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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. )
Additional Docket(s)   C.D. Cal.
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) 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 United States for the Central District of California, Western Division. The plaintiffs, though their guardians, sued the Pasadena Unified School District for alleged ... read more >
On February 11, 2016, six students with behavior-related disabilities residing in Pasadena brought this class action lawsuit in the United States for the Central District of California, Western Division. The plaintiffs, though their guardians, sued the Pasadena Unified School District for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act 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 next year, the parties engaged in discovery and settlement negotiations.

The case is ongoing. On October 27, 2017, the case was transfered from Judge Beverly Reid O'Connell to Judge Virginia A. Phillips.

Nili Blanck - 02/06/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Disability
disability, unspecified
Hearing impairment
Mental impairment
Mobility impairment
Visual impairment
General
Classification / placement
Special education
Medical/Mental Health
Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis
Intellectual/Developmental Disability
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. ยงยง 12111 et seq.
State law
Defendant(s) Pasadena Unified School District
Superintendent
Plaintiff Description Class of Pasadena Unified School District students who, now or in the future, are placed in an alternative public school for alleged behavioral issues. Plaintiffs are represented by Disability Rights California, Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. in addition to private counsel from Morrison & Foerster LLP.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Bazelon Center
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2016
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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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: 12/27/2017
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]
Judges Phillips, Virginia A. (C.D. Cal.)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Standish, Gail J. Court not on record [Magistrate]
ED-CA-0025-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bird, Melinda R. (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Bossing, Lewis (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Bowles, Candis R. (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Burnim, Ira Abraham (District of Columbia)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Harel, Maya (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Ingram, Maya L. (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Kurukulasuriya, Nishanthi Amitha (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Murata, Tritia M. (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Preis, James Joseph (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Stern, Robert Steven (California)
ED-CA-0025-0001 | ED-CA-0025-9000
Stricker, Kelsey Marie (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Wadlington, Marlon C (California)
ED-CA-0025-9000

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