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Dr. Kimberly Ann Kohlhausen v. Suny Rockland Community College

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


May 5, 2011

DR. KIMBERLY ANN KOHLHAUSEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
SUNY ROCKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: James S. Gwin, United States District Judge:

OPINION & ORDER : [Resolving Doc. No. 65]

Defendants Clifford Garner and the SUNY Rockland Community College Federation of Teachers Local 1871 ("Union Defendants") move for relief from this Court's February 9, 2011 Opinion and Order. [Doc. 65.] The Union Defendants once again argue that, in partially granting the Union Defendants' motion to dismiss, "this Court overlooked [their] motion to dismiss the Plaintiff's Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection claim brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 . . . ." [Doc. 65 at 10.] The Union Defendants now seek to have that claim dismissed.

Though the Union Defendants "concede that they did not address Plaintiff's Fourteenth Equal Protection claim in any detail in their moving papers," [Doc. 65 at 10], they now hope to remedy this failure through a motion for reconsideration. However, as they admit, the Union Defendants' motion to dismiss stated no grounds for dismissing Kohlhausen's equal protection claim. Accordingly, Defendants' motion failed to provide sufficient notice to the Plaintiff as to the desired grounds for dismissal; it also failed to meet the Defendants' burden to show that no legally cognizable equal protection claim exists. See Sazerac Co., Inc. v. Falk, 861 F. Supp. 253, 257 (S.D.N.Y. 1994).

The Court held the same when the Union Defendants moved for reconsideration on the same grounds by way of a March 9, 2011 facsimile to the Court and again during a March 17, 2011 status conference. The Union Defendants have presented no new or convincing reason for this Court to now hold otherwise. If the Defendants believe Kohlhausen's equal protection claim must fail, they may move for summary judgment.

Accordingly, the Court DENIES the Union Defendants' motion for relief from the February 9, 2011 Opinion and Order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

JAMES S. GWIN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

20110505

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