Guidry v. Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association

Filing 72

ORDER by Judge Charles R. Breyer denying 57 Motion for Attorney Fees (crblc1, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/22/2013)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 No. C 11-05347 CRB PAUL L. GUIDRY, ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR FEES Plaintiff, v. MARINE ENGINEERS’ BENEFICIAL ASSOCIATION, et al., Defendants. / Having prevailed on summary judgment in this case, Defendant Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association now moves for attorneys’ fees pursuant to section 706(K) of Title VII. See generally Mot. (dkt. 57). Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b), the Court finds this matter suitable for resolution without oral argument, VACATES the hearing currently set for April 26, 2013, and DENIES the Motion. Although Plaintiff Paul Guidry did not prevail in his employment discrimination claims against Defendant, the Court finds that his case was not “frivolous, unreasonable, or groundless,” and that Plaintiff did not “continue[] to litigate after it clearly became so.” See Christiansburg Garment Co. v. EEOC, 434 U.S. 412, 422 (1978). While it is clear to the Court that Defendant was entitled to summary judgment, the Court will “resist the understandable temptation to engage in post hoc reasoning by concluding that, because a plaintiff did not ultimately prevail, his action must have been 1 2 unreasonable or without foundation.” Id. at 421-22. IT IS SO ORDERED. 3 4 Dated: April 22, 2013 CHARLES R. BREYER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 5 6 7 8 9 United States District Court For the Northern District of California 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 G:\CRBALL\2011\5347\fees order.wpd 2

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