CONSENT DECREE

A court order in which both parties to a lawsuit agree to a set of actions to be taken without accepting liability or culpability and without admitting any alleged facts into the court record. The court retains the authority to oversee implementation of the actions agreed to in the Decree. The consent decree presently affecting the MTA establishes obligations, over a 10 year period, that the MTA must fulfill in settlement of the litigation filed in September 1994 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Labor Strategy Center and others.