MAGISTRATE MEETING: SETTLEMENT POSSIBLE, BUT COURT HOLDS DATE…
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2023 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The federal discrimination case against the Seven Bridges Delray Beach Homeowners Association is now set for March 13th. A status conference held Tuesday with Federal Magistrate Judge William Matthewman — the first update in nearly a year — revealed that while both sides believe a settlement conference may be “beneficial,” all eyes are on a March 13th start for a multi-day trial.
As BocaNewsNow.com was first to report in the days after the complaint was first filed: the high-profile case pits a Christian homeowner against what she claims was a discriminatory board of directors that sided with a Jewish homeowner after an alleged incident on the community’s tennis courts.
The suit stems from allegations made by Seven Bridges Homeowner Deborah LaGrasso that several members of the Seven Bridges women’s tennis league verbally assaulted her children while playing tennis on the community’s tennis courts.
LaGrasso was accused of physically attacking one of the women, although there is no video evidence that proves whether or not a physical altercation took place. Video of the incident appears, above. The incident led to sanctions against LaGrasso by the HOA. Several months later, after LaGrasso is believed to have posted her opinions about the HOA on an anonymous Facebook page, LaGrasso and Seven Bridges homeowner Rachel Tannenholz allegedly made derogatory comments about the other on social media. The HOA once again sanctioned LaGrasso, including for writing antisemitic and derogatory comments online. When LaGrasso complained to the HOA about Tannenholz, however, the Board of Directors did not sanction her. Among the complaints allegedly ignored by the Board: LaGrasso’s claim that Tannenholz told her to move to a community that isn’t primarily Jewish. The phone call was recorded. The sanctions imposed against Lagrasso: $5,000 and a year-long ban from using amenities in the Seven Bridges community. The sanction imposed against Tannenholz: none.
LaGrasso, who filed suit back in 2020, is seeking $7M from the community. While certain elements of the complaint have been dismissed over the past two years, Federal Magistrate Judge Matthewman has not dismissed the entire claim. Both sides agreed Tuesday to consider a settlement conference if both sides are open to settlement. Read previous coverage here.
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