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Price v. Equilon Enterprises LLC

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

May 15, 2018

RACHEL A. PRICE, an individual; and TESSA V. GEHARDT, an individual, Plaintiffs,
v.
EQUILON ENTERPRISES, LLC, d/b/a SHELL OIL PRODUCTS US, a Delaware Limited Liability Company, Defendant.

          WILLIAMS KASTNER Sheryl J. Willert, WSBA #08617 Jeffery M. Wells, WSBA #45840 Attorneys for Defendants

          BRESKIN JOHNSON & TOWNSEND PLLC Daniel F. Johnson, WSBA No. 27848 Cynthia J. Heidelberg, WSBA No. 44121 Attorneys for Plaintiffs

          STIPULATED MOTION AND ORDER TO CONTINUE TRIAL DATE AND EXTEND EXISTING PRETRIAL DEADLINES

          Marsha J. Pechman United States District Judge.

         I. INTRODUCTION

         The Parties, by and through their attorneys of record, hereby submit this Stipulated Motion to Continue Trial Date and to Extend Existing Pretrial Deadlines. The Parties jointly request an Order continuing the current November 19, 2018 trial date until June 3, 2019, or as close a date thereto as the Court's schedule permits. The parties additionally request that all pretrial deadlines be continued commensurate with the new trial date. This is the first request for a continuance in this case.

         II. STATEMENT OF FACTS

         A. Case Overview

         Plaintiffs Rachel Price and Tessa Gehardt work for Defendant Equilon Enterprises, LLC (“Shell”) in Shell's Laboratory in Anacortes, Washington. They bring claims of retaliation and discrimination under the Washington Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60 (“WLAD”), and allege that they were passed over for promotion in favor of less qualified, heterosexual men, after having complained of a hostile work environment, discrimination on the basis of gender, and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The instant case involves promotions that Ms. Price and Ms. Gehardt applied for in 2014 and 2015. Defendant denies all claims.

         B. Basis for Continuance

         This case is closely related to an earlier-filed case involving the same parties, entitled Price et al. v. Equilon Enterprises LLC, no. 2:11-cv-1553 (“Price I”), over which Judge Coughenour is presiding. Price I involves similar claims of gender and sexual orientation discrimination under the WLAD, but is based on promotions that Plaintiffs sought and were denied in 2011 and 2012.

         In June of 2014, Plaintiffs tried their claims in Price I. After a defense verdict was entered, Plaintiffs appealed and continued to work in the Lab. During the pendency of the appeal, Plaintiffs allege that they experienced continued discrimination and retaliatory treatment, including being passed up for a promotion for a third and fourth time. In 2017, the 2014 jury verdict in Price I was vacated and the case remanded for a new trial.

         After Judge Coughenour denied Plaintiffs leave to amend their complaint in the first action to add claims related to the more recent promotions, Plaintiffs filed the instant lawsuit (“Price II”). After filing this lawsuit, Plaintiffs also requested that Judge Coughenour consolidate the two cases because they involve common issues of law and fact, identical parties, and overlapping witness lists. That request was denied.

         Although Price I was originally scheduled for trial on March 26, 2018, due to criminal trials scheduled for that date Judge Coughenour re-set it for December 3, 2018 (no. 2:11-cv-1553, dkt. 245). This creates a clear conflict with the scheduled trial in this case for November 19, 2018. Both parties ...


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