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Case Name Case Number and Court Alleged Discrimination Result
Grayson
v. Georgia Dept. of Human Resources, et al.
CAFN 1:90-cv-1290-JTC
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; Affirmed by 11th Circuit
Winter
v. State of Georgia, Board of Regents (University of
Georgia), et al.
CAFN 1:91-cv-1921-GET
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Speech, Due process Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; No appeal
Maxton
v. City of Blairsville and Carson
CAFN 2:93-cv-0044-WCO

(U.S. District Court, N.D.
Ga.)

Speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; No appeal
Kennedy
v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, et al.
CAFN 1:93-cv-2178-JOF
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; No appeal
Szostak
v. Board of Regents (Georgia Tech), et al.
CAFN
1:93-cv-2762-JRS (U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Gender, speech Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Defense jury verdict on remaining claims;
Appeal dismissed
Dove
v. City of Alpharetta, et al.
CAFN 1:94-cv-0125-ODE
(U.S. District Court, N.D.
Ga.)
Speech, Fair Labor
Standards (overtime)
Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Remaining claims settled for nominal
sum
Swanson
and Ponder v. Georgia Peace Officers Standards and Training Council
,
et al.
CAFN 94-cv-1573-GET
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Gender, speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; No appeal
Thomas
v. Ron Turner & Assoc.
CAFN 3:95-cv-26-JTC
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race Complete summary
judgment for defendants recommended by Magistrate Judge; Settled
for nominal sum
Stout
v. Board of Regents (University of
Georgia), et al.
CAFN 1:95-cv-0169-WBH
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Sexual harassment,
speech
Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Defense jury verdict on remaining claims
(8/3/98); Appeal dismissed
Reinhart
v. Georgia State University Athletic Association, et al.
CAFN 1:95-cv-0204-FMH
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Gender Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; Affirmed by 11th

Circuit

Kathleen
M. Morris v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, et al.
CAFN 1:95-cv-2810-FMH
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Defense jury verdict on remaining claims;
Motion for new trial withdrawn
Jackson
v. Decatur County, et al.
CAFN 6:96-cv-83
(U.S. District Court, Middle District of Ga.)
Speech, Fair Labor
Standards (overtime)
Settled for nominal
sum
Springfield
v. Bartow County, et al.
CAFN 4:96-cv-0252-HLM
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Sexual harassment Plaintiff’s
jury verdict for $20,240) (plaintiff’s last pretrial demand was $250,000);
No appeal
Koch
v. Board of Regents (Kennesaw State
University), et al.
CAFN 1:96-cv-1458-WCO
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, religion Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Interlocutory appeal dismissed;
Defense jury verdict on remaining claims; Affirmed by 11th
Cir.
Palmer
v. Board of Regents (Kennesaw State
University), et al.
1:96-cv-1459-WCO
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, religion Partial summary
judgment granted to defendants; Defense jury verdict on remaining
claims; Affirmed by 11th Circuit
Harper
v. City of East Point, et al.
CAFN 96VS0116700D (Fulton
State Court)
Assault by officer, negligent
hiring and retention
Summary judgment granted on
all issues; Partially reversed on appeal; Jury verdict for $20,000
(extremely bad facts for defendants; Defendants offered $150,000 before
trial; Plaintiff demanded $1,000,000)
Kendall
v. Cobb County, Robert Hightower, et al.
Civil Action No. 1:97-cv-0081-RWS
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Speech Defense jury verdict
on all claims; appeal withdrawn
Debra
J. Surry v. Board of Regents (DeKalb
College), et al.
CAFN 1:97-cv-3867-GET
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Disability (ADA) Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants; No appeal
Jones
v. Georgia Dept. of Labor, et al.
CAFN 1:98-cv-0183-JEC
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants on all federal claims; State claims
dismissed without prejudice; No appeal; State claims dropped
Jenkins
v. Georgia Dept. of Corrections, et al.
CAFN 4:98-cv-0101-HLM (U.S.
District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Speech Complete summary
judgment granted to defendants on federal claims; State claims
dismissed without prejudice; No appeal; State claims dropped
Occelli
v. Georgia Institute of Technology, et al.
CAFN 1: 98-cv-3396-ODE
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, national
origin
Voluntarily dismissed
after discovery
Hilleman
v. Board of Regents (Kennesaw State
University), et al.
CAFN . 1: 98-cv-3353-CC
(U.S. District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Age, gender Settled for nominal sum
Dimou
v. Georgia Dept. of Corrections, et al.
CAFN: 4-99-cv-0197-HLM
(U.S. District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Sexual harassment,
speech
Complete summary judgment
granted; Reconsideration denied; No appeal
Kotliar
v. Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
CAFN: 1:00-cv-0553-WBH
(U.S. District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Disability (ADA
and RA)
Defense jury verdict on all
claims; No appeal
Keheley
v. Cobb County, et al.
CAFN 1:01-cv-0247-WBH (U.S.
District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Race Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendants; Appeal dismissed
Higdon
v. Georgia Dept. of Revenue, et al.
CAFN 1:01-cv-2406-ODE (U.S.
District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Disability in public services Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendants; Affirmed by 11th Cir. on appeal
Lapides
v. Board of Regents (Kennesaw State
University)
CAFN 1:01-cv-2554-TWT (U.S.
District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Race, religion Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendant; Affirmed by 11th Cir. on appeal;
Petition for cert. to U.S. Supreme Ct. denied
Schantz
v. Board of Regents, et al.
CAFN 2:02-cv-0152-WCO (U.S.
District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Speech (retaliation against
student)
Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendants; No appeal
Alberta
Cook v. Board of Regents, et al.
CAFN 1:03-cv-0754 CAP (U.S.
District Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race, gender Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendants; No appeal
Spann
v. Cobb County
1:04-cv-1951-MHS (U.S. District
Court, N.D. Ga.)
Race Complete summary judgment
granted to Defendants; Affirmed by 11th Cir. on appeal
Cannon
v. Ga. Dept. of Human Resources
No. 04-cv-1556-6-BBM (U.S.
District Court, N.D. of Ga.)
Race Voluntarily dismissed in discovery
Williams
v. Williamson, et al.
3:04-cv-104-CAR (M.D. Ga.) Gender Nominal settlement
Tatroe
v. Cobb County, et al
CAFN 1:04-cv-1074-WSD (U.S.
District Court, N.D.Ga.)
Speech retaliation Partial summary judgment granted;
Verdict of $2,414 for Plaintiff (who asked for $605,000); No appeal
Thomas
v. Cobb County, et al.
CAFN1:06-cv-1883-JEC (N.D.
Ga.)
Race, Speech retaliation Partial motion to dismiss
granted; Summary judgment granted on remaining claims; No appeal
Swan
& Bell v. Nick Group, Inc., et al.
CAFN 1:11-cv-1713-WSD (N.D.Ga.) FLSA claims for overtime &
minimum wage
Pending in discovery
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