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Christian v. Umpqua Bank

United States District Court, D. Oregon

July 10, 2018

JENNIFER CHRISTIAN, formerly known as JENNIFER HAVEMAN, Plaintiff,
v.
UMPQUA BANK, an Oregon for profit banking institution, Defendant.

          CRYSTAL M. LEWIS March, Higgins, Beaty & Hatch, P.C. Attorneys for Plaintiff

          LEAH C. LIVELY WM. BRENT HAMILTON, JR. Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP Attorneys for Defendant

          OPINION AND ORDER

          ANNA J. BROWN, UNITED STATES SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This matter comes before the Court on Defendant Umpqua Bank's Bill of Costs (#65).

         For the reasons that follow, the Court AWARDS costs to Defendant in the amount of $7, 670.81.

         BACKGROUND

         On August 20, 2016, Plaintiff Jennifer Christian filed a civil action in Oregon state court against Defendant and alleged federal and Washington state-law claims of sexual harassment/discrimination and retaliation.

         On October 4, 2016, Defendant removed the state-court action to this Court.

         On March 20, 2018, Defendant filed a Motion (#49) for Summary Judgment as to each of Plaintiff's claims.

         On May 22, 2018, the Court issued an Opinion and Order (#63) in which it granted Defendant's Motion and entered Judgment (#64) dismissing Plaintiff's Complaint with prejudice.

         On June 5, 2018, Defendant filed a Bill of Costs (#65) seeking costs in the amount of $17, 107.91.

         On June 19, 2018, Plaintiff filed Objections (#67) to Defendant's Bill of Costs.

         STANDARDS

         Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d)(1) provides: “Unless a federal statute, these rules, or a court order provides otherwise, costs-other than attorney's fees-should be allowed to the prevailing party.” Rule 54(d) creates a presumption in favor of awarding costs to a prevailing party; i.e., “the losing party must show why costs should not be ...


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