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Amash v. Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.

United States District Court, Second Circuit

December 17, 2013

ARTHUR R. AMASH, et al., Plaintiffs,
v.
HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC., Defendant.

DECISION & ORDER

THOMAS J. MCAVOY, Senior District Judge.

Plaintiffs commenced this action asserting claims for unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), 29 U.S.C. §201 et seq., and New York Labor Law, Article 19, §§ 650 et seq. See 2nd Am. Compl., dkt. # 43. Defendant Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. ("Home Depot" or "Defendant") moves pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 37(b) and 41(b) to dismiss the Complaint as it pertains to Plaintiffs Theodore Biagiootti, John Marine, and Robert Yuskauskas for failure to comply with Magistrate Judge's Treece's July 2, 2013 Discovery Order (dkt. # 104)[1] and for failure to prosecute. Defendant also seeks to compel "more responsive document responses from the remaining Plaintiffs...."

Plaintiffs' counsel indicates that John Marine has not responded to numerous requests from counsel's office and, therefore, counsel "cannot in good conscious represent to the Court that [Marine] wishes to proceed in this matter." Counsel further indicates that he "does not object to Defendant's motion to dismiss [Marine's] Complaint." Accordingly, all claims brought by John Marine are dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b).

The claims brought by Theodore Biagiotti and Robert Yuskaukus have been dismissed by prior Orders. Therefore, Defendant's motion with regard to Biagiotti and Yuskaukus is denied as moot.

To the extent that Defendant seeks to compel "more responsive document responses from the remaining Plaintiffs..., " the issue should be directed to Magistrate Judge Treece in the first instance. Thus, the motion in this regard is denied without prejudice to renewal before Magistrate Judge Treece.

CONCLUSION

Defendant's motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 37(b) and 41(b)[dkt. # 106] is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. The motion is granted in that the claims brought by John Marine are dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b) for failure to prosecute. The motion is denied in all other respects as set forth above.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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