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Case Name Jones v. CCH-LIS Legal Information Services EE-NY-0219
Docket / Court 97-CV-4372 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Case Summary
On June 13, 1997, five black employees of CCH Legal Information Services filed this class action lawsuit on behalf of CCH's 334 black employees in the Southern District of New York under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They alleged that CCH had engaged in a practice of denying equal ... read more >
On June 13, 1997, five black employees of CCH Legal Information Services filed this class action lawsuit on behalf of CCH's 334 black employees in the Southern District of New York under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. They alleged that CCH had engaged in a practice of denying equal opportunities for promotion to black employees because of their race and that CCH discriminated against black employees who did receive promotions by denying them terms and conditions of employment equal to white employees working in the same positions. The case was assigned to Judge Robert Sweet.

On March 18, 1998, the court appointed a special master to assist with and monitor settlement negotiations between the parties. The parties reached and the court approved a settlement agreement on July 17. The details of the settlement are not known to the Clearinghouse, but the docket shows that the parties agreed to class certification and a consent decree to be supervised by the court.

On September 23, 1998, the court entered the consent decree contemplated by the settlement. It instructed CCH to take all actions necessary to implement the terms of the settlement agreement. The court also retained jurisdiction to enforce the decree for 2½ years. On September 28, Judge Sweet certified the class, finding all necessary elements of numerosity, typicality and adequacy of representation were present.

On November 5, the court extended the period of supervision to last until April 30, 2001.

Class members continued to file individual claims for relief pursuant to the settlement agreement for the next two years. On December 3, 1998, the court awarded supplemental attorney’s fees of $46,432 and costs of $1,489. The court further ordered $39,505 in attorney’s fees on March 11, 1999 and a further $59,783 on June 15, 1999.

There has been little activity on the docket since 2001, when the 1998 consent decree was set to expire. In 2019, the court destroyed sealed documents that had been submitted to it during the lawsuit because no party had retrieved them. The case is likely now closed.

Jonah Feitelson - 03/20/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Reporting
Discrimination-area
Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)
Pay / Benefits
Promotion
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Special Case Type
Non-court arbitration/mediation
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e
Defendant(s) CCH-LIS Legal Information Services
Plaintiff Description The class of black employees of CCH Legal Information Services
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1998 - 2001
Filed 06/13/1997
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
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Docket(s)
1:97-cv-4372 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0219-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/10/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order (1998 WL 671446 / 1998 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15189) (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0219-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/28/1998
Source: Westlaw
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Judges Sweet, Robert Workman (S.D.N.Y.) show/hide docs
EE-NY-0219-0001 | EE-NY-0219-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Vladeck, Judith P (New York) show/hide docs
EE-NY-0219-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Rosenberg, David Beresh (New York) show/hide docs
EE-NY-0219-9000
Other Lawyers Warren, Jay P (New York) show/hide docs
EE-NY-0219-9000

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