Court Dismisses Amended Complaint Brought by Board Member Dee Perry
Court Dismisses Amended Complaint Brought by Board Member Dee Perry Against Laguna Beach Unified School District Board Members and Superintendent
Laguna Beach, Calif. – On Monday, June 8, 2020, the U.S. District Court dismissed, for the second time, Laguna Beach Unified School District Board Member Dee Perry’s lawsuit against her fellow Board Members and Superintendent Jason Viloria. The court dismissed Perry’s original complaint on March 18, noting her conclusory allegations were insufficient to state a claim for relief. Perry amended her complaint and defendants again filed a motion to dismiss. The Court ruled that Perry again failed to state proper claims for relief, and she “does not adequately allege a continuing or imminent threat of violation of law.”
“We are pleased that the court recognized, for a second time, that the board operates as an entity, and no board member has individual authority,” said Board President Peggy Wolff. “Differences of opinions among Board members occur, but does not demonstrate cause for filing a lawsuit and needlessly diverting district resources away from students. It is time for the Board to get back to supporting the District during this time of crisis and focusing on our students,” said Wolff.
The Court has given Perry 30 days to amend her complaint for a second time.Laguna Beach Unified School District, June 8, 2020, Media Release