit on behalf of a putative class of all black persons who had been or will be denied any level of teaching certificate because of their failure to pass the test administered by the Alabama Initial Teacher Certification Testing Program.

Due to lack of information prior to the start of the PACER docket, the date of class certification is uncertain, but the class was indeed certified and the parties began discussion of a class settlement. On January 5, 2000, the court (Judge Myron H. Thompson) approved an amended consent decree.

On September 25, 2000, the court ordered and set yearly status conferences through the year 2009. Since then, motions for minor adjustments to the consent decree have been adopted, for example a September 30, 2004 motion to redefine the plaintiff class was granted.

On December 14, 2004, the court approved a Second Amended Consent Decree, amending the class definition, adding class representatives, and appointing additional counsel for the class. On February 11, 2005, the court issued an order that further amended the duration and grounds for termination of the decree.

On June 7, 2005, the court issued an order approving a settlement which awarded plaintiffs costs and attorneys' fees up to that date, of which was worth $660,000. On September 9, 2009, defendants were ordered to pay Plaintiffs an additional $350,000 for attorneys' fees and costs incurred for the period of April 22, 2005, through July 31, 2009.

On January 27, 2010, the lawsuit was finally dismissed, and all consent decrees and orders terminated with the exception of attorneys' fees and costs. A March 8, 2010 order awarded the plaintiffs an additional $42,599 in attorneys' fees, expenses, and costs.

Katrina Campos - 07/20/2010


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols
Monitoring
Other requirements regarding hiring, promotion, retention
Discrimination-area
Hiring
Promotion
Testing
Training
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Alabama State Board of Education
Plaintiff Description All African Americans who had been or will be denied any level of teaching certificate because of their failure to pass the test administered by the Alabama Initial Teacher Certification Testing Program.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se 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 2000 - 2010
Filing Year 1981
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
2:81-cv-00697-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/08/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Status Report of Consent Decree [ECF# 566]
EE-AL-0099-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2002
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Granting Preliminary Approval of Revised Decree and Joint Stipulations [ECF# 702] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/02/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Consent Decree [ECF# 709] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/14/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Amending Second Amended Consent Decree) [ECF# 722] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/11/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Unopposed Motion to Withdraw Order of July 7, 2005 and to Enter Order Approving Settlement [ECF# 738]
EE-AL-0099-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/09/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Approving Settlement) [ECF# 739] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/10/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Granting Payment of Attorney Fees and Costs) [ECF# 810] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/09/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order, Judgment, and Decree (Terminating Consent Decree and Order and Dismissing Case With Prejudice) [ECF# 816] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/27/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Consent Order (Granting Joint Motion for Entry of Order Directing Payment of Attorney Fees and Costs) [ECF# 818] (M.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0099-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/08/2010
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Moorer, Terry Fitzgerald (M.D. Ala., S.D. Ala.) show/hide docs
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Blacksher, James U. (Alabama) show/hide docs
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McCrary, Michael Vance (Alabama) show/hide docs
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