Case: Barrett v. H&R Block, Inc.

1:08-cv-10157 | U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Filed Date: Feb. 1, 2008

Closed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

On February 1, 2008, minority homeowners on behalf of similarly situated minority homeowners filed a class-action complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against H&R Block under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA") and the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants maintained a pattern or practice that had a discriminatory impact on minority applicants in their home financing policies and practices. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged t…

On February 1, 2008, minority homeowners on behalf of similarly situated minority homeowners filed a class-action complaint in U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against H&R Block under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act ("ECOA") and the Fair Housing Act ("FHA"). The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants maintained a pattern or practice that had a discriminatory impact on minority applicants in their home financing policies and practices. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the defendants' policy authorizing unchecked, subjective surcharge of additional points and fees to an otherwise objective risk-based financing rate, had a discriminatory impact on minority homeowners, creating a significantly higher likelihood of exposure to discretionary points and fees. The plaintiffs sought injunctive, declaratory and monetary relief. On February 12, 2008, the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint.

On March 27, 2008, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The Court (Judge Rya W. Zabel) granted the motion in relation to H&R Block Inc., but not in relation to its subsidiaries. However, the plaintiff could move to add H&R Block Inc. as a defendant after discovery. On July 9, 2009, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint. The complaint added several named plaintiffs.

On June 21, 2010, the plaintiffs filed a motion to certify class. On March 21, 2011, the motion was granted, subject to limitation by time. A class of "[a]ll African-American borrowers who obtained a mortgage loan from one of the Defendants" was certified. However, three months later, the Supreme Court decided Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011). The defendants filed a motion to decertify class On October 6, 2011, in light of that case. On September 18, 2012, the Court granted the motion and decertified class. After Wal-Mart, there was no longer sufficient evidence to satisfy the commonality requirement. Statistical analysis was no longer sufficient, and the plaintiffs could not show a common method of exercising discretion by the brokers. On February 7, 2013, the First Circuit Court of Appeals denied the plaintiffs' appeal.

On August 21, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a stipulation to dismiss the case with prejudice. That ended the case.

Summary Authors

Zhandos Kuderin (7/28/2014)

People

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Judge(s)

Stahl, Norman H. (Massachusetts)

Thompson, Ojetta Rogeriee (Rhode Island)

Zobel, Rya Weickert (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Costello, Kevin (Massachusetts)

Delbaum, Charles M. (Massachusetts)

Fanning, Lori A. (Illinois)

Friedman, Andrew S. (Arizona)

Harrison, Wendy J. (Arizona)

Hofeld, Al Jr. (Illinois)

Kavanagh, Shennan Alexandra (Massachusetts)

Judge(s)

Stahl, Norman H. (Massachusetts)

Thompson, Ojetta Rogeriee (Rhode Island)

Zobel, Rya Weickert (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Costello, Kevin (Massachusetts)

Delbaum, Charles M. (Massachusetts)

Fanning, Lori A. (Illinois)

Friedman, Andrew S. (Arizona)

Harrison, Wendy J. (Arizona)

Hofeld, Al Jr. (Illinois)

Kavanagh, Shennan Alexandra (Massachusetts)

Klein, Gary E. (Massachusetts)

Matthews, Gregory (Massachusetts)

Miller, Marvin A. (Illinois)

Reich, Mark S. (New York)

Rossman, Stuart T. (Massachusetts)

Rothman, Robert M. (New York)

Rudman, Samuel H. (New York)

Sobol, Thomas M. (Massachusetts)

Taren, Jeffrey L. (Illinois)

Van Tine, Matthew E. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boyle, Brian D. (District of Columbia)

Brooks, Brian P. (District of Columbia)

Grundeman, Kyra A. (District of Columbia)

Guilfoyle, Kathleen M. (Massachusetts)

McKeen, Elizabeth L. (California)

Mone, Charles K. (Massachusetts)

Oakley, Danielle N. (California)

Patel, Bimal (District of Columbia)

Rofkahr, Aaron M. (Massachusetts)

Other Attorney(s)

Aleo, Michael E. (Massachusetts)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Edwards, Randall W. (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Barrett Jr. v. H&R Block, Inc.

Aug. 21, 2013 Docket
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Class Action Complaint

Feb. 1, 2008 Complaint
45

Memorandum and Order

652 F.Supp.2d 104

Feb. 6, 2009 Order/Opinion
57

Jury Trial Demanded

July 9, 2009 Complaint
103

Memorandum of Decision

2011 WL 1100105

March 21, 2011 Order/Opinion
128

Memorandum and Order

2012 WL 4076465

Sept. 18, 2012 Order/Opinion
17

Judgment

U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

2013 WL 7137776

Feb. 7, 2013 Order/Opinion
132

Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice

Aug. 21, 2013 Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4273433/barrett-jr-v-hr-block-inc/

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
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COMPLAINT against all defendants Filing fee: $ 350, receipt number 01010000000001834601, filed by Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-6, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

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Feb. 1, 2008 PACER

ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Case Assignment. Judge Rya W. Zobel assigned to case. If the trial Judge issues an Order of Reference of any matter in this case to a Magistrate Judge, the matter will be transmitted to Magistrate Judge Collings (Edge, Eugenia)

Feb. 1, 2008 PACER
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Summons Issued as to H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Counsel receiving this notice electronically should download this summons, complete one for each defendant and serve it in accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 and LR 4.1. Summons will be mailed to plaintiff(s) not receiving notice electronically for completion of service. (Edge, Eugenia) (Entered: 02/01/2008)

Feb. 1, 2008 PACER

Remark: Summons did not attached properly. Paper summons issued and mailed to Atty. Klein. (Edge, Eugenia)

Feb. 1, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE by Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien Of Filing First Amended Class Action Complaint (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 02/12/2008)

Feb. 12, 2008 PACER
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First AMENDED COMPLAINT against H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, filed by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1-12)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 02/12/2008)

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Feb. 12, 2008 PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed H&R Block, Inc., served on 2/22/2008, answer due 3/13/2008. (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008 PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed Option One Mortgage Corporation served on 2/22/2008, answer due 3/13/2008. (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008 PACER
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SUMMONS Returned Executed H&R Block Mortgage Corporation served on 2/26/2008, answer due 3/17/2008. (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 03/04/2008)

March 4, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Kevin Costello on behalf of Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien (Costello, Kevin) (Entered: 03/11/2008)

March 11, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Charles K. Mone on behalf of H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation (Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/14/2008)

March 14, 2008 PACER
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Stipulation for an Extension of Time to 3/27/08 to Respond to the Amended Complaint by H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Mone, Charles) Modified on 3/17/2008 (Johnson, Jay). (Entered: 03/14/2008)

March 14, 2008 PACER

Motions terminated: 10 MOTION for Extension of Time to 3/27/08 to Response to Complaint Stipulation for an Extension of Time to Respond to the Amended Complaint filed by H&R Block, Inc.,, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Bank, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Johnson, Jay)

March 17, 2008 PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process by H&R Block, Inc.,.(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/27/2008)

March 27, 2008 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process filed by H&R Block, Inc.,. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/27/2008)

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March 27, 2008 PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/27/2008)

March 27, 2008 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint filed by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/27/2008)

March 27, 2008 PACER
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CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by H&R Block, Inc.,, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Mone, Charles) (Entered: 03/27/2008)

March 27, 2008 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Extension of Time to 5/1/08 to To File Responses To Defendants' Motions To Dismiss by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Costello, Kevin) (Entered: 04/08/2008)

April 8, 2008 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 16 Motion for Extension of Time to 5/1/08 (Urso, Lisa)

April 10, 2008 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Andrew S. Friedman and Wendy J. Harrison Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 01010000000001924335. by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 04/11/2008)

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April 11, 2008 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint filed by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 05/01/2008)

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May 1, 2008 PACER
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Opposition re 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process filed by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit McClay)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 05/01/2008)

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May 1, 2008 PACER

ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Hearing on Motion 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint, 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process : Motion Hearing set for 5/20/2008 03:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa)

May 2, 2008 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 17 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Andrew S. Friedman for Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier and Angelique Bastien, Wendy J. Harrison for Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier and Angelique Bastien. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Forms and then scroll down to CM/ECF Forms. (Urso, Lisa)

May 2, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Shennan Alexandra Kavanagh on behalf of Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien (Kavanagh, Shennan) (Entered: 05/02/2008)

May 2, 2008 PACER

ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Hearing on Motion 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint, 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process : Motion Hearing reset for 6/12/2008 02:30 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa)

May 6, 2008 PACER
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DECLARATION Of Gary Klein For The Purpose Of Submitting Supplemental Authority Directly Relevant To Defendants' Motion To Dismiss by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 05/19/2008)

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May 19, 2008 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to File Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Their Motion to Dismiss by Option One Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 05/29/2008)

2 Exhibit Reply in Support of Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Cla

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May 29, 2008 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to File Reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction by H&R Block, Inc.,. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit H&R Block, Inc.'s Reply in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process, # 2 Affidavit Declaration of Bret G. Wilson)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 05/29/2008)

2 Exhibit H&R Block, Inc.'s Reply in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss for Lac

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3 Affidavit Declaration of Bret G. Wilson

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May 29, 2008 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 22 Motion for Leave to File; Counsel using the Electronic Case Filing System should now file the document for which leave to file has been granted in accordance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Counsel must include - Leave to file granted on (date of order)- in the caption of the document.; granting 23 Motion for Leave to File; Counsel using the Electronic Case Filing System should now file the document for which leave to file has been granted in accordance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Counsel must include - Leave to file granted on (date of order)- in the caption of the document. (Urso, Lisa)

June 2, 2008 PACER
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REPLY to Response to 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint (Leave to File Granted June 2, 2008) filed by Option One Mortgage Corporation. (Mone, Charles) (Entered: 06/02/2008)

June 2, 2008 PACER
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REPLY to Response to 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process (Leave to File Granted June 2, 2008) filed by H&R Block, Inc.,. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Declaration of Bret G. Wilson)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 06/02/2008)

2 Exhibit Declaration of Bret G. Wilson

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June 2, 2008 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to File Plaintiffs' Sur-Reply by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to File Sur-Reply, # 2 Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs' Sur-Reply, # 3 Exhibit 2 to Plaintiffs' Sur-Reply)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 06/09/2008)

2 Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs Motion for Leave to File Sur-Reply

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3 Exhibit 1 to Plaintiffs' Sur-Reply

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4 Exhibit 2 to Plaintiffs' Sur-Reply

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June 9, 2008 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Brian P. Brooks by H&R Block, Inc.,, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Brian P. Brooks in Support of Defendants' Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 06/10/2008)

2 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Brian P. Brooks in Support of Defendants'

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June 10, 2008 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Kyra A. Grundeman by H&R Block, Inc.,, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Kyra A. Grundeman in Support of Defendants' Motion for Admission Pro Hac Vice)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 06/10/2008)

June 10, 2008 PACER

Filing fee/payment: $ 50.00, receipt number BST004082 for 27 Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Brian P. Brooks (Russo, Patricia)

June 11, 2008 PACER

Filing fee/payment: $ 50.00, receipt number BST004083 for 28 Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Kyra A. Grundeman (Russo, Patricia)

June 11, 2008 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 27 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Brian P Brooks for H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, Kyra A. Grundeman for H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Forms and then scroll down to CM/ECF Forms.; granting 28 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Brian P Brooks for H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, Kyra A. Grundeman for H&R Block, Inc.,, H&R Block Bank, Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Forms and then scroll down to CM/ECF Forms. (Urso, Lisa)

June 11, 2008 PACER

Electronic Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before Judge Rya W. Zobel: Motion Hearing held on 6/12/2008 re 11 MOTION to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction and Insufficient Service of Process filed by H&R Block, Inc.,, 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint filed by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Judge hears counsel and takes matter under advisement; (Court Reporter: Catherine Handel.)(Attorneys present: Klein, Costello, Kavanagh, Mone, Brooks & Grundeman) (Urso, Lisa)

June 12, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Kathleen M. Guilfoyle on behalf of H&R Block, Inc.,, Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation (Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 06/19/2008)

June 19, 2008 PACER
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Letter/request (non-motion) from Michael Aleo regarding Amicus Brief. (Johnson, Jay) (Entered: 07/01/2008)

June 30, 2008 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief in Opposition to Defendants Motion to Dismiss by Boston Bar Association. (Attachments: # 1 Amicus Curiae Brief)(Johnson, Jay) (Entered: 07/01/2008)

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June 30, 2008 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 31 MOTION for Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief filed by Boston Bar Association. (Johnson, Jay) (Entered: 07/01/2008)

June 30, 2008 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to File Corrected Copies of Memorandum in Support of Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief and the Amicus Brief by Boston Bar Association. (Attachments: # 1 Corrected Amicus Brief) (Additional attachment(s) added on 7/7/2008: # 2 Memorandum in Support of Motion for Leave to File Amicus Brief) (Johnson, Jay). Modified on 7/7/2008 (Johnson, Jay). (Entered: 07/07/2008)

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July 3, 2008 PACER
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Transcript of Motion to Dismiss Hearing held on June 12, 2008, before Judge Zobel. Court Reporter: Catherine A. Handel at 617/261-0555. The Transcript may be purchased through the Court Reporter, viewed at the public terminal, or viewed through PACER after it is released. Redaction Request due 7/28/2008. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 8/5/2008. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 10/3/2008. (Scalfani, Deborah) (Entered: 07/08/2008)

July 8, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE is hereby given that an official transcript of a proceeding has been filed by the court reporter in the above-captioned matter. Counsel are referred to the Court's Transcript Redaction Policy, a copy of which is attached to this entry.. (Scalfani, Deborah) (Entered: 07/08/2008)

July 8, 2008 PACER
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Opposition re 31 MOTION for Leave to File Brief Amicus Curiae filed by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 07/14/2008)

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July 14, 2008 PACER
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Judge Rya W. Zobel: ORDER entered on service for H & R Block Bank.(Urso, Lisa) (Entered: 07/15/2008)

July 15, 2008 PACER
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NOTICE by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien Of Voluntary Dismissal Of Defendant H&R Block Bank Pursuant To Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1) (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 07/17/2008)

July 17, 2008 PACER

Notice of correction to docket made by Court staff. Correction: #38 Notice (other) of Voluntary Dismissal corrected because: WRONG EVENT. Document is a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal for which there is an event. E-mail sent describing the fix. (Johnson, Jay)

July 18, 2008 PACER
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DECLARATION Of Gary Klein For The Purpose Of Submitting Supplemental Authority Relevant To Defendants' Motion To Dismiss by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 08/06/2008)

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Aug. 6, 2008 PACER
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DECLARATION Of Gary Klein For The Purpose Of Submitting Supplemental Authority Relevant To Defendants' Motion To Dismiss by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 09/08/2008)

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Sept. 8, 2008 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 26 Motion for Leave to File; Counsel using the Electronic Case Filing System should now file the document for which leave to file has been granted in accordance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Counsel must include - Leave to file granted on (date of order)- in the caption of the document.; granting 31 Motion for Leave to File; Counsel using the Electronic Case Filing System should now file the document for which leave to file has been granted in accordance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Counsel must include - Leave to file granted on (date of order)- in the caption of the document.; granting 33 Motion for Leave to File; Counsel using the Electronic Case Filing System should now file the document for which leave to file has been granted in accordance with the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. Counsel must include - Leave to file granted on (date of order)- in the caption of the document. (Urso, Lisa)

Oct. 17, 2008 PACER
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AMICUS BRIEF filed by Boston Bar Association Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights. (Aleo, Michael) (Entered: 10/17/2008)

Oct. 17, 2008 PACER
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SUR-REPLY to Motion re 13 MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Class Action Complaint filed by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 10/17/2008)

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DECLARATION of Gary Klein for the Purpose of Submitting Supplemental Authority Directly Relevant to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1 - Part 1, # 2 Exhibit 1 - Part 2, # 3 Exhibit 1 - Part 3)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 11/17/2008)

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Nov. 17, 2008 PACER
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DECLARATION Of Kyra Grundeman For The Purpose Of Submitting Supplemental Authority Relevant To Defendants' Motion To Dismiss by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Grundeman, Kyra) (Entered: 11/21/2008)

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Nov. 21, 2008 PACER
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Judge Rya W. Zobel: ORDER entered granting 11 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction; denying 13 Motion to Dismiss (Urso, Lisa) (Entered: 02/06/2009)

Feb. 6, 2009 PACER
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NOTICE of Scheduling Conference Scheduling Conference set for 3/4/2009 03:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa) (Entered: 02/06/2009)

Feb. 6, 2009 PACER
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Defendants' ANSWER to 4 Amended Complaint, by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 02/23/2009)

Feb. 23, 2009 PACER
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CERTIFICATION pursuant to Local Rule 16.1 by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 02/25/2009)

Feb. 25, 2009 PACER
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JOINT SUBMISSION pursuant to Local Rule 16.1 and Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 02/25/2009)

Feb. 25, 2009 PACER
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CERTIFICATION pursuant to Local Rule 16.1 by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 02/27/2009)

Feb. 27, 2009 PACER

Electronic Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before Judge Rya W. Zobel: Scheduling Conference held on 3/4/2009. motions 11/20/09; oppositions 12/18/09; 5 page reply 1/5/10; hearing 1/20/10 at 2:00 p.m. (Urso, Lisa)

March 4, 2009 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Charles M. Delbaum on behalf of Cynthia Barrett (Delbaum, Charles) (Entered: 03/05/2009)

March 5, 2009 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Stuart T. Rossman on behalf of Cynthia Barrett (Rossman, Stuart) (Entered: 03/05/2009)

March 5, 2009 PACER
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MOTION to Amend 45 Order on Motion to Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction, to Include Certification for Interlocutory Review Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292(B) by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 03/26/2009)

March 26, 2009 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Support re 53 MOTION to Amend 45 Order on Motion to Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction, to Include Certification for Interlocutory Review Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292(B) MOTION to Amend 45 Order on Motion to Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction, to Include Certification for Interlocutory Review Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292(B) filed by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 03/26/2009)

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March 26, 2009 PACER
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MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 53 MOTION to Amend 45 Order on Motion to Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction, to Include Certification for Interlocutory Review Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292(B) MOTION to Amend 45 Order on Motion to Dismiss/Lack of Jurisdiction, to Include Certification for Interlocutory Review Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1292(B) filed by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 04/09/2009)

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April 9, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsedORDER entered denying 53 Motion to Amend (Urso, Lisa)

April 10, 2009 PACER
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STIPULATION Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2) Permitting Filing of Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Klein, Gary) (Entered: 07/09/2009)

July 9, 2009 PACER
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Second AMENDED COMPLAINT against all defendants, filed by Keisha Chavers, Joslyn Day, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibits 1 - 20)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 07/09/2009)

2 Exhibits 1 - 20

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July 9, 2009 PACER
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ANSWER to 57 Amended Complaint, by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation.(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 07/29/2009)

July 29, 2009 PACER
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Joint MOTION to Extend Scheduling Order and to Set Remaining Deadlines Contained in the Parties' Joint Statement re 49 Joint submission, Scheduling Conference by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 08/05/2009)

Aug. 5, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsedORDER entered granting 59 Motion to extend scheduling order. The court adopts the schedule contained in Exhibit A attached hereto except that the hearing on class certification will be on 5/25/10 at 2:00 p.m. (Urso, Lisa)

Aug. 7, 2009 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings: Class certification Hearing set for 5/25/2010 02:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa)

Aug. 7, 2009 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Aaron M. Rofkahr by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Aaron Rofkahr)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 09/01/2009)

2 Affidavit Declaration of Aaron Rofkahr

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Sept. 1, 2009 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Randall W. Edwards by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Randall W. Edwards)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 09/01/2009)

2 Affidavit Declaration of Randall W. Edwards

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Sept. 1, 2009 PACER

Filing fee/payment: $ 50.00, receipt number BST012562 for 61 Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Randall W. Edwards (Russo, Patricia)

Sept. 3, 2009 PACER

Filing fee/payment: $ 50.00, receipt number BST012563 for 60 Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Aaron M. Rofkahr (Russo, Patricia)

Sept. 3, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 60 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Randall W. Edwards for Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, Aaron M. Rofkahr for Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. granting 61 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Randall W. Edwards for Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, Aaron M. Rofkahr for Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Case Information, then Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) and go to the CM/ECF Registration Form. (Johnson, Jay)

Sept. 8, 2009 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Elizabeth L. McKeen by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Elizabeth L. McKeen)(Mone, Charles) (Entered: 10/13/2009)

2 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Elizabeth L. McKeen

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Oct. 13, 2009 PACER

Filing fee/payment: $ 50.00, receipt number BST013262 for 62 MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Elizabeth L. McKeen (Russo, Patricia)

Oct. 13, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 62 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Elizabeth L. McKeen for Sand Canyon Corporation, ADA Services Corportaion, Option One Mortgage Corporation and H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Case Information, then Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) and go to the CM/ECF Registration Form. (Johnson, Jay)

Oct. 28, 2009 PACER
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MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Jeffrey L. Taren Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 01010000000002653085. by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 11/04/2009)

2 Exhibit A

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Nov. 4, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: Electronic ORDER entered granting 63 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice; Added Jeffrey L. Taren for Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier and Angelique Bastien. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Case Information, then Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) and go to the CM/ECF Registration Form. (Johnson, Jay)

Nov. 18, 2009 PACER
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Joint MOTION for Extension of Time on Scheduling Order by Option One Mortgage Corporation, H&R Block Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 11/25/2009)

2 Exhibit A

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Nov. 25, 2009 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsed ORDER entered granting 64 Motion for Extension of Time. And the new schedule, approved. (RWZ) Amended Pleadings due by 3/31/2010. Motions due by 4/22/2010; oppositions 5/21/10; reply 6/10/10; class certification hearing set for 6/24/10 at 2:00 p.m. (Urso, Lisa)

Dec. 1, 2009 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings: Class certification Hearing set for 6/24/2010 02:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa)

Dec. 1, 2009 PACER
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Stipulated Protective Order (Stipulated) by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Klein, Gary) Modified on 12/15/2009 to reflect the filing of a stipulation. The motion for protective order has been terminated.(Johnson, Jay). (Entered: 12/15/2009)

Dec. 15, 2009 PACER

Motion terminated as document filed is a stipulation: 65 MOTION for Protective Order (Stipulated) MOTION for Protective Order (Stipulated) filed by Jean Guerrier, Cynthia Barrett, Edward Hoffman, Angelique Bastien, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Jacqueline Grissett, Betty Hoffman, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Keisha Chavers. (Johnson, Jay)

Dec. 15, 2009 PACER
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Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to 3/11/10 to Extend Scheduling Order to Analyze New Data by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier, Angelique Bastien.(Klein, Gary) (Entered: 01/11/2010)

Jan. 11, 2010 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsed ORDER entered granting 66 Motion for Extension of Time. This is the last extension; Motion Hearing reset for 8/24/2010 02:00 PM in Courtroom 12 before Judge Rya W. Zobel. (Urso, Lisa)

Jan. 11, 2010 PACER
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MOTION to Dismiss Plaintiff Angelique M. Bastien's Claims Without Prejudice (Unopposed) by Angelique Bastien.(Kavanagh, Shennan) (Entered: 01/12/2010)

Jan. 12, 2010 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsed ORDER entered granting 67 Motion to Dismiss as to Angelique Bastien's claims without prejudice and so ordered. (Urso, Lisa)

Jan. 13, 2010 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Extension of Time to March 22, 2010 to Submit Plaintiffs' Expert Report for Class Certification by Jacqueline Grissett, Craig Grissett, Steven Parham, Betty Hoffman, Edward Hoffman, Doris Murray, Joslyn Day, Keisha Chavers, Cecil Barrett, Jr., Cynthia Barrett, Jean Guerrier.(Kavanagh, Shennan) (Entered: 03/12/2010)

March 12, 2010 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: endorsed ORDER entered granting 68 Motion for Extension of Time; plaintiff 3/22; defendant 5/4; (Urso, Lisa)

March 16, 2010 PACER
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Assented to MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Danielle N. Oakley Filing fee: $ 50, receipt number 0101-2831987 by H&R Block Mortgage Corporation, Option One Mortgage Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Oakley)(Guilfoyle, Kathleen) (Entered: 03/22/2010)

1 Affidavit Declaration of Attorney Oakley

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March 22, 2010 PACER

Judge Rya W. Zobel: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 69 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Added Danielle N. Oakley for ADA Services Corportaion,Danielle N. Oakley for H&R Block Mortgage Corporation,Danielle N. Oakley for Option One Mortgage Corporation,Danielle N. Oakley for Sand Canyon Corporation. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing. To register go to the Court website at www.mad.uscourts.gov. Select Case Information, then Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) and go to the CM/ECF Registration Form. (Johnson, Jay)

March 23, 2010 PACER

State / Territory: Massachusetts

Case Type(s):

Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 1, 2008

Closing Date: 2013

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Minority homeowners, who took out a loan from Option One and H&R Block Mortgage.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

H&R Block Inc., Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Bank or credit provider

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Fair Housing Act/Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 3601 et seq.

Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), 15 U.S.C. § 1691

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Disparate Impact

Pattern or Practice

Predatory lending

Discrimination-area:

Lending

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Race, unspecified