A federal judge in Washington, D.C., formally pulled the plug on an age discrimination suit against Stoel Rives this week, giving the Oregon-based firm the outcome it desired all along.
The litigation, brought by former Stoel Rives partner and current Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough partner Roger Rosendahl, endured approximately nine months. It floundered in both state and federal court before Stoel Rives’ motion to dismiss was rendered moot and U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton ordered the case closed on Monday.
Rosendahl first filed the lawsuit against his former firm last December, seeking a $30 million judgment. In a complaint initially filed in Washington, D.C., superior court and then moved to federal court in D.C., Rosendahl, who was 73 when he joined Stoel Rives in 2014, alleged the firm pushed him out because of his age, among other claims.
In response to reporter queries, Rosendahl asserted last month that the case was already dismissed, but Stoel Rives said after filing its motion to dismiss last week that it was hewing to the court record, which showed no sign that the case had ended.
Rosendahl entered a notice of voluntary dismissal later the same day, and Walton dismissed the case without prejudice on Monday, declaring Stoel Rives’ motion moot.
Beyond the expenditure of time, precisely what either side lost—or won—as a result of the age-discrimination lawsuit may never be fully known. In response to request for comment on Tuesday, Rosendahl directed this reporter to a personal email address, where he did not reply to a further query.
Rosendahl had represented himself pro se, while a Morgan, Lewis & Bockius team defended Stoel Rives.