Costello et al v. Home Depot, Inc.
ORDER OF TRANSFER, IMPLEMENTING and UPDATING 72 RULING granting 55 Motion to Sever; granting 55 Motion to Transfer to Another District. Signed by Judge Janet C. Hall on 4/30/2012. (Oliver, T.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
JAMES D. COSTELLO, ET AL.
HOME DEPOT U.S.A., INC.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
APRIL 30, 2012
ORDER OF TRANSFER, IMPLEMENTING AND UPDATING
RULING GRANTING MOTION TO SEVER (Doc. No. 72)
On April 10, 2012, this court granted defendant, Home Depot U.S.A., Inc.’s
(“Home Depot”’s) Motion to Sever and Transfer. See Ruling Re: Mot. to Sever (Doc.
No. 72). In that Ruling, the court granted Home Depot’s Motion to Sever the claims of
the plaintiffs into separate actions, with plaintiffs grouped by the districts in which they
had worked for Home Depot. See id. at 10. The court also granted Home Depot’s
Motion to Transfer the claims of the non-Connecticut plaintiffs to the districts in which
they had worked for Home Depot. See id. at 18-19. The court was unable, however, to
determine the appropriate district of transfer for all of the plaintiffs listed in the caption of
the case, and therefore ordered plaintiffs to provide information to enable the court to
group and transfer the plaintiffs’ claims correctly. See id.
Pursuant to the court’s Order, plaintiffs have filed information regarding the site of
plaintiffs’ employment with Home Depot. See Response to Order (Doc. No. 75). That
filing specified the appropriate districts of transfer for the New York plaintiffs, and
amended the classification of several non-New York plaintiffs. Based on the information
provided by the plaintiffs, the court updates, amends, and implements its prior Order
regarding transfer as follows:
1. The claims of “Massachusetts plaintiffs” Jeffrey Allan Caldwell, Jourden
Johnson, Robert E. Kenney, Patricia La Flore, Connie M. Leathers, Herbert J.
Lichtenstein, Liza Logan, Richard A. Main, Philip J. Martinos, Karen J. Obey,
Richard F. Pavao, Lawrence Joseph Silipigni Jr., Dudley A. Smith, David
Starr, and Elizabeth J. Wadden are hereby transferred to the District of
2. The claims of “New Hampshire plaintiffs” William T. Gover and Frank Morris
are hereby transferred to the District of New Hampshire.
3. The claims of Arthur R. Amash, Theodore Biagoiotti, Sheryl Glickman,
Christin M. Holloway, Shaun H. Kimball, Joseph L. Pangoine, Jeffrey A.
Repp, Charles R. Schneider, Richard A. Yingling, Jr., and Robert F.
Yuskauskas are hereby transferred to the Northern District of New York.
4. The claims of Matthew C. Johnson and Michael C. Zawadzki are hereby
transferred to the Western District of New York.
5. The claims of “Puerto Rico plaintiffs” Myrna Garcia, Antonio Rivera Melinder,
and Luis J. Soto are hereby transferred to the District of Puerto Rico.
6. The claims of “Rhode Island plaintiff” John L. Marine are hereby transferred to
the District of Rhode Island.
7. The claims of “Vermont plaintiff” Richard A. Bessette are hereby transferred
to the District of Vermont.
8. The claims of Christopher Brehaut are hereby transferred to the Northern
District of California.1
Dated at Bridgeport, Connecticut, this 30th day of April, 2012.
/s/ Janet C. Hall
Janet C. Hall
United States District Judge
Brehaut originally appeared to be a New York plaintiff, but plaintiffs now assert that he worked in
Leandro, California, see Response to Order at 2, and request that his claims be transferred to the
Northern District of California for coordination with the related action of Smalley et al. v. Home Depot
U.S.A., Inc., No. 11-cv-2951-JCS, see id.
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