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Complaints Filed in Federal Court:
Collected by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq.

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This page contains a listing of a number of spec ed Complaints, most filed in Federal courts.

The listing is chronological with the date filed, followed by the name of the case, some of the issues and allegations and name of lead parent/child's attorney(s), followed by the URL.

To find out more about each case, including the outcome, take the name of the party, such as the first one below,   withers   enter it into our onsite Google search engine in the upper right hand corner of this page, and you will find the outcome of the case and sometimes more, such as jury instructions and briefs.

1992 - State Court, WV, Doe v. Withers - Successful jury trial against History teacher who refused to follow IEP, $15,000 damages awarded. Attorney Bill Byrne

1997 - US Dist Ct, OH, James v. Upper Arlington Sch. Dist. - No IEP until student enrollment, dyslexia, Orton-Gillingham, Reading Recovery, tuition reimbursement. (Prevailed at 6th Circuit.) - Attorney Pete Wright

1998 - US Dist Ct, NV, Witte v. Clark - Violations of Constitution, 504, ADA, charge of assault, damages, no exhaustion. - Attorney Sara Winter

1998 - US Dist Ct, AR, Fales v. Garst - Allegations by spec ed teachers that HS Principal discriminated against spec ed students. Spec ed teacher fired, suit against Principal alleging Constitutional violations. Attorney Marcia Barnes

1999 - US Dist Ct, VA, Jaynes v. Newport News School Board - Appeal of State Decision, S/L, reimbursement and request for attorney's fees. - Attorney Pete Wright

2000 - US Dist Ct, OR, Settlegoode v. Portland Public Schools - Spec ed adapted PE teacher fired, blackballed, jury trial, award of one million dollars, upheld on appeal. Section 504 retaliation, defamation, whistleblower allegations. Attorney William Goode

2000 - US Dist Ct, VA, White v. VA Dept of Ed - State's failure to require LEA to implement due process decision favorable to child. Attorney Pete Wright

2000 - US Dist Ct, OH, Burriola v. Greater Toledo YMCA - Termination of child with autism from daycare, 504 violation. - Attorney Tom Zraik

2002 - OCR Complaint, VA Beach Pub.Sch - OCR discrimination complaint form - Successful complaint alleging early dismissal for school bus transportation of spec ed children by Virginia Beach Public Schools. Attorney Malcolm Higgins

2004 - US Dist Ct, AK, Noon v. State Board of Alaska - Class Action, "Exhaustion Not Required." - Attorney Sid Wolinsky

2006 - US Dist Ct, CO, McArthur v. Academy Sch, Dist. 20 - Sexual abuse of child w/ disability, violation of Constitution, damages, jury trial. - Attorney Jeffrey Weeks

2006 - US Dist Ct, GA, Draper v. Atlanta Public Schools - Draper 1, MisDiagnosis, "Poor Man's Burlington", Comp Ed. - Attorneys David Monde, Steven Wyner, Marcy Tiffany

2007 - US Dist Ct, GA, Draper v. Atlanta Public Schools - Draper 2, this is the 504 suit for dollar damages after successful verdict in Draper 1. - Attorneys David Monde, Steven Wyner, Marcy Tiffany

2007 - US Dist. Ct, PA, Tereance D. v. Philadelphia Sch. Dist. - Statute of Limitations, tolling, comp ed, attorney's fees, ESY. Attorney Lorrie McKinley

2007 - US Dist Ct, VA, H.H. v. Moffett, Chesterfield County Public Sch. - Neglect and abuse of spec ed child by spec ed teacher and aide, alleged violations of Constitution, no exhaustion, no allegation of violation of IDEA 2004. (4h Circuit denied immunity claims.) - Attorney Bill Hurd

2008 - US Dist Ct, NC, Disability Rights North Carolina v. Wake County Bd of Ed. - Denial of access to data for investigation by P&A. - Attorney John Rittelmeyer

2010 - US Dist Ct, PA, N.N. v. Tunkhannock Area Sch. Dist. - Illegal search and seizure of cell phone, Constitutional violations. - Attorney Jacob Cohn

2010 - US Dist Ct, PA, Robbins v. Lower Merion Sch. Dist. - Motion for Injunction subsequent to Class Action Complaint about school district activating student's webcams on school supplied laptop computers while students at home. Invasion of privacy. Attorney Mark Haltzman

2011 - US Dist Ct, HI, Doug C. v. Hawaii Dept of Ed. - IEP meeting w/o parent, IEP + services lapse? (Major pro child decision by 9th Cir.) Attorney Keith Peck

2012 - US Dist Ct, CA, Jorge David A. v. South Bay Union Sch. Dist - CP child abused by staff. Ten Million Dollar settlement! Attorney Marc Adelman

2013 - US Dist Ct, CA, Evans v. Antioch Unified School Dist. - Spec ed teacher verbally and physically abused her students. Case filed against teacher, administrators, and school district. Case settled for Eight Million Dollars. Note: Violation of IDEA 2004 not alleged. Attorney Peter Alfert

2013 - US Dist Ct, TN, Connor Scott v. Williamson County School Board and Willie Dickerson. - Complaint alleged that a child with seizures was not allowed to enroll in school because it would hurt the high school's "statistics." Jury trial requested. Attorney Justin Gilbert


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