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Second Circuit Affirms Judgment for Firm Client After 8-Day Trial

Posted January 22, 2015Firm News

In January 2014, following an 8-day bench trial in May 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge Davidson in the Southern District of New York issued an order finding that Pace University did not discriminate against a tenured professor on the basis of his national origin when he was denied a promotion to full professor.  The trial involved 14 witnesses and thousands of pages of exhibits.  Edward Cerasia II was the lead trial lawyer. 

The plaintiff appealed the trial court’s decision.  On January 16, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a summary order affirming the trial judge’s decision and judgment in favor of Pace.  The Second Circuit concluded that “the preponderance of the evidence did not show that Pace’s legitimate, non-discriminatory reason for not promoting [the plaintiff] was a pretext for discrimination.”  Ed briefed and argued the appeal.