Case: United States v. Maury County

1:95-cv-00144 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 1995

Closed Date: 1997

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Case Summary

On September 29, 1995, the U.S. Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed a lawsuit against Board of Commissioners of Maury County and Maury County Sheriff, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

On November 4, 1996, following a jury trial, the court entered a verdict in favor of the defendants. The docket ends on March 19, 1996. We have no further information.

Summary Authors

Hyun Jeong Yang (11/14/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Higgins, Thomas Aquinas (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Annexstein, Leslie T. (New York)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Watson, Robert C. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dale, William House Jr. (Tennessee)

Hardin, Thomas Wesley (Tennessee)

Tyeer, Kim B. (Tennessee)

Other Attorney(s)

Active

Judge(s)

Higgins, Thomas Aquinas (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Annexstein, Leslie T. (New York)

Fenton, William B. (District of Columbia)

Meacham, Barbara J. (District of Columbia)

Patrick, Deval L. (District of Columbia)

Watson, Robert C. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dale, William House Jr. (Tennessee)

Hardin, Thomas Wesley (Tennessee)

Tyeer, Kim B. (Tennessee)

Other Attorney(s)

Behm, Margaret Louise (Tennessee)

Graham, William Abbey (Tennessee)

Martin, Anne C. (Tennessee)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:95-cv-00144

Docket (PACER)

March 19, 1997

March 19, 1997

Docket

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 11, 2022, 3:20 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (Summons(es) issued) (af) (Entered: 10/02/1995)

Sept. 29, 1995

Sept. 29, 1995

2

NOTICE of Initial Case Management Conference ; Case Management Conference set for 3:00 11/16/95 before Judge Higgins (af) (Entered: 10/02/1995)

Sept. 29, 1995

Sept. 29, 1995

3

NOTICE from Courtroom Deputy resetting Case Mgt. Conference to 11/27/95 at 1:30 pm (mk) (Entered: 10/12/1995)

Oct. 12, 1995

Oct. 12, 1995

4

MOTION to intervene by Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts. (mk) (Entered: 10/25/1995)

Oct. 25, 1995

Oct. 25, 1995

5

MEMORANDUM by intevenor pltf Penny Lummis, intevenor pltf Tracy Roberts in support of mtn to intervene [4-1]. (mk) (Entered: 10/25/1995)

Oct. 25, 1995

Oct. 25, 1995

6

RESPONSE by pltf USA to mtn to intervene by Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts. [4-1] (mk) (Entered: 11/06/1995)

Nov. 3, 1995

Nov. 3, 1995

7

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins granting mtn to intervene by Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts. [4-1] (cc: all counsel) EOD 11/8/95 (mk) (Entered: 11/08/1995)

Nov. 8, 1995

Nov. 8, 1995

8

ANSWER by defts Maury Co. Board of Commissioners and Maury County Sheriff to [1-1]. (mk) (Entered: 11/17/1995)

Nov. 16, 1995

Nov. 16, 1995

9

MOTION by pltf USA to continue case management conference currently set for 11/27/95 at 1:30 (pl) (Entered: 11/17/1995)

Nov. 17, 1995

Nov. 17, 1995

10

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins finding the motion to continue case management conference currently set for 11/27/95 at 1:30 [9-1] moot. (cc: all counsel) EOD 11/20/95 (pl) (Entered: 11/20/1995)

Nov. 20, 1995

Nov. 20, 1995

PROPOSED Case Management Order (mk) (Entered: 11/21/1995)

Nov. 20, 1995

Nov. 20, 1995

12

SCHEDULING ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins: Jury trial set for 10:00 10/21/96 in Columbia, TN. Final pretrial conference set for 1:30 9/16/96 in Nashville with proposed pre- trial order due at that time. Discovery deadline set for 5/24/96 and dispositive mtn filing ddl set for 6/7/96. (cc: all counsel) EOD 11/29/95 (mk) (Entered: 11/29/1995)

Nov. 29, 1995

Nov. 29, 1995

13

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for pltf USA by Barbara J. Meacham. (mk) (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996

Jan. 30, 1996

14

MOTION by pltf USA to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert report. (mk) Modified on 09/17/1996 (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996

Jan. 30, 1996

15

MEMORANDUM by pltf USA in support of mtn to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert report. [14-1] (mk) (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996

Jan. 30, 1996

PROPOSED Order re mtn to extend time. (mk) (Entered: 01/31/1996)

Jan. 30, 1996

Jan. 30, 1996

16

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins granting pltf's mtn to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert report [14-1]. Pltf USA and intervenor pltfs shall declare to defts the identify of expert witnesses by close of business 3/4/96. Defts shall declare identity of expert witnesses by close of business 4/8/96. EOD 2/5/96 [14-1] (cc: all counsel) (mk) Modified on 09/17/1996 (Entered: 02/05/1996)

Feb. 5, 1996

Feb. 5, 1996

17

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defts Maury Co. Board of Commissioners and Sheriff of Maury Co. by Thomas Wesley Hardin. (mk) (Entered: 02/23/1996)

Feb. 22, 1996

Feb. 22, 1996

18

SECOND UNOPPOSED MOTION by pltf USA to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert reports , and to modify case management order . (mk) (Entered: 05/30/1996)

May 30, 1996

May 30, 1996

PROPOSED Order re: mtn #18 (mk) (Entered: 05/30/1996)

May 30, 1996

May 30, 1996

19

MEMORANDUM by pltf USA in support of mtn to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert reports [18-1] and to modify case management order [18-2] (mk) (Entered: 05/31/1996)

May 30, 1996

May 30, 1996

20

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins granting pltf's second mtn to extend time to identify expert witnesses and provide expert reports [18-1] and to modify case management order [18- 2]. EOD 6/4/96 (cc: all counsel) (mk) (Entered: 06/04/1996)

June 4, 1996

June 4, 1996

21

CLERK'S RESUME of telephone conference re: deposition of witness, Ms. Cook. (mk) (Entered: 06/28/1996)

June 27, 1996

June 27, 1996

22

MOTION by intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts to compel Kristen Cook to appear for a deposition , and to pay sanctions for expenses incurred in 2 prior attempts to depose her (with attachments) (mk) (Entered: 07/01/1996)

June 28, 1996

June 28, 1996

23

AFFIDAVIT of Anne C. Martin re [22-1] and [22-2]. (mk) (Entered: 07/01/1996)

June 28, 1996

June 28, 1996

PROPOSED Order re: mtn for order to compel and sanctions. (mk) (Entered: 07/01/1996)

June 28, 1996

June 28, 1996

24

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defts Sheriff, Maury Co. and Maury Co. Board of Commissioners by Kim B. Kettering. (mk) (Entered: 07/17/1996)

July 16, 1996

July 16, 1996

25

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE by Judge Thomas A. Higgins: Hearing to show cause set for 2:30 8/6/96 as to why she should not be punished for contempt in refusing to testify and sanctions imposed. USM is directed to serve Ms. Cook personally with a copy of this order and make due return that the same has been served as directed. EOD 7/26/96 (cc: all counsel) (mk) (Entered: 07/26/1996)

July 26, 1996

July 26, 1996

26

RESPONSE by movant Kristen Cook to mtn compelling her to appear for depo and to pay sanctions. (mk) (Entered: 07/29/1996)

July 29, 1996

July 29, 1996

27

NOTICE by intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts of filing copy of second depo of Kristen Cook in support of their mtn for sanctions with attached copy of depo. (mk) (Entered: 08/02/1996)

Aug. 2, 1996

Aug. 2, 1996

RETURN OF SERVICE executed upon Kristen Cook on 8/2/96 for show cause hearing on 8/6/96 as ordered by Judge Higgins [25-1]. (mk) (Entered: 08/05/1996)

Aug. 2, 1996

Aug. 2, 1996

28

NOTICE by intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts of filing copy of 3rd deposition of Kristen Cook taken 7/31/96 in support of mtn for sanctions. (with copy attached) (mk) (Entered: 08/05/1996)

Aug. 5, 1996

Aug. 5, 1996

29

CLERK'S RESUME: Motion for sanctions hearing held in Columbia. Defendants to submit papers re payment of witness fees. C/R: Jim Spence (pl) (Entered: 08/07/1996)

Aug. 6, 1996

Aug. 6, 1996

31

WITNESS/EXHIBIT list by deft Maury Co Sheriff and Maury County Commissioners. (mk) (Entered: 08/15/1996)

Aug. 15, 1996

Aug. 15, 1996

32

WITNESS/EXHIBIT list by pltf USA. (mk) (Entered: 08/26/1996)

Aug. 26, 1996

Aug. 26, 1996

33

OBJECTIONS by deft Sheriff Maury County to pltf's exhibits and witness list. [32-1] (mk) (Entered: 08/30/1996)

Aug. 30, 1996

Aug. 30, 1996

34

OBJECTIONS by deft Sheriff Maury County to intervenors exhibits and witness list. [30-1] (mk) (Entered: 08/30/1996)

Aug. 30, 1996

Aug. 30, 1996

35

MOTION by pltf USA to strike defts' untimely identified witnesses and objections to defts' trial exhibits. (mk) (Entered: 09/04/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996

Sept. 3, 1996

36

MEMORANDUM by pltf USA in support of mtn to strike defts' untimely identified witnesses and objections to defts' trial exhibits. [35-1] (mk) (Entered: 09/04/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996

Sept. 3, 1996

PROPOSED Order re: mtn to strike defts' untimely identified witnesses. (mk) (Entered: 09/04/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996

Sept. 3, 1996

PROPOSED Order re: mtn to strike witnesses (mk) (Entered: 09/04/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996

Sept. 3, 1996

37

RESPONSE by defts to mtn to strike untimely identified witnesses and objections to defts' trial exhibits [35-1] w/attached exhibit A (ts) (Entered: 09/13/1996)

Sept. 12, 1996

Sept. 12, 1996

38

CLERK'S RESUME of pretrial conference held 9/16/96. PTO submitted. Mtn for sanctions to be denied. Compensatory damages issue to be briefed by 10/3/96. C/R : Jim Spence (mk) (Entered: 09/17/1996)

Sept. 16, 1996

Sept. 16, 1996

39

PRE-TRIAL ORDER approved by Judge Thomas A. Higgins: EOD 9/17/96 (cc: all counsel) (mk) (Entered: 09/17/1996)

Sept. 17, 1996

Sept. 17, 1996

40

ORDER by Judge Thomas A. Higgins denying mtn of intervenor pltfs' to compel Kristen Cook to appear for a deposition [22-1], and to pay sanctions for expenses incurred in 2 prior attempts to depose her [22-2]. EOD 9/18/96 (cc: all counsel) (mk) (Entered: 09/18/1996)

Sept. 18, 1996

Sept. 18, 1996

41

BRIEF FILED by intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts regarding application of the compensatory damages caps set for in 42 USC Sec. 1981a [38-2] with attachments. (mk) (Entered: 10/04/1996)

Oct. 3, 1996

Oct. 3, 1996

42

PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by defts Maury Co. Commissioners and Sheriff, Maury Co. (mk) Modified on 10/07/1996 (Entered: 10/07/1996)

Oct. 4, 1996

Oct. 4, 1996

43

PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by pltfs USA, and intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts. (mk) (Entered: 10/07/1996)

Oct. 7, 1996

Oct. 7, 1996

44

MOTION and incorporated memorandum by defts to exclude the admission of the deposition of J. Wade Matheny as substantive evidence. (mk) (Entered: 10/16/1996)

Oct. 15, 1996

Oct. 15, 1996

45

AMENDMENTS by pltf USA and intevenor Lummis and Roberts to proposed jury instructions [43-1]. (mk) (Entered: 10/17/1996)

Oct. 16, 1996

Oct. 16, 1996

46

MEMORANDUM BRIEF by defts in response to intervenor pltf's brief regarding application of the compensatory damages caps set forth in 42 USC 1981. [41-1] (mk) (Entered: 10/18/1996)

Oct. 17, 1996

Oct. 17, 1996

48

MEMORANDUM by defts in support of motion in limine to strike intervening plaintiffs' errata sheets [47-1] with attachments (pl) (Entered: 10/21/1996)

Oct. 17, 1996

Oct. 17, 1996

47

MOTION by deft in limine to strike intervening plaintiffs' errata sheets (pl) (Entered: 10/21/1996)

Oct. 21, 1996

Oct. 21, 1996

49

WITNESS list submitted by defts (pl) (Entered: 10/21/1996)

Oct. 21, 1996

Oct. 21, 1996

50

EXHIBIT list by defts (pl) (Entered: 10/21/1996)

Oct. 21, 1996

Oct. 21, 1996

51

AMENDED PROPOSED JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by defts (pl) (Entered: 10/21/1996)

Oct. 21, 1996

Oct. 21, 1996

52

MOTION by pltf USA to deny defts' untimely filed mtn to exclude the deposition of J. Wade Matheny as substantive evidence. (mk) (Entered: 10/23/1996)

Oct. 23, 1996

Oct. 23, 1996

53

EXHIBIT list by pltf USA. (mk) (Entered: 10/28/1996)

Oct. 28, 1996

Oct. 28, 1996

54

WITNESS list submitted by pltf USA. (mk) (Entered: 10/28/1996)

Oct. 28, 1996

Oct. 28, 1996

55

EXHIBIT list by intevenor pltfs (pl) (Entered: 10/29/1996)

Oct. 29, 1996

Oct. 29, 1996

PROPOSED Order re: mtn to exclude excerpts from depo of J. Wade Matheny. (mk) (Entered: 10/30/1996)

Oct. 29, 1996

Oct. 29, 1996

57

AMENDMENT by pltf USA to witness list [54-1]. (mk) (Entered: 10/30/1996)

Oct. 29, 1996

Oct. 29, 1996

58

JURY INSTRUCTIONS 1 - 5 submitted by defts (pl) (Entered: 10/31/1996)

Oct. 31, 1996

Oct. 31, 1996

59

CLERK'S RESUME Jury trial ended 11/1/96. Jury found for defendants. Clerk directed to enter judgment dismissing case with prejudice. C/R: Jim Spence (pl) Modified on 11/04/1996 (Entered: 11/04/1996)

Nov. 1, 1996

Nov. 1, 1996

60

JURY CHARGE filed (pl) Modified on 11/04/1996 (Entered: 11/04/1996)

Nov. 1, 1996

Nov. 1, 1996

61

VERDICT for deft Sheriff of Maury Co. and Commissioners of Maury against pltfs USA and intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts (pl) (Entered: 11/04/1996)

Nov. 1, 1996

Nov. 1, 1996

62

JUDGMENT in a Civil Case: This action came before Court for trial by jury. As reflected in verdict form [61-1], issues have been tried and jury has rendered verdict for defts and against pltf USA and intervening pltfs Penny Lummis and Tracy Roberts. Ordered and adjudged pltf's case is dismissed with prejudice. Case terminated. EOD 11/4/96 (cc: all counsel) (mk) (Entered: 11/04/1996)

Nov. 4, 1996

Nov. 4, 1996

63

BILL OF COSTS submitted by defts [62-2] to be presented to Clerk on 12/6/96 at 1:00. (mk) (Entered: 12/02/1996)

Nov. 27, 1996

Nov. 27, 1996

64

AFFIDAVIT of Thomas W. Hardin re [63-1] with attached Exhs A and B. (mk) (Entered: 12/02/1996)

Nov. 27, 1996

Nov. 27, 1996

65

OBJECTIONS by intevenor pltfs to assignment of defts' costs to them [63-1] (mk) (Entered: 12/03/1996)

Dec. 2, 1996

Dec. 2, 1996

66

NOTICE of Taxation of Costs by Clerk in the amount of $5,206.25 against pltf USA and intv pltfs jointly and severally. (mk) (Entered: 12/09/1996)

Dec. 9, 1996

Dec. 9, 1996

67

COSTS taxed for defts in the amount of $5,206.25 against pltf USA & intevenor pltfs Penny Lummis & Tracy Roberts (EOD 1/9/97) (cc: all counsel) (ts) (Entered: 01/09/1997)

Jan. 9, 1997

Jan. 9, 1997

RETURN OF EXHIBITS to counsel (mailed to Robert Watson for pltf and William Dale, Jr. for deft.) (mk) (Entered: 03/19/1997)

March 19, 1997

March 19, 1997

Case Details

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 1995

Closing Date: 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice and individual intervenor plaintiffs

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Maury County, Board of Commissioners (Columbia, Maury), County

Maury County Sheriff (Columbia, Maury), None

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

Litigation