Case: Doe v. Stonehill College, Inc.

1:20-cv-10468 | U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Filed Date: March 9, 2020

Closed Date: July 21, 2023

Clearinghouse coding complete

Case Summary

This is a case about whether a private college's investigation of alleged sexual misconduct was unfair and biased. A former male student at Stonehill College, a private Catholic college in Easton, Massachusetts, was expelled from the school in February 2018 after the school's Title IX investigators found that it was "more likely than not" that he had engaged in "nonconsensual intercourse" with another female student in November 2017. On March 9, 2020, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S…

This is a case about whether a private college's investigation of alleged sexual misconduct was unfair and biased. A former male student at Stonehill College, a private Catholic college in Easton, Massachusetts, was expelled from the school in February 2018 after the school's Title IX investigators found that it was "more likely than not" that he had engaged in "nonconsensual intercourse" with another female student in November 2017. On March 9, 2020, the plaintiff filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiff sued Stonehill College under Title IX (20 U.S.C. § 1981, et seq.) and Massachusetts state law. The case was assigned to Judge Leo T. Sorokin. Judge Sorokin granted the plaintiff’s July 30, 2020 motion to file an amended complaint, which was then subsequently filed on August 5. 

The amended complaint asserted, inter alia, sex discrimination in violation of Title IX, breach of contract, negligence, and defamation. The core claim in the plaintiff’s suit was that there were multiple procedural errors in the Title IX investigation conducted by the defendant that denied the plaintiff of the fair and thorough process promised by the school’s sexual misconduct policy. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sought a declaratory judgment stating that the defendant's investigation violated various rights, the finding of responsibility against him was illegal, and the defendant’s policies violated Title IX. The plaintiff also sought a permanent injunction compelling Stonehill to vacate its findings and remove all negative references from Doe's record, in addition to the payment of attorney's fees.

The defendant moved to dismiss the case on August 10, 2020. On February 3, 2021, Judge Sorokin granted the defendant's motion on all counts. First, he held that the plaintiff’s claims failed to plausibly allege a Title IX violation for four main reasons: (1) the defendant, as a private college, was not statutorily required to conduct a live hearing with cross-examination for disciplinary proceedings involving claims of sexual misconduct, (2) plaintiff failed to allege any facts demonstrating that the proceeding was initiated against him because of his gender, (3) plaintiff had no plausible allegations that any procedural or factual deficiencies in his proceeding were motivated by gender bias, and (4) plaintiff failed to properly allege claims that cast articulable doubt on the accuracy of the school’s outcome. 2021 WL 706228.

Next, Judge Sorokin dismissed the breach of contract claim for two main reasons: (1) the plaintiff did not allege that the defendant failed to meet plaintiff’s “reasonable expectations” based on the school’s sexual misconduct policy, and (2) the defendant’s failure to provide a live hearing with cross-examination did not violate plaintiff’s right to “basic fairness” under Massachusetts state contract law. Finally, Judge Sorkin found that the plaintiff failed to sufficiently allege negligence and defamation by the defendant. 2021 WL 706228.

On March 19, 2021, the plaintiff appealed the dismissal to the First Circuit. On December 14, 2022, the First Circuit (Judges Gustavo Gelpí, Kermit Lipez, and Jeffrey R. Howard) reversed Judge Sorkokin’s dismissal of the breach of contract claim but otherwise affirmed the decision of the district court for all other counts. In an opinion authored by Judge Lipez, the First Circuit concluded that the plaintiff plausibly alleged that the defendant breached both his “reasonable expectations” of the school’s sexual misconduct policy and Massachusetts’ right to “basic fairness” for four reasons: the defendant (1) denied plaintiff the opportunity to review all relevant facts before the final investigative report was sent to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, (2) declined to provide plaintiff advance notice of the sexual assault victim’s second interview, (3) failed to perform a “fair and thorough investigation” through flaws in the investigators’ gathering and presentation of the facts, and (4) did not ensure that the ultimate decisionmakers independently reviewed the facts to assess whether the plaintiff “more likely than not” engaged in nonconsensual intercourse with the victim. The First Circuit reversed the dismissal of the counts seeking a declaratory judgment and permanent injunction and remanded the case to the district court for further proceedings on the plausible contractual breaches. 55 F.4th 302.

On June 21, 2023, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The settlement was private. On the same date, Judge Sorkin ordered that the case be dismissed, provided that neither party reopened the lawsuit within 30 days if settlement was not consummated. Neither party reopened the action within 30 days.

The case is now closed.

Summary Authors

Muiz Wani (2/7/2024)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/16946492/parties/doe-v-stonehill-college-inc/


Attorney for Plaintiff

Brewster, Seth W. (Massachusetts)

Gau, Janna D. (Massachusetts)

Attorney for Defendant

Catanzano, Philip J. (Massachusetts)

Iaquinto, Christopher M. (Massachusetts)

Lockett, James (Massachusetts)

show all people

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
1

1:20-cv-10468

Complaint

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

Complaint
19

1:20-cv-10468

Amended Complaint

Aug. 5, 2020

Aug. 5, 2020

Complaint
40

1:20-cv-10468

Order on Defendant Stonehill College, INC.'s Motion to Dismiss (Doc. NO. 22)

Feb. 23, 2021

Feb. 23, 2021

Order/Opinion

2021 WL 2021

48

1:20-cv-10468

21-01227

Opinion

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Dec. 14, 2022

Dec. 14, 2022

Order/Opinion

55 F.4th 55

60

1:20-cv-10468

30 Day Settlement Order of Dismissal & Closing Order

June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/16946492/doe-v-stonehill-college-inc/

Last updated April 11, 2024, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT against John Doe Filing fee: $ 400, receipt number 0101-8145446 (Fee Status: Filing Fee paid), filed by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit A, # 3 Exhibit B, # 4 Exhibit C)(Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

1 Civil Cover Sheet

View on PACER

2 Exhibit A

View on PACER

3 Exhibit B

View on PACER

4 Exhibit C

View on PACER

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

Clearinghouse
2

MOTION To File Complaint Under Pseudonym by John Doe.(Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

PACER
3

Civil Cover Sheet & Category Sheet by John Doe. (Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

PACER
4

ELECTRONIC NOTICE of Case Assignment. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin 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 Marianne B. Bowler. (Finn, Mary) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

PACER
5

Summons Issued as to Stonehill College, Inc.. 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. (Coppola, Katelyn) (Entered: 03/09/2020)

March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020

PACER
6

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 2 Motion to File Complaint under Pseudonym, subject to counsel filing under seal with the Clerk the full name and residential address of the Plaintiff. The allowance is WITHOUT PREJUDICE to further review either on motion of a party or intervenor or sua sponte by the Court upon notice to the Plaintiff. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 03/10/2020)

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

March 10, 2020

March 10, 2020

PACER
7

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Janna D. Gau Filing fee: $ 100, receipt number 0101-8262400 by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Certificate of Good Standing, # 2 Exhibit B - Affidavit)(Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 05/29/2020)

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

PACER
8

MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice for admission of Timothy C. Woodcock Filing fee: $ 100, receipt number 0101-8262450 by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Certificate of Good Standing, # 2 Exhibit B - Affidavit)(Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 05/29/2020)

May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020

PACER
9

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 7 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Added Janna P. Gau. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing if the attorney does not already have an ECF account in this district. 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. ; granting 8 Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Added Timothy C. Woodcock. Attorneys admitted Pro Hac Vice must register for electronic filing if the attorney does not already have an ECF account in this district. 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. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 06/02/2020)

June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

PACER
10

Set Deadlines: Service to be completed by 6/8/2020. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 06/02/2020)

June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear AND Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020

PACER
11

WAIVER OF SERVICE Returned Executed by John Doe. Stonehill College, Inc. waiver sent on 6/3/2020, answer due 8/3/2020. (Brewster, Seth) (Entered: 06/03/2020)

June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020

PACER
12

NOTICE of Appearance by Christopher M. Iaquinto on behalf of Stonehill College, Inc. (Iaquinto, Christopher) (Entered: 06/04/2020)

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

PACER
13

NOTICE of Appearance by Zachary D. Reisch on behalf of Stonehill College, Inc. (Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 06/04/2020)

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

PACER
14

NOTICE of Appearance by Philip J. Catanzano on behalf of Stonehill College, Inc. (Catanzano, Philip) (Entered: 06/04/2020)

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

PACER
15

Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to August 10, 2020 to File Motion to Dismiss And to Enlarge Page Limits (to 30 pages) for Motion to Dismiss Briefing by Stonehill College, Inc..(Iaquinto, Christopher) (Entered: 07/20/2020)

July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

PACER
16

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 15 Joint MOTION for Extension of Time to August 10, 2020 to File Answer to Complaint/ Motion to Dismiss And to Enlarge Page Limits (to 30 pages) for Motion to Dismiss Briefing. (Montes, Mariliz) Modified on 7/20/2020 (Montes, Mariliz). (Entered: 07/20/2020)

July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time

July 20, 2020

July 20, 2020

PACER
17

MOTION to Amend 1 Complaint by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 07/30/2020)

July 30, 2020

July 30, 2020

PACER
18

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 17 Motion to Amend (Simeone, Maria) (Entered: 07/31/2020)

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion to Amend

July 31, 2020

July 31, 2020

PACER
19

AMENDED COMPLAINT against Stonehill College, Inc., filed by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 08/05/2020)

Aug. 5, 2020

Aug. 5, 2020

Clearinghouse
20

EXHIBIT re 19 Amended Complaint by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A to Amended Complaint, # 2 Exhibit B to Amended Complaint, # 3 Exhibit C to Amended Complaint)(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 08/06/2020)

Aug. 6, 2020

Aug. 6, 2020

PACER
21

CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by Stonehill College, Inc.. (Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 08/07/2020)

Aug. 7, 2020

Aug. 7, 2020

PACER
22

MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM by Stonehill College, Inc..(Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 08/10/2020)

Aug. 10, 2020

Aug. 10, 2020

PACER
23

MEMORANDUM in Support re 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM filed by Stonehill College, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4)(Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 08/10/2020)

1 Exhibit 1

View on PACER

2 Exhibit 2

View on PACER

3 Exhibit 3

View on PACER

4 Exhibit 4

View on PACER

Aug. 10, 2020

Aug. 10, 2020

PACER
24

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 08/13/2020)

Aug. 13, 2020

Aug. 13, 2020

PACER
25

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 24 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response to 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM Response due by 8/31/2020. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 08/14/2020)

Aug. 14, 2020

Aug. 14, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Aug. 14, 2020

Aug. 14, 2020

PACER
27

MOTION for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply as to 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 08/31/2020)

Aug. 31, 2020

Aug. 31, 2020

PACER
28

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered. Allowed. granting 27 Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply re 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM Responses due by 9/1/2020 (Simeone, Maria) (Entered: 09/01/2020)

Sept. 1, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020

PACER
29

MEMORANDUM in Opposition re 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM filed by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2, # 3 Exhibit 3, # 4 Exhibit 4, # 5 Exhibit 5, # 6 Exhibit 6)(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 09/01/2020)

1 Exhibit 1

View on RECAP

2 Exhibit 2

View on PACER

3 Exhibit 3

View on PACER

4 Exhibit 4

View on PACER

5 Exhibit 5

View on PACER

6 Exhibit 6

View on PACER

Sept. 1, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020

RECAP

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

Sept. 1, 2020

Sept. 1, 2020

PACER
30

MOTION for Leave to File Reply Brief in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss by Stonehill College, Inc..(Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 09/03/2020)

Sept. 3, 2020

Sept. 3, 2020

PACER
31

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 30 Motion for Leave to File Reply Brief in Support of its Motion to Dismiss ; 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. "Allowed. Reply to be filed by 9/18/2020, limited to 10 pages." (Baker, Casey) (Entered: 09/04/2020)

Sept. 4, 2020

Sept. 4, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion for Leave to File Document

Sept. 4, 2020

Sept. 4, 2020

PACER
32

Assented to MOTION to Correct 29 Memorandum in Opposition to Motion, Exhibit 3 by John Doe. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 3)(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 09/17/2020)

Sept. 17, 2020

Sept. 17, 2020

PACER
33

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered granting 32 Assented-To Motion to Substitute Exhibit 3 to Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 09/18/2020)

Sept. 18, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020

PACER
34

REPLY to Response to 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM filed by Stonehill College, Inc.. (Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 09/18/2020)

Sept. 18, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020

PACER

Order on Motion to Correct

Sept. 18, 2020

Sept. 18, 2020

PACER
35

ELECTRONIC NOTICE Setting Hearing on Motion. A Motion Hearing on 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM is set for 2/2/2021 at 10:00 AM in Remote Proceeding : Boston before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the session's courtroom deputy as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html. For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the Court's general orders and public notices available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. (Montes, Mariliz) (Entered: 01/19/2021)

Jan. 19, 2021

Jan. 19, 2021

PACER

Notice Setting or Resetting Hearing on Motion

Jan. 19, 2021

Jan. 19, 2021

PACER
36

MOTION to Continue Hearing on Defendant's Motion to Dismiss by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 01/21/2021)

Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021

PACER
37

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered. Allowed. The Motion hearing will be reset to 2/9/21 at 10:00AM. re 36 Motion to Continue. (Simeone, Maria) (Entered: 01/21/2021)

Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021

PACER
38

ELECTRONIC NOTICE Resetting Hearing on Motion. The Motion Hearing has been reset for 2/9/2021 10:00 AM in Remote Proceeding : Boston before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the session's courtroom deputy as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html. For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the Court's general orders and public notices available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. Motion Hearing set for 2/9/2021 10:00 AM in Remote Proceeding : Boston before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. (Simeone, Maria) (Entered: 01/21/2021)

Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021

PACER

Order on Motion to Continue

Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021

PACER

Notice Setting or Resetting Hearing on Motion

Jan. 21, 2021

Jan. 21, 2021

PACER
39

Electronic Clerk's Notes for proceedings held before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. Motion Hearing held on 2/9/2021. The court hears counsel on the 22 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO STATE A CLAIM filed by Stonehill College, Inc. and takes the matter under advisement. (Court Reporter: Rachel Lopez at raeufp@gmail.com.) (Simeone, Maria) (Entered: 02/09/2021)

Feb. 9, 2021

Feb. 9, 2021

PACER

Motion Hearing

Feb. 9, 2021

Feb. 9, 2021

PACER
40

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ORDER entered. Stonehill's Motion to Dismiss 22 is ALLOWED as to all counts of Doe's Amended Complaint. A judgment of dismissal shall enter with each side to bear its own fees and costs. (Currie, Haley) (Entered: 02/23/2021)

Feb. 23, 2021

Feb. 23, 2021

Clearinghouse
41

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ORDER entered. JUDGMENT OF DISMISSAL.(Currie, Haley) (Entered: 02/23/2021)

Feb. 23, 2021

Feb. 23, 2021

Clearinghouse
42

NOTICE OF APPEAL as to 40 Order on Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim, 41 Judgment by John Doe Filing fee: $ 505, receipt number 0101-8688929 Fee Status: Not Exempt. NOTICE TO COUNSEL: A Transcript Report/Order Form, which can be downloaded from the First Circuit Court of Appeals web site at http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov MUST be completed and submitted to the Court of Appeals. Counsel shall register for a First Circuit CM/ECF Appellate Filer Account at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/cmecf. Counsel shall also review the First Circuit requirements for electronic filing by visiting the CM/ECF Information section at http://www.ca1.uscourts.gov/cmecf. US District Court Clerk to deliver official record to Court of Appeals by 4/8/2021. (Gau, Janna) (Entered: 03/19/2021)

March 19, 2021

March 19, 2021

PACER
43

Certified and Transmitted Abbreviated Electronic Record on Appeal to US Court of Appeals re 42 Notice of Appeal. (Paine, Matthew) (Entered: 03/22/2021)

March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

PACER
44

USCA Case Number 21-1227 for 42 Notice of Appeal, filed by John Doe. (Paine, Matthew) (Entered: 03/22/2021)

March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

PACER

USCA Case Number

March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

PACER
45

NOTICE of Withdrawal of Appearance by Zachary D. Reisch (Reisch, Zachary) (Entered: 03/31/2021)

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021

PACER
46

Transcript of Motion Hearing held on February 9, 2021, before Judge Leo T. Sorokin. COA Case No. 21-1227. The Transcript may be purchased through the Court Reporter, viewed at the public terminal, or viewed through PACER after it is released. Court Reporter Name and Contact Information: Rachel Lopez at raeufp@gmail.com. Redaction Request due 7/7/2021. Redacted Transcript Deadline set for 7/19/2021. Release of Transcript Restriction set for 9/14/2021. (Coppola, Katelyn) (Entered: 06/21/2021)

June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

PACER
47

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, available on the court website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/caseinfo/transcripts.htm (Coppola, Katelyn) (Entered: 06/21/2021)

June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

PACER

Notice of Filing of Official Transcript

June 21, 2021

June 21, 2021

PACER
48

OPINION of USCA as to 42 Notice of Appeal filed by John Doe. (Paine, Matthew) (Entered: 12/14/2022)

Dec. 14, 2022

Dec. 14, 2022

Clearinghouse
49

USCA Judgment as to 42 Notice of Appeal filed by John Doe (Paine, Matthew)AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED (Entered: 12/14/2022)

Dec. 14, 2022

Dec. 14, 2022

PACER
50

MANDATE of USCA as to 42 Notice of Appeal filed by John Doe. Appeal 42 Terminated (Paine, Matthew) (Entered: 01/21/2023)

Jan. 20, 2023

Jan. 20, 2023

RECAP
51

NOTICE of Scheduling Conference: Scheduling Conference set for 2/28/2023 11:00 AM in Courtroom 13 (Remote only) before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin. This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the courtroom deputy of the session as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html.For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the general orders and public notices of the Court available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. (Attachments: # 1 Scheduling Order Sample, # 2 Standing Order on Summary Judgment motions)(Belmont, Kellyann) (Entered: 01/30/2023)

Jan. 30, 2023

Jan. 30, 2023

PACER
52

Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to March 28, 2023 or later by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 02/24/2023)

Feb. 24, 2023

Feb. 24, 2023

PACER
53

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered re 52 Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to March 28, 2023 or later by John Doe. ALLOWED. Scheduling Conference reset for 3/28/2023 02:00 PM in Courtroom 13 (Remote only) before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin.This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the courtroom deputy of the session as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html.For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the general orders and public notices of the Court available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. (Belmont, Kellyann) (Entered: 02/27/2023)

Feb. 27, 2023

Feb. 27, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion to Continue

Feb. 27, 2023

Feb. 27, 2023

PACER
54

Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to at least 30 days by John Doe.(Gau, Janna) (Entered: 03/23/2023)

March 23, 2023

March 23, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion to Continue

March 23, 2023

March 23, 2023

PACER
55

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered re 54 Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to at least 30 days by John Doe. ALLOWED. Scheduling Conference reset for 5/4/2023 03:30 PM in Courtroom 13 (Remote only) before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin.This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the courtroom deputy of the session as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html.For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the general orders and public notices of the Court available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. (Belmont, Kellyann) (Entered: 03/23/2023)

March 23, 2023

March 23, 2023

PACER
56

NOTICE of Appearance by James Lockett on behalf of Stonehill College, Inc. (Lockett, James) (Entered: 05/01/2023)

May 1, 2023

May 1, 2023

PACER
57

Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to after June 18, 2023 by Stonehill College, Inc..(Iaquinto, Christopher) (Entered: 05/01/2023)

May 1, 2023

May 1, 2023

PACER
58

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ELECTRONIC ORDER entered re 57 Assented to MOTION to Continue Scheduling Conference to after June 18, 2023 by Stonehill College, Inc. ALLOWED. Scheduling Conference reset for 6/21/2023 02:15 PM in Courtroom 13 (Remote only) before District Judge Leo T. Sorokin.This hearing will be conducted by video conference. Counsel of record will receive a video conference invite at the email registered in CM/ECF. If you have technical or compatibility issues with the technology, please notify the courtroom deputy of the session as soon as possible.Access to the hearing will be made available to the media and public. In order to gain access to the hearing, you must sign up at the following address: https://forms.mad.uscourts.gov/courtlist.html.For questions regarding access to hearings, you may refer to the general orders and public notices of the Court available on www.mad.uscourts.gov or contact media@mad.uscourts.gov. (Belmont, Kellyann) (Entered: 05/02/2023)

May 2, 2023

May 2, 2023

PACER

Order on Motion to Continue

May 2, 2023

May 2, 2023

PACER
59

NOTICE of Settlement by John Doe (Gau, Janna) (Entered: 06/21/2023)

June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

RECAP

Notice Cancelling Hearing

June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

PACER
60

District Judge Leo T. Sorokin: ORDER entered. SETTLEMENT ORDER OF DISMISSAL (Dore, Samantha) (Entered: 06/21/2023)

June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

RECAP
61

NOTICE Canceling 6/21/2023 02:15 PM Scheduling Conference. (Dore, Samantha) (Entered: 06/21/2023)

June 21, 2023

June 21, 2023

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Massachusetts

Case Type(s):

Education

Special Collection(s):

Title IX, Sexual Violence Investigations/Resolutions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 9, 2020

Closing Date: July 21, 2023

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A former male student at Stonehill College, a private Catholic college in Easton, Massachusetts, that was expelled from the school in February 2018 after the school's Title IX investigators found by preponderance of the evidence that he had violated the school's sexual misconduct policy.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Stonehill College, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

College/University

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process: Procedural Due Process

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General/Misc.:

Education

Failure to supervise

School/University policies

Discrimination Area:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination Basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Sex/Gender(s):

Male