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Case Name Doe v. Pasadena Unified School District ED-CA-0025
Docket / Court 2:16-cv-00984-BRO-GJS ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Education
Attorney Organization Bazelon Center
Case Summary
On February 11, 2016, six students with behavior-related disabilities residing in Pasadena brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, though their guardians, sued the Pasadena Unified School District for alleged violations of ... read more >
On February 11, 2016, six students with behavior-related disabilities residing in Pasadena brought this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs, though their guardians, sued the Pasadena Unified School District for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.) and state disability statutes. The plaintiffs, represented by Mental Health Advocacy Services, the Judge L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and private counsel, sought injunctive and declaratory relief and attorney's fee. The plaintiffs claimed that the Pasadena Unified School District was systematically segregating students with behavioral issues in an alternative "therapeutic environment" in which students were subjected to arrests, forced isolations, suspension threats, and an inferior education overall. They sought a behavioral-service program within neighborhood schools to provide students with disabilities an equal education.

For the several years, the parties engaged in discovery and settlement negotiations. On October 27, 2017, the case was transferred from Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell to Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

On October 31, 2019, the court approved a settlement agreement and consent decree. The parties agreed to the appointment of neutral expert to evaluate the District's capacity, resources, and needs in several areas, including the transition of students with behavioral and mental disabilities out of segregated settings to general education campuses and the implementation of early response programs and academic support to identify and prevent behavioral problems. After the evaluation of the expert, the parties would agree on a Strategic Plan subject to a dispute resolution mechanism included within the settlement agreement. Once the parties agreed on the Strategic Plan, the neutral expert would oversee its implementation for five years, during which time the District Court would retain jurisdiction.

Additionally, the District agreed to pay each plaintiff $8,500 in compensatory damages and plaintiff's counsel $425,000 in attorney's fees.

The consent decree remains in force.

Nili Blanck - 02/06/2018
Jonah Feitelson - 04/17/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Provide antidiscrimination training
Recordkeeping
Reporting
Student assignment
Training
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Disability
disability, unspecified
Hearing impairment
Mental impairment
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Classification / placement
Education
Juveniles
Reasonable Modifications
School/University policies
Special education
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Mental Disability
Depression
Learning disability
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
State law
Defendant(s) Pasadena Unified School District
Superintendent
Plaintiff Description Pasadena Unified School District students who were placed in an alternative public school for alleged behavioral issues.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Bazelon Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2019 - n/a
Filed 02/11/2016
Case Ongoing Yes
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  Doe v. Pasadena Unified School District
http://www.bazelon.org/doe-v-pasadena-unified-school-district/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center
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Docket(s)
2:16-cv-984 (C.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0025-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
ED-CA-0025-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/11/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Dismissal and Retaining Jurisdiction (C.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0025-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/31/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Phillips, Virginia A. (C.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Standish, Gail J. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bird, Melinda R. (California) show/hide docs
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Bossing, Lewis (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Bowles, Candis R. (California) show/hide docs
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Burnim, Ira Abraham (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Harel, Maya (California) show/hide docs
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Ingram, Maya L. (California) show/hide docs
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Kurukulasuriya, Nishanthi Amitha (California) show/hide docs
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Murata, Tritia M. (California) show/hide docs
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Preis, James Joseph (California) show/hide docs
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Stern, Robert Steven (California) show/hide docs
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Stricker, Kelsey Marie (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Myers, Kristin M. (California) show/hide docs
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Wadlington, Marlon C (California) show/hide docs
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