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Case Name EEOC v. Vivendi Universal Studios EE-CA-0245
Docket / Court 2:03-cv-07023-GAF-JTL ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Special Collection EEOC Study -- in sample
Attorney Organization EEOC
Case Summary
In September 2003, the Los Angeles and New York District Offices and San Diego Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the collective enterprises making up Universal Pictures (Vivendi Universal SA, Vivendi Universal Group LLP, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios LLLP, Vivendi Universal ... read more >
In September 2003, the Los Angeles and New York District Offices and San Diego Office of the EEOC filed this lawsuit against the collective enterprises making up Universal Pictures (Vivendi Universal SA, Vivendi Universal Group LLP, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios LLLP, Vivendi Universal Entertainment LLLP, Universal City Studios LLLP, Universal Pictures Inc.) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleging discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

We do not have a copy of the complaint; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears the EEOC's 2006 press release that the defendant allegedly terminated the employment of the complainant from his position as first assistant director on the film "2 Fast 2 Furious" based upon his race. The complainant intervened in the lawsuit in March 2005. Following extensive discovery, a failed motion for summary judgment by the defendant, and defendant's successful motion to dismiss breach of contract and fraud claims by the intervenor-plaintiff upheld by the 9th Circuit, the lawsuit was tried before a jury in June 2007, and before the judge in June 2007. The intervenor and defendant reached a confidential settlement on June 13, 2006.

The defendant's motion for judgment as a matter of law was granted in October 10, 2007. The court found that there was no basis for injunctive relief because the defendant had not committed an unlawful employment practice and they were unlikely to engage in future unlawful employment practices (Judge Gary A. Feess). The Court billed the EEOC $54,313.07 in costs for the lawsuit.

The EEOC appealed this judgment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on December 5, 2007. On June 25, 2008, the EEOC voluntarily dismissed their appeal.

The case is closed.

Daisy Manning - 04/14/2008
Cedar Hobbs - 11/17/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-area
Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
EEOC-centric
Direct Suit on Merits
Private Party intervened in EEOC suit
General
Disparate Treatment
Plaintiff Type
EEOC Plaintiff
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. ยง 2000e
Defendant(s) "Does 1-10"
Universal City Studios LLLP
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures Inc
Universal Studios LLLP
Vivendi Universal Entertainment LLLP
Vivendi Universal Group LLP
Vivendi Universal S A
Plaintiff Description Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations EEOC
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief Settlement
None
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filed 2003
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
CV-03-07023-GAF (U.S. Court of Appeals)
EE-CA-0245-9001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/24/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:03-cv-07023-GAF-JTL (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/25/2008
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Sues Universal Studios for Race Discrimination"
EE-CA-0245-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/30/2003
Source: EEOC.gov
Order Re Defendants' Motion to Compel Mental Examination of Frank Davis [ECF# 53] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/16/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-in-Intervention's Complaint [ECF# 87] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/03/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum and Order Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff-in-Intervention's Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 114] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/20/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Ruling on Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF# 174] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/20/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
EEOC Press Release: "EEOC Race Bias Suit Against Universal Pictures Moves Forward to Trial, Court Rules"
EE-CA-0245-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/28/2006
Source: EEOC.gov
Stipulation for Dismissal [ECF# 380] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/20/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment [ECF# 391] (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0245-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/10/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Feess, Gary Allen (C.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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Lum, Jennifer T. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Li, Derek W (California) show/hide docs
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Liem, Connie (California) show/hide docs
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McClinton, Gregory L. (Hawaii) show/hide docs
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Moore, Portasha R (California) show/hide docs
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Park, Anna Y. (California) show/hide docs
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Powell, Angela Marie (California) show/hide docs
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Rojas, Cherry-Marie D. (California) show/hide docs
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Rose, Robert D. (New York) show/hide docs
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Sweeney, John Edward (California) show/hide docs
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Gray, Jeremy J. (California) show/hide docs
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Hofeldt, Tiffany (California) show/hide docs
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Larsen, Ryan J (California) show/hide docs
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