Case management order, trial date set in mother's band teacher suit

Amelia Flood Dec. 20, 2010, 9:00am


A case management order has been entered setting the timeline leading up to a potential trial in a suit against O'Fallon School District #203, its teachers union and former band teacher Matthew Lang over Lang's sexual relationship with the plaintiff's teenage daughter.

The case management order was entered following a Dec. 15 case management conference.

Plaintiff Jane Doe claims that the O'Fallon district and teachers union concealed information about Lang's previous inappropriate relationships with students when asked by Alton school officials during a job hunt that led the Alton Community Unit School District #11 to hire Lang as a band teacher.

While Lang was teaching in Alton, he had a sexual relationship with Mary Doe, the plaintiff's teenage daughter.

Lang pled guilty to criminal charges related to the affair.

The Alton district was originally named as a defendant in the case.

The Alton defendants were dropped from the suit earlier this year.

The O'Fallon district recently lost a chance to take the case to St. Clair County when the Fifth District Appellate Court denied the district leave to appeal a transfer order that Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis denied it in September.

In the Dec. 15 case management order, the parties are to complete discovery by April 1, 2011.

They are to retain expert witnesses and make them ready for depositions by July 1, 2011.

The parties are also ordered to submit a trial date for the case within 30 days of the entry of the case management order.

The suit is set for further case management in March.

Thomas Falb represents Jane Doe.

James Craney and others represent the O'Fallon district.

Lang does not have an attorney listed in the civil case.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-886.

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