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GARLAND v. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

United States District Court, S.D. New York


September 20, 2005.

KAREN GARLAND, Plaintiff,
v.
MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL, INC., Defendant.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: RONALD ELLIS, Magistrate Judge

OPINION AND ORDER

I. BACKGROUND

On September 15, 2004, this action was removed to this Court from the Supreme Court, New York County pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 441 and § 1332. Plaintiff Karen Garland alleges that she sustained personal injuries as a result of a defective condition on the premises of defendant the Marriott International, Inc. ("Marriott"). On November 9, 2004, the Court issued a scheduling order which provided that no additional parties were to be joined after January 3, 2005, except for good cause shown. On September 2, 2005, defendant Marriot filed a motion for leave to commence a third-party action against two additional parties. The Court held a conference on September 20, 2005. Marriott's motion is DENIED.

  II. DISCUSSION

  In pertinent part, Marriott argues — both on its motion papers and orally at the conference — that its motion should be granted because it would not have known that a potential claim existed against these additional parties until Garland's deposition was conducted on May 19, 2005. Garland orally opposed the motion at the conference. The Court finds that Marriott has not shown good cause. In light of the Court's November 9, 2004 order, Marriott should have conducted Garland's deposition at an earlier time.

  III. CONCLUSION

  Marriott's motion for leave to commence a third-party action is DENIED.

  SO ORDERED.

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