School Litigation

School bullying is unquestionably a serious issue. Whether it’s “traditional” physical bullying or so-called “cyberbullying”, such conduct can have negative effects on the victims for years after the fact. Bullying also presents legal issues, namely, whether and to what extent the school will be liable when a bullied victim sustains injuries. A recent case, Amandola v.…

Read More Bullied Student Survives Summary Judgment in Personal Injury (Negligent Supervision, Hiring, Retention) Personal Injury Action Against School
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In Doe v. Hagenbeck et al., No. 13 CIV. 2802 AKH, 2015 WL 1611153 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 13, 2015), the Southern District of New York held that plaintiff, a West Point cadet, sufficiently alleged gender discrimination under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The court cited numerous instances of inappropriate…

Read More West Point Cadet Sufficiently Alleges Equal Protection Gender Discrimination Claim
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In Doe v. NYC Dept. of Education (decided March 24, 2015), the Appellate Division, First Dept. affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s complaint alleging improper sexual conduct between a teacher and a student. It was “undisputed that defendant Agosto, a substitute teacher at another school and the infant plaintiff’s track coach, had unlawful sexual intercourse with the…

Read More Underage Student Sex Case Dismissed
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In DiGiacomo v. Town of Babylon (App. Div. 2nd Dept. Jan. 28, 2015), the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed the denial of defendant’s motion for summary judgment. Here are the facts of this personal injury case, the six-year old plaintiff was injured when she fell from a “monkey bar”. According to her testimony: [P]rior to her accident,…

Read More “Monkey Bar” Playground Injury Case Continues
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In Arrin C. v. New York City Department of Education (decided June 10, 2014) the Appellate Division, First Department affirmed the trial court’s conditional reduction of a multi-million dollar jury award. Plaintiff, an autistic 11-year old student, sustained injuries to his mouth – including one of his teeth being knocked out and another being knocked into his…

Read More $4.6 Million Pain & Suffering Jury Verdict Reduced to $250,000 in School Injury Case
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Below is petitioner Carisa Gaylardo’s petition, captioned Gaylardo v. City of New York et al. (Index No. 14100400), seeking relief – including back pay, reinstatement, and rescission of her termination and “U” rating – from the City of New York. (Media coverage here.) Petitioner was allegedly terminated for having an “inappropriate” relationship with a student.…

Read More Rejection of Threesome Proposition Allegedly Leads to Firing of Probationary Teacher Carisa Gaylardo
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Below is the federal court complaint recently filed by the parents of aspiring model Jazmin Drain against the Freeport Union Free School District and others, arising from a razor attack by a fellow student. Plaintiffs bring their claims under 42 USC 1983. Plaintiffs alleged, among other things, that defendant school district “failed to properly act” when Jazmin…

Read More $21 Million Lawsuit by Parents Against School District Arising from Razor Attack on Aspiring Model Jazmin Drain
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