On February 2, 2024, Kaplan Hecker & Fink secured a dismissal in the Southern District of New York for client, New York University (NYU), in Doe v. The Board of Directors of New York University et al.

Plaintiff John Doe was an undergraduate at NYU Tisch School of the Arts whose name was included on a Google spreadsheet “blacklist” accusing NYU students of sexual misconduct. Plaintiff sought damages from NYU for those events, principally on the theory that the University committed sex discrimination under Title IX by not identifying and disciplining the individuals behind the anonymous allegations. In addition to his Title IX claims, Plaintiff asserted several state-law claims, over which he asked the Court to exercise supplemental jurisdiction. The Court dismissed Plaintiff’s federal claims with prejudice and declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s state-law claims.

The KHF team included partners Roberta Kaplan and Gabrielle Tenzer, special counsel Matthew Craig, senior associate Amit Jain, associate Jackson Erpenbach, and case managers Alma Bradley and Hannah Charak.

Read the opinion and order here.