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Ricci v. DeStefano, No. 07-1428

In a Title VII action claiming that a city discriminated against white firefighter candidates for a promotion by discarding their test results based on a statistical racial disparity, summary judgment for Defendants is reversed where the city's action in discarding the tests violated Title VII, because a threshold showing of a significant statistical disparity is far from a strong basis in evidence that the city would have been liable under Title VII had it certified the test results.

Read Ricci v. DeStefano, No. 07-1428

Appellate Information

Argued April 22, 2009

Decided June 29, 2009


Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court.

Justice Scalia, concurring.

Justice Alito, concurring.

Justice Ginsburg, dissenting.


For Petitioners:

Karen Lee Torre, Law Offices of Norman A. Pattis LLC, New Haven, CT

For Respondents:  

Christopher J. Meade, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Washington, DC

Richard A. Roberts, Nuzzo & Roberts, L.L.C., One Town Center, Cheshire, CT