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Lafrance v. Ruby Tuesday, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. New York

October 20, 2014

KIMBERLY LaFRANCE, Plaintiff,
v.
RUBY TUESDAY, INC.; JAMES J. BUETTGEN, Individually and as Chairperson, President and CEO of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; F. LANE CARDWELL; Individually and as Director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; KEVIN T. CLAYTON, Individually and as Director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; BERNARD LANIGAN, JR., Individually and as Director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; JEFFREY J. O'NEILL, Individually and as Director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.; and STEPHEN I. SADOVE, Individually and as Lead Director of Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Defendants.

FRANK S. GATTUSOM, O'HARA, O'CONNELL & CIOTOLI, Fayetteville, NY, Counsel for Plaintiff.

JOHN E. MacDONALD, ESQ., MAUREEN R. KNIGHT, ESQ., CONSTANGY, BROOKS & SMITH, LLP, Lawrenceville, NJ, Counsel for Defendants.

DECISION and ORDER

GLENN T. SUDDABY, District Judge.

Currently before the Court, in this labor action filed by Kimberly LaFrance ("Plaintiff") against Ruby Tuesday, Inc., and the six above-captioned individuals ("the Individual Defendants"), is the Individual Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff's claims against them for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted, pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6). (Dkt. No. 5.) More specifically, in their motion, the Individual Defendants argue that (1) the Amended Complaint does not set forth any substantive allegations against the Individual Defendants, and (2) Plaintiff has not alleged that the Individual Defendants were her employers. (Dkt. No. 5, Attach. 1.) Plaintiff has filed a letter stating that she does not oppose the Individual Defendants' motion. (Dkt. No. 8.) In this District, when a non-movant fails to oppose a motion, the movant's burden with regard to that motion is lightened, such that, in order to succeed on that motion, the movant need only show that the motion possesses facial merit, which has appropriately been characterized as a "modest" burden.[1] After carefully considering the matter, the Court finds that the Individual Defendants have met their modest burden, for the reasons stated therein. As a result, the Court grants their motion. In the alternative, the Court grants the motion on the ground that Plaintiff has abandoned her claims against the Individual Defendants.[2]

ACCORDINGLY, it is

ORDERED that the Individual Defendants' motion to dismiss (Dkt. No. 5) is GRANTED.


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