UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
February 17, 2012
OJU S. MINIMA, PLAINTIFF,
NEW YORK CITY EMPLOYEES‟ RETIREMENT SYSTEM ("NYCERS"); JOSEPH MANGANO, DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES; MRS. H. BASTAWROSE, ASSISTANT DEPUTY DIRECTOR, RETIREMENT BENEFITS; THEA CENIZA, RETIREMENT BENEFIT EXAMINER, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gold, Steven M., United States Magistrate Judge:
Memorandum & Order
After plaintiff failed to appear for a conference scheduled to be held on January 31, 2012, the Court rescheduled the conference for February 16, 2012 and informed the plaintiff that this action would be dismissed with prejudice should he again fail to appear. See Docket Entry 33. On February 16, the day of the rescheduled conference, an ex parte filing received from plaintiff stated that he would likely not be able to appear for the conference because of financial constraints. Plaintiff did not in fact attend the conference. After being reached by telephone by my chambers, the plaintiff declined to hold for the Court and could not subsequently be reached.
Given the plaintiff‟s most recent filing, however, and in particular his contention that he lacks sufficient resources to come to Court, I do not recommend dismissal with prejudice. Instead, defendants‟ motion to dismiss, Docket Entry 21, will be converted to a motion for summary judgment so that the Court‟s decision may be informed by the parties‟ subsequent filings, see Docket Entries 30-32.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(d) requires that a motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(6) or 12(c) be treated as a motion for summary judgment under Rule 56 where "matters outside the pleadings are presented to and not excluded by the court."*fn1 See also Dowdy v. Hercules, 2010 WL 169624, at *4 (E.D.N.Y. Jan. 15, 2010) (noting that the Court "has discretion to consider additional materials and "convert a motion for judgment on the pleadings to a motion for summary judgment if the Court deems it necessary to refer to matters outside of the pleadings‟" (quoting In re Risk Mgmt. Alts., Inc., 208 F.R.D. 493, 500 (S.D.N.Y. 2002))).
Where a motion to dismiss is converted into one for summary judgment, however, both parties must have an opportunity to present any additional material relevant to the summary judgment motion. FED. R. CIV. PROC. 12(d). Further, under Local Civil Rule 12.1, pro se litigants must be served with a notice regarding the conversion, as well as a copy of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56.
In accordance with these rules, I order the plaintiff to submit any additional materials by MARCH 19, 2012. Should defendants wish to file a response, they may do so by APRIL 2, 2012. Additionally, a copy of the notice required by Local Rule 12.1 and a copy of FED. R. CIV. PROC. 56 will be attached to this Order and mailed today to the address listed on plaintiff‟s complaint.
Steven M. Gold United States Magistrate Judge