Gohl v. Livonia Public Schools, et al. (E.D. Michigan)
After over two years of litigation and over 100 days of depositions, Clark Hill, along with their co-defense counsel, obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against all Defendants. In this case before United States District Judge Mark Goldsmith, the Plaintiff, on behalf of her minor son, alleged numerous federal and state causes of action arising from alleged misconduct by the minor’s teacher and paraprofessional, and the alleged failure on the part of the related services personnel, administration and the School District to report the alleged misconduct. Clark Hill represented the paraprofessional, who denied any misconduct. In a 40-page opinion, Judge Goldsmith thoroughly analyzed the law related to the federal claims and applied that law to the factual record presented through, among other things, dozens of transcripts, the reports of Plaintiff’s purported experts, and the Plaintiff’s developmental record at the school. In dismissing the federal claims with prejudice, Judge Goldsmith agreed with all of the legal arguments presented by Clark Hill and its co-defense counsel. Having determined that the Plaintiff’s federal claims lack merit, the Court found that the case no longer retained a federal character and, therefore, dismissed the state law claims without prejudice. The defense team stands prepared to defend against the state law claims, should the Plaintiff choose to refile in state court.