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.