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

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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

Docket [PACER]

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Company

Dec. 29, 2006 Docket
5

Amended Complaint

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola

April 22, 1999 Complaint
47

Order

1999 WL 527835

July 16, 1999 Order/Opinion

Settlement Agreement (signed)

Abdallah v. The Coca Cola Company

Nov. 16, 2000 Settlement Agreement
220

Order Approving Final Notice of Class Settlement

133 F.Supp.2d 1364

Jan. 16, 2001 Order/Opinion
302

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

Abdallah v. The Coca-Cola Company

2001 WL 36041527

May 22, 2001 Pleading / Motion / Brief
365

Order

Ingram v. Coca Cola Company

March 18, 2003 Order/Opinion
368

Stipulation of Dismissal

Ingram v. Coca Cola Company

May 19, 2003 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Second Annual Report of the Task Force

Abdallah v. Coca-Cola Company

Dec. 1, 2003 Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report
373

Order

Ingram v. The Coca Cola Company

Nov. 24, 2004 Order/Opinion

Resources

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Megacases, Diversity, and the Elusive Goal of Workplace Reform

Nancy Levit

Structural reform litigation, lawsuits that aim to create systemic change, dates back to the school desegregation cases of the 1950s and today continues with employment discrimination class action su… March 1, 2008 http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?collection=usjournals&handle=hein.journals/bclr49&id=373

Docket

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

Last updated May 13, 2022

ECF Number Description 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 PACER
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
2

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

Dec. 23, 1998
2

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

Dec. 23, 1998 PACER

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

Dec. 23, 1998 PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr. (Calendar sheets and notice of referral forwarded) (rjp) (Entered: 12/30/1998)

Dec. 23, 1998
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
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 PACER

Completed referral to Mag Judge John R. Strother Jr. (pdw) (Entered: 01/12/1999)

Jan. 12, 1999

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

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 PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (Calendar sheets forwarded, ntc of mag reassignment to counsel and RWS) (pdw) (Entered: 01/12/1999)

Jan. 12, 1999
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
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 PACER

Completed referral to Mag Judge John E. Dougherty (pdw) (Entered: 03/10/1999)

March 10, 1999

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

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 PACER

CASE REFERRED to Mag Judge E. C. Scofield III (Calendar sheets forwarded, mag judge reassignment ntc to counsel, ) (pdw) (Entered: 03/10/1999)

March 10, 1999
5

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

April 22, 1999
5

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

April 22, 1999 PACER
6

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

April 22, 1999
6

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

April 22, 1999 PACER
7

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

April 22, 1999
7

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

April 22, 1999 PACER
8

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

April 22, 1999
8

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

April 22, 1999 PACER
9

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

April 22, 1999 PACER
10

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

April 23, 1999
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
10

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

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 PACER
12

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

April 30, 1999
12

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

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
13

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

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
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
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 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) (Entered: 05/10/1999)

May 10, 1999
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 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 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
17

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

May 12, 1999
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 PACER
19

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

May 13, 1999
17

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

May 12, 1999 PACER

Payment received $ 100.00 Receipt #: 439178 for appl phv of C. Mehri (djh) (Entered: 05/17/1999)

May 13, 1999
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 PACER

Payment received $ 100.00 Receipt #: 439177 for appl phv of P. Coukos (djh) (Entered: 05/17/1999)

May 13, 1999
19

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

May 13, 1999 PACER

TRANSCRIPT filed RE: for dates of 5/13/99 Court Reporter: Martha J. Frutchey - (djh) (Entered: 05/17/1999)

May 14, 1999

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

May 13, 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

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

May 13, 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) (Entered: 05/18/1999)

May 17, 1999

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

May 14, 1999 PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 5/13/99 before Judge Richard W. Story , by Court Reporter Martha J. Frutchey. (djh) (Entered: 05/18/1999)

May 18, 1999
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 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

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 PACER

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

May 18, 1999 PACER

Steno notes of proceedings held 5/18/99 before Judge Richard W. Story , by Court Reporter Thereses J. Vesel. (djh) (Entered: 05/20/1999)

May 20, 1999
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 PACER
22

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

May 24, 1999
23

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

May 27, 1999

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

May 20, 1999 PACER
24

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

May 27, 1999
22

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

May 24, 1999 PACER
25

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

May 28, 1999
23

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

May 27, 1999 PACER
26

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

May 28, 1999
24

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

May 27, 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
25

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

May 28, 1999 PACER
26

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

May 28, 1999 PACER
28

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

June 4, 1999
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 PACER
29

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

June 10, 1999
28

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

June 4, 1999 PACER
30

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

June 10, 1999
29

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

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) (Entered: 06/15/1999)

June 15, 1999
30

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

June 10, 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

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 PACER
32

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

June 22, 1999
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 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
32

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

June 22, 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
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 PACER
35

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

June 24, 1999
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 PACER
36

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

June 24, 1999
35

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

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
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
36

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

June 24, 1999 PACER
39

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

June 30, 1999
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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 PACER

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