568 F2d 1073 United States v. Allegheny-Ludlum Industries Inc

568 F.2d 1073

17 Fair Empl.Prac.Cas. 38, 16 Empl. Prac.
Dec. P 8174
UNITED STATES of America et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees,
ALLEGHENY-LUDLUM INDUSTRIES, INC., et al., Defendants-Appellees,
Sidney S. HARRIS et al., Intervenors-Appellants.

No. 76-1067.

United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

Feb. 28, 1978.

Jack Greenberg, Eric Schnapper, Charles Ralston, James M. Nabrit, Deborah M. Greenberg, New York City, Barry L. Goldstein, Washington, D. C., Oscar W. Adams, Jr., James K. Baker, U. W. Clemon, Birmingham, Ala., Gerald Smith, Kenneth Johnson, Norris Ramsey, Baltimore, Md., Bernard D. Marcus, Pittsburgh, Pa., Sidney Raskind, Houston, Tex., Gabrielle K. McDonald, Mark T. McDonald, Houston, Tex., for intervenors-appellants.

William K. Murray, J. R. Forman, Jr., D. Frank Davis, Joseph W. Letzer, Birmingham, Ala., Ralph L. McAfee, Anthony A. Dean, New York City, Leonard L. Scheinholtz, Jerome Powell, Washington, D. C., Walter P. DeForest, III, Patrick W. Ritchey, Carl H. Hellerstedt, Jr., Edward J. O'Connell, Joseph P. Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pa., Thomas R. Alexander, Cleveland, Ohio, S. G. Clark, Jr., David S. Dennison, Pittsburgh, Pa., G. J. Haney, Youngstown, Ohio, Bernard Kleiman, Chicago, Ill., Michael Gottesman, George H. Cohen, Robert M. Weinberg, Washington, D. C., Robert T. Moore, Atty., Civil Rights Div., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., E. C. Perkins, Bethlehem, Pa., Jerome A. Cooper, Birmingham, Ala., Beatrice Rosenberg, Washington, D. C., Carl B. Frankel, Asst. Gen. Counsel, U. S. Steelworkers of America, Pittsburgh, Pa., for defendants-appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.


Before WISDOM, GEE and TJOFLAT, Circuit Judges.



We have withheld action on petition for rehearing in this matter to await the decision of the Supreme Court in Christiansburg Garment Co. v. E.E.O.C., --- U.S. ----, 98 S.Ct. 694, 54 L.Ed.2d 648, No. 76-383 on its docket. That decision was handed down January 23, 1978. Since it squarely and unequivocally determines the standard to be applied in awarding attorneys' fees to prevailing defendants in such cases as these, we see no occasion to request a response to the petition for rehearing before acting in obedience to Christiansburg. Fed.R.App.P. Rule 40 provides that such petitions will not "ordinarily" be granted in the absence of such a response, but a case which the Supreme Court specifically and unanimously notes as having adopted the wrong rule, --- U.S. ----, at ----, 98 S.Ct. 694, 54 L.Ed.2d 648, is not an ordinary one.


We therefore grant the petition for rehearing of the appellants Harris, et al., and withdraw that portion of the opinion relating to the standard to be applied in awarding attorneys' fees to prevailing defendants. This portion consists of the entire paragraph, last but one in the opinion, commencing, "The second question is . . . ." 558 F.2d 742, 744, 5 Cir. (1977). No replacement for this language is necessary, the district court being as capable as we of reading and applying Christiansburg.


It is so ORDERED.