Case: McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

1:08-cv-06105 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Oct. 24, 2008

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Case Summary

On October 24, 2008, a group of male and female African-American financial advisors filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against their employer, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory, monetary and injunctive relief, alleging that Merrill Lynch had engaged in a nationwide pattern and practice of race and gend…

On October 24, 2008, a group of male and female African-American financial advisors filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against their employer, Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., under 42 U.S.C. Section 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asked the Court for declaratory, monetary and injunctive relief, alleging that Merrill Lynch had engaged in a nationwide pattern and practice of race and gender discrimination and employed policies and practices that had a disparate impact on African-American and female financial advisors. Specifically, the employees claimed Merrill Lynch's recently announced bonus procedure disadvantaged African Americans and women because they were paid less than their white male colleagues.

All nine plaintiffs in this action were involved in another action against their employer for race discrimination, which ultimately reached settlement in August 2013.

In this case, on March 29, 2011, the District Court (Judge Gettleman) granted Merrill Lynch's motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. It held that the plaintiff's complaint contained insufficient factual allegations to make it plausible that the defendant's production-based compensation system was adopted with the intent to discriminate on the basis of race. Under Title VII Section 703(h), employers are allowed to compensate employees differently on the basis of seniority, merit, or quality or quantity of production unless the differences in compensation result from an intention to discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

On October 3, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal, holding that the plaintiffs did not assert any new claims from their earlier suit.

Summary Authors

Kunyi Zhang (1/23/2011)

Christianna Kyriacou (11/8/2013)

Related Cases

McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch & Co., Northern District of Illinois (2005)

People

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Judge(s)

Gettleman, Robert William (Illinois)

Gilbert, Jeffrey (Illinois)

Hamilton, David Frank (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Wood, Diane Pamela (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bish, Suzanne Elaine (Illinois)

Friedman, Linda (Illinois)

Robot, George S. (Illinois)

Stowell, Mary (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Gettleman, Robert William (Illinois)

Gilbert, Jeffrey (Illinois)

Hamilton, David Frank (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Wood, Diane Pamela (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bish, Suzanne Elaine (Illinois)

Friedman, Linda (Illinois)

Robot, George S. (Illinois)

Stowell, Mary (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

DiNardo, Lawrence C. (Illinois)

Dinkoff, Allan (New York)

Diomedi, Gina M. (Illinois)

Hartog, Anna Kathryn (Illinois)

Klein, Jeffrey S. (New York)

Lightfoot, Lori E. (Illinois)

Pappas, Nicholas J (New York)

Romanello, Salvatore A. (New York)

Schulman, Efrat R. (Illinois)

Wencelblat, Patricia (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:08-cv-06015

Docket (PACER)

Oct. 3, 2012

Oct. 3, 2012

Docket
1

1:08-cv-06015

Complaint

Oct. 24, 2008

Oct. 24, 2008

Complaint
82

1:08-cv-06015

Defendants' Memorandum in Support of its Motion to Dismiss

Dec. 15, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010

Pleading / Motion / Brief
97

1:08-cv-06105

Memorandum Opinion and Order (Granting Defendant's Motion to Dismiss)

2011 WL 1196859

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

Order/Opinion

11-03639

Opinion (7th Cir.)

McReynolds v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

672 F.3d 482, 2012 WL 592745

Feb. 24, 2012

Feb. 24, 2012

Order/Opinion
113

1:08-cv-06105

Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

694 F.3d 873

Sept. 11, 2012

Sept. 11, 2012

Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5541500/mcreynolds-v-merrill-lynch-co-inc/

Last updated Aug. 25, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed by Plaintiffs Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown; Jury Demand. Filing fee $ 350.(smm) (Entered: 10/27/2008)

Oct. 24, 2008

Oct. 24, 2008

2

CIVIL Cover Sheet. (smm) (Entered: 10/27/2008)

Oct. 24, 2008

Oct. 24, 2008

3

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown by Linda Debra Friedman. (smm) (Entered: 10/27/2008)

Oct. 24, 2008

Oct. 24, 2008

5

SUMMONS Issued as to Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Bank of America Corporation. (smm) (Entered: 11/12/2008)

Nov. 10, 2008

Nov. 10, 2008

6

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly:Status hearing set to 9:00 a.m. on Monday, 1/5/2009 before Judge Kennelly, in Chambers, Room 2188. Parties are to review and comply with Judge Kennelly's standing initial order, which may be found on his web page, located http://www.ilnd.uscourt.gov at http://www.ilnd.uscourts.gov/JUDGE/KENNELLY/mfkpage.htm. Counsel for plaintiff(s) are ordered to cause a copy of this order to be delivered forthwith to each defendant in the same manner that summons has been or is being served on each defendant.Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 12/04/2008)

Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

7

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown as to Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith on 12/8/2008, answer due 12/29/2008. (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

8

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown as to Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc. on 12/8/2008, answer due 12/29/2008. (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

9

SUMMONS Returned Executed by Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown as to Bank of America Corporation on 12/8/2008, answer due 12/29/2008. (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

10

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Bank of America Corporation by Lawrence Charles DiNardo (DiNardo, Lawrence) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

11

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Bank of America Corporation by Efrat R Schulman (Schulman, Efrat) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

12

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendant Bank of America Corporation by Anna Kathryn Hartog (Hartog, Anna) (Entered: 12/09/2008)

Dec. 9, 2008

Dec. 9, 2008

13

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly:By request of the parties, initial status hearing set for 1/5/2009 is vacated and reset to 1/7/2009 at 09:00 AM., in chambers, 2188. (or, ) (Entered: 12/17/2008)

Dec. 17, 2008

Dec. 17, 2008

14

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly: By request of the parties, the time to answer the complaint is extended to 1/7/09. (lcw, ) (Entered: 12/19/2008)

Dec. 19, 2008

Dec. 19, 2008

15

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 07520000000003391757. (hearing on January 7, 2009) (Pappas, Nicholas) (Entered: 12/31/2008)

Dec. 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2008

16

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith by Lori E. Lightfoot (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 12/31/2008)

Dec. 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2008

17

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith by Gina M Diomedi (Diomedi, Gina) (Entered: 12/31/2008)

Dec. 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2008

18

NOTICE of Motion by Gina M Diomedi for presentment of motion to appear pro hac vice 15 before Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly on 1/7/2009 at 09:00 AM. (Diomedi, Gina) (Entered: 12/31/2008)

Dec. 31, 2008

Dec. 31, 2008

19

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 07520000000003394272. (appearance on 1/7/09) (Klein, Jeffrey) (Entered: 01/02/2009)

Jan. 2, 2009

Jan. 2, 2009

20

NOTICE of Motion by Gina M Diomedi for presentment of motion to appear pro hac vice 19 before Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly on 1/7/2009 at 09:00 AM. (Diomedi, Gina) (Entered: 01/02/2009)

Jan. 2, 2009

Jan. 2, 2009

21

MOTION by Defendant Bank of America Corporation to dismiss Plaintiffs' Complaint (DiNardo, Lawrence) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2009

22

NOTIFICATION of Affiliates pursuant to Local Rule 3.2 by Bank of America Corporation (DiNardo, Lawrence) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2009

24

MEMORANDUM by Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith in support of motion to dismiss 23 or In The Alternative to Strike Those Portions of Plaintiffs' Complaint Alleging Gender Discrimination. (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2009

25

Rule 7.1 Disclosure STATEMENT by Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 01/07/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2009

26

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly:Status hearing pursuant to Rule 16(b) held. The motions for leave to appear pro hac vice of Jeffrey Klein and Nicholas Pappas are both 15 19 granted. Response to motion to dismiss 21 23 is to be filed by 2/4/09; reply is to be filed by 2/18/09. Ruling will be made by mail. Status hearing continued to 2/25/2009 at 9:00 A.M., with attorneys by telephone. Call is to be initiated by parties.Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 01/09/2009)

Jan. 7, 2009

Jan. 7, 2009

27

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly: For the reasons stated below, the Court denies defendants' motions to dismiss or strike [docket nos. 21, 23] and vacates the remainder of the briefing schedule on those motions. The Court directs defendants to answer the complaint on or before 2/9/09. Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures are to be made by 2/20/09. Counsel are directed to confer regarding a schedule for discovery and for presentation of any motion for class certification so that those topics may be addressed at the telephone status hearing set for 2/25/09. [For further details see minute order.] Mailed notice (td, ) (Entered: 01/13/2009)

Jan. 12, 2009

Jan. 12, 2009

28

ANSWER to Complaint by Bank of America Corporation(DiNardo, Lawrence) (Entered: 02/09/2009)

Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

29

ANSWER to Complaint by Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 02/09/2009)

Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

30

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly:Status hearing held. Defendants intend to file a LR 40.4 motion before Judge Gettleman by 3/2/2009. Status hearing continued to 3/11/2009 at 09:00 AM., with attorneys by telephone for the purpose of setting a pretrial schedule. (or, ) (Entered: 02/25/2009)

Feb. 25, 2009

Feb. 25, 2009

32

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORDER: Case reassigned to the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman for all further proceedings. Pursuant to Local Rule 40.4 finds case to be related to 05 C 6583. Signed by Executive Committee on 3/6/09.(smm) (Entered: 03/10/2009)

March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

31

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly:Case having been reassigned to Judge Gettleman, status hearing set for 3/11/2009 before Judge Kennelly, is vacated. (or, ) (Entered: 03/09/2009)

March 9, 2009

March 9, 2009

33

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Status hearing is set for 8/11/2009 at 9:00 a.m. Mailed notice (gds, ) (Entered: 04/06/2009)

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

34

MOTION by Defendant Bank of America Corporation for leave to file Additional Attorney Appearances. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 08/06/2009)

Aug. 6, 2009

Aug. 6, 2009

35

NOTICE of Motion by Lori E. Lightfoot for presentment of motion for leave to file 34 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 8/11/2009 at 09:00 AM. (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 08/06/2009)

Aug. 6, 2009

Aug. 6, 2009

36

MOTION by Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Bank of America Corporation for protective order (Joint Motion for Entry of Proposed Agreed Protective Order) (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Certificate of Service)(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 10/01/2009)

Oct. 1, 2009

Oct. 1, 2009

37

Joint NOTICE of Motion by Lori E. Lightfoot for presentment of motion for protective order, 36 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 10/8/2009 at 09:15 AM. (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 10/01/2009)

Oct. 1, 2009

Oct. 1, 2009

39

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs Glenn Capel, Carnell Moore, Mark Johnson, Cathy Bender−Jackson, George McReynolds, Maroc Howard, Frankie Ross, Marva York, LeRoy Brown by George S. Robot (Robot, George) (Entered: 10/01/2009)

Oct. 1, 2009

Oct. 1, 2009

40

(This is Related to Document #37) Amended Joint NOTICE of Motion by Lori E. Lightfoot for presentment of motion for protective order, 36 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 10/6/2009 at 09:15 AM. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 10/01/2009)

Oct. 1, 2009

Oct. 1, 2009

41

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman:Joint motion for entry of protective order 36 is granted. (For further detail see separate order(s).)Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 10/09/2009)

Oct. 8, 2009

Oct. 8, 2009

42

AGREED PROTECTIVE Order Signed by the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 10/8/2009.(smm) (Entered: 10/09/2009)

Oct. 8, 2009

Oct. 8, 2009

43

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman:Uncontested motion 34 by defendant Bank of America Corp. for leave to file additional attorney appearances of Jeffrey Klein, Nicholas Pappas, Salvatore Romanello and Allan Dinkoff is granted.Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 10/14/2009)

Oct. 13, 2009

Oct. 13, 2009

44

MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman:The portion of defendant Bank of America's motion for leave to file additional appearances 34 to allow Lori Lightfoot leave to file her appearance as additional counsel for defendant Bank of Anmerica is granted. Attorney Lori E. Lightfoot for Bank of America Corporation added. Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 10/28/2009)

Oct. 26, 2009

Oct. 26, 2009

45

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Bank of America Corporation by Lori E. Lightfoot (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 11/03/2009)

Nov. 3, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

46

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Bank of America Corporation by Nicholas J. Pappas (Pappas, Nicholas) (Entered: 11/03/2009)

Nov. 3, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

47

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Bank of America Corporation by Jeffrey S. Klein (Klein, Jeffrey) (Entered: 11/03/2009)

Nov. 3, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

48

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 07520000000004245862. for Allan Dinkoff o/b/o Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith and Bank of America Corporation (Dinkoff, Allan) (Entered: 11/03/2009)

Nov. 3, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

49

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 07520000000004246032. for Salvatore A. Romanello o/b/o Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith and Bank of America Corporation (Romanello, Salvatore) (Entered: 11/03/2009)

Nov. 3, 2009

Nov. 3, 2009

50

MOTION by Defendants Bank of America Corporation, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Plaintiffs Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York for discovery Agreed Motion to Refer Discovery Matters to Magistrate Judge Denlow (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 01/15/2010)

Jan. 15, 2010

Jan. 15, 2010

51

Notice of Agreed Motion NOTICE of Motion by Suzanne E. Bish for presentment of motion for discovery, 50 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 1/21/2010 at 09:15 AM. (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 01/15/2010)

Jan. 15, 2010

Jan. 15, 2010

52

MOTION by counsel for Defendant Bank of America Corporation to withdraw as attorney (Hartog, Anna) (Entered: 01/20/2010)

Jan. 20, 2010

Jan. 20, 2010

54

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Parties agreed motion to refer discovery 50 matters to Magistrate Judge is granted. Mailed notice (gds, ) (Entered: 01/25/2010)

Jan. 25, 2010

Jan. 25, 2010

55

Pursuant to Local Rule 72.1, this case is hereby referred to the calendar of Honorable Morton Denlow for the purpose of holding proceedings related to: discovery supervision. (gds,) Mailed notice. (Entered: 01/25/2010)

Jan. 25, 2010

Jan. 25, 2010

Judge Honorable Morton Denlow no longer referred to the case. (smm) (Entered: 01/26/2010)

Jan. 26, 2010

Jan. 26, 2010

56

Pursuant to Local Rule 72.1, this case is hereby referred to the calendar of Honorable Morton Denlow for the purpose of holding proceedings related to: discovery supervision. (gds, ) Maiiled notice. (Entered: 01/27/2010)

Jan. 27, 2010

Jan. 27, 2010

57

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman:Motion 48 of Allan Dinkoff for leave to appear pro hac vice is granted. Motion 49 of Salvadtore A. Romanello for leave to appear pro hac vice is granted. Motion 52 of defendant Bank of America for leave to withdraw appearances of Lawrence Dinardo, Anna Hartog and Efrat Schulman is granted. Attorney Efrat R Schulman; Lawrence Charles DiNardo and Anna Kathryn Hartog terminated.Mailed notice (smm) (Entered: 01/27/2010)

Jan. 27, 2010

Jan. 27, 2010

58

MINUTE entry before Honorable Morton Denlow: Status hearing set for 2/16/2010 at 10:00 AM. in Courtroom 1350. Parties shall deliver a copy of an initial status report to chambers, Room 1356, five business days before the initial status hearing. If the parties have recently prepared and filed an initial status report, the submission of the previously filed initial status report is sufficient. The parties are directed to review and to comply with Judge Denlow's standing order setting initial status report. Copies are available in chambers or through Judge Denlow's web page at www.ilnd.uscourts.govMailed notice (dmk, ) (Entered: 02/04/2010)

Feb. 4, 2010

Feb. 4, 2010

59

MINUTE entry before Honorable Morton Denlow: Status hearing reset to 3/16/2010 at 10:00 AM. on request of the parties. Status hearing set for 2/16/2010 is stricken.Mailed notice (dmk, ) (Entered: 02/09/2010)

Feb. 9, 2010

Feb. 9, 2010

60

STATUS Report Initial Status Report by Bank of America Corporation, Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 03/10/2010)

March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010

61

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752−4614285. (Wencelblat, Patricia) (Entered: 03/13/2010)

March 13, 2010

March 13, 2010

62

MINUTE entry before Honorable Morton Denlow:Magistrate Judge Status hearing held on 3/16/2010. Status hearing set for 6/17/2010 at 10:00 AM.Mailed notice (dmk, ) (Entered: 03/16/2010)

March 16, 2010

March 16, 2010

63

MOTION by Defendants Bank of America Corporation, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith to amend/correct MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752−4614285. 61 (Wencelblat, Patricia) (Entered: 03/23/2010)

March 23, 2010

March 23, 2010

64

NOTICE of Correction regarding 63 . (ep, ) (Entered: 04/01/2010)

April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

65

MOTION by counsel for Defendants Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith to withdraw as attorney Gina Diomedi (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 04/19/2010)

April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010

66

Agreeded NOTICE of Motion by Lori E. Lightfoot for presentment of motion to withdraw as attorney 65 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 4/27/2010 at 09:15 AM. (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 04/19/2010)

April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010

69

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ORDER: It appearing that Jeffrey T. Gilbert has been appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, and It further appearing that Internal Operating Procedure 17(a) provides for the creation of an initial calendar for a newly−appointed magistrate judge; therefore IT is hereby ordered that the attached list of civil consent cases and civil referrals be and they are hereby reassigned to form the initial calendar of the Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert. Case referred to the Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert for the purpose of holding proceedings related to: discovery supervision. Signed by Executive Committee on 5/7/10. Mailed notice. (td, ) (Entered: 05/10/2010)

May 7, 2010

May 7, 2010

68

MINUTE entry before Honorable Morton Denlow: This case having been reassigned to Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Gilbert, all pending status or hearing dates before Magistrate Judge Denlow are vacated. All other dates to stand pending further orderMailed notice (dmk, ) (Entered: 05/10/2010)

May 10, 2010

May 10, 2010

70

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: This case has been reassigned to Magistrate Judge Gilbert. Status hearing set for 6/14/2010 at 2:00 p.m. in Courtroom 1386. Parties shall deliver a copy of the initial status report to chambers, Room 1366, five business days before the initial status hearing. The parties are directed to review and to comply with Judge Gilbert's standing order for initial status report. Copies are available in chambers or through Judge Gilbert's web page at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov.Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 05/17/2010)

May 17, 2010

May 17, 2010

71

STATUS Report (Initial) by Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith (Hart, James) (Entered: 06/07/2010)

June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

72

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: The Court has reviewed the parties initial status report. The status hearing scheduled for 6/14/2010 at 2:00 p.m. is stricken. Status hearing set before Magistrate Judge Gilbert for 8/17/2010 at 9:45 a.m. The parties shall advise Magistrate Judge Gilbert's courtroom deputy the week before the next status hearing if they do not believe a status hearing is necessary. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 06/11/2010)

June 11, 2010

June 11, 2010

73

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: The status hearing set for 8/17/10 at 9:45 a.m. is stricken and re−set to 8/26/10 at 9:45 a.m. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 08/16/2010)

Aug. 16, 2010

Aug. 16, 2010

74

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: The status hearing set for 8/26/10 at 9:45 is stricken and reset to 8/24/10 at 9:45 a.m. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 08/19/2010)

Aug. 19, 2010

Aug. 19, 2010

75

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing held. Status hearing set for 10/18/10 at 2 p.m. following Judge Gettleman's status hearing. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 08/24/2010)

Aug. 24, 2010

Aug. 24, 2010

76

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing held. Plaintiffs shall file an amended complaint by 11/1/10. Status hearing set for 11/18/10 at 10:00 a.m. The parties shall meet and confer and file a proposed discovery plan in this case by 11/16/10. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 10/18/2010)

Oct. 18, 2010

Oct. 18, 2010

77

FIRST AMENDED complaint by Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Marva York, LeRoy Brown, Cathy Bender−Jackson, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross against All Defendants (Friedman, Linda) (Entered: 11/01/2010)

Nov. 1, 2010

Nov. 1, 2010

78

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing set for 11/18/10 at 10:00 a.m. is stricken. The parties shall meet and confer and file a proposed discovery plan in this case by 12/15/10. The Court will set a date for another status hearing in a future minute order. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 11/15/2010)

Nov. 15, 2010

Nov. 15, 2010

79

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Defendants are given an extension of time to 12/15/2010 within which to answer or otherwise plead to the

Nov. 16, 2010

Nov. 16, 2010

81

NOTICE of Motion by Lori E. Lightfoot for presentment of motion to dismiss 80 before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman on 1/13/2011 at 09:15 AM. (Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 12/15/2010)

Dec. 15, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010

82

MEMORANDUM by Bank of America Corporation, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith in support of motion to dismiss 80 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A−B)(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 12/15/2010)

Dec. 15, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010

83

Discovery Plan by Bank of America Corporation, Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York Joint Proposed Discovery Plan (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 12/15/2010)

Dec. 15, 2010

Dec. 15, 2010

84

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing set for 1/13/11 at 10:15 a.m. for the purpose of discussing the parties' joint discovery plan and setting discovery dates. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 12/23/2010)

Dec. 23, 2010

Dec. 23, 2010

85

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: At the parties' request, the status hearing set for 1/13/11 at 10:15 a.m. is reset to 1/18/11 at 10:30 a.m. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 01/11/2011)

Jan. 11, 2011

Jan. 11, 2011

86

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Presentation date for defendants' motion to dismiss is re−set to 1/18/2011 at 9:15 a.m. Telephone notice (gds, ) (Entered: 01/13/2011)

Jan. 13, 2011

Jan. 13, 2011

87

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing held. The parties shall complete non−expert class discovery by 10/31/11. The Court indicated to the parties that this case would be placed into the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program. The Court therefore will apply the standing order relating to the discovery of electronically stored information ("ESI") (available at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov). The parties shall familiarize themselves with the standing order and with the principles relating to the discovery of electronically stored information that underlies the standing order, and shall use the standing order and those principles in addressing any discovery disputes that may arise in this case concerning ESI. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 01/18/2011)

Jan. 18, 2011

Jan. 18, 2011

88

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Motion hearing held on 1/18/2011 regarding defendants' motion to dismiss 80 plaintiffs' amended complaint. Plaintiffs' response is due by 2/1/2011. Defendants' reply is due by 2/8/2011. Status hearing set for 3/29/2011 at 9:00 a.m. Mailed notice (gds, ) (Entered: 01/25/2011)

Jan. 18, 2011

Jan. 18, 2011

89

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Plaintiff is given an extension of time to 2/4/2011 to file response to motion 80 to dismiss plaintiffs' amended complaint. Defendants' reply is due by 2/14/2011. Telephone notice (gds, ) (Entered: 01/31/2011)

Jan. 31, 2011

Jan. 31, 2011

90

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Plaintiff is given an extension of time to 2/7/2011 to file response to motion 80 to dismiss the amended complaint. Reply is due by 2/16/2011. Telephone notice (gds, ) (Entered: 02/03/2011)

Feb. 3, 2011

Feb. 3, 2011

91

MEMORANDUM by Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York in Opposition to motion to dismiss 80 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D)(Friedman, Linda) (Entered: 02/07/2011)

Feb. 7, 2011

Feb. 7, 2011

92

REPLY by Defendants Bank of America Corporation, Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith to motion to dismiss 80 (Defendants' Reply Memorandum in Further Support of Its Motion to Dismiss) (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Lightfoot, Lori) (Entered: 02/16/2011)

Feb. 16, 2011

Feb. 16, 2011

94

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Status hearing date of 3/29/2011 is stricken. Mailed notice (gds, ) (Entered: 02/25/2011)

Feb. 25, 2011

Feb. 25, 2011

95

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Status hearing set for 3/30/11 at 9:45 a.m. or at such immediately after the status hearing scheduled before Judge Gettleman. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 03/04/2011)

March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

96

MINUTE entry before Honorable Robert W. Gettleman: Defendants' motion to dismiss 80 the amended complaint is granted. Civil case terminated. Mailed notice (gds, ) (Entered: 03/29/2011)

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

98

MINUTE entry before Honorable Jeffrey T. Gilbert: Pursuant to Judge Gettleman's order issued on 3/29/11 96 , all matters relating to the referral of this action having been resolved, the case is returned to the assigned judge. Referral terminated. Mailed notice (ep, ) (Entered: 03/30/2011)

March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

99

NOTICE of appeal by Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York regarding orders 97 , 96 , 98 Filing fee $ 455, receipt number 0752−5933849. (Friedman, Linda) (Entered: 04/25/2011)

April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011

100

DOCKETING Statement by Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York regarding notice of appeal, 99 (Friedman, Linda) (Entered: 04/25/2011)

April 25, 2011

April 25, 2011

101

NOTICE of Appeal Due letter sent to counsel of record (dj, ) (Entered: 04/26/2011)

April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

102

TRANSMITTED to the 7th Circuit the short record on notice of appeal, 99 . Notified counsel (dj, ) (Entered: 04/26/2011)

April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

103

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of receipt of short record on appeal regarding notice of appeal, 99 ; USCA Case No. 11−1957. (smm) (Entered: 04/27/2011)

April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

104

TRANSCRIPT OF PROCEEDINGS held on 01/18/11 before the Honorable Robert W. Gettleman. Court Reporter Contact Information: Jennifer Costales, CRR, RMR jennifer_costales@ilnd.uscourts.gov (312)427−5351. <P>IMPORTANT: The transcript may be viewed at the court's public terminal or purchased through the Court Reporter/Transcriber before the deadline for Release of Transcript Restriction. After that date it may be obtained through the Court Reporter/Transcriber or PACER. For further information on the redaction process, see the Court's web site at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov under Quick Links select Policy Regarding the Availability of Transcripts of Court Proceedings.</P> Redaction Request due 5/26/2011. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 6/6/2011. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 8/3/2011. (Costales, Jennifer) (Entered: 05/05/2011)

May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011

105

SEVENTH CIRCUIT transcript information sheet by Cathy Bender−Jackson, LeRoy Brown, Glenn Capel, Maroc Howard, Mark Johnson, George McReynolds, Carnell Moore, Frankie Ross, Marva York (Robot, George) (Entered: 05/10/2011)

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

106

TRANSMITTED to the USCA for the 7th Circuit the long record on appeal 99 (USCA no. 11−1957). (dj, ) (Entered: 05/11/2011)

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

107

NOTICE by Suzanne E. Bish of Change of Address (Bish, Suzanne) (Entered: 03/13/2012)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

Post-WalMart decisions on class certification

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 24, 2008

Closing Date: 2012

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Male and female African-American financial advisors employed at Merrill Lynch.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Denied

Defendants

Merrill Lynch &Co., Inc., Private Entity/Person

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner &Smith, Private Entity/Person

Bank of America Corporation, Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Pay / Benefits

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Sex discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits