Case: Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Co.

1:98-cv-03679 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Filed Date: Dec. 12, 1998

Closed Date: 2001

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Case Summary

On December 12, 1998, an African-American employee of The Coca-Cola Company filed a lawsuit under both 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq. against The Coca-Cola Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, claiming that the the defendant was systematically discriminating against African-American employ…

On December 12, 1998, an African-American employee of The Coca-Cola Company filed a lawsuit under both 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et. seq. against The Coca-Cola Company in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for both monetary damages and injunctive relief, claiming that the the defendant was systematically discriminating against African-American employees with regard to employee evaluations, compensation, promotions and job placement within the corporation's divisions.

On April 22, 1999, the plaintiffs filed an amended class action complaint. On May 28, 1999, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the class allegations, which was denied on July 16, 1999. On January 12, 2000, the plaintiffs filed a second amended complaint. As written in that document, the plaintiffs' purported class consisted of "All African-American persons employed by Defendant Coca-Cola in salaried exempt and non-exempt positions . . . in the United States at any time from April 22, 1995, to June 14, 2000, including, but not limited to, current or former salaried employees of the Corporate Office, Coca-Cola USA, and Minute Maid."

According to the docket, on February 8, 2000, the court (Judge Richard W. Story) ordered the parties to attempt in good faith to settle the case by participating in non-binding, confidential mediation. Because the length and outcome of the mediation was uncertain at the time, the litigation was ordered to not be stayed and rather to proceed simultaneously with the mediation.

On November 16, 2000, the court (Judge Story) issued an order approving a summary of terms of the settlement agreement that had been worked on in the confidential mediation. After extensive litigation, on May 22, 2001, the plaintiffs issued a motion for approval of the reworked settlement and provisional certification of the class. On June 7, 2001, the court (Judge Story) granted the motion from May 22, approving the settlement and terminating the case. The settlement agreement established a Task Force to ensure fair, equitable and effective implementation of the agreement and to provide independent oversight; mandated Coca-Cola to hire an ombudsperson to ensure that all complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation are fully and fairly investigated; and a cash settlement of roughly $103 million for compensatory damages and the back pay.

Summary Authors

Nathaniel Koslof (4/26/2008)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8215956/parties/abdallah-v-coca-cola-company/


Judge(s)

Dougherty, John E. (Georgia)

Scofield, E. Clayton III (Georgia)

Story, Richard W. (Georgia)

Strother, John R. Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Russell Wayne (Alabama)

Bhat, Ghouri (Texas)

Bramlett, Jeffrey O. (Georgia)

Coukos, Pamela (District of Columbia)

Diaz, Maryann (Florida)

Fisher, Samuel (Alabama)

Judge(s)

Dougherty, John E. (Georgia)

Scofield, E. Clayton III (Georgia)

Story, Richard W. (Georgia)

Strother, John R. Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Russell Wayne (Alabama)

Bhat, Ghouri (Texas)

Bramlett, Jeffrey O. (Georgia)

Coukos, Pamela (District of Columbia)

Diaz, Maryann (Florida)

Fisher, Samuel (Alabama)

Gary, Sekou M. (Florida)

Hoffler, Tricia P. (Florida)

Jenkins, Ginger (Florida)

Mehri, Cyrus (District of Columbia)

Mixon, Homer Lamar (Georgia)

Perkins, Byron Renard (Alabama)

Rosenwasser, Steven (Georgia)

Thorpe, Joshua F. (Georgia)

Tucker, Dana Walker (Florida)

Voyles, James E. (Georgia)

Wiggins, Robert L Jr. (Alabama)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Ashe, R. Lawrence Jr. (Georgia)

Blews, Shelly Sharp (Georgia)

Boas, Robert Allan (Georgia)

Clineburg, William A. Jr. (Georgia)

Johnson, Elizabeth Finn (Georgia)

Johnston, Michael W. (Georgia)

Kimbell, John Alvin (Georgia)

Sampson, Thomas G. (Georgia)

Thompson, Larry D. (Georgia)

Tompkins, Jeffrey Emery (Georgia)

Other Attorney(s)

Guggenheim, Robert Thomas (Georgia)

Hill, Janet Elizabeth (Georgia)

Langley, Christopher David (Georgia)

McManus, F. Shields (Florida)

Rhodes, Rosemarie (Georgia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Burns, M. Anthony (Florida)

Casellas, Gilbert F. (District of Columbia)

Cooke, Edmund D. (District of Columbia)

Herman, Alexis M. (District of Columbia)

Knowles, Marjorie Fine (Georgia)

Lee, Bill Lann (California)

Redwood, Rene A. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:98-cv-03679

Docket [PACER]

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Company

Dec. 29, 2006

Dec. 29, 2006

Docket
5

1:98-cv-03679

Amended Complaint

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

Complaint
47

1:98-cv-03679

Order

1999 WL 527835

July 16, 1999

July 16, 1999

Order/Opinion

1:98-cv-03679

Settlement Agreement (signed)

Abdallah v. The Coca Cola Company

Nov. 16, 2000

Nov. 16, 2000

Settlement Agreement
220

1:98-cv-03679

Order Approving Final Notice of Class Settlement

133 F.Supp.2d 1364

Jan. 16, 2001

Jan. 16, 2001

Order/Opinion
302

1:98-cv-03679

The Class Representatives' Motion for Approval of Settlement and Brief in Support

Abdallah v. The Coca-Cola Company

2001 WL 36041527

May 22, 2001

May 22, 2001

Pleading / Motion / Brief
365

1:98-cv-03679

Order

Ingram v. Coca Cola Company

March 18, 2003

March 18, 2003

Order/Opinion
368

1:98-cv-03679

Stipulation of Dismissal

Ingram v. Coca Cola Company

May 19, 2003

May 19, 2003

Pleading / Motion / Brief

1:98-cv-03679

Second Annual Report of the Task Force

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Company

Dec. 1, 2003

Dec. 1, 2003

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report
373

1:98-cv-03679

Order

Ingram v. The Coca Cola Company

Nov. 24, 2004

Nov. 24, 2004

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/8215956/abdallah-v-coca-cola-company/

Last updated June 8, 2022, 3:25 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

COMPLAINT filed. Consent form to proceed before U.S. magistrate and pretrial instructions given to attorney; jury demand FILING FEE $ 150.00 RECEIPT # 433121 (rjp) (Entered: 12/30/1998)

Dec. 23, 1998

Dec. 23, 1998

PACER
2

ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff (rjp) (Entered: 12/30/1998)

Dec. 23, 1998

Dec. 23, 1998

PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr. (Calendar sheets and notice of referral forwarded) (rjp)

Dec. 23, 1998

Dec. 23, 1998

PACER
3

ORDER by Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr., recusing Mag. Judge, DIRECTING clerk to reassign case to another magistrate judge . (cc & case reassignment desk) (pdw) (Entered: 01/11/1999)

Jan. 11, 1999

Jan. 11, 1999

PACER

Completed referral to Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr. (pdw)

Jan. 12, 1999

Jan. 12, 1999

PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (Calendar sheets forwarded, ntc of mag reassignment to counsel and RWS) (pdw)

Jan. 12, 1999

Jan. 12, 1999

PACER
4

ORDER by Mag Judge John E. Dougherty, recusing himself as magistrate & DIRECTING case be reassigned (cc and case reassignment desk) (pdw) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 15, 1999

Jan. 15, 1999

PACER

Completed referral to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (pdw)

March 10, 1999

March 10, 1999

PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III (Calendar sheets forwarded, mag judge reassignment ntc to counsel, ) (pdw)

March 10, 1999

March 10, 1999

PACER
5

AMENDED CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT adding Motisola Malikha Abdallah, Linda Ingram, Kimberly Gray Orton; jury demand (pdw) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

PACER
6

AMENDED ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff Kimberly Gray Orton (pdw) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

PACER
7

AMENDED ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff Linda Ingram (pdw) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

PACER
8

AMENDED ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff Gregory Allen Clark (pdw) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

PACER
9

AMENDED ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by plaintiff Motisola Malikha Abdallah (pdw) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

PACER
10

Return of service executed 4/22/99 as to Coca-Cola Company on complaint (pdw) (Entered: 04/23/1999)

April 23, 1999

April 23, 1999

PACER
11

EMERGENCY MOTION by plaintiffs for leave to interview prospective class members who initiate contact with plaintiffs' counsel, AND to preclude dft from further unauthorized communication with prospective class members with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 05/03/1999)

April 30, 1999

April 30, 1999

PACER
12

EMERGENCY MOTION by plaintiffs for expedited response and expedited ruling with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 05/03/1999)

April 30, 1999

April 30, 1999

PACER
13

Attorney appearance for plaintiffs by Homer Lamar Mixson, Jeffrey O. Bramlett, & Joshua F. Thorpe (pdw) (Entered: 05/03/1999)

April 30, 1999

April 30, 1999

PACER
14

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story GRANTING [12-1] motion for expedited response and expedited ruling, ORDERING dft to file response to [11-1], [11-2] motions by 5/11/99, ORDERING parties to appear for status conference set for 3:00 5/13/99 (cc) (pdw) (Entered: 05/05/1999)

May 4, 1999

May 4, 1999

PACER
15

Response by defendant in Opposition to [11-1] motion for leave to interview prospective class members who initiate contact with plaintiffs' counsel, [11-2] motion to preclude dft from further unauthorized communication with prospective class members (pdw) (Entered: 05/07/1999)

May 7, 1999

May 7, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [11-1] motion for leave to interview prospective class members who initiate contact with plaintiffs' counsel, [11-2] motion to preclude dft from further unauthorized communication with prospective class members (FILE IN CHAMBERS) (pdw)

May 10, 1999

May 10, 1999

PACER
16

REPLY by plaintiff to response to [11-1] motion for leave to interview prospective class members who initiate contact with plaintiffs' counsel, [11-2] motion to preclude dft from further unauthorized communication with prospective class members (pdw) (Entered: 05/12/1999)

May 12, 1999

May 12, 1999

PACER
17

ANSWER to amended complaint [5-1] by Coca-Cola Company; jury demand (pdw) (Entered: 05/13/1999)

May 12, 1999

May 12, 1999

PACER
18

STATUS CONFERENCE and motion hearing HELD before Judge Richard W. Story; court to issue written order. (djh) (Entered: 05/14/1999)

May 13, 1999

May 13, 1999

PACER
19

Application for admission of Pamela Coukos, Cyrus Mehri pro hac vice for plaintiffs (djh) (Entered: 05/17/1999)

May 13, 1999

May 13, 1999

PACER

Payment received $ 100.00 Receipt #: 439178 for appl phv of C. Mehri (djh)

May 13, 1999

May 13, 1999

PACER

Payment received $ 100.00 Receipt #: 439177 for appl phv of P. Coukos (djh)

May 13, 1999

May 13, 1999

PACER

TRANSCRIPT filed RE: for dates of 5/13/99 Court Reporter: Martha J. Frutchey - (djh)

May 14, 1999

May 14, 1999

PACER
20

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART plas' [11-1] motion for leave to interview prospective class members who initiate contact with plas' cnsl, [11-2] to preclude dft from further unauthorized communication prospective class members. Plas' communications: Court finds plas and their cnsl are entitled to speak freely about lawsuit w/any potential class member who contacts them. Court permits plas to (1) discuss merits of suit w/potential class members who contact them; (2) determine whether that potential class member possesses any evidence relating to the cmp allegations; (3) prepare afdts or other testimony in support of class cert or the merits of the case; (4) discuss w/potential class members the possibility of representation by plas' cnsl and of providing legal services to them. To extent that Coca-Cola employees wish to pursue employment claims against Coca-Cola, they may communicate freely w/plas and their cnsl. However, communications re: any other matters relevant to this suit--including but not limited to privileged info--are not permitted. Coca-Cola's request that plas produce copies of intake forms completed by employees at plas' cnsl's law firm and making employees available for interviews is DENIED. Coca-Cola's request that plas be restricted from asking potential class members whether they may be contacted at work is DENIED. Plas are prohibited from contacting Coca-Cola employees at work unless the employees have retained plas' cnsl. Court concludes that website should be purged of the cmp, its exhs, and the referral to plas' cnsl, and Court orders plas to earnestly request the cmp, its exhs and referral be removed from website. Dft's communications: Court imposes following limitations on Coca-Cola's communications w/potential class members. Coca-Cola may continue to share its views about lawsuit w/its employees but all such communications must contain language "The foregoing represents Coca-Cola's opinion of lawsuit. It is unlawful for Coca-Cola to retaliate against employees who choose to participate in this case." Plas request that Coca-Cola issue a curative notice to potential class members as a result of Ivester's previous e-mails is DENIED. Coca-Cola is prohibited from discussing suit directly w/potential class members except to extent it needs to speak w/managerial employees to investigate the acts, omissions, and stmts they committed that may expose Coca-Cola to liability in this action. But these conversations must be limited to that specific topic. Court will not limit in any manner the parties' right to speak w/media re: substance of lawsuit so long as no attempts are made by either side to overtly solicit participation or nonparticipation by potential class members. (cc) (djh) (Entered: 05/17/1999)

May 14, 1999

May 14, 1999

PACER

ENDORSED ORDER on appl phv by Judge Richard W. Story APPROVING [19-1] pro hac vice applications of Cyrus Mehri, Pamela Coukos (cc) (djh)

May 17, 1999

May 17, 1999

PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 5/13/99 before Judge Richard W. Story, by Court Reporter Martha J. Frutchey. (djh)

May 18, 1999

May 18, 1999

PACER
21

TELE-CONFERENCE HELD before Judge Richard W. Story re: clarification/interpretation of Court's 5/14/99 [20-1] order(djh) Modified on 05/16/2001 (Entered: 05/19/1999)

May 18, 1999

May 18, 1999

PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 5/18/99 before Judge Richard W. Story, by Court Reporter Thereses J. Vesel. (djh)

May 20, 1999

May 20, 1999

PACER
22

Certificate of interested persons. (to judge and mag judge) (pdw) (Entered: 05/25/1999)

May 24, 1999

May 24, 1999

PACER
23

MOTION by plaintiffs to require defendant to issue corrective notice with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 05/28/1999)

May 27, 1999

May 27, 1999

PACER
24

ANSWERS TO MANDATORY DISCLOSURES by defendant (pdw) (Entered: 05/28/1999)

May 27, 1999

May 27, 1999

PACER
25

MOTION by defendant to dismiss class allegations with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 06/01/1999)

May 28, 1999

May 28, 1999

PACER
26

MOTION by defendant to stay discovery with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 06/01/1999)

May 28, 1999

May 28, 1999

PACER
27

Response by defendant in Opposition to [23-1] motion to require defendant to issue corrective notice (pdw) (Entered: 06/07/1999)

June 4, 1999

June 4, 1999

PACER
28

SCHEDULING ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story (cc) **see order for details** (pdw) (Entered: 06/07/1999)

June 4, 1999

June 4, 1999

PACER
29

Brief by plaintiffs in Opposition to [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations (pdw) (Entered: 06/10/1999)

June 10, 1999

June 10, 1999

PACER
30

Brief by plaintiffs in Opposition to [26-1] motion to stay discovery (pdw) (Entered: 06/10/1999)

June 10, 1999

June 10, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [23-1] motion to require defendant to issue corrective notice, [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations, [26-1] motion to stay discovery (pdw)

June 15, 1999

June 15, 1999

PACER
31

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story DENYING [23-1] motion to require defendant to issue corrective notice by plaintiffs (cc) (pdw) (Entered: 06/17/1999)

June 17, 1999

June 17, 1999

PACER
32

REPLY by defendant to response to [26-1] motion to stay discovery (pdw) (Entered: 06/22/1999)

June 22, 1999

June 22, 1999

PACER
33

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel 30(b)(6) deposition & dft's compliance with discovery and record preservation obligations with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 06/24/1999)

June 23, 1999

June 23, 1999

PACER
34

PROTECTIVE ORDER ENTERED by Judge Richard W. Story regarding confidential information. **SEE ORDER FOR DETAILS** **AMENDED BY [57-1] ORDER** (pdw) (Entered: 06/24/1999)

June 23, 1999

June 23, 1999

PACER
35

MOTION by defendant for protective order with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 24, 1999

June 24, 1999

PACER
36

REPLY by defendant to response to [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations (pdw) (Entered: 06/25/1999)

June 24, 1999

June 24, 1999

PACER
37

TELE-CONFERENCE HELD before Judge Richard W. Story, hearing scheduled for 7/15/99 @ 2:00 regarding motion to dismiss class; after ruling on motion, court will refer discovery to magistrate (pdw) (Entered: 06/28/1999)

June 25, 1999

June 25, 1999

PACER
38

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story DENYING [26-1] motion to stay discovery by Coca-Cola Company, motion hearing set for [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations 2:00 7/15/99 (cc) (pdw) (Entered: 06/28/1999)

June 25, 1999

June 25, 1999

PACER
39

MOTION by defendant for modification of the scheduling order with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 07/02/1999)

June 30, 1999

June 30, 1999

PACER
40

Response by defendant to [33-1] motion to compel 30(b)(6) deposition & dft's compliance with discovery and record preservation obligations (pdw) (Entered: 07/08/1999)

July 7, 1999

July 7, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [33-1] motion to compel 30(b)(6) deposition & dft's compliance with discovery and record preservation obligations (FILE IN CHAMBERS) (pdw)

July 8, 1999

July 8, 1999

PACER
41

Brief by plaintiffs in Opposition to [35-1] motion for protective order (pdw) (Entered: 07/12/1999)

July 8, 1999

July 8, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [35-1] motion for protective order (**FILE IN CHAMBERS**) (pdw)

July 12, 1999

July 12, 1999

PACER

TRANSCRIPT filed RE: for 6/25/99 teleconference Court Reporter: Martha J. Frutchey - (pdw)

July 12, 1999

July 12, 1999

PACER
42

Response by plaintiffs to [39-1] motion for modification of the scheduling order (pdw) (Entered: 07/14/1999)

July 13, 1999

July 13, 1999

PACER
43

Hearing brief and sur-reply by plaintiffs in Opposition to [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations (pdw) (Entered: 07/14/1999)

July 13, 1999

July 13, 1999

PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 6/25/99 before Judge Richard W. Story, by Court Reporter Martha J. Frutchey. (pa)

July 14, 1999

July 14, 1999

PACER
44

MOTION by plaintiffs to modify protective order on confidentiality (REDACTED VERSION) with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 07/16/1999)

July 15, 1999

July 15, 1999

PACER
45

MOTION by plaintiffs to modify protective order on confidentiality with brief in support. (**FILED UNDER SEAL**) (pdw) (Entered: 07/16/1999)

July 15, 1999

July 15, 1999

PACER

Proposed order by plaintiffs re: request by plaintiff's counsel that they be permitted to interview and obtain testimony from former Coca-Cola employees (to judge) (pdw)

July 15, 1999

July 15, 1999

PACER
46

Motion HEARING held before Judge Richard W. Story 7/15/99 [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations (DENIED), [33-1] motion to compel 30(b)(6) deposition & dft's compliance with discovery and record preservation obligations (GRANTED IN PART), [35-1] motion for protective order (DENIED), [39-1] motion for modification of the scheduling order (DENIED); all discovery issues are referred to Magistrate Judge Scofield (pdw) (Entered: 07/16/1999)

July 16, 1999

July 16, 1999

PACER
47

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story DENYING [25-1] motion to dismiss class allegations by Coca-Cola Company, GRANTING IN PART AND DENYING IN PART [33-1] motion to compel 30(b)(6) deposition & dft's compliance with discovery and record preservation obligations by plaintiffs (GRANTED as to 30(b)(6) deposition of dft; dft is ORDERED to identify and produce all documents relating to its employment policies and practices governing compensation, promotions, performance evaluations, affirmative action initiatives, employee discipline, & termination; DENIED as to the extent plas seek production of every Coca-Cola personnel file; DENIED as to plas request for a document preservation order); [35-1] motion for protective order by Coca-Cola Company, DENYING [39-1] motion for modification of the scheduling order by Coca-Cola Company; all discovery issues are REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Clayton E. Scofield (cc) (pdw) (Entered: 07/16/1999)

July 16, 1999

July 16, 1999

PACER

Terminated submissions to district judge. (pdw)

July 16, 1999

July 16, 1999

PACER

FILE SUBMITTED to Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III (pdw)

July 23, 1999

July 23, 1999

PACER
48

Privilege Log as of 7/23/99 by defendant, pursuant to [28-1] scheduling order (pdw) (Entered: 07/26/1999)

July 23, 1999

July 23, 1999

PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 7/15/99 before Judge Richard W. Story, by Court Reporter Martha J. Frutchey. (pa)

July 28, 1999

July 28, 1999

PACER
49

Reply by defendant to [45-1]/[44-1] motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (pdw) (Entered: 07/30/1999)

July 29, 1999

July 29, 1999

PACER
50

Opposition by defendant to plaintiffs' proposed order (pdw) (Entered: 07/30/1999)

July 29, 1999

July 29, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III on [45-1]/ [44-1] motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (FILE IN CHAMBERS) (pdw)

July 30, 1999

July 30, 1999

PACER

TRANSCRIPT filed RE: for dates of 7/15/99 motion hearing Court Reporter: M.J. Frutchey (pdw)

Aug. 3, 1999

Aug. 3, 1999

PACER
51

REPLY brief by plaintiffs in support of [45-1]/[44-1] motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (pdw) (Entered: 08/06/1999)

Aug. 5, 1999

Aug. 5, 1999

PACER
52

MOTION by defendant for permission to file a response to plaintiffs' reply brief in support of their motion to modify protective order on confidentiality with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 08/16/1999)

Aug. 13, 1999

Aug. 13, 1999

PACER
53

Response by defendant to plas' [51-1] reply brief in support of their motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (REDACTED VERSION) (pdw) (Entered: 08/16/1999)

Aug. 13, 1999

Aug. 13, 1999

PACER
54

Response by defendant to plas' [51-1] reply brief in support of their motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (**FILED UNDER SEAL**) (pdw) (Entered: 08/16/1999)

Aug. 13, 1999

Aug. 13, 1999

PACER

Terminated submissions to Magistrate Judge. (pdw)

Aug. 17, 1999

Aug. 17, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [44-1]/[45-1] motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (pdw)

Aug. 17, 1999

Aug. 17, 1999

PACER
55

MOTION by plaintiffs for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, and for production of non-privileged documents with brief in support and exhibits. **REDACTED VERSION** (pdw) (Entered: 08/31/1999)

Aug. 30, 1999

Aug. 30, 1999

PACER
56

MOTION by plaintiffs for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, and for production of non-privileged documents with brief in support and exhibits. **FILED UNDER SEAL** (pdw) (Entered: 08/31/1999)

Aug. 30, 1999

Aug. 30, 1999

PACER

SUBMITTED to Judge Richard W. Story on [52-1] motion for permission to file a response to plaintiffs' reply brief in support of their motion to modify protective order on confidentiality (FILE IN CHAMBERS) (pdw)

Aug. 31, 1999

Aug. 31, 1999

PACER
57

ORDER by Judge Richard W. Story GRANTING [52-1] motion for permission to file a response to plaintiffs' reply brief, and considering plas [44-1]/[45-1] motion to modify [34-1] protective order: again, parties are ORDERED to seek to resolve confidentiality issues by communicating with one another and further ORDERING that the [34-1] 6/24/99 protective order be AMENDED to provide that disclosure of confidential information to the Court is permitted at any court proceeding, provided the party wishing to present the information shall give advance ntc to the Court and opposing counsel so that a procedure to protect the confidentiality of the information can be agreed upon. (cc) (pdw) (Entered: 09/02/1999)

Sept. 1, 1999

Sept. 1, 1999

PACER
58

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel production of documents and compliance with scheduling order with brief in support. **REDACTED VERSION**) (pdw) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 9, 1999

Sept. 9, 1999

PACER
59

MOTION by plaintiffs to compel production of documents and compliance with scheduling order with brief in support. **FILED UNDER SEAL** (pdw) (Entered: 09/10/1999)

Sept. 9, 1999

Sept. 9, 1999

PACER

Terminated submissions. (pdw)

Sept. 14, 1999

Sept. 14, 1999

PACER
60

MOTION by plaintiffs for determination of sanctions with brief in support and exhibits G,H,I. (**EXHIBITS FILED UNDER SEAL**) (kt) (Entered: 09/16/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999

Sept. 16, 1999

PACER
61

Notice of filing original depositions by plaintiffs. (kt) (Entered: 09/16/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999

Sept. 16, 1999

PACER

Depositions of Lois C. Johnson, Paul J. Markley, and William R. Newton taken for plaintiffs. (kt)

Sept. 16, 1999

Sept. 16, 1999

PACER
62

MOTION by plaintiffs for removal of "confidential" designation from documents filed with the court with brief in support. (**FILED UNDER SEAL**) (pdw) (Entered: 09/17/1999)

Sept. 16, 1999

Sept. 16, 1999

PACER
63

Joint MOTION by parties to extend time for dft to respond to [55-1]/[56-1] motion for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, with proposed order (to mag judge) (pdw) (Entered: 09/17/1999)

Sept. 17, 1999

Sept. 17, 1999

PACER
64

ORDER by Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III GRANTING [63-1] joint motion to extend time until 9/24/99 for dft to respond to [55-1]/[56-1] motion for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, [55-56] motions to be submitted on 9/27/99 (cc) (kt) (Entered: 09/22/1999)

Sept. 20, 1999

Sept. 20, 1999

PACER
65

Notice to take depositions of Ed Walker, Anthony Richardson, Bruce Blake, Carlotta Blount-Cummins, Denise Marshall, Ann Ellsberry, and Elzora Andrews by defendant (pdw) (Entered: 09/23/1999)

Sept. 22, 1999

Sept. 22, 1999

PACER
66

MOTION by defendant, with consent of plas, to extend time to respond to [58-1]/[59-1] motion to compel production of documents and compliance with scheduling order with brief in support and proposed consent order. (to mag) (pdw) (Entered: 09/24/1999)

Sept. 23, 1999

Sept. 23, 1999

PACER
67

MOTION by defendant to exceed page limit for its opposition to plas' motion for (1) removal of "privileged" designations and (2) production of privileged documents with brief in support. (pdw) (Entered: 09/24/1999)

Sept. 24, 1999

Sept. 24, 1999

PACER
68

MOTION by defendant to extend time until 9/27/99 to respond to [56-1] motion for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, [56-2] motion for production of non-privileged documents with brief in support. (kt) (Entered: 09/28/1999)

Sept. 24, 1999

Sept. 24, 1999

PACER
69

ORDER by Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III GRANTING [68-1] motion to extend time until 9/27/99 to respond to [56-1] motion for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, [56-2] motion for production of non-privileged documents (cc by mag 9/24/99 ) (pdw) (Entered: 09/28/1999)

Sept. 24, 1999

Sept. 24, 1999

PACER
70

ORDER by Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III GRANTING [66-1] motion to extend time until 10/1/99 to respond to [58-1]/[59-1] motion to compel production of documents and compliance with scheduling (cc) (kt) (Entered: 09/28/1999)

Sept. 27, 1999

Sept. 27, 1999

PACER
71

ORDER by Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III GRANTING [67-1] motion to exceed page limit for its opposition to plas' motion for (1) removal of "privileged" designations and (2) production of privileged documents (cc) (kt) (Entered: 09/28/1999)

Sept. 27, 1999

Sept. 27, 1999

PACER
72

Opposition by defendant to [55-1]/[56-1] motion for removal of "privileged" designation from documents listed on dft's privilege log, [55-2]/[56-2] motion for production of non-privileged documents, with redacted and unredacted versions of appendix to opposition (**UNREDACTED VERSION OF APPENDIX FILED UNDER SEAL**) (pdw) (Entered: 09/28/1999)

Sept. 27, 1999

Sept. 27, 1999

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Equal Employment

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 12, 1998

Closing Date: 2001

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All African-American persons employed by Defendant Coca-Cola in salaried exempt and non-exempt positions (commonly referred to as ‘Associates’ by Defendant) in the United States at any time from April 22, 1995, to June 14, 2000

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Coca-Cola Co., Private Entity/Person

Defendant Type(s):

Retailer

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1981

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

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

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: 56 million

Order Duration: 2001 - 2005

Issues

General:

Disparate Treatment

Pattern or Practice

Discrimination-area:

Other Conditions of Employment (including assignment, transfer, hours, working conditions, etc)

Pay / Benefits

Promotion

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black

Affected Gender:

Female

Male