Case: Powell v. Georgia-Pacific Corp.

1:73-00001 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Filed Date: Jan. 12, 1973

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Case Summary

In 1973, a group of African American employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, against Georgia Pacific Corporation in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. The Plaintiffs claimed that they were discriminated against on the basis of their race in hiring and other employment decision at Defendant's facilities in Crossett, Arkansas. The docket for this case is not available.On October 23, 1980, the Court (Judge Oren Harris) held that (1) the e…

In 1973, a group of African American employees filed a lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, against Georgia Pacific Corporation in the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. The Plaintiffs claimed that they were discriminated against on the basis of their race in hiring and other employment decision at Defendant's facilities in Crossett, Arkansas. The docket for this case is not available.

On October 23, 1980, the Court (Judge Oren Harris) held that (1) the evidence established that there had been discrimination on the basis of race at the commencement of the employer's initial operations; (2) evidence did not establish that certain practices, which came within the "disparate impact" rule, were necessary to safe and efficient operation of the plants; (3) affirmative action would be directed toward recruiting from outside or from qualifying from present employees; (4) evidence established there had been racial discrimination in selection and promotion of supervisors. Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corp., 535 F. Supp. 713 (W.D. Ark. 1980). The Court further held that: the class would consist of all black persons employed on or after three years prior to the filing of the suit; ordering that back pay awards commence a full two years before the first EEOC charge would be justified; and a class-wide approach would be appropriate in determining remedies for each subclass.

Plaintiffs filed a motion for the distribution of residual settlement funds. On January 31, 1994, the Court (Judge H. Franklin Waters) held that the most appropriate and equitable disposition of those funds was to distribute the funds to Defendant for the purpose of establishing a scholarship fund for local African American high school students. Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corp., 843 F. Supp. 491. (W.D. Ark. 1994).

Plaintiffs appealed the District Court's disbursement order. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold) held that the District Court's order was not final and thus that the Court of Appeals lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal on July 19, 1996. Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corp., 90 F.3d 283 (8th Cir. 1996).

Plaintiffs appealed the District Court's final order, arguing against the scholarship fund and denial of attorneys' fees and costs. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold) affirmed the District Court's disbursement order by remanded the case to award appropriate fees to Plaintiffs' counsel. Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corp., 119 F.3d 703 (8th Cir. 1997).

No further information about this litigation is available.

Summary Authors

Haley Waller (11/6/2010)

People


Judge(s)

Arnold, Morris Sheppard (Arkansas)

Harris, Oren (Arkansas)

Waters, Hugh Franklin (Arkansas)

Judge(s)

Arnold, Morris Sheppard (Arkansas)

Harris, Oren (Arkansas)

Waters, Hugh Franklin (Arkansas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corporation

535 F.Supp. 713

Oct. 23, 1980 Order/Opinion

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corporation

843 F.Supp. 491

Jan. 31, 1994 Order/Opinion

Opinion

Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corporation

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

90 F.3d 283

July 19, 1996 Order/Opinion

Opinion

Powell v. Georgia Pacific Corporation

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

119 F.3d 703

July 11, 1997 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Arkansas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Private Employment Class Actions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Jan. 12, 1973

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

African American employees of Georgia Pacific Corporation

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Georgia Pacific Corporation, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Disparate Impact

Discrimination-area:

Hiring

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

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black