UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
September 13, 2006
LYDIA COTZ, PLAINTIFF,
DEBRA MASTROENI, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Conner, Senior D.J.
OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff Lydia B. Cotz, proceeding pro se, brings this suit against Debra Mastroeni, Santos Lucianno, Bradley Weidel, Lieutenant Lambert, f/n/u, individually and in his professional capacity, the Village of Montebello, and the Town of Ramapo (collectively "defendants") for violations of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Americans with Disability Act, 42 U.S.C. § 12101, the New York Human Rights Law and common law claims of slander and defamation. Before this Court are plaintiff's objections pursuant to FED R. CIV. P. 72(a) to the May 9, 2006 oral ruling of Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis denying plaintiff's request to file a supplemental complaint. For the reasons stated below, we decline to modify or set aside any portion of that order.
Plaintiff urges this Court to permit her to file a supplemental complaint based on FED. R. CIV. P. 15(d), the alleged lack of prejudice to the defendants and in the interests of judicial economy.
However, this Court was mindful of these considerations in the initial determination permitting plaintiff to submit a supplemental complaint at a conference held on April 5, 2006. In carefully considering these issues, we permitted her to file a supplemental complaint within one week, by April 12, 2006, which she failed to do. This case was referred to Judge Yanthis on April 28, 2006, after the expiration of the period provided to plaintiff to supplement her Amended Complaint.
Plaintiff attempted to file a "Amendment to Amended Complaint" after the deadline provided, and the defendants objected.*fn1
We note that a magistrate's resolution of pretrial discovery disputes is entitled to substantial deference and may not be disturbed by a district court absent a finding that the determination was "clearly erroneous or contrary to law." FED.R.CIV.P.72(a); see Dubin v. E.F. Hutton Group Inc., 125 F.R.D. 372, 373(S.D.N.Y. 1989); Thomas E. Hoar, Inc. v. Sara Lee Corp., 900 F.2d 522, 525, cert. denied, 498 U.S. 846 (1990). As long as Judge Yanthis's ruling finds any reasonable support in the record, we will not overturn it. Here, plaintiff was given permission to file a supplemental complaint and failed to do so in a timely matter. She has stated various reasons for why she failed to comply with the deadline imposed. These were certainly considered by Judge Yanthis in determining whether plaintiff should be permitted to file her supplemental complaint. Plaintiff has failed to direct the Court to any evidence to suggest that Judge Yanthis's ruling was clearly erroneous. Therefore, under this deferential standard, we decline to alter or set aside Judge Yanthis's ruling.
For all of the foregoing reasons, the motion to plaintiff Lydia B. Cotz to set aside the ruling of Magistrate Judge George A. Yanthis is hereby denied.