Case: Lovins v. Pleasant Hill Pub. Sch. Dist.

4:99-cv-00550 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

Filed Date: June 4, 1999

Closed Date: 2002

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Case Summary

On June 4, 1999, a former student filed this lawsuit against Pleasant Hill Public School District (Missouri) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, under Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief and monetary damages, claiming that he was harassed on the basis of his sex and sexual orientation. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the school district was aware that he was enduring …

On June 4, 1999, a former student filed this lawsuit against Pleasant Hill Public School District (Missouri) in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, under Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for injunctive relief and monetary damages, claiming that he was harassed on the basis of his sex and sexual orientation. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that the school district was aware that he was enduring discrimination on the basis of sex and were deliberately indifferent to that discrimination and its injurious effects on his education.

On July 20, 2000, the Department of Justice filed a complaint against the school district and entered the case as a plaintiff-intervenor.

On July 31, 2000, the court (Judge Gaitan) approved the parties' consent order. The school district agreed to allow a court-appointed expert to develop a comprehensive mandatory training program for all school district board members and employees, develop a plan to prevent, identify, and eliminate harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual orientation, conduct a climate report, report to the court for a two-year period. Plaintiff was awarded compensatory damages and attorney's fees.

Summary Authors

Katherine Reineck (10/26/2015)

People


Judge(s)

Gaitan, Fernando J. Jr. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Argent, Katherine Tess (Missouri)

Patterson, Douglas A. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Brasher, Celynda L (Missouri)

Mickes, Thomas A. (Missouri)

Propst, Beverly L. (Missouri)

Other Attorney(s)

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Judge(s)

Gaitan, Fernando J. Jr. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Argent, Katherine Tess (Missouri)

Patterson, Douglas A. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Brasher, Celynda L (Missouri)

Mickes, Thomas A. (Missouri)

Propst, Beverly L. (Missouri)

Other Attorney(s)

Glassman, Jeremiah (District of Columbia)

Hill, Stephen L. Jr. (Missouri)

Johnson, Kenneth D. (District of Columbia)

Larson, Thomas M. (District of Columbia)

Maurer, Michael S. (District of Columbia)

Wiener, Ross (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Lovins v. Pleasant Hill Public

Aug. 14, 2000 Docket
16

Complaint Intervention

Lovins v. Pleasant Hill Public School District

July 20, 2000 Complaint
20

Consent Order

Lovins v. Pleasant Hill Public School District

July 31, 2000 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

COMPLAINT ( 0 Summons(es) issued) w/JS44 Amount Paid $150.00 Receipt #170689 (Shannon Brogan) (Entered: 06/04/1999)

June 4, 1999
2

Notice of Exclusion from EAP (Early Assessment Program) (Shannon Brogan) (Entered: 06/04/1999)

June 4, 1999
3

Motion/Order for pro hac vice on behalf of Jeremy Lovins by Katherine Tess Argent Receipt #: 170689 in the amount of $175.00 $25.00 of which is in payment of fee (Shannon Brogan) (Entered: 06/04/1999)

June 4, 1999
4

WAIVER OF SERVICE executed by defendant Pleasant Hill Public on 6/7/99 (Court Employee) (Entered: 06/29/1999)

June 29, 1999
5

ANSWER by defendant Pleasant Hill Public (Court Employee) (Entered: 08/03/1999)

Aug. 2, 1999
6

Proposed scheduling order by defendant Hugh Graham, defendant Pleasant Hill Public, plaintiff Jeremy Lovins (Court Employee) (Entered: 12/15/1999)

Dec. 14, 1999
7

ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE: by Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. ; plt is ordered to show cause by 1/21/00 why this matter should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute (cc: all counsel) (Court Employee) (Entered: 12/27/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
8

SCHEDULING AND TRIAL ORDER: by Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. ;discovery ddl set 2/7/00 ;accelerated jury trial set 10/2/00 (cc: all counsel) (Court Employee) (Entered: 12/27/1999)

Dec. 27, 1999
10

MOTION by defendant Pleasant Hill Public to withdraw attorney's from Blackwell Sanders and entry of appearance of Thomas A. Mickes, Celynda L. Brasher, Beverly L. Propst (Court Employee) (Entered: 04/06/2000)

April 5, 2000
11

DESIGNATION by plaintiff Jeremy Lovins of Incidents (Court Employee) (Entered: 05/03/2000)

May 2, 2000
12

MOTION by defendant Pleasant Hill Public to strike plt's designation of incidents or in the alternative dft's response to plt's designation of incidents (Court Employee) (Entered: 06/02/2000)

June 2, 2000
13

CERTIFICATE by defendant Pleasant Hill Public of service of First Requests for Pro/Doc & Things (Court Employee) (Entered: 06/06/2000)

June 6, 2000
14

ORDER by Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. denying in part and granting in part motion to strike plt's designation of incidents or in the alternative dft's response to plt's designation of incidents [12−1] all counsel) (Court Employee) (Entered: 07/11/2000)

July 10, 2000
15

ORDER requiring certification of completion of discovery. Counsel shall file a certificate of completion of discovery w/in 10 days (Court Employee) (Entered: 07/18/2000)

July 17, 2000
16

COMPLAINT ( Summons(es) issued) (Court Employee) (Entered: 07/21/2000)

July 20, 2000
17

ANSWER IN INTERVENTION by defendant Pleasant Hill Public (Court Employee) (Entered: 07/28/2000)

July 27, 2000
18

CERTIFICATE by defendant Pleasant Hill Public of completion of discovery (Court Employee) (Entered: 07/28/2000)

July 27, 2000
19

MOTION by plaintiff Jeremy Lovins to dismiss (Court Employee) (Entered: 08/01/2000)

July 31, 2000
20

CONSENT ORDER by Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. terminating case (cc: all counsel) (Court Employee) (Entered: 08/01/2000)

July 31, 2000
21

ORDER by Judge Fernando J. Gaitan Jr. granting motion to dismiss; each party to bear thier own costs and fees [19−1] (cc: all counsel) (Court Employee) (Entered: 08/08/2000)

Aug. 8, 2000
22

NOTICE by defendant Pleasant Hill Public of change of address (Georgia Kee) (Entered: 08/14/2000)

Aug. 14, 2000

State / Territory: Missouri

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 4, 1999

Closing Date: 2002

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A graduate of Pleasant Hill Public School District, who alleged that during his time as a student, he was harassed because of his gender and sexual orientation

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Pleasant Hill Public School District (Pleasant Hill), School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $72,500.000

Order Duration: 2000 - 2002

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Reporting

Issues

General:

Gay/lesbian/transgender

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Sexual orientatation

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run