Case: Bonner v. Colby College

1:03-cv-00103 | U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

Filed Date: June 6, 2003

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Case Summary

On June 6, 2003, four female students filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against Colby College. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the College violated their rights to participate in athletics based on their sex. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that Colby College provided male athletes with more funding, newer equ…

On June 6, 2003, four female students filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine under Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment against Colby College. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the College violated their rights to participate in athletics based on their sex. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that Colby College provided male athletes with more funding, newer equipment, more coaching, and a better locker room. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief and attorney's fees.

On June 23, 2003, Colby College moved to dismiss the Equal Protection claim on the basis that, as a private college, they were not a state actor and therefore could not be sued under 48 USC 1983. On July 31, 2003, the Court (Judge John Woodcock, Jr.) granted the defendant's motion.

On February 19, 2004, the parties reached a settlement and stipulated to dismissal of the action with prejudice. While the settlement agreement was not filed, new reports state the Colby College agreed to adjust coaching assignments, remodel the women's locker room, and maintain policies and practices to ensure equivalent programs for men's and women's teams.

Summary Authors

Richard Jolly (2/22/2014)

People

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Judge(s)

Kravchuk, Margaret J. (Maine)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Coughlin, Eugene C (Maine)

Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)

Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Crouter, Jerrol A. (Maine)

Hewey, Melissa A. (Maine)

Judge(s)

Kravchuk, Margaret J. (Maine)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Coughlin, Eugene C (Maine)

Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)

Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Crouter, Jerrol A. (Maine)

Hewey, Melissa A. (Maine)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:03-cv-00103

Docket [Pacer]

Feb. 19, 2004

Feb. 19, 2004

Docket
1

1:03-cv-00103

Complaint

June 9, 2003

June 9, 2003

Complaint
17

1:03-cv-00103

Stipulation of Dismissal

Feb. 19, 2004

Feb. 19, 2004

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/11709718/bonner-v-colby-college-president/

Last updated Aug. 6, 2022, 3:17 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT against COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF, DOES 1-50 Filing fee $ 150, receipt number 47152., filed by REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM. (Service of Process Deadline 10/7/2003)(drm, ) (Entered: 06/10/2003)

June 9, 2003

June 9, 2003

RECAP
2

NOTICE of Appearance Pro Hac Vice by SAMUEL J. SCHILLER on behalf of REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM (err, ) (Entered: 06/11/2003)

June 9, 2003

June 9, 2003

PACER

***Case Reassigned to Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK. Judge GEORGE Z. SINGAL no longer assigned to the case.(err, )

June 27, 2003

June 27, 2003

PACER
3

MOTION to Dismiss Count II of Complaint by COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF with incorporated memo.Responses due by 7/18/2003. (jgw, ) (Entered: 07/01/2003)

June 27, 2003

June 27, 2003

PACER
4

ANSWER to Complaint by COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF.(jgw, ) (Entered: 07/02/2003)

June 30, 2003

June 30, 2003

PACER
5

SCHEDULING ORDER: Discovery due by 11/5/2003. Motions due by 11/12/2003. Ready for Trial on 3/9/2004. By Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (jgw, ) (Entered: 07/03/2003)

July 3, 2003

July 3, 2003

PACER
6

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE Executed as to COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT served on 6/23/2003; COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF served on 6/23/2003 Acknowledgement filed by REBECCA AVRUTIN ; WENDY BONNER ; HEATHER M DEVITO ; ADRIENNE LECLAIR ; KRISTIN PUTNAM. (jgw, ) (Entered: 07/09/2003)

July 3, 2003

July 3, 2003

PACER
7

NOTICE of Appearance Pro Hac Vice by RAY YASSER on behalf of REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM (jgw, ) (Entered: 07/09/2003)

July 7, 2003

July 7, 2003

PACER
8

RESPONSE to Motion re 3 MOTION to Dismiss Count II of Complaint filed by REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM.Reply due by 7/28/2003. (bld) (Entered: 07/15/2003)

July 15, 2003

July 15, 2003

PACER

ORDER/ENDORSEMENT granting 3 Motion to Dismiss Ct. II By Judge JOHN A. WOODCOCK JR. (bld)

July 31, 2003

July 31, 2003

PACER
9

CONSENT to Jurisdiction by US Magistrate Judge by REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM. Case reassigned to Magistrate Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (jgw, ) (Entered: 08/01/2003)

Aug. 1, 2003

Aug. 1, 2003

PACER

Oral MOTION to Amend Scheduling Order To extend all deadlines thirty days for settlement negotiation purposes by COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT.Responses due by 10/14/2003. (cwp, )

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

PACER
10

Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK : Motion Hearing held re Oral MOTION to Amend Scheduling Order To extend all deadlines thirty days for settlement negotiation purposes filed by COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT. Report and Amended Scheduling Order to follow. (cwp, ) (Entered: 09/23/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

PACER
11

Oral MOTION to Amend Scheduling Order to extend remaining deadlines by 30 days by REBECCA AVRUTIN, WENDY BONNER, COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF, HEATHER M DEVITO, ADRIENNE LECLAIR, KRISTIN PUTNAM. (err, ) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

PACER
12

AMENDED SCHEDULING ORDER: Discovery due by 12/5/2003. Motions due by 12/12/2003. Ready for Trial on 3/9/2004. By Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (err, ) (Entered: 09/25/2003)

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

PACER

REPORT OF TELEPHONE CONFERENCE OF COUNSEL AND ORDER granting 11 Motion to Amend Scheduling Order. (See Pleading No. 12 to view document.) By Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (err, )

Sept. 23, 2003

Sept. 23, 2003

PACER
13

Unopposed MOTION to Extend Time 60 day time to file stipulation of dismissal after negotiation of dispositive agreement by COLBY COLLEGE, PRESIDENT, COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF.Responses due by 12/30/2003. (CROUTER, JERROL) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER
14

ORDER granting without objection 13 Motion to Extend Time to file stipulation of dismissal and entering the following procedural order: Counsel having advised the Court on December 9, 2003 that settlement has been effected by mutual agreement of the parties herein, it is hereby ORDERED that counsel shall complete the settlement of this matter within sixty (60) days of this date and cause to be filed on or before February 9, 2004 a stipulation of dismissal of this matter with prejudice and without costs. By Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (KRAVCHUK, MARGARET) (Entered: 12/09/2003)

Dec. 9, 2003

Dec. 9, 2003

PACER

***Set Deadlines : Stipulation of Dismissal due by 2/9/2004.(bld, )

Dec. 10, 2003

Dec. 10, 2003

PACER
15

Unopposed MOTION to Extend Time 10 days to File Stipulation of Dismissal by COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF.Responses due by 2/27/2004. (HEWEY, MELISSA) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

PACER
16

ORDER granting without objection 15 Motion to Extend Time. The parties have until February 19, 2004, to file their stipulation of dismissal. By Judge MARGARET J. KRAVCHUK. (KRAVCHUK, MARGARET) (Entered: 02/06/2004)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

PACER

***Reset Deadlines : Stipulation of Dismissal due by 2/19/2004.(bld)

Feb. 6, 2004

Feb. 6, 2004

PACER
17

STIPULATION of Dismissal by COLBY COLLEGE, TRUSTEES OF. (HEWEY, MELISSA) (Entered: 02/19/2004)

Feb. 19, 2004

Feb. 19, 2004

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Maine

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 6, 2003

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

High school students claim denial of equal treatment and benefits accompanying opportunity to participate in athletics based on gender; including funding, supplies, travel, and coaching.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Colby College (Waterville), Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

College/University

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Order Duration: 2004 - 0

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Issues

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Non-government non-profit