Hardie v. NCAA, 13-cv-00346-W-DHB (U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D. Calif.).
Summary: This case was brought in February 2013 by Dominic Hardie, a 35-year-old AAU basketball coach from Houston, with a 2001 conviction for possession with intent to distribute less than a gram of cocaine. The plaintiff alleges discrimination in the NCAA’s policy of excluding all ex-felons from, among other things, coaching in high school or amateur games that are NCAA-sanctioned. See, Bloomberg: NCAA sued for barring coach with non-violent conviction. A June 2013 denial of the injunction on procedural grounds was based in part because the plaintiff s civil rights.
Status: Discovery and motions deadlines closed in May and June 2014, respectively, and a scheduling conference is scheduled for August 2014.
Plaintiff counsel: Dan E. Chambers and Thomas H. Prouty of Troutman Sanders, Irvine, CA; Jeffrey M. David and Mark Andrew Woodmansee of Morrison & Foerster, San Diego, CA; ande the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
Defense counsel: Tanja L. Darrow of Littler Mendelson, Los Angeles; Katessa C. Davis and Spencer C. Skeen of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewat, Los Angeles.
Eric J. Ellman is Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs at the Consumer Data Industry Association (CDIA) in Washington, DC. He also served for eight months as Interim President and CEO of the Association. More