Case: Gaines v. Boston Herald, Inc.

1:95-cv-11946 | U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Filed Date: Aug. 29, 1995

Clearinghouse coding in progress

Case Summary

998 F.Supp. 91 (D. Mass. 1998).

suit brought under Title VII, § 1981, and Mass. anti-discrimination statute

Class Certified 3/30/1998.

People


Judge(s)

Gertner, Nancy (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hagan, Mary Patricia (Rhode Island)

Moppett, Samantha A. (Massachusetts)

Neal, Anthony W. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dushman, Mark R. (Massachusetts)

Owens, Henry F. III (Massachusetts)

Judge(s)

Gertner, Nancy (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hagan, Mary Patricia (Rhode Island)

Moppett, Samantha A. (Massachusetts)

Neal, Anthony W. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dushman, Mark R. (Massachusetts)

Owens, Henry F. III (Massachusetts)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Gaines v. Boston Herald Inc.

June 27, 2002 Docket

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

Complaint filed. Case assigned to Judge: Gertner. Receipt #: 111155 Amount:$ 120.00. (fmr) (Entered: 08/30/1995)

Aug. 29, 1995
2

Answer by Boston Herald Inc. to complaint , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/25/1995)

Oct. 24, 1995
3

Notice of appearance of attorney for David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres by Henry F. Owens III, Mary Patricia Hagan, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 11/08/1995)

Nov. 8, 1995
4

Judge Nancy Gertner . Notice of Hearing/conference: set scheduling conference for 3:45 12/28/95 . (fmr) (Entered: 11/13/1995)

Nov. 10, 1995
7

Joint statement by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres, Boston Herald Inc. for scheduling conference Deadline for filing of all motions 10/1/96 Discovery cutoff 6/28/96 . (fmr) (Entered: 01/02/1996)

Dec. 22, 1995

Status conference held . (fmr) (Entered: 12/29/1995)

Dec. 28, 1995
5

Judge Nancy Gertner . Clerk's Notes: re: status conference:, set Jury trial for 9:30 12/2/96 , set pretrial conference for 2:30 11/20/96 , and set status conference for 2:45 7/2/96 (fmr) (Entered: 12/29/1995)

Dec. 28, 1995
6

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres to certify the class , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 12/29/1995)

Dec. 28, 1995
8

Joint statement by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres, Boston Herald Inc. for scheduling conference 10/1/96 . (fmr) (Entered: 01/04/1996)

Dec. 28, 1995
9

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres in support of [6 − 1] motion to certify the class , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 02/05/1996)

Jan. 1, 1996
10

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres to substitute one named plaintiff and amend [1 − 1] complaint , filed. (lau) (Entered: 04/02/1996)

March 29, 1996

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [10 − 1] motion to substitute one named plaintiff and amend [1 − 1] complaint . cc/cl (sad) (Entered:

April 11, 1996

Terminated document: mooting [6 − 1] motion to certify the class Requested by mm. (mcm) (Entered: 06/17/1996)

June 17, 1996
12

Amended complaint by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Samuel Cheatam filed. (Answer due 6/29/96 for Boston Herald Inc. ) . Amended complaint amends [1 − 1] complaint ; . (fmr) (Entered: 06/20/1996)

June 19, 1996
13

Joint motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Boston Herald Inc., Samuel Cheatam to revise pretrial schedule , filed. . (fmr) (Entered: 07/02/1996)

June 28, 1996

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [13 − 1] joint motion to revise pretrial schedule, reset discovery due for 7/31/96, July 31, 1996 Deadline for Plaintiff's disclosure of expert witnesses. Aug 30, 1996 deadline for filing requests for admissions, Aug 30, 1996 deadline or defendant's disclosure of expert witnesess. 9/30/96 expert deposition completed. . (fmr) (Entered: 07/02/1996)

June 28, 1996
14

Answer by Boston Herald Inc. to amended complaint, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 07/09/1996)

July 3, 1996
15

Letter by M. Robert Dushman dated: 7/3/96 to: Maryellen Molloy re: this is to confirm that the conference is reset to 9/10/96 at 3:00 filed. (fmr) (Entered: 07/10/1996)

July 5, 1996
16

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. for leave to file brief in excess of twenty page , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/02/1996)

July 31, 1996

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [16 − 1] motion for leave to file brief in excess of twenty page . (fmr) (Entered: 08/02/1996)

July 31, 1996
17

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in opposition to [6 − 1] motion to certify the class , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/02/1996)

July 31, 1996
18

Appendix/exhibits by Boston Herald Inc. in support of [17 − 1] opposition memorandum , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/02/1996)

July 31, 1996
19

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. for summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/06/1996)

Aug. 2, 1996
20

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in support of [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/06/1996)

Aug. 2, 1996
21

Statement of Facts by Boston Herald Inc. re: [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/06/1996)

Aug. 2, 1996
22

Joint motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Boston Herald Inc., Samuel Cheatam to extend time to 8/30/96 to respond to mtn for S/J , filed. . (fmr) (Entered: 08/19/1996)

Aug. 16, 1996

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [22 − 1] joint motion to extend time to 8/30/96 to respond to mtn for S/J, Response to motion reset to 8/30/96 for [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment . (fmr) (Entered: 08/19/1996)

Aug. 16, 1996
23

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres in opposition to [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996
24

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres for partial summary judgment , filed. (fmr) Modified on 09/03/1996 (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996
25

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres for leave to file breif in excess of 15 pages , filed. (fmr) Modified on 09/03/1996

Sept. 3, 1996
26

Statement of Facts by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres re: as to which there exist genuine issues to be tried , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996
27

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres in support of [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996
28

Statement of Facts by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres re: not in dispute , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/03/1996)

Sept. 3, 1996
29

Appendix/exhibits by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres in support of [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/05/1996)

Sept. 4, 1996
30

Notice of withdrawal of counsel by attorney Mary Patricia Hagan for Edwin M. Torres, attorney Mary Patricia Hagan for John T. Smith, attorney Mary Patricia Hagan for Frank Poindexter, attorney Mary Patricia Hagan for David Gaines filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/06/1996)

Sept. 5, 1996

Status conference held . (fmr) (Entered: 09/12/1996)

Sept. 10, 1996
32

Judge Nancy Gertner . Clerk's Notes: re: Status Conferene:, set status conference for 3:30 9/27/96 Court Reporter: none (fmr) (Entered: 09/12/1996)

Sept. 10, 1996
33

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. to extend time to 9/20/96 to to respond to mtn for S.J , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/12/1996)

Sept. 10, 1996

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [33 − 1] motion to extend time to 9/20/96 to to respond to mtn for S.J, Response to motion reset to 9/20/96 for [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment . (fmr) (Entered: 09/12/1996)

Sept. 10, 1996
31

Affidavit of Anthony W. Neal , re: in support of the plaintiffs' motion to certify the class, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/12/1996)

Sept. 11, 1996
34

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Samuel Cheatam as a named plaintiff , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/16/1996)

Sept. 16, 1996
35

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. to strike [31 − 1] affidavit , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 20, 1996
36

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in opposition to [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 20, 1996
37

Affidavit of David St. Mary , re: [35 − 1] motion to strike [31 − 1] affidavit filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 20, 1996
38

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in opposition to [28 − 1] statement , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 20, 1996
39

Statement of Facts by Boston Herald Inc NOT IN DISPUTE , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 20, 1996
40

Notice of appearance of attorney for David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Sean Gillenwater, Edwin M. Torres by Samantha A. Moppett, filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 23, 1996
41

SUPPLEMENTAL Affidavit of Anthony W. Neal , re: [6 − 1] motion to certify the class , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/24/1996)

Sept. 23, 1996
48

Assented to Motion by David Gaines for lvf to file dfts EEO − 1 reports , filed. (mcm) (Entered: 02/18/1998)

Sept. 26, 1996
49

Motion by David Gaines for leave to file 2nd aff of expert witness Craig L. Moore

Sept. 26, 1996
42

Affidavit of Henry F. Owens III , re: [38 − 1] opposition memorandum , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/30/1996)

Sept. 30, 1996
43

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres to strike [43 − 1] motion , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/30/1996)

Sept. 30, 1996
44

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in opposition to Plaintiffs' motion for leave to file second affidavit of expert witness in support of plainitfs' motion for partial summary judgment , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/15/1996)

Oct. 10, 1996

Motion hearing re: [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment (fmr) (Entered: 10/28/1996)

Oct. 25, 1996
45

Judge Nancy Gertner . Clerk's Notes: re: Motion Hearing: [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment taken under advisement, [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment taken under advisement, set pretrial conference for 2:30 11/20/96 Court Reporter: Scott NEW TRIAL DATES AS NOT YET BEEN SET (fmr) (Entered: 10/28/1996)

Oct. 25, 1996

Terminated document: mooting [34 − 1] motion as a named plaintiff mooting [35 − 1] motion to strike [31 − 1] affidavit mooting [43 − 1] motion to strike [43 − 1] motion Requested by MCM. (fmr) (Entered: 04/25/1997)

April 25, 1997
46

Notice of withdrawal of counsel by Siu Tip Lam filed. (fmr) (Entered: 10/27/1997)

Oct. 22, 1997

Case closed. iMemo and Order to issue by 12/5/97. (mcm) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 28, 1997
47

Letter by Anthony W. Neal dated: 1/14/98 to: Ms. Molloy re: decision on motions filed. (sad) (Entered: 01/16/1998)

Jan. 15, 1998
50

Judge Nancy Gertner. Order Certifying Class entered. The following class is provisionally certified under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 (b) (2): 1. For the Title VII and Mass. Gen. L. Ch. 151B, 4 claims: all Black and Spanish − surnamed applicants for unskilled positions at the Herald who applied between September 2, 1991, and October 15, 1994, and were not hired. 2. For the Section 1981 claim: All Black and Spanish − surnamed applicants for unskilled positions at the Herald who applied between August 29, 1992, and October 15, 1994. SO ORDERED. cc/cl. (mlb) (Entered: 03/31/1998)

March 30, 1998
51

Judge Nancy Gertner . Order entered denying [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment. Granting Counts I,III,IV,V,VII with repsect to the claims of Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, and Edwin Torres and with respect to employment practices after 10/15/94, but denied with respect to the claims of David Gaines and with respect to employment practices prior to that date. The defendant's motion for summary judgment on Counts II and VII is allowed [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment. Granting [6 − 1] motion to certify the class as modified by the accompanying order certifying the class. Granting [48 − 1] motion for lvf to file dfts EEO − 1 reports for the years 1992 through 1995. Mooting [49 − 1] motion for leave to file 2nd aff of expert witness Craig L. Moore (aff attached). Denying [35 − 1] motion to strike [31 − 1] affidavit Granting [34 − 1] motion as a named plaintiff. A Status conference will be held on 4/28/98 at 10:00 a.m. Parties will discuss the following: 1. discovery needed for trial and to determine more precisely the parameters of the class; 2. a trial date and trial procedures; and 3. other issues relating to class certification. SO ORDERED. cc/cl. (mlb) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

March 30, 1998
52

Judge Nancy Gertner. Memorandum and Order entered. See Order dated 3/30/98 Document #51 and Document #52 for complete details. cc/cl. (mlb) (Entered: 04/08/1998)

March 30, 1998

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered mooting [49 − 1] motion for leave to file 2nd aff of expert witness Craig L. Moore (aff attached), granting [48 − 1] motion for lvf to file dfts EEO − 1 reports . (mcm) (Entered: 03/31/1998)

March 31, 1998
54

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Samuel Cheatam in support of [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class , filed. (mlb) (Entered: 04/09/1998)

April 8, 1998
55

Opposition by Boston Herald Inc. to [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class , filed. c/s. (mlb) (Entered: 04/22/1998)

April 21, 1998

Document #55 sent to chambers (JH) 4/22/98. (mlb) (Entered: 04/22/1998)

April 22, 1998

Status conference held . (cmg) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 28, 1998
56

Judge Nancy Gertner . Clerk's Notes: re: status conf. Oral arguments heard. [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class taken under advisement. Parties agree to conclude disocvery by 6/30/98. Motions with respect to class or additional motions by 7/31/98 Fourteen days for oppositions (8/19/98). Hhearing to be set up at end of August. After Summary Judgment is decided, parties have 30 days in which to designate experts and provide report. Trial in November. Parties to set schedule within these paramaters. Give Judge a schedule by 5/8/98. set discovery due for 6/30/98 Court Reporter: Harold Hagopian. (cmg) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 28, 1998
57

Letter by M. Robert Dushman dated: 5/15/98 to: Ms. Molloy re: confirmation of discovery dates filed. (fmr) (Entered: 05/19/1998)

May 18, 1998

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting in part, denying in part [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class . (fmr) (Entered: 06/23/1998)

June 22, 1998
58

Judge Nancy Gertner . Amended Order entered granting in part, denying in part [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class, denying [24 − 1] motion for partial summary judgment, granting in part, denying in part [19 − 1] motion for summary judgment, granting [6 − 1] motion to certify the class . (fmr) (Entered: 06/23/1998)

June 22, 1998
59

Judge Nancy Gertner . Amended Order certifying class entered . (fmr) (Entered: 06/23/1998)

June 22, 1998
60

Judge Nancy Gertner . Memorandum and Order entered. granting in part, denying in part [53 − 1] motion for reconsideration of the Allowance of Summary Judgment and of the Scope of the Class (fmr) (Entered: 06/23/1998)

June 22, 1998
61

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. for leave to conduct additional discovery plaintiffs do not oppose the motion , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 07/24/1998)

July 23, 1998

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered granting [61 − 1] motion for leave to conduct additional discovery as plaintiffs do not oppose. (fmr) (Entered: 07/24/1998)

July 24, 1998
62

Motion by Boston Herald Inc. for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

July 31, 1998
63

Memorandum by Boston Herald Inc. in support of [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

July 31, 1998
64

Affidavit of Daneil Messing , re: [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

July 31, 1998
65

Affidavit of David St. Mary , re: [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 08/04/1998)

July 31, 1998
66

Assented to Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres to extend time to 9/17/98 to respond to motion for reconsideration , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/04/1998)

Sept. 4, 1998
67

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Samuel Cheatam in opposition to [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 09/21/1998)

Sept. 18, 1998
68

Motion by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith for reconsideration of [60 − 1] memorandum order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 03/15/1999)

March 15, 1999
69

Memorandum by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith in support of [68 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [60 − 1] memorandum order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 03/15/1999)

March 15, 1999
70

Response by Boston Herald Inc. in opposition to [68 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [60 − 1] memorandum order , filed. (fmr) (Entered: 03/30/1999)

March 29, 1999

Motion for reconsideration and opposition sent to chambers (fmr) (Entered: 03/30/1999)

March 30, 1999

Terminated document: terminating [68 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [60 − 1] memorandum order, terminating [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order Requested by Judge Gertner. (fmr) (Entered: 09/29/2000)

Sept. 29, 2000

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered denying [68 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [60 − 1] memorandum order without prejudice to refining the classes scope or its appropriateness before trial . [EOD Date 10/10/00] (fmr) (Entered: 10/10/2000)

Sept. 30, 2000

Judge Nancy Gertner . Endorsed Order entered denying [62 − 1] motion for reconsideration of [58 − 1] order, without prejudice to refining the scope of the class or its appropriateness at the conclusion of discovery . [EOD Date 10/10/00] (fmr) (Entered: 10/10/2000)

Sept. 30, 2000

Case reopened. (fmr) (Entered: 10/05/2000)

Oct. 5, 2000
71

Judge Nancy Gertner . Notice of Hearing/conference: set status conference for 3:15 3/5/01 . (fmr) (Entered: 01/18/2001)

Jan. 18, 2001

stc cancelled 3/5/01 due to snow storm, clerks office closed. Clerk will reset. (mcm) (Entered: 03/11/2001)

March 9, 2001
72

Judge Nancy Gertner . Notice of Hearing/conference: reset status conference for 2:15 5/22/01 . (fmr) (Entered: 03/12/2001)

March 12, 2001
73

Judge Nancy Gertner . Clerk's Notes: re: status conference held: issues outstanding − "experts designation" Parties wish to try and settle this case. Case referred to mediation. e (jf) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 22, 2001

Status conference held . (jf) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 22, 2001
74

Judge Nancy Gertner . Order of reference entered for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Referred to: Judge Mazzone for: mediation (jf) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001
75

Judge A. D. Mazzone . Notice of Hearing/conference: SET ADR Conference for 10:30 10/1/01 . cc/cl. (jf) (Entered: 07/09/2001)

July 3, 2001
76

Notice of Lien by Peter A. Johnson and the firm of Lane, Altman &Owens, LLP, filed. c/s. (jf) (Entered: 10/16/2001)

Oct. 16, 2001
77

Judge A. D. Mazzone. Notice of Hearing/conference: Set ADR Conference for 2:00 1/31/02 . (docket clerk just received notice to mail on 1/23/02.) Notice sent to counsel. (jf) (Entered: 01/23/2002)

Jan. 18, 2002
78

Judge A. D. Mazzone . Notice of Hearing/conference: Set ADR Conference for 2:00 1/31/02 . Notice sent to counsel. (jf) (Entered: 01/28/2002)

Jan. 25, 2002
79

Notice of change of address filed by Samantha A. Moppett, Henry F. Owens III by David Gaines, Frank Poindexter, John T. Smith, Edwin M. Torres, Samuel

Jan. 31, 2002

State / Territory: Massachusetts

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Aug. 29, 1995

Case Details

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