Case Studies

Successful Defense of Saint Louis Public School District in Discrimination Case

Lewis Rice attorneys Vincent D. Reese and Anne R. Kerns successfully defended the St. Louis Public School District in a lawsuit brought by a Black Community Collaborative Specialist who asserted that she was improperly paid less than her White co-worker. The plaintiff originally asserted seven causes of action against the school district, four of which were initially dismissed by the court. After the completion of discovery, the school district moved for summary judgment on the three remaining claims of race discrimination and retaliation. In defense of these claims, the school district presented uncontroverted evidence that the plaintiff's lesser pay was the result of her shorter tenure and experience and not based upon illegal discrimination or retaliation. Ultimately, the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Missouri granted summary judgment on these remaining claims, which fully disposed of this matter.

Victory In Landmark School Case

Lewis Rice attorneys Richard B. Walsh, Jr. and Evan Z. Reid successfully represented the Special Administrative Board governing St. Louis Public Schools and a local taxpayer in opposing a state law that required the district to pay tuition and transportation costs for students to transfer to other school districts, but provided no funding.

The evidence at trial established that the annual cost to St. Louis Public Schools in connection with the law's mandates would be nearly $300 million. The court agreed with the St. Louis Public Schools District and the taxpayer that the law violated the Hancock Amendment to Missouri's Constitution because it imposed new costs without adequate funding from the state and that compliance with the law was impossible. The court blocked enforcement of the law and awarded costs to the school district and attorney's fees to the taxpayer.

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