Case: Bellifemine v. Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC

1:07-cv-02207 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Filed Date: March 14, 2007

Closed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

On March 14, 2007, a group of female current and former employees of Sanofi-Aventis US (a pharmaceutical company) filed this class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq. and New York Executive Law § 296. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, including back pay, front pay, and compensatory, nominal, and punitive d…

On March 14, 2007, a group of female current and former employees of Sanofi-Aventis US (a pharmaceutical company) filed this class action in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000(e) et seq. and New York Executive Law § 296. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory and injunctive relief, including back pay, front pay, and compensatory, nominal, and punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant discriminated against female employees. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that Sanofi-Aventis discriminated with respect to its policies, practices and selection procedures for promotion, a disparate pay scale, and differential terms and conditions of employment.

The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant subjected female employees to a continuing systemic discrimination that resulted in both a disparate impact and disparate treatment in the areas of promotion, training, and performance evaluation, which relied on subjective judgments, and further that the defendant's refusal to establish clear guidelines could not be justified as a business necessity. More specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendant:

- pre-selects and "grooms" male employees for promotions, favorable assignments and training

- fails to provide all employees with a consistent and timely notice of job openings and promotional opportunities

- requires managers to give permission to an employee to apply for any promotion

- fails to prevent sexual harassment targeted at female employees by male managers; and

- selectively and disproportionally disciplines and punishes women for minor infractions

- retaliates against females who seek relief through human resources

On February 29, 2008, the defendant moved to dismiss the complaint, but the Court rejected this motion. Between February 2008 and November 2009, the parties engaged in discovery.

On November 16, 2009, the parties submitted a stipulation informing the court that the action was settled and the parties were in the process of preparing class action settlement agreement.

On August 5, 2010, the Court approved the settlement agreement. Plaintiffs received over $15 million in damages and their counsel was awarded over $4.5 million for the settlement. The settlement also included injunctive terms for the defendant to develop non-discrimination, anti-harassment, and anti-retaliation policies that ensure its female employees enjoy equal terms and conditions of employment comparable to their male counterparts. These policies were to include:

- prohibiting discrimination based on gender or marital status;

- prohibiting harassment and retaliation that result from employees' reporting of gender discrimination; and

- improving policies on pay and promotions

The settlement was to last three years, or until 2013. The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Matthew Aibel (5/6/2008)

Lisa Koo (3/16/2019)

People

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Judge(s)

Gorenstein, Gabriel W. (New York)

Koeltl, John George (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Chahbazi, Meenoo (District of Columbia)

Heisler, Jeremy (New York)

Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)

Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)

Walsh, Kristen (District of Columbia)

Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Banks, Michael L. (Pennsylvania)

Battaglia, Leni Dylan (New York)

Judge(s)

Gorenstein, Gabriel W. (New York)

Koeltl, John George (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Chahbazi, Meenoo (District of Columbia)

Heisler, Jeremy (New York)

Morris, Grant E. (District of Columbia)

Sanford, David W. (District of Columbia)

Walsh, Kristen (District of Columbia)

Wittels, Steven Lance (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Banks, Michael L. (Pennsylvania)

Battaglia, Leni Dylan (New York)

Burkhardt, Michael S. (Pennsylvania)

Lee, W. John (Pennsylvania)

Pontoski, Sarah E. (Pennsylvania)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Bellifemine v. Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC

Nov. 4, 2013 Docket
16

Second Amended Complaint

Jan. 31, 2008 Complaint
19

Memorandum of law in support of defendant's motion to dismiss

Feb. 29, 2008 Pleading / Motion / Brief
32

Third Amended Class Action Complaint

April 21, 2008 Complaint
34

Order

May 21, 2008 Order/Opinion

Settlement Agreement

Dec. 24, 2009 Settlement Agreement
74

Order Prelimanarily Approving Settlement

March 23, 2010 Order/Opinion
82

Memorandum Opinion and Order

Bellifemine v. Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC

2010 WL 3119374

Aug. 5, 2010 Order/Opinion
83

Judgment

Aug. 9, 2010 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5260168/bellifemine-v-sanofi-aventis-us-llc/

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC, Sanofi−Aventis. (Filing Fee $ 350.00, Receipt Number 609125)Document filed by Karen Bellifemine.(mbe) (Entered: 03/15/2007)

March 14, 2007
82

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: #99336 THE COURT FURTHER FINDS AND ORDERS AS FOLLOWS: 1. Plaintiffs' Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Entry of Final Judgment is GRANTED. 2. The Civil Action is dismissed with prejudice and without further costs, including but not limited to claims for interest, penalties, costs and attorneys' fees, that Named Plaintiffs and any members of the Class have alleged or may have alleged in connection with this Litigation. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment consistent with this Order and is further directed to close this case. The Clerk is also directed to close all pending motions. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 8/5/2010) (tro) Modified on 8/24/2010 (ajc).

Aug. 6, 2010 RECAP

Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein is so designated. (mbe) (Entered: 03/15/2007)

March 14, 2007

Case Designated ECF. (mbe) (Entered: 03/15/2007)

March 14, 2007
2

AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 1 Complaint against Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC, Sanofi−Aventis. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Sue Sullivan, Karen Bellifemine. Related document: 1 Complaint filed by Karen Bellifemine. (jco) Additional attachment(s) added on 9/4/2007 (Correa, Julie). (Entered: 08/29/2007)

Aug. 29, 2007
3

STIPULATION AND ORDER all claims against defendant Sanofi−Aventis are hereby withdrawn and DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The withdrawal and dismissal of claims against Sanofi−Aventis is predicated on Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC's representation that Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC is the appropriate defendant in this matter and that it can satisfy a judgment entered in this action, if any; and Sanofi−Aventis shall be removed from the caption and shall not be listed as a defendant in future pleadings; and Defendant Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC shall answer or otherwise plead in response to the Amended Complaint within 30 days after its counsel receive a stamped filed copy of the Amended Complaint from Plaintiffs' counsel. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 9/11/2007) (jmi) (Entered: 09/19/2007)

Sept. 18, 2007
4

RULE 7.1 CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. Identifying sanofi−aventis as Corporate Parent. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 10/01/2007)

Oct. 1, 2007
5

ANSWER to Amended Complaint. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. Related document: 2 Amended Complaint, filed by Amy Zeoli, Sue Sullivan, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 10/01/2007)

Oct. 1, 2007
6

NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS by Leni Dylan Battaglia on behalf of Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. New Address: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 101 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA 10178, 212.309.7177. (Battaglia, Leni) (Entered: 10/01/2007)

Oct. 1, 2007
7

NOTICE OF APPEARANCE by Leni Dylan Battaglia on behalf of Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC (Battaglia, Leni) (Entered: 10/02/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007
8

MOTION for Michael L. Banks to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. (jco) (Entered: 10/04/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007
9

MOTION for Sarah E. Pontoski to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. (jco) (Entered: 10/04/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007
10

MOTION for Meenoo Chahbazi to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Sue Sullivan, Karen Bellifemine. (jco) (Entered: 10/12/2007)

Oct. 5, 2007
11

MOTION for David W. Sanford to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Sue Sullivan, Karen Bellifemine. (jco) (Entered: 10/12/2007)

Oct. 5, 2007

CASHIERS OFFICE REMARK on 8 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 9 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice in the amount of $50.00, paid on 10/02/2007, Receipt Number 628542. (jd) (Entered: 10/10/2007)

Oct. 10, 2007
12

ORDER; granting 11 Motion for David W. Sanford to Appear Pro Hac Vice. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 10/16/07) (pl) (Entered: 10/16/2007)

Oct. 16, 2007
13

ORDER granting 10 Motion for Meenoo Chahbazi to Appear Pro Hac Vice. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 10/16/07) (pl) (Entered: 10/16/2007)

Oct. 16, 2007

Transmission to Attorney Admissions Clerk. Transmitted re: 12 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 13 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, to the Attorney Admissions Clerk for updating of Attorney Information. (pl) (Entered: 10/16/2007)

Oct. 16, 2007
14

ORDER: The parties should submit a revised case management schedule by November 2, 2007. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 10/30/07) (tro) (Entered: 10/31/2007)

Oct. 31, 2007
16

SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT against Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.Document filed by Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm, Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Sue Sullivan, Karen Bellifemine.(jmi) (Entered: 02/06/2008)

Jan. 31, 2008
17

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR DEFENDANT TO ANSWER, MOVE OR OTHERWISE RESPOND TO PLAINTIFF'S SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT: that Defendant shall have an extension until 2/29/08 to answer, move, or otherwise respond to Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 2/19/08) (tro) (Entered: 02/19/2008)

Feb. 19, 2008
18

MOTION to Dismiss Partial Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint . Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008
19

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 18 MOTION to Dismiss Partial Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint .. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008
20

ANSWER to Amended Complaint. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. Related document: 16 Amended Complaint filed by Amy Zeoli, Sue Sullivan, Nancy Beaney, Michelle Popa, Jennifer Storm, Karen Bellifemine.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 02/29/2008)

Feb. 29, 2008
21

MEMO ENDORSEMENT on document 9 granting Motion for Sarah E. Pontoski to Appear Pro Hac Vice. ENDORSEMENT: APPLICATION GRANTED SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/4/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 03/05/2008)

March 5, 2008
22

MEMO ENDORSEMENT on document 8 granting Motion for Michael L. Banks to Appear Pro Hac Vice. ENDORSEMENT: APPLICATION GRANTED SO ORDERED.(Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/4/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 03/05/2008)

March 5, 2008

Transmission to Attorney Admissions Clerk. Transmitted re: 21 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, 22 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, to the Attorney Admissions Clerk for updating of Attorney Information. (jpo) (Entered: 03/05/2008)

March 5, 2008
23

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR PLAINTIFFS TO FILE OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT'S PARTIAL MOTION TO DISMISS: It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties that Plaintiffs shall have an extension until April 4, 2008 to file an Opposition to Defendants Partial Motion to Dismiss. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/4/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 03/05/2008)

March 5, 2008
24

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR DISCOVERY, by and between the parties in this matter that all class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs' claims in the above−captioned matter was originally scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2008, and that the parties shall be granted an extension of until September 30, 2008 to complete class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs' claims. All other subsequent deadlines shall also be extended 3 months to allow for the completion of discovery and subsequent filing is attached. SO ORDERED. ( Discovery due by 9/30/2008.) (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 4/4/2008) (jmi) (Entered: 04/10/2008)

April 10, 2008
26

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Opposition re: 18 MOTION to Dismiss Partial Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Appendix A)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 04/10/2008)

April 10, 2008
27

MOTION to Amend/Correct To File Third Amended Complaint . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm.(Sanford, David) (Entered: 04/10/2008)

April 10, 2008
28

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 27 MOTION to Amend/Correct To File Third Amended Complaint .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proposed Third Amended Complaint, # 2 Appendix A)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 04/10/2008)

April 10, 2008
29

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR PLAINTIFFS TO FILE OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANT'S PARTIAL MOTION TO DISMISS THE SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT: It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties that plaintiffs time to file an opposition to defendants partial motion to dismiss is extended to April 10, 2008. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 4/10/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 04/11/2008)

April 11, 2008
30

STIPULATION AND ORDER OF DISMISSING PLAINTIFF SUE SULLIVAN: Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 41, it is hereby stipulated and agreed, by and through undersigned counsel in this action, that plaintiff Sue Sullivan hereby dismisses her claims with prejudice against Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 4/10/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 04/11/2008)

April 11, 2008
31

ORDER granting 27 Motion to Amend/Correct. Plaintiffs' Motion for Leave To File Their Amended Complaint be GRANTED, and that Plaintiffs may file the Third Amended Complaint. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 4/15/08) (tro) (Entered: 04/16/2008)

April 16, 2008
32

AMENDED COMPLAINT amending 16 Amended Complaint against Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. Related document: 16 Amended Complaint filed by Amy Zeoli, Sue Sullivan, Nancy Beaney, Michelle Popa, Jennifer Storm, Karen Bellifemine.(dle) (dle). (Entered: 04/21/2008)

April 21, 2008
33

ANSWER to Amended Complaint. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 05/05/2008)

May 5, 2008
34

ORDER denying 18 Motion to Dismiss. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 5/21/08) (mme) (Entered: 05/22/2008)

May 22, 2008

***DELETED DOCUMENT. Deleted document number 35 Order. The document was incorrectly filed in this case. (tve) (Entered: 06/02/2008)

June 2, 2008
35

MOTION to Quash Third−party Subpoenas . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 06/23/2008)

June 23, 2008
36

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 35 MOTION to Quash Third−party Subpoenas .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F, # 7 Exhibit G, # 8 Exhibit H)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 06/23/2008)

June 23, 2008
37

NOTICE of Supplemental Authority re: 35 MOTION to Quash Third−party Subpoenas ., 36 Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion,. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Supplemental Authorities)(Sanford, David) (Entered:

June 26, 2008
39

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR DISCOVERY: All discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs' claims in the above−captioned matter was originally scheduled to be completed by 9/30/08, and that the parties shall be granted an extension until 12/30/08 to complete class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs' claims. All other subsequent deadlines shall also be extended 3 months to allow for the completion of discovery. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 7/2/08) (tro) (Entered: 07/02/2008)

July 2, 2008
40

REVISED JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN: This case is to be tried by a jury. All class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs' claims is to be completed by 12/30/08. Plaintiffs' expert reports shall be filed by 1/30/09. Defendant shall have until 4/15/09 to conduct expert discovery and to file its expert report. Plaintiffs shall have until 5/29/08 to conduct expert discovery and submit any rebuttal expert report. Plaintiffs shall have until; 7/31/09 to submit their class certification brief. Defendant shall file any motions for summary judgment related to the Named Plaintiffs by 7/31/09. Defendant shall have until 9/30/09 to submit an opposition to Plaintiffs' class certification brief. Plaintiffs shall have until 9/30/09 to file their responses to Defendant's motions for summary judgment. Plaintiffs shall have until 10/30/09 to file a reply to Defendant's opposition to class certification. Defendant shall have until 10/30/09 to file any reply briefs in further support of its motions for summary judgment. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 7/1/08) (tro) (Entered: 07/02/2008)

July 2, 2008
41

NOTICE of Notice of Filing re: 35 MOTION to Quash Third−party Subpoenas .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Motion to Quash, # 2 Supplement Memorandum of Law, # 3 Exhibit A, # 4 Exhibit B, # 5 Exhibit C, # 6 Exhibit D, # 7 Exhibit E, # 8 Exhibit F)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 07/02/2008)

July 2, 2008
42

NOTICE of Filing (Corrected). Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Motion, # 2 Supplement Memorandum of Law, # 3 Exhibit A, # 4 Exhibit B, # 5 Exhibit C, # 6 Exhibit D, # 7 Exhibit E, # 8 Exhibit F)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 07/02/2008)

July 2, 2008
43

REPLY MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 35 MOTION to Quash Third−party Subpoenas .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 07/03/2008)

July 3, 2008
44

ORDER OF REFERENCE TO A MAGISTRATE JUDGE. Order that case be referred to the Clerk of Court for assignment to a Magistrate Judge for Specific non−Dispostive Motion/Dispute: Motion to quash third−party subpoenas. Referred to Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein. Motions referred to Gabriel W. Gorenstein. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 7/7/08) (mme) (Entered: 07/08/2008)

July 8, 2008
45

STIPULATION AND ORDER: It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties that the deadline for all class discovery and all fact discovery is extended to 12/30/2008. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 7/10/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 07/11/2008)

July 11, 2008
46

REVISED JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN: Amended Pleadings due by 1/31/2008. Motions for summary judgment due by 7/31/2009. Responses due by 9/30/2009 Replies due by 10/30/2009. All discovery due by 12/30/2008, as set forth herein. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 7/10/2008) (jpo) (Entered: 07/11/2008)

July 11, 2008
47

ORDER: It is the Court's intention to treat plaintiff's motion to quash as a motion for a protective order. Oral Argument on this motion shall take place on 7/23/2008 at 3:30 p.m. in Courtroom 17−A, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY. To preserve the status quo pending the decision on the motion, the Court grants a temporary protective order as further set forth in this Order. Set Hearing as to 35 MOTION to Quash ( Oral Argument set for 7/23/2008 at 03:30 PM in Courtroom 17A, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein.) (Signed by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on 7/11/2008) (tve) Modified on 9/15/2008 (tve). (Entered: 07/11/2008)

July 11, 2008
48

MOTION for Leave to Appear by Telephone. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Sanford, David) (Entered: 07/18/2008)

July 18, 2008
49

MEMO ENDORSED striking 48 Motion for Leave to Appear ENDORSEMENT: This motion (Docket # 48) is improper (it violates Local Civil Rule 7.1 and paragraph 2.A of this Courts Individual Practices) and wasteful, and it is thus stricken. Nonetheless, permission is granted.. (Signed by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on 7/21/08) (mme) (Entered: 07/21/2008)

July 21, 2008
50

ORDER granting 35 Motion to Quash. For the reasons stated today on the record, the motion to quash the subpoenas (Docket #35) is treated as a motion for a protective order, and is granted. Defendant shall not take any action to enforce the subpoenas at issue and the subpoenaed entities shall suspend their compliance with the subpoenas. In addition, defendant should not issue any subpoenas in the future to employees of the plaintiffs or putative class members without first seeking leave of the court. Notwithstanding the above, and as discussed at oral argument, defendant has leave to seek the information called for by the subpoenas in the future by submitting additional argument or other information by letter at any time prior to the close of discovery. Defendant is directed to provide a copy of this Order to each subpoenaed entity. (Signed by Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein on 7/23/08) (tro) (Entered: 07/24/2008)

July 24, 2008

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein: Oral Argument held on 7/23/2008 at 3:30 p.m. (jpo) (Entered: 07/28/2008)

July 24, 2008
51

MOTION for W. John Lee to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.(dle) (Entered: 09/05/2008)

Sept. 4, 2008

CASHIERS OFFICE REMARK on 51 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice in the amount of $25.00, paid on 09/04/2008, Receipt Number 662244. (jd) (Entered: 09/09/2008)

Sept. 9, 2008
52

ORDER FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE ON WRITTEN MOTION granting 51 Motion for W. John Lee to Appear Pro Hac Vice. W. John Lee is admitted to practice pro hac vice as counsel for Defendant Sanofi−Aventis in the above captioned case. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 9/9/08) (tro) (Entered: 09/10/2008)

Sept. 10, 2008

Transmission to Attorney Admissions Clerk. Transmitted re: 52 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice, to the Attorney Admissions Clerk for updating of Attorney Information. (tro) (Entered: 09/10/2008)

Sept. 10, 2008
53

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings held on 7/23/08 before Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein. (ama) (Entered: 09/11/2008)

Sept. 11, 2008
54

FILING ERROR − ELECTRONIC FILING FOR NON−ECF DOCUMENT − NOTICE of Withdrawal of Attorney Meenoo Chahbazi as Counsel for Plaintiffs. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Sanford, David) Modified on 10/10/2008 (jar). (Entered: 10/09/2008)

Oct. 9, 2008

***NOTE TO ATTORNEY TO RE−FILE DOCUMENT − NON−ECF DOCUMENT ERROR. Note to Attorney David Sanford to E−MAIL Document No. 54 Notice of Attorney Withdrawal to judgments@nysd.uscourts.gov. This document is not filed via ECF. (jar) (Entered: 10/10/2008)

Oct. 9, 2008
58

MOTION for Kristen Walsh to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm.(db) (Entered: 12/11/2008)

Nov. 14, 2008
55

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOE DISCOVERY; that the parties shall be granted an extension until 3/30/2009 to complete class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiff' claims. All other subsequent deadlines shall also be extended 3 months to allow for the completion of discovery. SO ORDERED.( Discovery due by 3/30/2009.) (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/14/2008) (tve) (Entered: 11/17/2008)

Nov. 17, 2008
56

REVISED JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN: This case is to be tried to a jury. The deadline for adding parties and amending the complaint shall be set for 1/31/2008. All class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs; claims is to be completed by 3/30/2009. Plaintiffs' exert reports shall be filed by 4/30/2009. Defendant shall have until 7/15/20096 to conduct expert discovery and to file its expert report. Plaintiffs shall have until 8/29/2009 to conduct expert discovery and submit any rebuttal expert report. Plaintiffs shall until 10/31/2009 to submit their class certification brief. Defendant shall file any motions for summary judgment related to the Named Plaintiffs by 10/31/2009. Defendant shall have until 12/30/2009 to submit an opposition to Plaintiffs' class certification brief. Plaintiffs shall have until 12/30/2009 to file their responses to Defendant's motion for summary judgment. Plaintiffs shall have until 1/30/2010 to file a reply to Defendant's opposition to class certification. Defendant shall have until 1/30/2010 to file any reply brief in further support of its motions for summary judgment.SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/14/2008) (tve) (Entered: 11/17/2008)

Nov. 17, 2008
57

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF ATTORNEY MEENOO CHAAHBAZI AS COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFFS; attorney Meenuo Chahbazi herehy respectfully notifies this Court ofher withdrawal as counsel of record for Plaintiffs in the above captioned matter. Ms. Chahbazi will be leaving the law firm of Sanford Wittels &Heisler, LLP this October. Attorneys David Sanford, Steven Wiltels, and Jeremy Heisler of Sanford Wittels & Heisler, LLP continue to serve as counsel for Plaintiffs. Parties are currently engaged in the discovery process. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/14/2008) (tve) (Entered: 11/17/2008)

Nov. 17, 2008
59

ORDER FOR ADMISSION PRO HAC VICE ON WRITTEN MOTION granting 58 Motion for Kristen Walsh to Appear Pro Hac Vice for plaintiffs Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/19/08) (db) (Entered: 12/11/2008)

Nov. 19, 2008

Transmission to Attorney Admissions Clerk. Transmitted re: 59 Order on Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice to the Attorney Admissions Clerk for updating of Attorney Information. (db) (Entered: 12/16/2008)

Nov. 19, 2008
60

STIPULATION AND ORDER EXTENDING TIME FOR DISCOVERY: IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED AND AGREED by and between the parties in this matter that all class discovery and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the named Plaintiffs' claims in the above captioned matter was originally scheduled to be completed by March 30, 2009, and the parties shall be granted an extension until November 30, 2009 to complete class discovery and and all fact discovery regarding the merits of the Named Plaintiffs claims. The parties are seeking this extended deadline because they have produced over 2 million pages of documents in connection with this matter, and as a result of the large volume of discovery materials, they need additional time to review the documents and conduct depositions. In addition, the parties seek additional to explore a resolution of this matter All other subsequent deadlines shall be: extended eight months to allow for thecompletion of discovery. A Proposed Revised Scheduling Order with an eight month extension of discovery and all subsequent filing dates is attached (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/23/09) (js) (ad). (Entered: 03/24/2009)

March 24, 2009
61

CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN: Motions due by 6/30/2010. Responses due by 8/31/2010 Replies due by 9/30/2010. Discovery due by 4/30/2010. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/23/09) (js) (Entered: 04/08/2009)

March 24, 2009
62

STIPULATION REGARDING SETTLEMENT AND ORDER: Plaintiffs Karen Bellifemine, Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Nancy Beaney, and Jennifer Storm (collectively, "Plaintiffs") and Defendant sanofi−aventis U.S. LLC, by and through their undersigned attorneys, hereby stipulate and agree that this action has settled and the parties are in the process of preparing and executing the Class Action Settlement Agreement. The parties anticipate filing a Motion for Preliminary Approval of the Class Action Settlement by December 31, 2009, The parties also stipulate and agree that all deadlines in this action be suspended during the settlement process. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/16/2009) (jfe) (Entered: 11/16/2009)

Nov. 16, 2009
64

ENDORSED LETTER addressed to Judge John G. Koeltl from Michael S. Burkhardt dated 2/25/2010 re: Requesting that the Court allow the parties an additional two weeks until March 12, 2010 to file the motion for preliminary approval. ENDORSEMENT: Application Granted. So Ordered. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 2/25/2010) (jpo) (Entered: 03/01/2010)

March 1, 2010
65

MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Sue Sullivan, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney.(Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
66

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
67

DECLARATION of Steven L. Wittels and David W. Sanford in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
68

FILING ERROR − ELECTRONIC FILING FOR NON−ECF DOCUMENT − DECLARATION of Steven L. Wittels and David W. Sanford, Exhibit A in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) Modified on 3/15/2010 (db). (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
69

FILING ERROR − ELECTRONIC FILING FOR NON−ECF DOCUMENT − DECLARATION of Steven L. Wittels and David W. Sanford, Exhibits B−E in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) Modified on 3/15/2010 (db). (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
70

FILING ERROR − ELECTRONIC FILING FOR NON−ECF DOCUMENT − DECLARATION of Steven L. Wittels and David W. Sanford, Exhibit F in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) Modified on 3/15/2010 (db). (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
71

FILING ERROR − ELECTRONIC FILING FOR NON−ECF DOCUMENT − AFFIRMATION of Steven L. Wittels and David W. Sanford, Exhibit G in Support re: 65 MOTION for Settlement Plaintiffs' Notice of Unopposed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) Modified on 3/15/2010 (db). (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010
72

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE of Documents in Support of Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement on 3/12/10. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010

***NOTE TO ATTORNEY TO RE−FILE DOCUMENT − NON−ECF DOCUMENT ERROR. Note to Attorney Steven Lance Wittels. Exhibits are not filed via ECF, they may be filed as attachments to other documents Document Nos. [68−71]. These documents are not filed via ECF. (db) (Entered: 03/15/2010)

March 12, 2010
74

ORDER PRELIMINARILY APPROVING SETTLEMENT, the court preliminarily approves the Settlement Agreement as being fair, reasonable and adequate......Based on the deadlines set forth in the Settlement Agreement, a Final Fairness Hearing shall take place on 8/3/10 at 4 pm.....As of the date hereof, all discovery and other proceedings in this case are stayed until further order of this Court, except as may be necessary to implement the Settlement Agreement. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 3/23/10) (cd) (Entered: 03/29/2010)

March 24, 2010

Set Deadlines/Hearings: Status Conference/fairness hearing set for 8/3/2010 at 04:00 PM before Judge John G. Koeltl. (cd) (Entered: 03/29/2010)

March 24, 2010
75

MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. Return Date set for 8/3/2010 at 04:00 PM.(Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
76

DECLARATION of Steven L. Wittels, David W. Sanford and Janette Wipper in Support re: 75 MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E, # 6 Exhibit F)(Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
77

DECLARATION of Janice Fanning Madden, Ph.D. in Support re: 75 MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
78

DECLARATION of Edward J. Sincavage, CPA in Support re: 75 MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D Part 1, # 5 Exhibit D Part 2)(Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
79

MEMORANDUM OF LAW in Support re: 75 MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief .. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
80

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE. Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/20/2010)

July 20, 2010
81

MOTION for Settlement Final Approval of Class Action Settlement and Related Relief . Document filed by Amy Zeoli, Michelle Popa, Karen Bellifemine, Nancy Beaney, Jennifer Storm. Return Date set for 8/3/2010 at 04:00 PM. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order Proposed Order)(Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 07/21/2010)

July 21, 2010
84

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings held on 8/3/2010 before Judge John G. Koeltl. (ab) (Entered: 08/12/2010)

Aug. 12, 2010
85

TRANSCRIPT of proceedings held on 3/22/2010 before Judge John G. Koeltl. (ab) (Entered: 08/12/2010)

Aug. 12, 2010
86

ORDER: The Court has received the attached letter which it forwards to the parties. Counsel for the plaintiffs should respond and address the concerns raised in the letter. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 12/20/2011) (ab) (Entered: 12/21/2011)

Dec. 21, 2011
87

RESPONSE re: 86 Order Filed December 21, 2011 . Document filed by Karen Bellifemine. (Wittels, Steven) (Entered: 12/27/2011)

Dec. 27, 2011
88

LETTER addressed to Judge John G. Koeltl from Michael S. Burkhardt dated October 28, 2013 re: Status Report Concerning Remaining Settlement Funds. Document filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC.(Burkhardt, Michael) (Entered: 10/28/2013)

Oct. 28, 2013
89

NOTICE OF COURT CONFERENCE: You are directed to appear for a conference, to be held on Monday, November 4, 2013, in Courtroom 12B, at 10:30am in front of the Honorable John G. Koeltl. All requests for adjournments must be made in writing to the Court. For any further information, please contact the Court at (212) 805−0107. Status Conference set for 11/4/2013 at 10:30 AM in Courtroom 12B, 500 Pearl Street, New York, NY 10007 before Judge John G. Koeltl. (lmb) (Entered: 10/29/2013)

Oct. 29, 2013
90

MEMO ENDORSEMENT on re: 88 Letter filed by Sanofi−Aventis U.S. LLC. ENDORSEMENT: APPLICATION GRANTED. (Signed by Judge John G. Koeltl on 11/4/2013) (djc) (Entered: 11/04/2013)

Nov. 4, 2013

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge John G. Koeltl: Interim Pretrial Conference held on 11/4/2013. (Fletcher, Donnie) (Entered: 11/05/2013)

Nov. 4, 2013

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 14, 2007

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All female sales force employees employed by Sanofi-Aventis in the United States for at least one day between May 12, 2005 to March 23, 2010, excluding individuals who held management level positions higher than district sales manager, excluding individuals who previously entered into individual releases as part of individual agreements with sanofi-aventis up to August 3, 2010, and excluding individuals who opt out of the settlement on a timely basis.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Sanofi-Aventis U.S. LLC (Bridgewater), Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Retailer

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2010 - 2013

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Utilize objective hiring/promotion criteria

Follow recruitment, hiring, or promotion protocols

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Discipline

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Training

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Race:

Race, unspecified

Affected Gender:

Female