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Salomon v. Adderley Indus., Inc.

United States District Court, S.D. New York

August 16, 2013

GEORDANY J. SALOMON and DONIELLE LEWIS, individually and on behalf of all others Similarly Situated, DWIGHT EDGHILL, and SHANRAY POWELL, individually, Plaintiffs,
v.
ADDERLEY INDUSTRIES, INC., Defendant

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For Geordany J. Salomon, Individually, Geordany J. Salomon, On behalf of all others similarly situated, Donielle Lewis, Individually, Donielle Lewis, On behalf of all others similarly situated, Dwight Edghill, Individually, Shanray Powell, Individually, Plaintiffs: Brian Scott Schaffer, Eric Joshua Gitig, Joseph A. Fitapelli, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, New York, NY; Ilan Weiser, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, Pa, Rockville, MD; Marijana Frances Matura, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY; Troy L. Kessler, Misiano Shulman Capetola & Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Emma Noel Espinals, Plaintiff: Troy L. Kessler, LEAD ATTORNEY, Misiano Shulman Capetola & Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY; Eric Joshua Gitig, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, New York, NY; Ilan Weiser, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, Pa, Rockville, MD; Marijana Frances Matura, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Edward Gonzalez, Enlil Nunez, Olson Van Rossum, Plaintiffs: Eric Joshua Gitig, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, New York, NY; Ilan Weiser, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, Pa, Rockville, MD; Troy L. Kessler, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Johan Orozco, Michael Jean-Pierre, Royce Mensah, Plaintiffs: Eric Joshua Gitig, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, New York, NY; Troy L. Kessler, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Agustin Bello, Rafael Barret, Thomas Mann, Jhonn Perez, Jermal Lincoln-Dawson, Jamel Browning, Brigido Mercado, Damien D. Bryan, Jose A. DelRosario, Brian Ellison, Stanely Colbert, Lincoln Paisley, Willie McMillian, Jose A. Cruz, Christopher Ramirez, Miguel Lopez, Leandro Quezada, Ronald J. Salomon, Jason Coward, Dwayne Daniels, Winston Rodriguez, Williams Deshawn, Moses Dejesus, David Santana, As-Samad Jordan, Harvey Cameron, Sean Richardson, Thomas Holder, Francisco Brown, Joseph Chaffatt, Juan M Ogando, Joel Arias, Calvin Edinborough, Milton Tait, Samuel Payamps, Abe Banton, Rolando Lawson, Trent Riley, Royston Reche, Jaime Lopez, Pablo Cuevas, Carlos M Guerrero, Quincy Montrose, Raymond Mendez, Dale Wellington, Plaintiffs: Troy L. Kessler, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Khayton Christie, Kendall Murray, Hector Gomez, Darnell Callwood, Rudy R. Tatis, Waynewright Roberts, James W. Pearson, Juliano Morales, Luis M. Stubbs, Barry Brown, Germaine Patton, Luis Pena, Julien George, Jimmy Ortiz, Plaintiffs: Marijana Frances Matura, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY; Troy L. Kessler, Misiano Shulman Capetola & Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

For Adderley Industries, Inc., Defendant: David B. Gordon, Richardson, Patrick, Westbrook & Brickman, LLC, New York, NY; Ralph Ferrara, PRO HAC VICE, Richardson & Patel, LLP, Princeton, NJ.

For Juan Giraldo, Shellie Jones, All Plaintiffs: Eric Joshua Gitig, Joseph A. Fitapelli, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP, New York, NY; Ilan Weiser, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, Pa, Rockville, MD; Marijana Frances Matura, Shulman Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY; Troy L. Kessler, Misiano Shulman Capetola & Kessler, LLP, Melville, NY.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION & ORDER

HONORABLE PAUL A. CROTTY, United States District Judge.

Plaintiffs Geordany J. Salomon and Donielle Lewis, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, and Dwight Edghill and Shanroy Powell, individually (collectively " Plaintiffs" ) move for leave to file a Proposed Amended Complaint (" PAC" ) in this action, adding American Communications Industries, Inc. (" ACI" ), Lawrence Presser, Joseph Misseri, and Vincent Cestaro as additional defendants, and adding an additional claim under New York Labor Law Section 195.

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Defendant Adderley Industries, Inc. (" Adderley" ) opposes the motion. For the following reasons, Plaintiffs' motion is granted with respect to adding new parties and denied with respect to adding the new claim.

BACKGROUND

The Court assumes familiarity with its previous orders in this case. See Salomon v. Adderley Indust., 847 F.Supp.2d 561 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (ECF No. 25.) Briefly stated, the cable technician Plaintiffs assert class action claims against Adderley for failure to pay overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (" FLSA" ), as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 201, et seq., and New York Labor Law (" NYLL" ). (See ECF No. 1 (" Compl." ) ¶ 1.) Pursuant to the scheduling order, the parties set February 12, 2012 as the deadline to amend pleadings or add parties. (See ECF No. 14 ¶ 3.) From April 1, 2012, through September 28, 2012, Adderley produced over 6,000 pages of responsive discovery documents, in addition to providing materials for Plaintiffs' counsel to review in person. (See ECF No. 106 (" Kessler Decl." ) ¶ ¶ 7, 10, 12.) After the February 12, 2012 deadline for amending the pleadings passed, Plaintiffs claim to have learned for the first time through discovery that, inter alia, Adderley is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACI and that Lawrence Presser, Joseph Misseri, and Vincent Cestaro are the sole shareholders of both Adderley and ACI. (Id. ¶ 8.) Plaintiffs also allegedly learned that Adderley and ACI share employees and the same physical address, Adderley utilizes ACI documents for its employees, and ACI processes background checks for Adderley employees. Id.) Plaintiffs now seek to assert that the additional individual defendants had authority over personnel decisions, payroll, supervision of employees, and hiring and firing power over both Adderley and ACI employees. (See PAC, ECF 106-1 Ex. 1 ¶ ¶ 43-16, 59-62, 75-78, 91-94, 107-110, 123-126.)

Upon learning this information, Plaintiffs asked Adderley to consent to the requested amendment, but Adderley refused. (Kessler Decl. ¶ 9.) Shortly thereafter, the parties agreed to revisit the amendment issue after the completion of a settlement conference with the hope that the entire controversy would be resolved, but the parties failed to settle the matter. (See id. ¶ ¶ 9, 13.)

Adderley opposes Plaintiffs' motion on the grounds that: (1) Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate diligence in determining Plaintiffs'' employers and adding such employers to the Complaint prior to the scheduling order deadline; (2) the PAC would cause undue delay and prejudice to Adderley; (3) the PAC would be futile because it fails to allege that the proposed defendants exerted sufficient control over Plaintiffs for employer liability to attach ...


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