MSSSV Defense Verdict

MSSSV (partner Steven Verveniotis) obtained a defense verdict at the jury trial of the case Browne v. Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District et al, where the dispositive question: “Has Plaintiff proved by a preponderance of the evidence that the Board of Education of the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Central School District discriminated against Plaintiff on the basis of Plaintiff’s gender” was answered with a resounding “No.” The plaintiff, teacher Robert Browne, had claimed that charges leveled against him by the Board as to improprieties with respect to grading a 2006 Regents exam were motivated by his gender, but the jury was convinced otherwise by proof that the School District did not make decisions based upon anyone’s gender but upon the information available to the Superintendent and the Board as to the conduct of each individual involved in the grading of the 2006 Regents exam.