Discovery

In Devany v. United Parcel Services, Inc., 18-cv-6684, 2020 WL 5876245 (S.D.N.Y Oct. 2, 2020), a disability discrimination case, the court upheld the denial of plaintiff’s request for discovery relating to other employees. In this case, plaintiff asserts that he was terminated because of his disability (alcoholism), and that the defendant’s proffered reason (the violation…

Read More Alcoholism-Disability Discrimination Plaintiff Not Entitled to Discovery of Non-Similarly Situated Employees, Court Rules
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In Mascaro v. Brant Publications, Inc., No. 152662/2019, 2020 WL 5229247 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Aug. 28, 2020) – in which plaintiff asserts claims for age and disability discrimination under the New York State Human Rights Law – the court denied plaintiff’s motion (pursuant to CPLR 3124 and 3126) to compel responses to…

Read More Pre-Preliminary Conference Discovery Motion Denied in Age/Disability Discrimination Case
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In Moccia v. Saul, 2020 WL 5406412 (2d Cir. Sept. 9, 2020) (Summary Order), the court affirmed the summary judgment dismissal of plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Plaintiff here argued that the district court abused its discretion when it denied her request, pursuant to…

Read More Age Discrimination Dismissal Affirmed; Alleged Lack of Discovery Notwithstanding
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In Guillebeaux v. H.E.L.P. Homeless Services Corporation et al, 2020 WL 4731420 (S.D.N.Y. August 14, 2020) – a sexual harassment/hostile work environment case – the court denied plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the court’s earlier ruling declining to prevent a representative of defendant from attending the (remote) deposition of plaintiff. The court provides the following…

Read More Sexual Harassment Deposition May be Attended by Defendant Representative, Court Rules
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In Kloppel v. HomeDeliveryLink, Inc., 17-CV-6296, 2020 WL 38895 (W.D.N.Y. Jan. 3, 2020) (a wage/hour case in which plaintiffs assert New York Labor Law violations and unjust enrichment), the court, inter alia, denied defendant’s motion to compel plaintiff’s social media posts.[1]This decision also addresses other issues, e.g., the discoverability of plaintiffs’ tax records; this aspect…

Read More Social Media Discovery Denied in Wage/Hour Case
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While relatively short, the First Department’s recent decision in Donovan v. NYC Housing Authority, 2019 N.Y. Slip Op. 09394, 2019 WL 7173616 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept., Dec. 26, 2019), is instructive on the scope of medical discovery that courts will allow/disallow in an employment discrimination case. The court below had issued an Order denying defendant’s motion,…

Read More Court Orders Medical Discovery in Employment Discrimination/Retaliation Case
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Depositions are a part of the pre-trial “discovery” stage of litigation, in which a witness is questioned under oath, while their testimony is transcribed by a court reporter. They often occur outside the presence of a judge. One issue that arises is the alleged “coaching” of a witness by their attorney. In a recent case,…

Read More Court Discusses Deposition Sanctions in Employment Discrimination Case
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In Nieto v. CLDN NY LLC, No. 159273/2016, 2019 WL 4962568 (N.Y. Sup Ct, New York County Oct. 08, 2019), a personal injury case, the court addressed what a plaintiff’s attorney may do during a defense medical exam (DME) (otherwise, arguably misleadingly, known as an “Independent” Medical Exam, or IME). Here, the defendant asserted that…

Read More Court: Attorney May Take Notes at Defense Medical Exam
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Motion practice in New York litigation is governed by a variety of overlapping provisions, including those set forth in the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR), “Uniform Rules”, local/judges’ rules, and case law. Section 202.7 of the Uniform Civil Rules for the Supreme and County Courts, titled “Calendaring of motions; uniform notice of…

Read More 2d Dept.: Affirmation of Good Faith May Be Contained in Primary Affirmation
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