Dunphy v. Alaska Airlines, Inc.

Filing 44

ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that 41 Defendant Alaska Airlines, Inc.'s Motion for Attorney's Fees is DENIED. Signed by Magistrate Judge Carl W. Hoffman on 4/25/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MR)

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1 2 3 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 DISTRICT OF NEVADA 5 THERESA DUNPHY, 6 7 8 9 10 ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) ALASKA AIRLINES, INC., ) ) Defendant. ) __________________________________________) Case No. 2:17-cv-00050-RFB-GWF ORDER 11 Presently before the court is Defendant Alaska Airlines, Inc.’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees 12 (ECF No. 41), filed on April 3, 2017. Plaintiff Theresa Dunphy filed a response (ECF No. 43) on 13 April 17, 2017, in which she incorporates her response (ECF No. 30) to the court’s order to show 14 cause. Defendant did not file a reply. 15 Plaintiff failed to attend the court-ordered early neutral evaluation conference (“ENE”) in this 16 case, resulting in the issuance of an order requiring Plaintiff to show cause why she should not be 17 sanctioned for failure to comply with the court’s order to appear for the ENE. (Order (ECF No. 27).) 18 Plaintiff filed a response stating that she missed the ENE because she was “suffering from a serious 19 flare-up of her mental health disability.” (Resp. to OSC (ECF No. 30) at 2.) The response is 20 supported by the declarations of Plaintiff’s attorney and her roommate, both of whom personally 21 observed that Plaintiff was not mentally or emotionally well. (Id. at Exs. 1-2.) In light of her illness, 22 Plaintiff requests that the court decline to impose sanctions for missing the ENE. 23 In its response to the order to show cause, Defendant moves for sanctions in the amount of 24 $2,000.00, arguing that “Plaintiff’s failure to appear at the ENE caused Alaska to waste valuable 25 time, money, and resources that could have been used elsewhere.” (Resp. to OSC (ECF Nos. 39, 41) 26 at 2.) Defendant represents that this amount represents only a portion of the expenses incurred in 27 preparing for and traveling to the ENE. (Id.) 28 /// 1 Having read and considered the parties’ arguments, the court has determined that it will not 2 impose sanctions for an absence caused by illness beyond the Plaintiff’s control. The court therefore 3 will deny Defendant’s request for sanctions. 4 5 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant Alaska Airlines, Inc.’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees (ECF No. 41) is DENIED. 6 7 DATED: April 25, 2017 8 9 ___________________________________ C.W. Hoffman, Jr. United States Magistrate Judge 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 -2-

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