Case: Hopson v. Baltimore

1:04-cv-03842 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Filed Date: Dec. 6, 2004

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Case Summary

On December 6, 2004, a group of African-American police officers brought a lawsuit against their employer, the Baltimore Police Department, as well as various other municipal entities, including the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore City Council, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs alleged that they had been discriminated against and that the discrimination was illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, as well as …

On December 6, 2004, a group of African-American police officers brought a lawsuit against their employer, the Baltimore Police Department, as well as various other municipal entities, including the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore City Council, in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs alleged that they had been discriminated against and that the discrimination was illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, as well as 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Specifically, the plaintiffs contended that the Baltimore Police Department had engaged in a pattern and practice of disparate discipline with respect to African-American police officers, claiming that the excessive subjectivity in the disciplinary process has resulted in both unintentional and/or intentional discrimination against African-American officers on the basis of their race. The complaint alleged that African American and white officers would commit the same disciplinary offenses, but the African American officers' offenses were rated as more severe and thus they routinely received harsher discipline--including more frequent termination--as a result. The hostile work environment alleged in the complaint included derogatory comments such as the n-word and having dog feces wrapped in an African-American-owned newspaper left on officers' desks. Other harassment allegations included nooses in lockers, being assigned to low-level duties to prevent advancement, and superior African American officers having their authority undermined by subordinate white officers.

The case settled on June 18, 2009, for $4.5 million. The settlement sets up a $2.5 million fund to pay the individual claims of the 15 plaintiffs. The remaining $2 million will go toward nonmonetary relief -- leadership classes, training on the disciplinary process, and hiring a consultant to assist with antidiscrimination efforts.

Summary Authors

Margo Schlanger (7/9/2009)

People

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Judge(s)

Davis, Andre Maurice (Maryland)

Grimm, Paul William (Maryland)

Quarles, William D. Jr. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown, Kristin King (District of Columbia)

Cross, David Daniel (District of Columbia)

Fine, Lisa R. (District of Columbia)

Huhta, Susan E. (District of Columbia)

Isakoff, Peter D. (District of Columbia)

Janow, Joshua D. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Robert L. Jr. (Maryland)

Judge(s)

Davis, Andre Maurice (Maryland)

Grimm, Paul William (Maryland)

Quarles, William D. Jr. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown, Kristin King (District of Columbia)

Cross, David Daniel (District of Columbia)

Fine, Lisa R. (District of Columbia)

Huhta, Susan E. (District of Columbia)

Isakoff, Peter D. (District of Columbia)

Janow, Joshua D. (District of Columbia)

Smith, Robert L. Jr. (Maryland)

Southard, David Nelson (District of Columbia)

Thompson, John H. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Auerbach, Joshua Neal (Maryland)

Conti, Michael Francis (Maryland)

Harris, Elizabeth F. (Maryland)

Hornig, Karen Stakem (Maryland)

Huskey, Donald R. (Maryland)

Jackson, Governor Eugene (Maryland)

Janey, Neal M. Sr. (Maryland)

Kaye, Cary Berkeley (South Carolina)

Langford, Elizabeth Anne (District of Columbia)

Nilson, George A. (Maryland)

Stanley, Valerie Joan (Maryland)

Tyler, Ralph S. (Maryland)

Other Attorney(s)

Cynamon, David J. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

March 12, 2008 Docket
18-3

Complaint

June 13, 2005 Complaint
36

Opinion

232 F.R.D. 228

Nov. 22, 2005 Order/Opinion
306

Stipulation of dismissal and retention of jurisdiction to enforce Settlement Agreement

Hopson v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore

June 23, 2009 Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5138854/hopson-v-city-of-baltimore/

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT against Baltimore City Police Department, City Of Baltimore, Thomas Frazier, Leonard D. Hamm, Maria Korman, Sean R. Malone, Gary May, Edward T. Norris, Martin O'Malley ( Filing fee $ 150 receipt number 2299387.), filed by Karen Alston, Jacques Bonaparte, Christine Boyd, Charles H. Carter, Leslie Edwards, Michael Edwards, Anthony Ellison, Michael Farrar, Erica Foote, Anthony Goode, Lynell Green, Louis H. Hopson, John M. Mack, Shirley Onyango, Carlos Perry, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Melvin Russell, Edward Tindel, Antoine Travers, Exdol Williams. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Civil Cover Sheet)(rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/08/2004)

Dec. 6, 2004 PACER
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Jury Trial Demand by Karen Alston, Jacques Bonaparte, Christine Boyd, Charles H. Carter, Leslie Edwards, Michael Edwards, Anthony Ellison, Michael Farrar, Erica Foote, Anthony Goode, Lynell Green, Louis H. Hopson, John M. Mack, Shirley Onyango, Carlos Perry, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Melvin Russell, Edward Tindel, Antoine Travers, Exdol Williams. (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/08/2004)

Dec. 6, 2004 PACER
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Summons Issued 20 days as to Baltimore City Police Department, City Of Baltimore, Thomas Frazier, Leonard D. Hamm, Maria Korman, Sean R. Malone, Gary May, Edward T. Norris, Martin O'Malley. (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/08/2004)

Dec. 8, 2004 PACER
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AMENDED COMPLAINT against City Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department, Martin O'Malley, Leonard D. Hamm, Edward T. Norris, Thomas Frazier, Sean R. Malone, Maria Korman, Gary May, filed by Leslie Edwards, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Charles H. Carter, Maurice Price, Louis H. Hopson, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit of service# 2 Exhibit sheet for exhibit a-d# 3 Exhibit E# 4 Exhibit F# 5 Exhibit G# 6 Exhibit H# 7 Highlighted version of amended complaint)(Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 02/03/2005)

Feb. 3, 2005 PACER
5

MOTION to Dismiss First Amended Complaint by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Leonard D. Hamm, Sean R. Malone, Baltimore City Police Department, Martin O'Malley, Edward T. Norris, Thomas Frazier, Maria Korman, Gary May. Responses due by 3/7/2005 (Attachments: # 1 # 2)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/18/2005)

Feb. 18, 2005 PACER
6

Consent MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 5 MOTION to Dismiss First Amended Complaint by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Responses due by 3/14/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order # 2 Affidavit of service)(Isakoff, Peter) (Entered: 02/24/2005)

Feb. 24, 2005 PACER
7

PAPERLESS ORDER granting 6 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response Response due by 3/28/2005. (Judge Davis) (Entered: 02/24/2005)

Feb. 24, 2005 PACER
8

NOTICE of Appearance by Lisa R Fine on behalf of all plaintiffs (Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 03/22/2005)

March 22, 2005 PACER
9

NOTICE of Appearance by Kristin King Brown on behalf of all plaintiffs (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 03/22/2005)

March 22, 2005 PACER
10

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting. (Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 03/22/2005)

March 22, 2005 PACER
11

RESPONSE in Opposition re 5 MOTION to Dismiss First Amended Complaint filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Replies due by 4/11/2005. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 03/28/2005)

March 28, 2005 PACER
12

MOTION for Leave to File Excess Pages by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Leonard D. Hamm, Sean R. Malone, Baltimore City Police Department, Martin O'Malley, Edward T. Norris, Thomas Frazier, Maria Korman, Gary May. Responses due by 4/25/2005 (Attachments: # 1 # 2)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 04/06/2005)

April 6, 2005 PACER
13

NOTICE of Appearance by Karen Stakem Hornig on behalf of all defendants (Hornig, Karen) (Entered: 04/06/2005)

April 6, 2005 PACER
14

PAPERLESS ORDER granting 12 Motion of defendants for Leave to File Excess Pages of no more than 35 pages. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on 4/7/05. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 04/07/2005)

April 7, 2005 PACER
15

REPLY to Response to Motion re 5 MOTION to Dismiss First Amended Complaint filed by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Leonard D. Hamm, Sean R. Malone, Baltimore City Police Department, Martin O'Malley, Edward T. Norris, Thomas Frazier, Maria Korman, Gary May. (Attachments: # 1 Appendix Sutton Case - unpublished)(Hornig, Karen) (Entered: 04/08/2005)

April 8, 2005 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua Neal Auerbach on behalf of all defendants (Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 04/08/2005)

April 8, 2005 PACER
17

LETTER ORDER denying 5 Motion to Dismiss (Judge Davis) (Entered: 05/22/2005)

May 22, 2005 PACER
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MOTION to Amend/Correct Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Responses due by 6/30/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order# 2 Second Amended Complaint# 3 Affidavit of Service# 4 Exhibit Sheet for Exhibits A to H# 5 Exhibit I# 6 Exhibit J# 7 Highlighted Version of Amended Complaint)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 06/13/2005)

June 13, 2005 PACER
19

ORDER granting 18 Motion of plaintiffs for leave to file a second amended complaint. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on 6/14/05. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 06/14/2005)

June 14, 2005 PACER
20

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department, filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Attachments: # 1 highlight copy of amended complaint)(slf, Deputy Clerk) Modified on 6/15/2005 (eg, Deputy Clerk). (c/rec'd & c/s to chambers 6/15/05) (Entered: 06/14/2005)

June 14, 2005 PACER
21

AFFIDAVIT of Service for Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint and the Second Amended Class Action Complaint served on Ralph S. Tyler, City Solicitor, Baltimore City Department of Law on 6/14/05, filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 06/14/2005)

June 14, 2005 PACER
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ANSWER to Amended Complaint by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department.(Tyler, Ralph) (Entered: 06/30/2005)

June 30, 2005 PACER
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Consent MOTION for Protective Order by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. Responses due by 7/25/2005 (Harris, Elizabeth) Modified on 7/7/2005 (slf, Deputy Clerk).(FILED IN ERROR, NOT A MOTION) (Entered: 07/07/2005)

July 7, 2005 PACER
24

Correspondence re: Proposed Order (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 07/08/2005)

July 8, 2005 PACER
25

PROTECTIVE/CONFIDENTIALITY ORDER (Judge Davis) (Entered: 07/11/2005)

July 11, 2005 PACER
26

NOTICE of service of motion to compel discovery by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry (Attachments: # 1 Motion to Compel# 2 Notice of Filing Under Seal)(Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 08/15/2005)

Aug. 15, 2005 PACER
27

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm for Discovery. Signed by Judge Andre M Davis on 8/23/05. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 08/23/2005)

Aug. 23, 2005 PACER
28

NOTICE of service of response to motion to compel discovery by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 10/03/2005)

Oct. 3, 2005 PACER
29

NOTICE of service of reply to response to motion to compel discovery by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry (Attachments: # 1 Plaintiffs' Reply In Further Support Of Their Motion To Compel Discovery)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 10/05/2005)

Oct. 5, 2005 PACER
30

MOTION to Compel Discovery by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Responses due by 10/31/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Opposition to Motion# 2 Certificate of Discovery)(Fine, Lisa) (Entered: 10/14/2005)

Oct. 14, 2005 PACER
31

PAPERLESS ORDER re 30 Scheduling a hearing on the Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel, Defendants' Opposition, and Plaintiffs' Reply for Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 1 p.m. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 10/20/05. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 10/20/2005)

Oct. 20, 2005 PACER
32

MOTION to Seal Declaration of Michael Roosa by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. Responses due by 11/7/2005 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 10/21/2005)

Oct. 21, 2005 PACER
33

PAPERLESS ORDER re 32 GRANTING Defendants' Motion to File Declaration of Michael Roosa Under Seal. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 10/24/05. (Grimm, Paul)(ake) (Entered: 10/24/2005)

Oct. 24, 2005 PACER
34

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery Related to Class Certification Issues by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Responses due by 11/28/2005 (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 11/07/2005)

Nov. 7, 2005 PACER

Discovery Hearing held on 11/9/2005 held before Judge Paul W. Grimm. (E.R.: Goldsmith.) (hsg, Deputy Clerk)

Nov. 9, 2005 PACER
35

PAPERLESS ORDER re 26 29 30 34 For the reasons stated on the record in today's hearing, Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel is GRANTED in part, and DENIED in part. (Paper Nos. 26, 29, & 30). In addition, the parties' Joint Motion for Extension of Time to Complete Discovery Related to Class Certification Issues is GRANTED (Paper No. 34). The new deadline for the completion of discovery will be established during the parties' meeting with the Court following the 30-day meet and confer period. This meeting will take place in Court on MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2005 AT 2 P.M., at which time the parties will present their discovery plan to the Court for review and approval. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 11/9/05. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 11/09/2005)

Nov. 9, 2005 PACER
36

MEMORANDUM & ORDER granting in part and denying in part 30 Motion of plaintiff to Compel. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 11/22/05. (This memorandum stems from the hearing and order (dkt entry #35) on Plaintiffs' Motion to Compel and related papers nos. 26, 29, & 30)(hml, Deputy Clerk) Modified on 11/22/2005 (hml, Deputy Clerk). (Entered: 11/22/2005)

Nov. 22, 2005 PACER
37

TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings of 11/9/05 (file separately) (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 11/29/2005)

Nov. 29, 2005 PACER
38

MOTION of David D. Cross to Appear Pro Hac Vice for Leslie Edwards, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/05/2005)

Dec. 5, 2005 PACER
39

ORDER granting 38 Motion to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Signed by the Clerk on 12/5/05. (c/m 12/5/05 rk) (rank, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/05/2005)

Dec. 5, 2005 PACER
40

PAPERLESS ORDER RESCHEDULING the time of the in Court Hearing on discovery to begin at 1:00 p.m.(Grimm, Paul)(jnf) (Entered: 12/06/2005)

Dec. 6, 2005 PACER
41

Correspondence re: Hearing on Discovery Plan (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/07/2005)

Dec. 7, 2005 PACER
42

PAPERLESS ORDER re 41 APPROVING Defendants' Request to invite counsel on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police to attend the Monday, December 12, 20005 hearing at 1 p.m. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 12/9/05. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 12/09/2005)

Dec. 9, 2005 PACER
43

STIPULATION Stipulated Order Regarding Joint Discovery Plan by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Baltimore City Police Department, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 12/09/2005)

Dec. 9, 2005 PACER
44

Supplemental to 43 Stipulation, filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry (Plaintiffs' Supplemental Submission with Respect to Proposed Joint Discovery Plan). (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 12/09/2005)

Dec. 9, 2005 PACER
45

RESPONSE re 44 Supplemental, Submission filed by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/11/2005)

Dec. 11, 2005 PACER

Scheduling Conference held on 12/12/2005 held before Judge Paul W. Grimm. (Tape #1) (std, Deputy Clerk)

Dec. 12, 2005 PACER
46

LETTER ORDER summarizing rulings at the December 12, 2005 status hearing. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 12/13/05. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/13/2005)

Dec. 13, 2005 PACER
47

Correspondence re: (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/16/2005)

Dec. 16, 2005 PACER

Telephone Discovery Conference held on 12/16/2005 Pending negotiations held before Judge Paul W. Grimm. (slf, Deputy Clerk)

Dec. 16, 2005 PACER
48

Correspondence re: (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 12/22/2005)

Dec. 22, 2005 PACER
49

Correspondence re: (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 12/22/2005)

Dec. 22, 2005 PACER
50

STIPULATION re 25 Protective/Confidentiality Order Stipulated Order Amending Stipulated Order Regarding Confidentiality of Discovery Material by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Baltimore City Police Department, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Cross, David) (Entered: 12/23/2005)

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER
51

LETTER ORDER summarizing rulings from a telephone status hearing on Friday, December 16, 2005. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 12/23/05. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/23/2005)

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER
52

Correspondence re: Proposed Preservation Order (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit No. 1 Proposed Preservation Order# 2 Exhibit No. 2 Preservation Email# 3 Exhibit No. 3 Preservation Email II)(Hornig, Karen) (Entered: 12/23/2005)

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER
53

Correspondence re: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1-email# 2 Exhibit 2-Email)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 12/23/2005)

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER
54

Correspondence re: Proposed Order For Preservation Of Documents Filed By Plaintiffs (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A-Memorandum)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 12/23/2005)

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER
55

ORDER DIRECTING defendants to provide particularized responses within 10 days. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 12/27/05. (jnl, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/27/2005)

Dec. 27, 2005 PACER
56

NOTICE of Appearance by David J Cynamon on behalf of Robert L. Smith (Cynamon, David) (Entered: 12/28/2005)

Dec. 28, 2005 PACER
57

TRANSCRIPT of Proceedings before the Court on 12/12/05 (file separately) (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 12/29/2005)

Dec. 28, 2005 PACER
58

Correspondence re: conflict discovery (Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 01/03/2006)

Jan. 3, 2006 PACER
59

PAPERLESS ORDER re 58 - APPROVING the parties' request to schedule depositions on their agreed to dates of January 16, 2006 and January 19, 2006. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 1/4/06. (Grimm, Paul)(jnf) (Entered: 01/04/2006)

Jan. 4, 2006 PACER
60

LETTER ORDER re: the parties proposed preservation orders (52 &54). This Order outlines what provisions shall be included in the preservation order and requests that defendants draft the revised order and have plaintiffs review it before electronically filing it with the Court within 10 days of this Order. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 1/5/06. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/05/2006)

Jan. 5, 2006 PACER
61

Correspondence re: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 01/10/2006)

Jan. 10, 2006 PACER
62

Correspondence re: Response to Defendants' 1/10/06 Letter (Cynamon, David) (Entered: 01/11/2006)

Jan. 11, 2006 PACER
63

PAPERLESS ORDER re Paper Nos. 61 & 62. I have reviewed the parties' letters regarding the discovery responses pertaining to the conflict issue. As a result, I order the following: (1) a hearing on the issues raised in the parties' letters will be held by telephone this FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2005 AT 12 P.M. Defense counsel shall coordinate and initiate the call and have a court reporter available to transcribe the hearing. (2) No further discovery motions shall be filed between the date of this Order and the hearing on Friday. If the parties' have additional discovery disputes, they may be raised during the telephone hearing. (3) Unless ordered by the Court at the hearing on Friday, or otherwise agreed to by counsel, Mr. Smith's deposition will take place as scheduled on Monday, January 16, 2006. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 01/11/06. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 01/11/2006)

Jan. 11, 2006 PACER
64

Correspondence re: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 01/11/2006)

Jan. 11, 2006 PACER
65

Correspondence re: Smith discovery (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 01/13/2006)

Jan. 13, 2006 PACER
66

Correspondence re: (Cross, David) (Entered: 01/13/2006)

Jan. 13, 2006 PACER
67

STIPULATION re 60 Order, by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Baltimore City Police Department, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 01/17/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006 PACER
68

APPEAL OF MAGISTRATE JUDGE DECISION to District Court by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department re 55 Order (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Exhibit C)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 01/17/2006)

Jan. 17, 2006 PACER
69

RESPONSE re 68 Appeal of Magistrate Judge Decision to District Court Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Rule 72 Objection to Ruling of Magistrate Judge filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1# 2 Exhibit 2# 3 Exhibit 3# 4 Exhibit 4# 5 Exhibit 5# 6 Exhibit 6# 7 Exhibit 7# 8 Exhibit 8# 9 Exhibit 9)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 01/19/2006)

Jan. 19, 2006 PACER
70

PAPERLESS ORDER re 67 APPROVING Order for Preservation of Documents, Paper No. 67. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 01/23/06. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 01/23/2006)

Jan. 23, 2006 PACER
71

LETTER ORDER RE: This letter responds to certain issues raised by defendants January 11, 2006 letter (#64), which was submitted in response to the Court's letter order of December 27, 2005(#55) and the letters submitted by defendants and the plaintiffs dated January 13, 2006 (#65 and 66) as therein set forth. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 1/23/06. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 01/24/2006)

Jan. 24, 2006 PACER
72

NOTICE of Voluntary Dismissal by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 01/25/2006)

Jan. 25, 2006 PACER
73

Correspondence re: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 01/26/2006)

Jan. 26, 2006 PACER
74

Correspondence re: Robert Smith deposition (Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 02/07/2006)

Feb. 7, 2006 PACER
75

Correspondence re: Defendants Request to Reopen the Deposition of Robert Smith (Cynamon, David) (Entered: 02/08/2006)

Feb. 8, 2006 PACER
76

Correspondence re: (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/09/2006)

Feb. 9, 2006 PACER
77

LETTER ORDER re 76 Miscellaneous Correspondence. Within 10 days of this Order, Defendant shall electronicall file its Motion to Compel on this discrete issue as therein set forth. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 2/10/06. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/14/2006)

Feb. 14, 2006 PACER
78

LETTER ORDER re 74 Miscellaneous Correspondence summarizing rulings from 2/10/06 in which Defendant's request to re-open Mr. Smith's Deposition was Granted, and setting a briefing schedule for the anticipated Motion to Disqualify. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 2/10/06. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/14/2006)

Feb. 14, 2006 PACER
79

Correspondence re: (Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/14/2006)

Feb. 14, 2006 PACER
80

Correspondence re: Response to Defendants Correspondence Docket #79 (Brown, Kristin) (Entered: 02/14/2006)

Feb. 14, 2006 PACER
81

Correspondence re: (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1# 2 Exhibit 2# 3 Exhibit 3# 4 Exhibit 4# 5 Exhibit 5# 6 Exhibit 6)(Harris, Elizabeth) Modified on 2/22/2006 (slf, Deputy Clerk).(attachments rec'd 2/21/06 to be placed UNDER SEAL) (Entered: 02/17/2006)

Feb. 17, 2006 PACER
82

Correspondence re: R. Smith conflict (Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006 PACER
83

MOTION to Seal Defendants' Technology Plan by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. Responses due by 3/10/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006 PACER
84

Correspondence re: Response to Defendants Correspondence Docket #81 (Cross, David) (Entered: 02/21/2006)

Feb. 21, 2006 PACER
85

PAPERLESS ORDER re 64 80 79 81 73 84 An in-court hearing shall be held on TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006 AT 10:30 A.M. regarding all of the confidentiality issues discussed in the above-referenced docket entries. No further briefing on these issues shall be filed without permission of the Court. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 02/22/06.(Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 02/22/2006)

Feb. 22, 2006 PACER
86

LETTER ORDER Granting defendants request to file a letter motion to compel regarding issues that arose during Mr. Smith's continued deposition re 82 Miscellaneous Correspondence. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 2/22/06. (slf, Deputy Clerk) (Entered: 02/22/2006)

Feb. 22, 2006 PACER
87

MOTION to Compel Complete Response to Interrogatory No. 1 by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. Responses due by 3/13/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Harris, Elizabeth) (Entered: 02/22/2006)

Feb. 22, 2006 PACER
88

MOTION to Compel by Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Baltimore City Police Department. Responses due by 3/13/2006 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Smith Feb 20 Deposition Transcript# 2 Exhibit Smith Jan 16 Dep Transcript Excerpts)(Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 02/24/2006)

Feb. 24, 2006 PACER
89

RESPONSE in Opposition re 88 MOTION to Compel Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Compel filed by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. Replies due by 3/14/2006. (Cross, David) (Entered: 02/28/2006)

Feb. 28, 2006 PACER
90

STIPULATION re 87 MOTION to Compel Complete Response to Interrogatory No. 1 Joint Motion to Stay Proceedings on Defendants' Motion to Compel a Complete Response to Interrogatory Number One by Leslie Edwards, Louis H. Hopson, Jr, Charles Carter, Mayor and City Council Of Baltimore, Edward Tindel, Lynell Green, Shirley Onyango, Anthony Ellison, Exdol Williams, Erica Foote, Antoine Travers, Karen Alston, Maurice Price, Baltimore City Police Department, Zeinab Rabold, Jacques Bonaparte, Melvin Russell, Carlos Perry. (Cross, David) (Entered: 03/01/2006)

March 1, 2006 PACER
91

PAPERLESS ORDER re 85 CHANGE IN HEARING START TIME The in-court hearing scheduled for TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006 regarding confidentiality issues, will begin at 10:00 a.m. rather than 10:30 a.m. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 03/01/06. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 03/01/2006)

March 1, 2006 PACER
92

RESPONSE in Opposition re 88 MOTION to Compel filed by Robert L. Smith. Replies due by 3/17/2006. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Deposition Excerpts)(Cynamon, David) (Entered: 03/03/2006)

March 3, 2006 PACER
93

PAPERLESS ORDER The parties' Joint Motion to Stay Proceedings on Defendants' Motion to Compel a Complete Response to Interrogatory Number One (Paper No. 90) is GRANTED. This stay relates to Defendants' Motion, Paper No. 87, and the clerk's office shall please administratively terminate the motion, to be reinstated if the stay is lifted. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 03/03/06.(Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 03/03/2006)

March 3, 2006 PACER
94

Correspondence re: Smith motion to compel (Auerbach, Joshua) (Entered: 03/03/2006)

March 3, 2006 PACER
95

Correspondence re: Opposition to Request to Reply (Cross, David) (Entered: 03/03/2006)

March 3, 2006 PACER
96

PAPERLESS ORDER re 94 95 The Defendants' Request to file a Reply is DENIED. Signed by Judge Paul W. Grimm on 03/06/06. (Grimm, Paul) (ake) (Entered: 03/06/2006)

March 6, 2006 PACER

Discovery Hearing held on 3/7/2006 held before Judge Paul W. Grimm (Court Reporter ER: Preston-Banks) (ggpb, Deputy Clerk)

March 7, 2006 PACER

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 6, 2004

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Black police officers employed by the Baltimore Police Department

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Washington Lawyers' Committee

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

City of Baltimore, City

Baltimore Police Department (Baltimore, Baltimore City), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2009 - 0

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Discipline

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Promotion

Training

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black