United States District Court, W.D. New York
November 5, 2014
ASHLEY HICKS, et al., Plaintiffs,
T.L. CANNON CORP., et al., Defendants
For Ashley Hicks, Kristin Raymond, Jessica Dobucki, Jessica Zapf, Matthew McDaniels, Carmen Nichols, Amy Sherwood, David Alvarado, Ashton Battaglia, Dawn Hayes, Joshua Montanaro, Kimberly Taylor, Ericka Acquilano, Kelsie Adams, Emily Coppenrath, Donna Deters, Ashleigh Fobare, Tonya Fry, Arica Gessi, Deborah Gueth, James Joseph, Nadie Phoenix, Robin Powers, Brandy Selover, Shauna Weber, Siobhan Cherry, Vanessa Coutant, Michelle Eason, Lindsay Estes, Crystal First-Nabozny, Lisa Fitzgerald, Brittney Gagnon, Kaylea Hayden, Misty Hofert, Tracy Kearney, Cassandra Kelly, Robyn King, Justin Love, Alison Lorenc, Jacquelyn Moore, Lisamarie Murphy, Meghan Olney, Erica Perkins, Roodley Preval, Beth Reding, Casey Schmidt, Margaret Savino, Ashley Stafford, Bianca Valentino, Xavier Velez, Courtney Andersen, Maria Boylan, Taylor Burke, Tracy Daniels, Margaret Infantino, Angela Kondracki, Kelly Kulik, Christian LaValle, Mikhala Little, Joseph Milligan, Amie Nix, Casey Rulison, Katie Stites, Jamie Woods, Justin Wray, Hannah Yurksaitis, Matthew Zwick, Scott Barr, Christina Bedir, Rodney Bennett, Amanda Damian, Brendan Ference, Marchietta Green, Kristen Groover, Caitlin Guido, Savannah Hempstead, Nickcole Miller, Thomas Mills, Lindsay Moss, Tahirah Ojumu, Jessica Sapio, Kelsey Schuhle, Patricia Voorhees, Kathryn Wagner, Amanda Werner, Omar Acevedo, Jennifer Arcuri, Victoria Brown, Ashley Carley, Ashley Giles, Con-Jo Harris, Jonathan Kelleher, Kasandra Knapp, Teresa Olivapotenza, Christina Socci, Alexandra Soper, Desiree Tesoriero, Tabitha Walker, Cassandra Anello, Donielle Bates, Danielle Bennett, Ashley Bessoni, Mary Brooks, Halley Collister, Tracy Donovan, James Frasier, Jr., Krista Huey, Victoria Jones, James Lenga, Carly Lenzi, Kayla McLoud, Kara Morris, Nicole Nowatzki, Alyssa O'Bryan, Rachael Paradis, Lynnette Richardson, Julie Salisbury, John Speta, Tiffany Yerico, Laura Zipprich, Brandi Anderson, Marie Baker, Jamie Bemis, Courtney Berg, Ashley Blackwell, Amanda Burgio, Erika Koestle, Dawn Mas, Carrie Morris, Panida Promnoi, Kimberly Stetson-Gelinas, Carli Teats, Jack Upton, Nicole Englert, Samantha Alessandra, Jessica Baker, Emily Bryan, Lara Frazee, Jessica Gardner, Arlene Gray, Meaghan Hogan, Chelsea Kanaval, Timothy Vaughn, Melissa Wilk, Jamie Yates, Amy Batza, Amanda Boushee, Doris Caskey, Lacey Geis, Shannon Hurchla, Eva LaFlesh, Nicholas Maenza, Georgina Mitchell, Devin Neuwirth, Katie Rukus, Janine Tompkins, Felicia Townsend, Mallory Udick, Thomas VanBuren, Teresa Congiusti, Deidra Cross, Stacy Culver, Else Davis, Julia Fanghella, Catherine Flint, John Gizzarelli, Samantha Keener Kasulis, Maura Kinney-Palix, Kristina Moller, Michelle Moller, Carrie Rosenzweig, Stefanie Spach, Emily Wallace, Gilda Bermudez, Amanda Blesinger, Brooke Burnside, Kenneth Heppner, Angela Krezmer, Liza LaLomia, Amanda McLane, Rebecca Ortiz, Steven Reid, Tresea Snyder, Amanda Collier, Melissa Dickman, Samantha Harris, Megan He, Kyle Leonard, Catherine Leonardi, Shaun Light, Gina Mirando, Allison Myers, Brendan Oldham, Ashley Palumbo, Kayla Snyder Hayes, Jennifer Wilson, Rebecca Bugarin, Stephen Light, Danielle Parker, Evan Phillips, Jessica Rochelle, Emily Steitz, Sharifa Whitt, Clarissa Beadles, Brianna Caldwell, Cassandra Copes, Kaitlyn French, Meaghan Hillery, Samantha Klewicki, Nathan LaMattina, Lindsey Murdoch, Jamie Shaughnessy, Lisa McCarthy, Addison Marino, Elizabeth Perkins, Kimberly Gates, Morgan McHale, Tammie Creary, Lisa Percopo, Janett Vega, Loni Buckholz, Narseary Johnson, Lauri Soos, Jordan Olinsky, Chelsea Zakowski, Stephanie Cappello, Keli Locker, Pamela Postlewait, Courtney Richards, Joseph Smith, Carrie Young, Maria Burghezi, Edward Keeley, Jenna Renouf, Sofia Sainz, Alyssa Sharrow, Tara Werner, Caitlin Bimont, Jennifer Coombs, Ashley Liguori, Alyssa Morris, Tyler Nielsen, Sacha Vega, DeMarquis Williams, Nicole Jerard, Estelle Kreps, Melissa Mauriello, Julie Moore, Brianna Smith, Gregory Cook, Joseph Crane, Hannah Dillenburg, Jeremy Evans, Brandi-Lyn Heidenreich, Yavonna McMorris, Denise Nies, Jaina Urbanski, Hannah Biehn, Rebecca Holt, Thomas Tourigny, Meghan Tuma, Angela Wayman, Jessica Bonaventura, Sadie Breen, Jessica Coons, Jill Cooper, Lana Dube, Kelley Foster, Melissa Hartwig, Lindsay Malek, Luke Manley, Katherine Pinkowski, Rachel Pullano, Mariah Reploeg-Fitzgerald, Dominick Scafidi, Sharon Veronick, Alisa Brophy, Marilyn Carkner, Brittany Davis, Sean Francis, Joseph Gegeny, Shayona Lewis, Shawna Mariano, Sarah Milograno, Sabrina Noel, Donna Nupp, Ashley Prunty, Eric Vogel, Lorraine Butler, Rachel Kiehlmeier, Danielle McDonald, Samuel Carty, Lauren Edwards, Scott Giovino, Shiloh Herringshaw, Alyssa Hutton, Stacey McLeer, Falesha Mechanick, Bianca Decker, Nichole Potter, Colleen Osborne, Mary Slater, Colleen Ehrgott, Jaclyn Blackmer, Plaintiffs: Frank S. Gattuso, LEAD ATTORNEY, O'Hara O'Connell & Ciotoli, Fayetteville, NY; J. Nelson Thomas, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY; Jared K. Cook, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thomas, Solomon Law Firm, Rochester, NY; Jared Kimball Cook, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY; Michael J. Lingle, LEAD ATTORNEY, Thomas & Solomon LLP, Rochester, NY.
For T. L. Cannon Management Corp., TLC West, LLC, TLC Central LLC, TLC Utica, LLC, TLC North, LLC, Matthew J. Fairbairn, Individually and as Owner and President of T.L. Cannon Corp. and as Director and Chief Executive Officer of T.L. Cannon Management Corp., John A. Perry, Individually and as Vice-President and Director of Operations of T.L. Cannon Corp. and as President of T.L. Cannon Management Corp., T.L. Cannon Corp., David A. Stein, Individually and as Owner and Chairman of T.L. Cannon Corp. and as Director and Chariman of T.L. Cannon Management Corp., Defendants: Craig R. Benson, LEAD ATTORNEY, Littler Mendelson, P.C., New York, NY; Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, LEAD ATTORNEY, Littler Mendelson, P.C., New York, NY; Erin W. Smith, LEAD ATTORNEY, Littler Mendelson, P.C., Rochester, NY.
DECISION AND ORDER
ELIZABETH A. WOLFORD, United States District Judge.
On August 5, 2014, this Court entered a Decision and Order granting Plaintiffs' motion to certify a class pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 (Dkt. 143), granting in part and denying in part Plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment (Dkt. 144), and denying Defendants' motion for partial summary judgment (Dkt. 176). (Dkt. 205 (the " August 5th Decision and Order" )). Familiarity with the August 5th Decision and Order and the underlying facts of this case is presumed for purposes of this Decision and Order.
On September 2, 2014, Defendants filed a motion for reconsideration of portions of the August 5th Decision and Order. (Dkt. 214 (the " Motion for Reconsideration" )). The Court denied the Motion for Reconsideration on October 8, 2014. (Dkt. 224). On October 9, 2014, United States Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson entered a scheduling order pursuant to which discovery in this matter is to be completed by April 1, 2015, and dispositive motions are to be filed by June 1, 2015. (Dkt. 225).
On October 31, 2014, Plaintiffs filed a second motion for partial summary judgment. (Dkt. 228). Plaintiffs ask the Court to grant summary judgment to Subclass A, as defined in the yet-to-be-approved notice proposed by the parties, on their pay statement claims. Notably, the Court expressly denied Plaintiffs' request for summary judgment on these claims in the August 5th Decision and Order. ( See Dkt. 205 at 23).
" [T]he Court . . . has discretion to review a successive summary judgment motion seeking precisely the same relief as before," but may decline to do so where the moving party " has not raised any new facts or arguments which it could not have raised in the first round of briefing." Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. v. Dick Corp., 219 F.R.D. 552, 554 (S.D.N.Y. 2004); see also Campers' World Int'l, Inc. v. Perry Ellis Int'l, Inc., 221 F.R.D. 409, 409 (S.D.N.Y. 2004) (" [I]t is improper for a party to file a successive motion for summary judgment which is not based upon new facts and which seeks to raise arguments it could have raised in its original motion." ); Jackson v. Goord, No. 06-CV-6172 CJS, 2013 WL 1560204, at *5 (W.D.N.Y. Apr. 10, 2013) (" [N]o federal litigant has an absolute right to bring multiple, piecemeal motions for summary judgment; rather, a successive Rule 56 motion may be filed only with the district court's authorization." ) (quotation and citations omitted); Ramos v. SimplexGrinnell LP, No. 07-CV-981 SMG, 2011 WL 4710814, at *2 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 4, 2011) (declining to permit second summary judgment motion because it was not supported by additional facts that were not available at the time of the first motion).
In this case, Plaintiffs have not raised any issues in their second motion for partial summary judgment that could not have been raised in the first round of
briefing. In fact, Plaintiffs rely on much of the same evidence and arguments they raised in their first motion for partial summary judgment, except now Plaintiffs apparently submit unredacted portions of pay statements that were previously submitted to the Court in a redacted format. In the August 5th Decision and Order, the Court noted the lack of records regarding certain opt-in plaintiffs, but the Court did consider the pay statements related to the named plaintiffs Ashley Hicks and Kristin Raymond. ( See Dkt. 205 at 14, 20-21, 23) (discussing information provided on face of pay statements). Nonetheless, for the reasons set forth in its August 5th Decision and Order, the Court determined that summary judgment in favor of either party was not warranted at this stage of the proceedings as to the pay statement claims. ( See Dkt. 205 at 23-24).
Plaintiffs' current motion for partial summary judgment essentially attempts to reargue that prior motion, albeit with the supplementation of additional pay statements in an unredacted format that, again, could have easily been submitted in connection with the initial motion for partial summary judgment. Successive motions for summary judgment are not the proper vehicle for asking the Court to reconsider a prior holding. See Siemens Westinghouse, 219 F.R.D. at 554 (" The Court do[es] not approve in general the piecemeal consideration of successive motions for summary judgment because parties ought to be held to the requirement that they present their strongest case for summary judgment when the matter is first raised." ). The Court declines to exercise its discretion to entertain a second motion for partial summary judgment seeking the same relief previously sought by Plaintiffs, particularly where the evidence submitted by Plaintiffs could have been submitted in connection with the initial motion for partial summary judgment. See id.
Moreover, given the procedural history of this case and the parties' demonstrated inclination to file piecemeal dispositive motions, the Court hereby orders that no party may file any further dispositive motions until fact discovery is completed, unless the party seeking to file a dispositive motion obtains leave of this Court and demonstrates in support of any such leave application that good cause exists for the Court to consider another dispositive motion prior to the completion of fact discovery. The Court has the " inherent power to control its docket" as " part of its function of resolving disputes between parties." Rodriguez v. Weprin, 116 F.3d 62, 66 (2d Cir. 1997). This inherent power includes " the discretion to dictate the timing of a motion." Charter Nat. Life Ins. Co. v. FPL Grp. Capital, Inc., No. 95 CIV. 9067 (SAS), 1997 WL 151033, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 1, 1997) (ordering completion of discovery prior to filing of summary judgment motion); see also Riddle v. Claiborne, No. 00 CIV. 1374 (MJBM), 2001 WL 1352456, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 2, 2001) (directing plaintiff " not to file any further substantive motions before the close of discovery without leave of the court" ).