Case: Sabel v. Danbury Pub. Sch. Dist.

3:97-cv-02022 | U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Filed Date: Sept. 23, 1997

Closed Date: 1998

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Case Summary

On September 23, 1997, plaintiffs, on behalf of their daughters and those similarly situated, filed a class action complaint under Title IX, which bars sex discrimination in education. We have only the docket sheet and one discovery motion in this case, so we do not have much information about it, but it was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut against Danbury Public Schools, and the complaint alleged sex discrimination in athletics.

On September 25, 1998, the Court (District Judge Robert N. Chatigny) entered an order indicating that the case was settled, and the case was closed that day. On December 30, 1998, following plaintiffs' motion to reopen the case, the Court entered both a consent decree (whose terms are not available) and judgment for $70,000 in favor of plaintiffs.

Summary Authors

Heather Turner (6/2/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Chatigny, Robert N. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Galles, Kristen Marie (Virginia)

Murphy, Maureen M. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

McKeon, Michael Peter (Connecticut)

Judge(s)

Chatigny, Robert N. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Galles, Kristen Marie (Virginia)

Murphy, Maureen M. (Connecticut)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

McKeon, Michael Peter (Connecticut)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:97-cv-02022

Docket

Sabel v. Danbury Public

Dec. 30, 1998

Dec. 30, 1998

Docket

3:97-cv-02022

Plaintiffs' First Request for Production of Documents

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

Discovery Material/FOIA Release

Resources

Docket

Last updated Aug. 4, 2022, 3:12 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

Class Action COMPLAINT Filing fee $150.00, Receipt #158652 (Brown, S.) (Entered: 09/26/1997)

Sept. 23, 1997

Sept. 23, 1997

SUMMONS(ES) issued for Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak (Brown, S.) (Entered: 09/26/1997)

Sept. 23, 1997

Sept. 23, 1997

2

ORDER on Pretrial Deadlines handed to counsel. Discovery cutoff 3/25/98 ; Dispositive Motions due 4/24/98 Amended Pleadings due 11/23/97 Motions to Dismiss due 12/23/97 (Brown, S.) (Entered: 09/26/1997)

Sept. 23, 1997

Sept. 23, 1997

3

APPEARANCE of Attorney for David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich −− Maureen M. Murphy (Brown, S.) (Entered: 09/26/1997)

Sept. 23, 1997

Sept. 23, 1997

4

MOTION by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich for Kristen Galles to Appear Pro Hac Vice (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/20/1997)

Oct. 20, 1997

Oct. 20, 1997

ENDORSEMENT granting [4−1] motion for Kristen Galles to Appear Pro Hac Vice ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/21/1997)

Oct. 21, 1997

Oct. 21, 1997

5

APPEARANCE of Attorney for Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 −− Michael Peter McKeon (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/27/1997)

Oct. 27, 1997

Oct. 27, 1997

6

MOTION by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to Extend Time until 11/13/97 to respond to complaint (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/27/1997)

Oct. 27, 1997

Oct. 27, 1997

ENDORSEMENT [6−1] motion to Extend Time until 11/13/97 to respond to complaint ordered accordingly ( signed by Clerk ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/28/1997)

Oct. 28, 1997

Oct. 28, 1997

8

SUMMONS Returned Executed on 9/25/97 as to Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak (Wood, R.) (Entered: 10/31/1997)

Oct. 31, 1997

Oct. 31, 1997

9

MOTION by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to Extend Time until 11/25/97 to respond to complaint (Bauer, J.) (Entered: 11/17/1997)

Nov. 14, 1997

Nov. 14, 1997

ENDORSEMENT granting [9−1] motion to Extend Time until 11/25/97 to respond to complaint ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Former Employee) (Entered: 11/19/1997)

Nov. 18, 1997

Nov. 18, 1997

10

MOTION by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to Dismiss counts 1 &2 (Brief Due 12/17/97 ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 26, 1997

Nov. 26, 1997

11

MEMORANDUM by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 in support of [10−1] motion to Dismiss counts 1 &2 (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/01/1997)

Nov. 26, 1997

Nov. 26, 1997

12

Notice to counsel regarding 26(f). Report of Conference due 12/25/97 ( signed by Clerk ) (Kunofsky, L.) (Entered: 12/10/1997)

Dec. 10, 1997

Dec. 10, 1997

13

REPORT of Parties Planning Meeting (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/18/1997)

Dec. 18, 1997

Dec. 18, 1997

14

MOTION by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich to Extend Time until 2/3/98 to respond to the motion to dismiss (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/23/1997)

Dec. 23, 1997

Dec. 23, 1997

ENDORSEMENT granting [14−1] motion to Extend Time until 2/3/98 to respond to the motion to dismiss, Brief Deadline set for 2/3/98 [10−1] motion to Dismiss counts 1 &2 ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/29/1997)

Dec. 29, 1997

Dec. 29, 1997

15

NOTICE of late filing of report of parties planning by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/29/1997)

Dec. 29, 1997

Dec. 29, 1997

ENDORSEMENT approving [13−1] report, set Conference for 2:00 on 5/1/98 , reset Discovery deadline to 7/27/98 , set Filing of Trial Memorandum due by 9/7/98 signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 01/09/1998)

Jan. 9, 1998

Jan. 9, 1998

16

MEMORANDUM by David Sabel in opposition to [10−1] motion to Dismiss counts 1 &2 by defendant (Blue,A.) (Entered: 02/03/1998)

Feb. 3, 1998

Feb. 3, 1998

17

MOTION by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich to Certify Class (Brief Due 3/23/98 ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 03/03/1998)

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

18

MEMORANDUM by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich in support of [17−1] motion to Certify Class (Blue,A.) (Entered: 03/03/1998)

March 2, 1998

March 2, 1998

19

MOTION by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to Extend Time until 5/1/98 to answer or object to plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production (Kunofsky, L.) (Entered: 03/30/1998)

March 30, 1998

March 30, 1998

Call of the Calendar set for 2:00 5/1/98 ( RNC) (Kunofsky, L.) (Entered: 04/01/1998)

April 1, 1998

April 1, 1998

ENDORSEMENT granting [19−1] motion to Extend Time until 5/1/98 to answer or object to plaintiff's interrogatories and requests for production ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 04/02/1998)

April 1, 1998

April 1, 1998

20

MOTION by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to Extend Time until 5/21/98 to answer and/or object to interrogatories &requests for production (Blue,A.) (Entered: 04/28/1998)

April 27, 1998

April 27, 1998

22

RESPONSE by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 to [21−1] motion to Extend Time until 6/15/98 to file their expert report by Ralene Petrovich, David Sabel (Blue,A.) (Entered: 05/01/1998)

May 1, 1998

May 1, 1998

23

MEMORANDUM by Danbury Public, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 in opposition to [17−1] motion to Certify Class by Ralene Petrovich, David Sabel (Blue,A.) (Entered: 05/01/1998)

May 1, 1998

May 1, 1998

24

Call of the Calendar held Discovery cutoff 9/27/98 ; Dispositive Motions due 6/27/98 ; Filing of Trial Memorandum by 11/7/98 ( RNC) (Kunofsky, L.) (Entered: 05/01/1998)

May 1, 1998

May 1, 1998

25

ORDER of referral to Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez for settlement conference (signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 05/04/1998)

May 4, 1998

May 4, 1998

26

ORDER to Submit Joint Mediation Report ( signed by Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez ) (Brown, S.) (Entered: 05/13/1998)

May 11, 1998

May 11, 1998

27

Calendar and Order re: Settlement Conference to be held 7/14/98 @ 10:00 ( signed by Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez ) (Jefferson, V.) (Entered: 05/27/1998)

May 26, 1998

May 26, 1998

28

ORDER to Submit Joint Mediation Report: Parties shall submit a joint mediation report by no later than 6/18/98 ( signed by Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez ) (Depino, F.) (Entered: 06/05/1998)

June 4, 1998

June 4, 1998

29

Settlement Conference held ( DFM) (Former Employee) (Entered: 07/15/1998)

July 14, 1998

July 14, 1998

30

ORDER FOR STATUS REPORT ON SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS, setting Status Report deadline to 8/17/98 ( signed by Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez ) (Former Employee) (Entered: 08/07/1998)

Aug. 6, 1998

Aug. 6, 1998

31

Status Conference held ( DFM) (Former Employee) (Entered: 09/01/1998)

Sept. 1, 1998

Sept. 1, 1998

ENDORSEMENT withdrawing [10−1] motion to Dismiss counts 1 &2, without prejudice to refiling in the event that settlement negotiations fail ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 09/23/1998)

Sept. 23, 1998

Sept. 23, 1998

32

ORDER re: case reported settled ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 09/28/1998)

Sept. 25, 1998

Sept. 25, 1998

Case closed (Blue,A.) (Entered: 09/28/1998)

Sept. 25, 1998

Sept. 25, 1998

33

MOTION by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich to Reopen case (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/27/1998)

Oct. 27, 1998

Oct. 27, 1998

34

ORDER referring: [33−1] motion to Reopen case referred to Mag. Judge Donna F. Martinez (signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 10/28/1998)

Oct. 28, 1998

Oct. 28, 1998

35

MOTION by David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich, Danbury Pub School, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 for Approval of Consent Decree (Brief Due 1/11/99 ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/22/1998)

Dec. 21, 1998

Dec. 21, 1998

ENDORSEMENT granting [35−1] motion for Approval of Consent Decree ( signed by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/31/1998)

Dec. 30, 1998

Dec. 30, 1998

36

JUDGMENT for David Sabel, Ralene Petrovich against Danbury Public School, Timothy Connors, John Goetz, John Eriquez, Joseph Noto, Kathleen Matusziak, Does 1 Through 50 in the amount of $70,000 ( by Judge Robert N. Chatigny ) (Blue,A.) (Entered: 12/31/1998)

Dec. 30, 1998

Dec. 30, 1998

Case Details

State / Territory: Connecticut

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 23, 1997

Closing Date: 1998

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Parents, bringing action on behalf of their minor daughters.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Mooted before ruling

Defendants

Danbury Public School District (Danbury, Fairfield), 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.

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $70,000

Order Duration: 1998 - None

Issues

General:

Funding

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run