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Date: 12-06-2023

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Marie Mayerova, et al. v. Eastern Michigan University, et al.

Case Number: 18-cv-11909

Judge: George Caram Steeh

Court: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Wayne County)

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Defendant's Attorney: Brian M. Schwartz, Jacob Michael Hogg, Megan P. Norris

Description: Detroit, Michigan civil rights lawyers represented the Plaintiff who sued the Defendants violated Title IX and the Equal Protection Clause by failing to provide sufficient opportunities for women to participate in athletics. This lawsuit was filed following EMU's decision to eliminate four teams; men's wrestling, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and women's softball. Plaintiffs seek to represent a class of every impacted woman student-athlete, recruit, and future recruit/student-athlete. Count I of the complaint alleges a violation of Title IX. Count II, brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleges a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Plaintiffs filed a motion for temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction on June 15, 2018. (Doc. 3). Defendants filed a response on June 29, 2018. (Doc. 13). Plaintiffs replied on July 9, 2018. (Doc. 17). Both parties filed hearing briefs. (Doc. 23 and 25). The court held oral argument and heard testimony on July 17, 2018. The court took the matter under advisement and ordered supplemental briefing. Each party filed a post-hearing brief on July 31, 2018, (Doc. 43, 35 and 36), and August 7, 2018, (Doc. 37 and 38).

Outcome: Plaintiffs' motion GRANTED.

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