Los Angeles – In what has been described as a major victory for trial nationally-renowned trial attorney Willie Gary, Los Angeles United States District Court Judge Gary Allen Feess issued a ruling allowing his client’s multi-million dollar discrimination and conspiracy claims to proceed against the individual board members of the Los Angeles Community College District; one of the largest school districts in the country and others.
The multi-million dollar lawsuit is being handled by Willie Gary, senior partner of Gary, Williams, Lewis and Watson, P.L. and Marwan Porter, managing partner of the Porter Firm, both based in Stuart, Florida, and co-counsel, James Leonard Brown of Los Angeles, California on behalf of Fu-Gen, Inc. The suit alleges that Fu-Gen, Inc., an African-American and female-owned research and investigation corporation, was racially discriminated against in connection with the award of a multi-million dollar contract to provide inspector general services. Furthermore, the lawsuit details the discrimination, conspiracy and the irreparable damages suffered by Fu-Gen as a result of the individual board members of the Los Angeles Community College District and others’ bad dealings and discriminatory conduct.
The Court allowed Fu-Gen, Inc.’s federal civil rights race discrimination and conspiracy claims to proceed despite the Defendant’s vigorous attempts to have the case dismissed in its entirety.
“This is an example of a grave injustice,” said Gary. The Los Angeles Community College District may have a monopoly on awarding contracts, but they do not have a monopoly on justice,” Gary continued.
“We pursued this case to seek justice in what we view as one of the most egregious examples of racially motivated bid-rigging,” commented Porter.
“Fu Gen, Inc., a small African -American and female-owned business wanted, without seeking any special advantage based on its racial identity, to merely compete on equal footing in the bidding process for a multi-million contract,” stated Brown. “Despite receiving the highest score in the bidding process, Fu Gen, Inc. was excluded from the short-list and not even granted an interview,” Brown continued.
Gary and his legal team are known for taking on some of the nation’s most powerful corporate giants, including the funeral industry. In 1995, a jury awarded Gary and his legal team a record-breaking, half-billion dollars against one of the world’s largest funeral chains, The Loewen Group. In addition, Gary is noted for winning a $240 million jury verdict in Orange County against the Walt Disney Corporation for his clients who alleged that Disney stole their idea for a sports theme park. In 2001, a jury awarded Gary a $139.6 million verdict for the Maris Distributing Company against Anheuser Busch.