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Hogan Lovells Earns Unanimous Ruling by Federal Court of Appeals in Race Discrimination Case Against The Secret Service

01 August 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1 August 2014 – Hogan Lovells secured a victory today for African American Secret Service agents in a long-running lawsuit against the Secret Service. In a unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, it was decided the case will proceed to trial as a class action.

The appellate ruling comes after a federal district court found the plaintiffs had presented significant evidence that the Secret Service engaged in a pattern and practice of discrimination in promotions of African Americans and that the claims of 120 current and former Agents should be tried as a class action.  In denying the Secret Service’s request for appeal, the D.C. Circuit squarely rejected each of the Secret Service’s arguments and found that the lower court “applied the correct standards” in certifying the class.

“This was a resounding victory for our clients,” said Hogan Lovells Appellate practice co-chair Cate Stetson, who argued before the court of appeals. “The Court clearly saw the Secret Service’s arguments for what they were: unsupported theories presented in an effort to further delay resolution of this important case.”

The Court’s decision paves the way for this more than a decade-old case to proceed toward a final resolution.

Today’s ruling can be accessed here.

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