Case: EEOC v. Tanami Trading Corporation (d/b/a Left Lane Express)

5:06-cv-00252 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Filed Date: Sept. 29, 2006

Closed Date: 2011

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Case Summary

On September 29, 2006, the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued Tanami Trading Corporation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs asked the court for back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants subjected three Black workers to racially hostile work environments and constructivel…

On September 29, 2006, the EEOC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiffs sued Tanami Trading Corporation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs asked the court for back pay, compensatory damages, and punitive damages. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants subjected three Black workers to racially hostile work environments and constructively discharged two of these workers.

Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that managers at Tanami Trading Corporation made graphic racial comments and threats of a racist nature directed towards the three Black employees. The plaintiffs argued that these comments were intentional, and they adversely affected their status as employees.

On June 13, 2008, Judge J. Leon Holmes ordered a consent decree for both injunctive and individual relief. The injunctive relief included a requirement for the defendant to participate in trainings on racial harassment and constructive discharge, a requirement for the defendant to post a notice pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and a requirement for the defendant to report to the Commission on complaints of racial discrimination received. The individual relief requires the defendant to pay $70,000 to be split among the three plaintiffs. No attorney fees were granted. The consent decree's effective period was three years, and there's nothing more on the docket - so presumably the matter ended in 2011.

Summary Authors

Daisy Manning (5/19/2008)

Gabriela Hybel (10/16/2016)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5292985/parties/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-tanami-trading-corporation/


Judge(s)

Forster, John F. Jr. (Arkansas)

Holmes, James Leon (Arkansas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beck, Terry (Tennessee)

Cash, William A. Jr. (Arkansas)

Tuggle, Darin B. (Tennessee)

Williams, Faye A. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bynum, F. Wilson Jr. (Alaska)

Judge(s)

Forster, John F. Jr. (Arkansas)

Holmes, James Leon (Arkansas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Beck, Terry (Tennessee)

Cash, William A. Jr. (Arkansas)

Tuggle, Darin B. (Tennessee)

Williams, Faye A. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bynum, F. Wilson Jr. (Alaska)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

EEOC v. Tanami Trading Corporation

June 13, 2008 Docket
1

Complaint

EEOC v. Tanami Trading Corporation, d/b/a Left Lane Express

Sept. 29, 2006 Complaint
31

Consent Decree

EEOC v. Tanami Trading Corporation

June 13, 2008 Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5292985/equal-employment-opportunity-commission-v-tanami-trading-corporation/

Last updated May 20, 2022, 12:25 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
24

ORDER OF REASSIGNMENT. Case reference reassigned to Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray. Signed at the Direction of the Court on 5/13/2008. (bkp)

May 13, 2008 RECAP
1

COMPLAINT w/Jury Demand against Tanami Trading Corporation d/b/a Left Lane Express, filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Fee Waived; No Summons Issued)(mkf, ) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

Sept. 29, 2006

***Set Jury and Magistrate Judge (JFF) Flags. (mkf, ) (Entered: 09/29/2006)

Sept. 29, 2006
2

SUMMONS Returned Executed on Tanami Trading Corporation dba Left Lane Express, by serving Robert Membrey on 12/12/2006. (vjt) (Entered: 12/14/2006)

Dec. 14, 2006
3

ANSWER to Complaint by Tanami Trading Corporation.(bkj, ) (Entered: 01/03/2007)

Dec. 29, 2006
4

INITIAL SCHEDULING ORDER (DOC): Rule 26(f) Conference to occur by 3/8/2007; Rule 26(f) Report due by 3/22/2007; proposed jury trial date the week of 9/10/2007 in Pine Bluff.(cdw) (Entered: 01/04/2007)

Jan. 4, 2007
5

REPORT of Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Joint Local Rule 26(f) Report (Cash, William) (Entered: 03/08/2007)

March 8, 2007
6

FINAL SCHEDULING ORDER (DOC): Jury Trial set for the week of 11/5/2007 at 9:15 AM in Pine Bluff, Courtroom (large) #3602 before Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes; Discovery due by 7/19/2007; Pretrial Disclosure Sheet due by 10/16/2007; Status Report due by 9/6/2007. (cdw) (Entered: 03/20/2007)

March 20, 2007
7

RESPONSES to Plaintiff's First Requests for Admissions of Fact by Tanami Trading Corporation. (mkf) (Entered: 07/06/2007)

July 3, 2007
8

Joint MOTION to Extend Time of Discovery Deadline by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 07/13/2007)

July 13, 2007
9

ORDER granting 8 Motion to Extend Discovery ddl until August 17, 2007. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 7/13/07. (bkp) (Entered: 07/13/2007)

July 13, 2007
10

STATUS REPORT by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 09/06/2007)

Sept. 6, 2007
11

PRETRIAL DISCLOSURE SHEET : PLAINTIFF'S PRETRIAL DISCLOSURES by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 10/11/2007)

Oct. 11, 2007
12

PRETRIAL DISCLOSURE SHEET by Tanami Trading Corporation (Bynum, F.) (Entered: 10/17/2007)

Oct. 17, 2007
13

ORDER REFERRING CASE to Magistrate Judge Forster for Settlement Conference. Settlement Conference set for 11/6/2007 at 10:00 AM in Little Rock Courtroom # 2C before Magistrate Judge John F. Forster Jr. Signed by Judge J. Leon Holmes on 10/18/07. (vjt) (Entered: 10/18/2007)

Oct. 18, 2007
14

Minute Order. Proceedings held before Judge John F. Forster Jr.: Settlement Conference held on 11/6/2007. (Court Reporter cn.) (mcn) (Entered: 11/07/2007)

Nov. 6, 2007
15

MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney − Terry Beck (Proposed Order Submitted) by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 01/15/2008)

Jan. 15, 2008
16

NOTICE of Appearance by Darin B. Tuggle on behalf of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Tuggle, Darin) (Entered: 01/15/2008)

Jan. 15, 2008
17

ORDER granting 15 Motion to Withdraw Terry Beck as counsel of record for pltf. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 1/15/08. (vjt) (Entered: 01/15/2008)

Jan. 15, 2008
18

AMENDED FINAL SCHEDULING ORDER (DOC): Jury Trial reset for the week of 6/16/2008 at 9:15 AM in Pine Bluff, Courtroom (large) #3602 before Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes; Discovery due by 4/3/2008; Status Report due by 4/17/2008; Pretrial Disclosure Sheet due by 5/27/2008. (cdw) (Entered: 01/16/2008)

Jan. 16, 2008
20

ORDER directing deft to respond to 19 motion of F. Wilson Bynum, Jr., to be relieved as counsel, on or before 4/30/08; failure to comply with this Order may cause this case to be dismissed w/o prej; the Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order by certified mail to Robert Membrey, Left Lane Express, 4805 Farm Lane, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 3/31/08. (vjt) (Entered: 03/31/2008)

March 31, 2008

Docket Note: copy of 20 Order sent to Robert Membrey, Left Lane Express, 4805 Farm Lane, Pine Bluff, AR 71603 by certified mail #70993400001580903187. (vjt) (Entered: 03/31/2008)

March 31, 2008
21

RESPONSE to Motion re 19 First MOTION to Withdraw as Attorney filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Cash, William) (Entered: 04/03/2008)

April 3, 2008
22

ORDER denying 19 Motion of F. Wilson Bynum, Jr., to Withdraw as Counsel of Record for Deft; Mr. Bynum may be relieved as counsel only if another lawyer enters an appearance to represent the defendant. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 4/4/08. (vjt) (Entered: 04/04/2008)

April 4, 2008
23

STATUS REPORT (SECOND) by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 04/17/2008)

April 17, 2008
25

PRETRIAL DISCLOSURE SHEET by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. (Cash, William) (Entered: 05/27/2008)

May 27, 2008
26

CERTIFIED Mail Returned as Undeliverable. Mail sent to Robert Membrey re 20 Order on Motion to Withdraw as Attorney. (vjt) (Entered: 05/28/2008)

May 28, 2008
27

MOTION to Compel Responses to its Second Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (Cash, William) (Entered: 05/29/2008)

May 29, 2008
28

BRIEF IN SUPPORT filed by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission re 27 Motion to Compel (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A − D)(Cash, William) (Entered: 05/29/2008)

May 29, 2008
29

ORDER directing deft to respond to pltf's 27 MOTION to Compel Responses to its Second Set of Interrogatories and Requests for Production of Documents by 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2008. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 5/30/08. (vjt) (Entered: 05/30/2008)

May 30, 2008
30

ORDER granting pltf's 27 Motion to Compel; deft is directed to provide full and complete responses to pltf's discovery requests on or before 6/10/08. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 6/4/08. (vjt) (Entered: 06/04/2008)

June 4, 2008
31

CONSENT DECREE, Deft agrees to pay $70,000 to resolve this lawsuit; $25,000 to Bobby Huggins, $25,000 to Carla Huggins, and $20,000 to Charles Morehead; each party to bear their own costs and attorneys' fees; terminating case. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 6/13/08. (vjt) (Entered: 06/16/2008)

June 13, 2008

State / Territory: Arkansas

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Special Collection(s):

EEOC Study — in sample

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 29, 2006

Closing Date: 2011

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

Tanami Trading Corporation (Pine Bluff, Arkansas), Private Entity/Person

Tanami Trading Corporation, Private Entity/Person

Tanami Trading Corporation (Pine Bluff, Jefferson), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

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: 2008 - 2011

Content of Injunction:

Discrimination Prohibition

Neutral/Positive Reference

Provide antidiscrimination training

Reporting

Retaliation Prohibition

Training

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Discrimination-area:

Discharge / Constructive Discharge / Layoff

Harassment / Hostile Work Environment

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

EEOC-centric:

Direct Suit on Merits