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REESE v. KEY TRONIC CORP.

September 10, 1997

ZORENA A. REESE, Plaintiff,
v.
KEY TRONIC CORPORATION, LOCKHEED CORPORATION, and ONTEL CORPORATION, Defendants.


LESLIE G. FOSCHIO, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.


The opinion of the court was delivered by: FOSCHIO

LESLIE G. FOSCHIO

 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

 REPORT and RECOMMENDATION

 JURISDICTION

 This matter was referred to the undersigned by the Hon. Richard J. Arcara on December 13, 1993 for report and recommendation on any dispositive motions. The matter is presently before the court on Defendant Ontel Corporation's motion for summary judgment, filed January 16, 1997; Defendant Key Tronic Corporation's motion for summary judgment, filed January 17, 1997; and Defendant Lockheed Corporation's motion for summary judgment, filed February 3, 1997.

 BACKGROUND

 Plaintiff, Zorena A. Reese, filed this diversity action on July 9, 1993. Plaintiff alleges that she suffered personal injuries during the course of her employment at the New York Telephone Company. Plaintiff, currently employed at the New York Telephone Company, has employed there since September, 1971. Beginning in 1981, Plaintiff's position required her to utilize an Ontel Keyboard Model OP-1/15, manufactured by Key Tronic Corporation and distributed by Lockheed Corporation. Plaintiff contends that the use of the computer keyboard in question caused her to suffer a cumulative trauma injury.

 On January 16, 1997, Ontel Corporation filed a motion for summary judgment against Plaintiff on the ground that Plaintiff's claims were barred by the applicable statute of limitations, along with a supporting memorandum of law. Key Tronic and Lockheed filed similar motions and memoranda on January 17, 1997 and February 3, 1997, respectively. Plaintiff filed an affidavit in opposition to Defendants' motions, along with a memorandum of law on February 14, 1997. Ontel Corporation filed a reply brief and a reply affidavit in support of its motion on February 21, 1997. No oral argument was deemed necessary.

 For the reasons as set forth below, Defendants' motions for summary judgment should be DENIED.

 FACTS

 Zorena A. Reese began working at the New York Telephone Company in Buffalo, New York in September, 1971. Reese was employed as a directory assistance operator, working approximately five days per week, seven hours per day. Reese's job duties included utilizing a telephone with a headset since 1971, and using an Ontel keyboard, manufactured by Key Tronic, and distributed by Lockheed, to input and retrieve data from a computer system, beginning in 1981.


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