Garayalde-Rijos v. Municipality of Carolina, No. 14-2347 (1st Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed a complaint against the Municipality of Carolina in the federal district court of Puerto Rico alleging gender-based employment discrimination and retaliation. Before trial, Carolina extended to Plaintiff what it labeled as an offer of judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 68. Later that day, Carolina informed the district court that no settlement had been reached. One half of an hour later, Plaintiff informed the court that she was accepting Carolina’s offer of judgment. The district court entered judgment for Plaintiff. Carolina appealed, arguing that because Plaintiff had rejected the offer of judgment prior to informing the court of her acceptance, the district court erred in entering judgment. The First Circuit affirmed, holding that because even an express rejection of a Rule 68 offer of judgment does not terminate a Rule 68 offeree’s power to accept the offer within the fourteen-day period, the district court did not err in entering judgment for Plaintiff.