Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yesterday's blog noted that a group of parents planned to file a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against the Valley Swim Club but neglected to report that one lawsuit has already been filed by a parent. Today's story in the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that the costs of the lawsuits could threaten the existence of the club. Of course, the lawsuits would also be expensive for the plaintiffs - the day camp involved and the families. Sen. Arlen Specter has met with club officials and, separately, with the executive director of the day camp. He has suggested that instead of litigation the parties use mediation through the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice. A mediated process will likely be less expensive, be resolved more quickly, and could allow the parties to reach a better result.