Case: Carter v. West Publishing Co.

8:97-cv-02537 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Filed Date: Oct. 16, 1997

Closed Date: July 3, 2001

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Case Summary

Female employees of West Publishing Company filed a class action in U.S. District Court, alleging that the company issued stock to employees on a discriminatory basis, with a disproportionate amount of male employees owning stock. The employee stock program relied on a secretive and subjective process controlled solely by the CEO's discretion, according to the complaint. The plaintiffs filed their complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Richard A. Lazzara…

Female employees of West Publishing Company filed a class action in U.S. District Court, alleging that the company issued stock to employees on a discriminatory basis, with a disproportionate amount of male employees owning stock. The employee stock program relied on a secretive and subjective process controlled solely by the CEO's discretion, according to the complaint.

The plaintiffs filed their complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Judge Richard A. Lazzara, referrals to Magistrate Judges Mark A. Pizzo and Elizabeth A. Jenkins.) A copy of the complaint is not publicly available. However, according to an opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, the plaintiffs filed claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000 et seq., and the Equal Pay Act of 1963, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d). Carter v. West Publishing Company, 225 F.3d 1258 (11th Cir. 2000).

The plaintiffs alleged that before Thomson Reuters acquired West, the company offered its stock to a select number of employees. Every year, West would issue a number of new shares based on its performance. The CEO would choose 10 to 20 first-time shareholders based on subjective and objective criteria, such as performance and length of service. However, the process of issuing stock was kept secret, as was the identity of employee-shareholders. West discontinued this program shortly before the merger. At the time of the sale to Thomson Reuters, West has 157 male employee-shareholders and only 29 female employee-shareholders. The employee-shareholders profited significantly from the sale to Thomson Reuters. It is unclear what relief the plaintiffs sought.

The main issue at the District Court level was the timeliness of the plaintiffs' complaint. West discontinued issuing employees stock in August 1994 and discontinued issuing dividends in June 1996. The District Court, in an unpublished opinion on May 20, 1999, certified the class nonetheless. Carter v. West Publishing Company, No. 97-2537, 1999 WL376502 (M.D. Fla. 1999). The District Court found that the statute of limitations did not begin to run until June 1996 and that equitable tolling applied. The District Court also denied summary judgment to the defendant in an April 19, 1999 unpublished order. Carter v. West Publishing Company, No. 97-2537, 1999 WL 375901 (M.D. Fla. 1999). However, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the District Court, holding that there was no continuing violation and no reason to apply equitable tolling. Thus, the Title VII claims were dismissed as untimely after the Court of Appeals' opinion.

The case was remanded to the District Court, where it continued with the Equal Pay Act claims.

The parties were prepared for trial but settled the remaining claims amicably, as noted in an unpublished order on July 3, 2001. Both parties were to pay their own attorneys' fees. Further details of this resolution are unavailable at present. This is the last entry on the docket.

Summary Authors

Eric Weiler (8/16/2010)

People


Judge(s)

Dubina, Joel Fredrick (Alabama)

Edmondson, James Larry (Georgia)

Jenkins, Elizabeth A. (Florida)

Lazzara, Richard A. (Florida)

Pizzo, Mark A. (Florida)

Wilson, Charles R. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Burns, Guy M. (Florida)

Burr, Charles Gilbert (Florida)

Coleman, Jonathan S. (Florida)

Dardarian, Linda M. (California)

Judge(s)

Dubina, Joel Fredrick (Alabama)

Edmondson, James Larry (Georgia)

Jenkins, Elizabeth A. (Florida)

Lazzara, Richard A. (Florida)

Pizzo, Mark A. (Florida)

Wilson, Charles R. (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Burns, Guy M. (Florida)

Burr, Charles Gilbert (Florida)

Coleman, Jonathan S. (Florida)

Dardarian, Linda M. (California)

Doering, Karen M. (Florida)

Smith, Sam Jones (Florida)

Verde, Stacy Klein (Florida)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Alley, John-Edward (Florida)

Benton, Lori R. (Florida)

Bloodgood, Patricia A. (Minnesota)

Broder, Kimberly J. (Georgia)

Chitwood, Martin D. (Georgia)

Ellingstad, Susan E. (Minnesota)

Garwood, Thomas C. Jr. (Florida)

Harley, Craig G. (Georgia)

Miller, Arthur R. (Massachusetts)

O'Gorman, Daniel P. (Florida)

Rittinger, James F. (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

8:97-cv-02537

Docket

July 3, 2001

July 3, 2001

Docket
144

8:97-cv-02537

Opinion [And Order Denying Defendant's Renewed Motion For Summary Judgment Based On Statute of Limitations Violation]

1999 WL 375901

April 19, 1999

April 19, 1999

Order/Opinion
153

8:97-cv-02537

Order [Certifying Class]

1999 WL 376502

May 20, 1999

May 20, 1999

Order/Opinion

8:97-cv-02537

99-11959

[Opinion And Order Reversing The District Court's Order Certifying The Class, Finding That Equitable Tolling Did Not Apply In This Case]

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

225 F.3d 1258

Sept. 7, 2000

Sept. 7, 2000

Order/Opinion
220

8:97-cv-02537

Defendants' Memorandum Of Law In Support Of Their Motion For Summary Judgment

March 15, 2001

March 15, 2001

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 8, 2022, 3:18 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT and demand for jury trial filed (kit) Modified on 10/20/1997 (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 16, 1997

Oct. 16, 1997

2

NOTICE of designation under Local Rule 3.05 − TRACK 2. (ctc) (kit) (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 16, 1997

Oct. 16, 1997

MAGISTRATE JUDGE CASE ASSIGNMENT Magistrate assigned: Mark A. Pizzo (kit) (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 16, 1997

Oct. 16, 1997

FILING FEE PAID. ( Filing Fee $ 150.00 Receipt # 57748) (kit) (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 16, 1997

Oct. 16, 1997

SUMMONS(ES) issued for West Publishing Co. . Consent(s) issued. (kit) (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 16, 1997

Oct. 16, 1997

3

NOTICE OF CASE REASSIGNMENT to the Honorable Judge Richard A. Lazzara . Notice to Counsel. (cek) (Entered: 11/01/1997)

Nov. 1, 1997

Nov. 1, 1997

4

MOTION by West Publishing Co. to dismiss , or in the alternative for summary judgment (jlh) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 26, 1997

Nov. 26, 1997

5

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in support of [4−1] motion to dismiss, [4−2] motion for summary judgment (jlh) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 26, 1997

Nov. 26, 1997

6

NOTICE of attorney appearance for Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones by Charles Gilbert Burr III, Sam J. Smith (mrh) (Entered: 12/11/1997)

Dec. 10, 1997

Dec. 10, 1997

7

MEMORANDUM by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones in opposition to [4−1] motion to dismiss, [4−2] motion for summary judgment. Exhibits attached. (gw) (Entered: 12/18/1997)

Dec. 17, 1997

Dec. 17, 1997

8

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to suspend local rule 4.04(e) (kit) (Entered: 12/23/1997)

Dec. 19, 1997

Dec. 19, 1997

9

STIPULATED MOTION to redesignate case from track two to track three by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones and West Publishing. (crb) (Entered: 12/30/1997)

Dec. 29, 1997

Dec. 29, 1997

ENDORSED ORDER granting [9−1] stipulation to redesignate case from track two to track three ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (gkm) (Entered: 12/31/1997)

Dec. 31, 1997

Dec. 31, 1997

10

MOTION by West Publishing Co. for leave to file reply memorandum in support of West's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment . Memorandum attached. (kit) Modified on 01/06/1998 (Entered: 01/06/1998)

Jan. 5, 1998

Jan. 5, 1998

11

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE of [10−1] motion for leave to file reply memorandum in support of West's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment by West Publishing Co. (kit) (Entered: 01/06/1998)

Jan. 5, 1998

Jan. 5, 1998

12

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [8−1] motion to suspend local rule 4.04(e) (jlh) (Entered: 01/12/1998)

Jan. 9, 1998

Jan. 9, 1998

13

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to extend time to 04/17/98 in which to file a motion for class certification (crb) (Entered: 01/14/1998)

Jan. 12, 1998

Jan. 12, 1998

14

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones to strike [10−1] motion for leave to file reply memorandum in support of West's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment (smb) (Entered: 01/26/1998)

Jan. 21, 1998

Jan. 21, 1998

16

ORDER granting [15−1] stipulation, granting [13−1] motion to extend time to 04/17/98 in which to file a motion for class certification, rest motion filing deadline for 4/17/98 , and defendant shall file its responsive memorandum no later than 5/15/98 ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 02/13/1998)

Feb. 12, 1998

Feb. 12, 1998

17

CASE MANAGEMENT REPORT. (jlh) (Entered: 02/18/1998)

Feb. 18, 1998

Feb. 18, 1998

18

ORDER denying without prejudice [8−1] motion to suspend local rule 4.04(e) ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (gkm) (Entered: 02/20/1998)

Feb. 20, 1998

Feb. 20, 1998

19

SCHEDULING ORDER and directing answers to standard interrogatories setting Pretrial conference for 10:00 9/14/98 ; Scheduled for Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo Not later than fifteen (15) days prior to the conference, each plaintiff shall answer in writing the standard interrogatories, and shall serve the answers upon every other party, and file them with the Clerk of Court. Not later than five (5) days prior to the conference, each defendant shall answer in writing the standard interrogatories, and shall serve the answers upon every other party, and file them with the Clerk of Court. (signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 02/25/1998)

Feb. 24, 1998

Feb. 24, 1998

20

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE of [19−1] Scheduling order by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (rjc) (Entered: 03/11/1998)

March 10, 1998

March 10, 1998

21

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to extend time to file a motion for class certification ; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

April 7, 1998

April 7, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [21−1] motion to extend time to file a motion for class certification ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 04/10/1998)

April 9, 1998

April 9, 1998

22

ORDER denying [10−1] motion for leave to file reply memorandum in support of West's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment granting [14−1] motion to strike and the reply memorandum is stricken from the record, denying [4−1] motion to dismiss, denying [4−2] motion for summary judgment, granting [7−1] opposition memorandum ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 04/19/1998)

April 17, 1998

April 17, 1998

23

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support for leave to conduct class communications ; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 04/27/1998)

April 27, 1998

April 27, 1998

24

MOTION by West Publishing Co. to extend time to file response to complaint with support authority (smb) (Entered: 05/06/1998)

May 6, 1998

May 6, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [24−1] motion to extend time to file response to complaint with support authority, reset answer due for 5/11/98 for West Publishing Co. ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 05/08/1998)

May 8, 1998

May 8, 1998

25

RESPONSE by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications (smb) (Entered: 05/12/1998)

May 11, 1998

May 11, 1998

26

ANSWER and affirmative defenses to Complaint by West Publishing Co. (smb) (Entered: 05/12/1998)

May 11, 1998

May 11, 1998

27

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support for leave to file reply to defendant's response in opposition to plaintiffs' renewed motion for leave to conduct class communications . Motion stricken and returned per order dated 7/31/98, document 53. (smb) Modified on 07/31/1998 (Entered: 05/26/1998)

May 22, 1998

May 22, 1998

28

MOTION (REQUEST) for oral argument by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones re: [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications (smb) (Entered: 05/26/1998)

May 22, 1998

May 22, 1998

30

RESPONSE by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [28−1] oral argument requested on plaintiff's renewed motion for leave to conduct class communications (smb) (Entered: 05/29/1998)

May 29, 1998

May 29, 1998

31

MOTION by West Publishing Co. for protective order referred to Magistrate Judge Elizabeth A. Jenkins; proposed order regarding confidentiality attached. (smb) (Entered: 06/03/1998)

June 2, 1998

June 2, 1998

Motion(s) referred: [31−1] motion for protective order referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (mrh) (Entered: 06/05/1998)

June 5, 1998

June 5, 1998

32

NOTICE of serving order scheduling pretrial conference and directing answers to interrogatories by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (src) (Entered: 06/08/1998)

June 5, 1998

June 5, 1998

33

ORDER granting [31−1] motion for protective order regarding confidentiality. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 06/08/1998)

June 8, 1998

June 8, 1998

34

EMERGENCY SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to suspend Local Rule 4.04 (e) ; exhibits attached. (smb) Modified on 07/01/1998 (Entered: 07/01/1998)

June 30, 1998

June 30, 1998

35

NOTICE of proposed form of class contact by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones; proposed form attached. (smb) (Entered: 07/01/1998)

June 30, 1998

June 30, 1998

36

EMERGENCY MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to invalidate releases and for other relief (smb) (Entered: 07/01/1998)

June 30, 1998

June 30, 1998

37

NOTICE to the Court regarding its opposition to plaintiffs' emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief, and plaintiffs' emergency supplemental motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04(e) by West Publishing Co. (smb) (Entered: 07/09/1998)

July 9, 1998

July 9, 1998

38

ORDER that plaintiffs' renewed motion for leave to conduct class communications and defendant's repsonse in opposition (documents 23 and 2); plaintiffs' motion for leave to file reply to defendant's response in opposition to plaintiffs' renewed motion for leave to conduct class communications and defendant's response in opposition (dcouments 27 and 29); plaintiffs' motion for oral argument on plaintiffs' renewed motion for leave to conduct class communication and defendant's response (documents 28 and 30); plaintiffs' emergency supplemental motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04(e), plaintiffs' emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief, and notice of proposed from of class contact ( documents 34,35, and 36) and a determination regarding the notice of filing documents under seal are referred to United States Magistrate Judge Pizzo for disposition. ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 07/09/1998)

July 9, 1998

July 9, 1998

Motion(s) referred: [36−1] motion to invalidate releases and for other relief referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo, [34−1] motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04 (e) referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo, [27−1] motion for leave to file reply to defendant's response in opposition to plaintiffs' renewed motion for leave to conduct class communications referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo, [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (smb) (Entered: 07/09/1998)

July 9, 1998

July 9, 1998

39

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to take in excess of ten depositions referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (smb) (Entered: 07/13/1998)

July 10, 1998

July 10, 1998

40

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [34−1] motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04 (e), [36−1] motion to invalidate releases and for other

July 15, 1998

July 15, 1998

42

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones for class certification (jlh) (Entered: 07/20/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

43

CONSENTED MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support for order pertaining briefing schedule for plaintiffs' motion for class certification (jlh) (Entered: 07/20/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

44

NOTICE of filing appendix A in support of plaintiff's motion for class certification by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with attachments (jlh) (Entered: 07/20/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

45

NOTICE of filing appendix B in support of motion for class certification by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with attachments (jlh) Modified on 07/20/1998 (Entered: 07/20/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

47

MOTION by Carter and Jones regarding filing under seal (smb) Modified on 08/24/1998 (Entered: 07/21/1998)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

42

MEMORANDUM by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones in support of [42−1] motion for class certification. (Document 42A) (sak) (Entered: 02/25/1999)

July 17, 1998

July 17, 1998

46

MEMORANDUM by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones in support of [42−1] motion for class certification (smb) (Entered: 07/20/1998)

July 20, 1998

July 20, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [43−1] motion for order pertaining briefing schedule for plaintiffs' motion for class certification ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [47−1] motion regarding filing under seal ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

SEALED DOCUMENT. S− 1 (smb) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

SEALED DOCUMENT. S− 2 (smb) (Entered: 07/23/1998)

July 22, 1998

July 22, 1998

48

RESPONSE by West Publishing Co. to [39−1] motion to take in excess of ten depositions (smb) (Entered: 07/24/1998)

July 23, 1998

July 23, 1998

49

ORDER that the Clerk of Court is directed to return Plaintiffs' Notice of Filing Under Seal with Exhibits received 6/30/98. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 07/27/1998)

July 27, 1998

July 27, 1998

50

MOTION by West Publishing Co. for leave to file supplement to response to emergency supplemental motion to suspend local rule 4/04 (e) and emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 07/29/1998)

July 28, 1998

July 28, 1998

51

NOTICE of filing consents to join pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 216(b)by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (smb) (Entered: 07/30/1998)

July 29, 1998

July 29, 1998

Motion(s) referred: [50−1] motion for leave to file supplement to response to emergency supplemental motion to suspend local rule 4/04 (e) and emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (smb) (Entered: 07/31/1998)

July 31, 1998

July 31, 1998

52

ORDER denying [39−1] motion to take in excess of ten depositions without prejudice to renew the motion at a subsequent time. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) Modified on 07/31/1998 (Entered: 07/31/1998)

July 31, 1998

July 31, 1998

53

ORDER that the Court will take up the matters at a hearing on 8/14/98 at 10:00, Motion hearing set for 8/14/98 for [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications, set for 10:00 for [34−1] motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04 (e), set for 10:00 8/14/98 for [36−1] motion to invalidate releases and for other relief Scheduled for Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo . This court strikes [27−1] plaintiffs' motion for leave to file reply to defendant's response in opposition to plaintiff's renewed motion for leave to conduct class certification and [29−1] defendant's response as these motions were filed in violation of Local Rule 3.01(b). The Clerk of Court is hereby directed to return the originals to counsel. ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) Modified on 08/12/1998 (Entered: 07/31/1998)

July 31, 1998

July 31, 1998

54

NOTICE of filing consents to join pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 216(b) of Patricia H. Grimaldi and Julie A. Reiter by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (rjc) Modified on 08/04/1998 (Entered: 08/04/1998)

Aug. 3, 1998

Aug. 3, 1998

55

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [41−1] motion for leave to file first amended class action complaint. Exhibits 1−9 attached. (rjc) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

Aug. 3, 1998

Aug. 3, 1998

56

AMENDED NOTICE of Hearing: Motion hearing set for 2:00 8/12/98 for [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications, for 2:00 8/12/98 for [34−1] motion to suspend Local Rule 4.04 (e) Scheduled for Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ctc (smb) (Entered: 08/05/1998)

Aug. 5, 1998

Aug. 5, 1998

57

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones for leave to file documents under seal referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (attachment) (src) Modified on 08/10/1998 (Entered: 08/10/1998)

Aug. 7, 1998

Aug. 7, 1998

58

RESPONSE by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones to [50−1] motion for leave to file supplement to response to emergency supplemental motion to suspend local rule 4/04 (e) and emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief (smb) (Entered: 08/12/1998)

Aug. 11, 1998

Aug. 11, 1998

59

DECLARATION of Charles G. Burr by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones Re: [58−1] motion response (smb) (Entered: 08/12/1998)

Aug. 11, 1998

Aug. 11, 1998

60

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones to facilitate notice (smb) (Entered: 08/12/1998)

Aug. 12, 1998

Aug. 12, 1998

61

MEMORANDUM by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones in support of [60−1] motion to facilitate notice; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 08/12/1998)

Aug. 12, 1998

Aug. 12, 1998

62

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to file documents under seal in support of plaintiffs' motion to facilitate notice referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (smb) (Entered: 08/12/1998)

Aug. 12, 1998

Aug. 12, 1998

63

MINUTE ENTRY: Motion hearing for class communication held on 8/12/98 before Judge Mark A. Pizzo. Tape 60/0−1936 (smb) (Entered: 08/13/1998)

Aug. 12, 1998

Aug. 12, 1998

64

ORDER reserving ruling on [23−1] motion for leave to conduct class communications, [34−1] motion to suspend Local 4.04 (e), and [50−1] motion for leave to file supplement to response to emergency supplemental motion to suspend local rule 4/04 (e) and emergency motion to invalidate releases and for other relief, until such time as Defendant has had an opportunity to respond to Plaintiff's recently filed memoranda. Denying without prjudice [36−1] motion to invalidate releases and for other relief. Defendant is instructed, as agreed, to refrain from soliciting releases in the future from putative class members. Defendant is to immediately institute procedures, if it has not already done so, to ensure that solicitation of releases from putative class members will not occur in the future. ( by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 08/14/1998)

Aug. 13, 1998

Aug. 13, 1998

65

NOTICE of filing supplemental authority in support of motion for class certification, by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (attachments) (map) Modified on 08/17/1998 (Entered: 08/17/1998)

Aug. 17, 1998

Aug. 17, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [62−1] motion to file documents under seal in support of plaintiffs' motion to facilitate notice ( Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 08/18/1998)

Aug. 18, 1998

Aug. 18, 1998

SEALED DOCUMENT. S− 3 (smb) (Entered: 08/18/1998)

Aug. 18, 1998

Aug. 18, 1998

66

NOTICE of filing corrected supplemental authority in support of plaintiffs' motion for class certification by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones; exhibits attached. (smb) Modified on 08/24/1998 (Entered: 08/20/1998)

Aug. 19, 1998

Aug. 19, 1998

67

RENEWED MOTION by West Publishing Co. for partial summary judgment (smb) (Entered: 08/21/1998)

Aug. 21, 1998

Aug. 21, 1998

68

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in support of [67−1] motion for partial summary judgment; exhibits A − I attached. Filed under separate cover. (smb) Modified on 08/26/1998 (Entered: 08/21/1998)

Aug. 21, 1998

Aug. 21, 1998

69

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS on motion hearing regarding class communications for date of 8/12/98 before Judge Mark A. Pizzo. Transcript filed separately. (smb) (Entered: 08/28/1998)

Aug. 28, 1998

Aug. 28, 1998

70

JOINT MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones to withdraw [60−1] motion to facilitate notice and request to enter order (src) Modified on 08/31/1998 (Entered: 08/31/1998)

Aug. 28, 1998

Aug. 28, 1998

71

STIPULATION regarding the tolling of equal pay act claims by plaintiff Patricia Winn Carter, plaintiff Maxine M. Jones, defendant West Publishing Co. (proposed order) (src) (Entered: 08/31/1998)

Aug. 28, 1998

Aug. 28, 1998

72

JOINT NOTICE of resolution of class communication issues and REQUEST for ruling and oral argument by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones, West Publishing Co. (src) (Entered: 08/31/1998)

Aug. 28, 1998

Aug. 28, 1998

73

STIPULATION and proposed order regarding class communications by plaintiff Patricia Winn Carter, plaintiff Maxine M. Jones, defendant West Publishing Co. . (src) (Entered: 08/31/1998)

Aug. 28, 1998

Aug. 28, 1998

74

CONSENTED MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support to extend time to respond to defendant's renewed motion for partial summary judgment (smb) Modified on 09/02/1998 (Entered: 09/01/1998)

Aug. 31, 1998

Aug. 31, 1998

ENDORSED ORDER granting [74−1] motion to extend time to respond to defendant's renewed motion for partial summary judgment, Response to motion reset to 9/21/98 for [67−1] motion for partial summary judgment ( Signed by Judge Richard A. Lazzara ) ctc (smb) (Entered: 09/02/1998)

Sept. 2, 1998

Sept. 2, 1998

75

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support for leave to file second amended class action complaint ; second amended complaint attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/03/1998)

Sept. 2, 1998

Sept. 2, 1998

76

NOTICE of filing consents to join by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/03/1998)

Sept. 2, 1998

Sept. 2, 1998

77

MOTION by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones with memorandum in support for ruling regarding two remaining issues regarding class communications referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/03/1998)

Sept. 2, 1998

Sept. 2, 1998

78

MOTION by West Publishing Co. for request for ruling on class communications issues with supporting authority referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo; exhibits attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/03/1998)

Sept. 2, 1998

Sept. 2, 1998

79

NOTICE of filing proposed order regarding class communications by West Publishing Co.; proposed order attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/03/1998)

Sept. 3, 1998

Sept. 3, 1998

Motion(s) referred: [70−1] motion to withdraw [60−1] motion to facilitate notice referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo, [70−2] motion request to enter order referred to Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo (smb) (Entered: 09/08/1998)

Sept. 3, 1998

Sept. 3, 1998

81

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [42−1] motion for class certification; exhibits attached. Filed under separate cover. (smb) Modified on 09/08/1998 (Entered: 09/08/1998)

Sept. 4, 1998

Sept. 4, 1998

82

APPLICATION of Non−Resident Counsel and Designation of Local Counsel as to West Publishing Co. . Local Counsel: Thomas C. Garwood, Jr. Non−Resident Counsel: Arthur R. Miller. (smb) (Entered: 09/10/1998)

Sept. 10, 1998

Sept. 10, 1998

83

AMENDED NOTICE of Hearing: reset preliminary pretrial conference for 9:30 10/26/98 Scheduled for Magistrate Judge Mark A. Pizzo ctc (smb) (Entered: 09/14/1998)

Sept. 14, 1998

Sept. 14, 1998

84

MEMORANDUM by West Publishing Co. in opposition to [75−1] motion for leave to file second amended class action complaint; exhibit attached. (smb) (Entered: 09/17/1998)

Sept. 17, 1998

Sept. 17, 1998

85

NOTICE of filing statement of disputed material facts in opposition to defendant's renewed motion for partial summary judgment by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones (src) (Entered: 09/21/1998)

Sept. 18, 1998

Sept. 18, 1998

86

RESPONSE (Statement) by Patricia Winn Carter, Maxine M. Jones of disputed material facts in opposition to [67−1] renewed motion for partial summary judgment; Exhibit A (src) (Entered: 09/21/1998)

Sept. 18, 1998

Sept. 18, 1998

Case Details

State / Territory: Florida

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 16, 1997

Closing Date: July 3, 2001

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Female employees of West Publishing Company

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

West Publishing Company / Thomson Reuters, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Amount Defendant Pays: ?

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Pay / Benefits

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female