Case: EEOC v. STEPHEN T. COX INC (d/b/a COX CABINET CO) and ARETE MDF LLC

1:00-cv-00074 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky

Filed Date: April 25, 2000

Closed Date: 2001

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Case Summary

In April 2000, the Louisville Area Office (with participation from the Indianapolis District Office) brought this suit against Stephen T. Cox, Inc., d/b/a Cox Cabinet Co., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The only document publicly available regarding this case is the docket; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the docket that the complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the …

In April 2000, the Louisville Area Office (with participation from the Indianapolis District Office) brought this suit against Stephen T. Cox, Inc., d/b/a Cox Cabinet Co., in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The only document publicly available regarding this case is the docket; therefore, the exact allegations involved are unknown. However, it appears from the docket that the complaint alleged discrimination on the basis of race in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. After some scheduling orders and a couple discovery disputes, the parties took part in a settlement conference in October 2001. It appears the parties reached a settlement agreement about two weeks after the conference, and the court ordered the case dismissed as settled in mid-October. However, by the end of that month, the EEOC filed a motion to reopen the case. The parties then took part in a couple conferences in November and finally reached a final agreement through a consent decree in late November 2001.

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Michele Marxkors (6/28/2007)

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1:00-cv-00074

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Stephen T Cox Inc, et al

April 5, 2002

April 5, 2002

Docket

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Docket

Last updated July 24, 2022, 3:03 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT (Summons(es) issued) filing fee wv (MLL) (Entered: 04/25/2000)

April 25, 2000

April 25, 2000

2

ANSWER by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to [1-1]; jury demand (MLL) (Entered: 07/20/2000)

July 20, 2000

July 20, 2000

3

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell ; scheduling conf. set for 4:30 10/2/00 before Judge Thomas B. Russell (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 9/15/00] (MLL) (Entered: 09/15/2000)

Sept. 15, 2000

Sept. 15, 2000

FILE SUBMITTED to TBR at BG to take to Paducah (DIM) (Entered: 10/02/2000)

Oct. 2, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000

4

RULE 26 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc re [3-1] (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2000)

Oct. 2, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000

5

LITIGATION PLAN by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Stephen T Cox Inc re [3-2] (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2000)

Oct. 2, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000

DOCUMENT NUMBER: 4,5 SUBMITTED to TBR at Paducah (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2000)

Oct. 2, 2000

Oct. 2, 2000

FILE RETURNED (MLL) (Entered: 10/06/2000)

Oct. 6, 2000

Oct. 6, 2000

6

SCHEDULING ORDER Judge Thomas B. Russell ; scheduling conference held on 10/2/00 ; disclosures set for 10/16/00; expert witnesses set for 4/1/01 for pla and 5/1/01 for dft; amendments set for 1/1/01 ; discovery set for 7/1/01 ; disp mtn ddl set for 8/1/01 ; pretrial conf set for 4:30 10/29/01 before Judge Thomas B. Russell ; jury trial set for 9:00 11/5/01 before Judge Thomas B. Russell Case referred to Mag Judge E. R. Goebel for all discovery matters (cc: all counsel){927} [Entry Date: 10/6/00] (MLL) (Entered: 10/06/2000)

Oct. 6, 2000

Oct. 6, 2000

7

SUPPLEMENT by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc re disclosure statement [4-1] (MLL) (Entered: 10/13/2000)

Oct. 13, 2000

Oct. 13, 2000

8

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff EEOC by Bobby C. Simpson (LMW) (Entered: 10/18/2000)

Oct. 17, 2000

Oct. 17, 2000

9

NOTICE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to take deposition of robert Pendleton on 12/6/00 (MLL) (Entered: 11/15/2000)

Nov. 15, 2000

Nov. 15, 2000

10

NOTICE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to take deposition of Kiyoanta Goodin, LaToya Goodin, Shakara Goodin on 12/7/00 (MLL) (Entered: 11/20/2000)

Nov. 20, 2000

Nov. 20, 2000

11

DEPOSITION of Robert Pendleton taken on the following date(s): 12/6/00 for dft (MLL) (Entered: 12/20/2000)

Dec. 18, 2000

Dec. 18, 2000

12

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC for leave to amend complaint ; Memorandum in Support; amended complaint tendered; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 12/28/2000)

Dec. 28, 2000

Dec. 28, 2000

13

AFFIDAVIT of Nancy Dean Edmonds re [12-1] (MLL) (Entered: 12/28/2000)

Dec. 28, 2000

Dec. 28, 2000

14

RESPONSE MEMORANDUM by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to motion for leave to amend complaint [12-1] ; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 01/08/2001)

Jan. 8, 2001

Jan. 8, 2001

15

MOTION by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to continue and reschedule conf set 10/29/01 ; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 01/09/2001)

Jan. 9, 2001

Jan. 9, 2001

FILE SUBMITTED to TBR at Paducah (MLL) (Entered: 01/16/2001)

Jan. 16, 2001

Jan. 16, 2001

16

REPLY by plaintiff EEOC to response to motion for leave to amend complaint [12-1] (MLL) (Entered: 01/16/2001)

Jan. 16, 2001

Jan. 16, 2001

DOCUMENT NUMBER: 16 SUBMITTED to TBR at Paducah (MLL) (Entered: 01/16/2001)

Jan. 16, 2001

Jan. 16, 2001

17

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell granting motion to continue and reschedule conf set 10/29/01 [15-1] ; telephonic pretrial conf set for 8:30 10/19/01 before Judge Thomas B. Russell (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 1/22/01] (MLL) Modified on 01/23/2001 (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 22, 2001

Jan. 22, 2001

18

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell granting motion for leave to amend complaint [12-1] (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 1/22/01] (MLL) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 22, 2001

Jan. 22, 2001

19

AMENDED COMPLAINT [1-1] by plaintiff EEOC; adding Arete MDF LLC; jury demand (MLL) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 22, 2001

Jan. 22, 2001

FILE RETURNED (MLL) (Entered: 01/22/2001)

Jan. 22, 2001

Jan. 22, 2001

20

ANSWER by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to [19-1]; jury demand (MLL) (Entered: 01/31/2001)

Jan. 31, 2001

Jan. 31, 2001

21

ANSWER by defendant to [19-1] (DIM) (Entered: 03/04/2001)

March 1, 2001

March 1, 2001

23

DEPOSITION for the Plaintiff of Phil Barber taken on the following date(s): February 27, 2001 (LMW) (Entered: 04/25/2001)

April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

24

DEPOSITION for Plaintiff of Drexel Curry taken on the following date(s): March 6, 2001 (LMW) (Entered: 04/25/2001)

April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

25

DEPOSITION for Plaintiff of Connie Sue McCorkle taken on the following date(s): March 6, 2001 (LMW) (Entered: 04/25/2001)

April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

26

DEPOSITION for Plaintiff of Cecil Clay Stubbs, Jr. taken on the following date(s): March 6, 2001 (LMW) (Entered: 04/25/2001)

April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

27

DEPOSITION for Plaintiff of Jonathon Shane Patterson taken on the following date(s): March 6, 2001 (LMW) (Entered: 04/25/2001)

April 25, 2001

April 25, 2001

28

ANSWER TO INTERROGATORIES by defendant Arete MDF LLC (MLL) (Entered: 05/23/2001)

May 23, 2001

May 23, 2001

29

DEPOSITION of Shakara Goodin taken on the following date(s): 12/7/00 for dft (MLL) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001

30

DEPOSITION of Kiyonta Goodin taken on the following date(s): 12/7/00 for dft (MLL) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001

31

DEPOSITION of Latoya Goodin Hunfjord taken on the following date(s): 12/7/00 for dft (MLL) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001

32

DEPOSITION of Kenneth Ray Durham taken on the following date(s): 12/7/00 for dft (MLL) (Entered: 05/31/2001)

May 31, 2001

May 31, 2001

33

DEPOSITION of Howard Ray Robertson taken on the following date(s): June 7, 2001, by pla (DIM) (Entered: 06/26/2001)

June 26, 2001

June 26, 2001

34

DEPOSITION of Joseph alan Sharp taken on the following date(s): June 7, 2001, by pla (DIM) (Entered: 06/26/2001)

June 26, 2001

June 26, 2001

35

DEPOSITION of Ronnie Underwood taken on the following date(s): June 7, 2001, by pla (DIM) (Entered: 06/26/2001)

June 26, 2001

June 26, 2001

36

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC for leave to amend complaint ; Memorandum in Support; amended complaint tendered order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 07/09/2001)

July 9, 2001

July 9, 2001

FILE SUBMITTED to ERG w/o expandables (KLL) (Entered: 07/11/2001)

July 11, 2001

July 11, 2001

37

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conf. set for 9:00 7/13/01 before Mag Judge E. R. Goebel (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 7/11/01] (MLL) (Entered: 07/11/2001)

July 11, 2001

July 11, 2001

38

RESPONSE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc, defendant Arete MDF LLC to motion for leave to amend complaint [36-1] ; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 07/11/2001)

July 11, 2001

July 11, 2001

DOCUMENT NUMBER: 37,38 SUBMITTED to ERG at Owensboro (MLL) (Entered: 07/13/2001)

July 13, 2001

July 13, 2001

FILE RETURNED to Bowling Green Clerk (KLL) (Entered: 07/16/2001)

July 16, 2001

July 16, 2001

40

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conference held on 7/13/01 : Plaintiff shall file motion for protective order relating to transcript of Sale Meadows no later than 7/23/2001. Response and replies to be filed pursuant to Local Rules. Defendants shall mail copies of transcripts along with any notes addressed to U.S.Magistrate Judge Goebel. It is further ordered that plaintiff shall file motion to compel regarding questions asked during the deposition of Steven T. Cox no later than 10 days following receipt of the transcript of deposition of Steven T. Cox. Responses and replies shall be filed pursuant to Local Rules. (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 7/17/01] (LMW) (Entered: 07/17/2001)

July 17, 2001

July 17, 2001

41

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLIANCE (by sending to Judge Goebel, Attn: Kelly, two transcripts of interview of Dale Meadows) by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc (LMW) Modified on 07/17/2001 (Entered: 07/17/2001)

July 17, 2001

July 17, 2001

42

CERTIFICATE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc, defendant Arete MDF LLC that undersigned has forwarded all copies in his possession of transcript of Dale Meadows' statement (LMW) (Entered: 07/19/2001)

July 19, 2001

July 19, 2001

43

MOTION by plaintiff for protective order ; Memorandum in Support; order tendered (SEALED) (Entered: 07/20/2001)

July 20, 2001

July 20, 2001

44

REPLY by plaintiff to response to motion for leave to amend complaint [36-1] (SEALED) (Entered: 07/20/2001)

July 20, 2001

July 20, 2001

45

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conf. set for 2:30 7/30/01 before Mag Judge E. R. Goebel (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 7/27/01] (KLL) (Entered: 07/27/2001)

July 27, 2001

July 27, 2001

FILE SUBMITTED to ERG at Owensboro (KLL) (Entered: 07/30/2001)

July 30, 2001

July 30, 2001

FILE SUBMITTED to TBR at Paducah (KLL) (Entered: 07/30/2001)

July 30, 2001

July 30, 2001

46

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for plaintiff EEOC by Johanna Philhower Maple (DIM) (Entered: 07/30/2001)

July 30, 2001

July 30, 2001

DOCUMENT NUMBER: 45 & 46 SUBMITTED to TBR in Paducah (LMW) (Entered: 07/31/2001)

July 31, 2001

July 31, 2001

47

MOTION by defendant for extension of time to and including 8/24/01 fo file Memorandum in support of its mo for proto regarding transcript of Dale Meadows. order tendered (DIM) (Entered: 08/04/2001)

Aug. 2, 2001

Aug. 2, 2001

48

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel; telephonic conference held on 7/30/01 ; pla ordered to respond to dft's request for production of documents (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 8/6/01] (PJH) (Entered: 08/06/2001)

Aug. 6, 2001

Aug. 6, 2001

50

AMENDED COMPLAINT [19-1], [1-1] by plaintiff EEOC; jury demand (See Order - DKT # 51) (DIM) Modified on 08/11/2001 (Entered: 08/11/2001)

Aug. 8, 2001

Aug. 8, 2001

DOCUMENT NUMBER: 47 SUBMITTED to ERG (LMW) (Entered: 08/09/2001)

Aug. 9, 2001

Aug. 9, 2001

FILE RETURNED (DIM) (Entered: 08/11/2001)

Aug. 10, 2001

Aug. 10, 2001

51

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell granting motion for leave to amend complaint [36-1] (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 8/11/01] (DIM) (Entered: 08/11/2001)

Aug. 11, 2001

Aug. 11, 2001

52

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel granting motion for extension of time to and including 8/24/01 fo file Memorandum in support of its mo for proto [47-1] (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 8/16/01] (LMW) (Entered: 08/16/2001)

Aug. 16, 2001

Aug. 16, 2001

BEGIN VOLUME # II (MLL) (Entered: 10/03/2001)

Aug. 17, 2001

Aug. 17, 2001

53

RESPONSE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to motion to compel answers to questions to Stephen T. Cox [49-1] ; order tendered (LMW) (Entered: 08/21/2001)

Aug. 21, 2001

Aug. 21, 2001

54

RESPONSE by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc to motion for protective order [43-1] ; order tendered (LMW) (Entered: 08/21/2001)

Aug. 21, 2001

Aug. 21, 2001

55

ANSWER TO SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc, defendant Arete MDF LLC to [50-1]; jury demand (LMW) (Entered: 08/21/2001)

Aug. 21, 2001

Aug. 21, 2001

56

OBJECTIONS to Plaintiff's First Request for Admissions by defendant Arete MDF LLC (LMW) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 12, 2001

Sept. 12, 2001

56

MOTION by defendant Arete MDF LLC to strike Plaintiff's First Request for Admissions ; order tendered (LMW) (Entered: 09/12/2001)

Sept. 12, 2001

Sept. 12, 2001

57

PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS AD TESTIFICANDUM for Robert Pendleton on 11/5/01 at 9:00 a.m.; memorandum in support; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 09/14/2001)

Sept. 14, 2001

Sept. 14, 2001

58

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; settlement conf set for 11:00 10/2/01 before Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; status rpt ddl set for 9/25/01 (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 9/17/01] (MLL) (Entered: 09/17/2001)

Sept. 17, 2001

Sept. 17, 2001

59

RESPONSE by plaintiff EEOC to motion to strike Plaintiff's First Request for Admissions [56-1] ; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 09/21/2001)

Sept. 21, 2001

Sept. 21, 2001

60

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell denying motion for protective order [43-1] (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 9/27/01] (MLL) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001

61

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell granting motion to compel answers to questions to Stephen T. Cox [49-1]; the motion for fees is denied (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 9/27/01] (MLL) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001

62

REPLY by defendant Stephen T Cox Inc, defendant Arete MDF LLC to response to motion to strike Plaintiff's First Request for Admissions [56-1] (MLL) (Entered: 09/27/2001)

Sept. 27, 2001

Sept. 27, 2001

64

JURY INSTRUCTIONS submitted by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

65

TRIAL brief filed by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

66

WITNESS list filed by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

67

VOIR DIRE filed by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

68

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC in limine re: evidence of any affirmative defense ; memorandum in Support; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

69

SEALED document by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/02/2001)

Oct. 2, 2001

Oct. 2, 2001

70

REPORT by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel: Settlement conf held 10/3/01; following negotiations the undersigned reports that the parties reached an amicable resolution of the case; counsel will submit appropriate documents for consideration by Judge Thomas B. Russell (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 10/4/01] (MLL) (Entered: 10/04/2001)

Oct. 4, 2001

Oct. 4, 2001

71

EXHIBIT list by plaintiff EEOC (MLL) (Entered: 10/05/2001)

Oct. 4, 2001

Oct. 4, 2001

72

ORDER by Judge Thomas B. Russell dismissing case as settled (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 10/18/01] (MLL) (Entered: 10/18/2001)

Oct. 18, 2001

Oct. 18, 2001

73

MOTION by plaintiff EEOC to reopen the case ; Memorandum in Support; order tendered (MLL) (Entered: 10/29/2001)

Oct. 29, 2001

Oct. 29, 2001

74

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conf. set for 11:30 11/6/01 before Mag Judge E. R. Goebel (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 11/1/01] (MLL) (Entered: 11/01/2001)

Nov. 1, 2001

Nov. 1, 2001

75

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conference cont on 11/6/01 ; telephone conf. set for 11:00 11/8/01 before Mag Judge E. R. Goebel (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 11/6/01] (MLL) (Entered: 11/06/2001)

Nov. 6, 2001

Nov. 6, 2001

76

ORDER by Mag Judge E. R. Goebel ; telephone conference held on 11/8/01 ; it was determined there are two options on proceeding i.e., settle as reflected in document signed 10/2/01 or defendant can advise it is unsatisfactory and plaintiff can file motion to enforce settlement to be heard by Judge Russell. the Defendant will communicate in writing within 5 days as to how he will proceed. (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 11/13/01] (LMW) (Entered: 11/13/2001)

Nov. 13, 2001

Nov. 13, 2001

77

JOINT MOTION by plaintiff EEOC, defendant Stephen T Cox Inc, defendant Arete MDF LLC for order for entry of consent decree ; Consent Decree; order tendered (LMW) Modified on 11/14/2001 (Entered: 11/14/2001)

Nov. 14, 2001

Nov. 14, 2001

FILE SUBMITTED to TBR in O'boro (LMW) (Entered: 11/14/2001)

Nov. 14, 2001

Nov. 14, 2001

FILE RETURNED (DIM) (Entered: 11/21/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001

Nov. 21, 2001

78

CONSENT JUDGMENT by Judge Thomas B. Russell granting motion for order for entry of consent decree [77-1]; dfts agree not to discriminate on the basis of race.....see original Consent for further details...the term of this Decree shall be for 18 months following the date of entry of this Decree; Commission and Dfts to bear their own costs and atty fees; Retention of Jurisdiction will remain with Court through the duration of this Decree for purposes of monitoring compliance with Decree and entry of further orders as may be necessary. (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 11/21/01] (DIM) (Entered: 11/21/2001)

Nov. 21, 2001

Nov. 21, 2001

LETTER from defendants Stephen T Cox Inc and Arete MDF LLC w/copies of settlement checks, certified mail receipts and signed return receipts for Kenneth Durham, Kiyonta Goodin, Shakara Goodin, Latoya Goodin Hunfjord, and Robert Pendleton (CDF) (Entered: 01/25/2002)

Jan. 25, 2002

Jan. 25, 2002

79

ORDER (EBOC) by Judge Thomas B. Russell: Counsel for the parties shall withdraw the depos and any exhibits within 14 days from date of this order...If not withdrawn within 14 days the clerk shall destroy them. (cc: all counsel) [Entry Date: 4/5/02] (MLL) (Entered: 04/05/2002)

April 5, 2002

April 5, 2002

Case Details

State / Territory: Kentucky

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 25, 2000

Closing Date: 2001

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, on behalf of one or more workers.

Plaintiff Type(s):

EEOC Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

EEOC

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Arete MDF, LLC, Private Entity/Person

Stephen T. Cox, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Stephen T. Cox, Inc., Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Title VII (including PDA), 42 U.S.C. § 2000e

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits