Three days into a federal civil rights trial, Daniel S. Sweetser
successfully obtained a $200,000 settlement for our client against a local school district. During our client’s freshman year at a local high school, she was sexually molested by a school employee. Dan sued the school district under the federal civil rights law, claiming the school failed to properly respond to previous complaints about the employee acting inappropriately with other female students. Dan also sued the employee, but felt it imperative to establish the case against the school district because of the unlikelihood that his client would ever be able to collect damages from the employee, due to his poor financial condition.
The case was tried in the United States District Court in Trenton before Senior Judge Anne Thompson. After three days of trial and completion of the plaintiff’s case, the school district initiated settlement discussions and ultimately agreed to pay our client a $200,000 settlement. (2007)