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DEVELOPING: Spokane Country Club Files For Bankruptcy After Losing Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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SPOKANE, Wash. - KHQ's Alex Rozier has learned that the Spokane Country Club, one of the most historic golf courses in Eastern Washington, filed for bankruptcy on Thursday in Federal Court. 

"This action was taken to allow the Club adequate time and resources to reorganize and meet the needs of its current and future membership," President Dan Loewen said. "The board will work to develop an acceptable plan to emerge from bankruptcy as quickly as possible." 

The Spokane Country Club formed more than a century ago and it remains one of the most well known clubs in the Inland Northwest. 

"The Spokane Country Club will continue its ongoing operations including events and tournaments and will emerge from the reorganization as a stronger entity that will continue to serve our members for years to come," General Manager Les Blakley said. 

The bankruptcy filing comes just a few months after four women won a lawsuit against the club saying they were discriminated against based on their gender. Attorney Mary Schultz represented the women as they won a judgement worth more than a half million dollars against the Country Club. On her website Schultz said: 

"This is the first private club verdict in the State of Washington, and one of only a handful of such verdicts nationwide. A diverse and unanimous jury agreed that the Spokane Country Club charged these women shareholders the same ownership fees and monthly dues, but then provides them different and lesser rights based solely on their gender." 

That lawsuit will eventually cost the club in the ballpark of 2.6 million dollars for a lost legal battle and that is the main reason they filed for bankruptcy on Thursday.
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