Wahab v. Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler et al

Filing 41

ORDER granting 14 the Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint; denying 14 the Defendants' Motion for Sanctions; and denying 39 the Plaintiff's Motion for Miscellaneous Relief. The case is dismissed with prejudice. See Order for details. Signed by Judge Timothy J. Corrigan on 7/9/2024. (DDW)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA OCALA DIVISION CHASSIB KASSIM WAHAB, Plaintiff, Case No. 5:23-cv-659-TJC-PRL v. PATTERSON BELKNAP WEBB & TYLER, DAHILA B. DOUMAR, CoChair in Personal Capacity, JOHN D. WINTER, an individual, YILING LIVIA CHEN-JOSEPHSON, an individual, ESTEE LAUDER COMPANIES, INC., WILLIAM P. LAUDER, an individual and in his official capacity as Executive Chairman, FABRIZIO FREDA, an individual and in his official capacity as President and Chief Executive Officer, and JENNIFER LEPORE, an individual and in her official capacity as Director of Human Resources, Defendants. ORDER THIS CASE is before the Court on Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint and for Sanctions, Doc. 14, and Plaintiff’s Letter to Judge Lammens, Doc. 39, which is treated as a Motion for Reconsideration of the Order denying Plaintiff’s Motion for Entry of Default Final Judgment, Doc. 35. Plaintiff started this litigation on November 6, 2023, but has had five previous lawsuits against some or all of these same defendants. 1 All five prior cases generally relate to the termination of his employment in 2012 or later legal proceedings related to the termination. Plaintiff’s amended complaint, Doc. 12, has five counts: (1) Title VII, (2) ERISA, (3) wrongful discharge under New York law, (4) False Light/Invasion of Privacy, and (5) defamation per se. Defendants’ filed their motion to dismiss on December 18, 2023. Doc. 14. This Court’s Order of March 11, 2024, noted Plaintiff’s response was overdue, and directed Plaintiff to respond no later than April 1, 2024, or it would rule on the motion assuming it was unopposed. The Order directed Plaintiff to specifically respond to both the motion to dismiss and the request for sanctions. Plaintiff has not responded to either. In addition, Plaintiff’s claims are time barred and/or have been previously litigated in New York, are barred by res judicata or collateral estoppel, and should not be allowed to proceed here. Accordingly, the Court will grant the motion to dismiss with prejudice. Plaintiff filed a Motion for Entry of Default Final Judgment on May 22, 2024, and incorrectly stated Defendants had not taken action to defend this action, when in fact Defendants had timely filed their motion to dismiss and 1 24. All five were either in federal or state courts in New York. See Doc. 15- 2 Plaintiff had not responded, even after the Court’s directive. Doc. 35. Judge Lammens denied the motion for default judgment. Doc. 36. Plaintiff then filed a letter to Judge Lammens, on June 10, 2024, whose purpose is not entirely clear. Doc. 39. To the extent the letter disagrees with Judge Lammens’ order denying the motion for default judgment, it is treated as a Motion for Reconsideration. Because there is no basis to grant a default judgment, any such motion for reconsideration is denied. The letter specifically requested four filings, Docs. 10, 15, 21 and 24 2, be deleted from the court’s docket. Plaintiff does not specify why the items should be removed and there is no apparent basis to do so. The request to delete the specified items from the docket is denied. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED: 1. Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint, Doc. 14, is GRANTED. The Amended Complaint is dismissed with prejudice. The Court will not award sanctions or issue an injunction, but warns Plaintiff any further effort to litigate this case will almost Doc. 10 contains the exhibits in support of Defendants’ motion to dismiss the complaint. Doc. 15 is essentially the same as Doc. 10 and contains the exhibits in support of Defendants’ motion to dismiss the amended complaint. Docs. 21 and 24 both provide information regarding Defendants’ efforts to confer with Plaintiff as required by Local Rules. 2 3 certainly result in sanctions and an injunction barring future actions. 2. Plaintiff’s Motion for Miscellaneous Relief, Doc. 39, is Denied. 3. The Clerk is directed to close the file. DONE AND ORDERED in Jacksonville, Florida the 9th day of July, 2024. ddw Copies: Counsel of record 4

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