Narinesingh v. The City of New York et al
MEMORANDUM and ORDER: All the parties motions for summary judgment 37 ; 38 and 39 are all DENIED because no discovery has taken place and the relevant facts are heavily disputed, and the motions are all premature. Significant questions exist, fo r example, regarding the date of the incident and the extent of interaction between the state and private defendants. Discovery is needed to determine whether plaintiff is able to establish genuine issues of material fact as to her causes of action. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c)-(d). Ordered by Judge Frederic Block on 1/22/2013. (Innelli, Michael)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
10-CV-6022 (FB) (RER)
-againstTHE CITY OF NEW YORK, DETECTIVE
CHRISTOPHER SCARRY, DETECTIVE
KENNETH GIALLANZA, HENDEL BASCH,
MOSES KLEIN, MOSHE WEISER, GILA
CATERERS, INC. d/b/a V’YOELE MOSHE
HALL, TIRNOWER KOSHER CATERERS,
INC., d/b/a Y’VOELE MOSHE HALL,
WILLIAM TIRNOWER, RITA FERGUSON,
For the Plaintiff:
PATRICK MICHAEL MEGARO, ESQ.
626 RXR Plaza, 6th Floor, West Tower
Uniondale, NY 11556
For Defendants Basch, Klein, and Weiser:
DAVID BERG, ESQ.
Berg Law PLLC
200 Wallabout Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
For Defendants Gila Caterers and Tirnower:
WILLIAM A. ELDER, ESQ.
Law Office of Steven G. Fauth
40 Wall Street
New York, NY 10005
For Defendants City of New York, Scarry,
MICHAEL A. CARDOZO, ESQ.
Corporation Counsel, City of New York
MATTHEW J. MODAFFERI, ESQ.
Assistant Corporation Counsel
Special Federal Litigation Division
100 Church Street
New York, NY 10007
BLOCK, Senior District Judge:
Plaintiff Sharon Narinesingh accuses defendants of violating her civil rights in
connection with her arrest and prosecution for stealing photography equipment from another
wedding photographer in the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn. She was acquitted after
a criminal trial, and she now raises several claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state common
law, including false arrest, malicious prosecution, and municipal liability. Prior to discovery,
three groups of defendants moved for summary judgment: (1) Hendel Basch, Moses Klein,
and Moshe Weiser; (2) Gila Caterers, Inc. and William Tirnower; and (3) Detective Christopher
Scarry, Detective Kenneth Giallanza, and the City of New York.1
Because no discovery has taken place and the relevant facts are heavily disputed,
this Court denies defendants’ motions for summary judgment as premature. See Hellstrom v.
U.S. Dep’t of Veterans Affairs, 201 F.3d 94, 97 (2d Cir. 2000) (“Only in the rarest of cases may
summary judgment be granted against a plaintiff who has not been afforded the opportunity
to conduct discovery.”). Significant questions exist, for example, regarding the date of the
incident and the extent of interaction between the state and private defendants. Discovery is
needed to determine whether plaintiff is able to establish genuine issues of material fact as to
her causes of action. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c)-(d).
Defendant Rita Ferguson has not been served and does not appear in this action.
Defendant Tirnower Kosher Caterers, Inc. also does not appear in this action.
Senior United States District Judge
Brooklyn, New York
January 22, 2013
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