Trial in U.S. women's lawsuit moved from May 5 to June 16

The jury trial in the gender discrimination case filed by members of the U.S. women’s national team against U.S. Soccer in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles has been continued from May 5 to June 16.

Both sides had sought guidance from the court in light of the current pandemic and the shelter-in-place order extended in California through at least May 1.

On March 17, the Los Angeles court banned jury trials until April 13 or until further ordered. The court remains open for limited business.

Both sides have filed requests for summary judgment in the case filed under the Equal Pay Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Judge Gary Klausner granted a joint stipulation clarifying the summary judgment record. Along with a change in counsel, U.S. Soccer moved to delete some of the sexist arguments it made in its reply to the players' motion for summary judgment that led an outrage in the U.S. soccer community and to Carlos Cordeiro's decision to step down as the federation's president on March 12.

It is expected that both parties will look to see how Klausner rules on the motions before they make any last effort at seeking a settlement in the case.

The financial impact on the federation of the current pandemic and how it might affect settlement talks is hard to ascertain. In an early filing, an expert witness for the players estimated their damages to be more than $66 million.
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