Friedman v. Landau et al
ORDER granting 9 Motion for Joinder. The court grants Plaintiff leave to amend his Complaint. Plaintiff shall file an Amended Complaint within 30 days of this Order. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 2/14/2012. (Lee, Tiffeny)
IN CLERK'S OFFICE
I) S DISTRICT COURT E.O.N.Y.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
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11-CV-3210 (NGG) (JMA)
-againstISAAC LANDAU and SUPERIOR REALTY
NICHOLAS G. GARAUFIS, United States District Judge.
Plaintiff Robert Friedman commenced this action in the Supreme Court of the State of
New York, Kings County, on February 25, 201 I. (Notice of Removal (Docket Entry#
The action was subsequently removed to federal court. (See i4)
In his Complaint, Plaintiff alleges ten causes of action, all based upon allegations that
Defendants made a wrongful 911 call, which resulted in Plaintiffs involuntary hospitalization.
(Compl. (Ex. A to Notice of Removal (Docket Entry# I) at 6-61).) Plaintiff states that while he
was staying overnight at his father's home, Defendants called the New York Police Department
and made a false report that Plaintiff was "acting crazy, and abusing his father." (Id.
Although Plaintiff informed police that these allegations were false and explained that he has
Tourette Syndrome, the officers nonetheless transported Plaintiff to the Coney Island Hospital
Psychiatric Ward (the "Hospital").
14- I 7.) Plaintiff was admitted to the Hospital without
his consent, and remained there involuntarily from March 17, 2010 through June 3, 2010. (Id.
'il'i123-28.) Plaintiff states that throughout this period he was "forcibly medicated without his
consent" with "antipsychotic drugs" and humiliated by Hospital staff.
Plaintiff also states that "[a]s a condition of his release" from Coney Island Hospital, "Plaintiff
was ordered by the Mental Hygiene Court to leave New York and to relocate to South Carolina
against his will."
Initially, Plaintiffbrought this action against two Defendants: Isaac Landau (Plaintiffs
father's landlord) and Superior Realty Group LLC (Landau's employer). (Compl., 2-3, 6.)
Plaintiff alleged that Landau was responsible for making the 911 call. (Id. ~ 10.) 1
By letter dated January 25, 2012, Plaintiffs counsel informed the court that during the
course of discovery, Plaintiff gained access to telephone records that show that Landau was not
in fact responsible for making the 911 call. (Pl. Mot. for Joinder (Docket Entry# 9) at 1.)
Rather, Plaintiff states, these records reveal that Stephanie Haim, his father's home health aide,
made the 911 call.
Based on this information, Plaintiff has "settled with and released" both
original Defendants from this action. (Jd. at 2.) Plaintiff filed a stipulation of dismissal on
February 13,2012. (Docket Entry# 10.)
Plaintiff now requests leave of the court to file a Motion for Joinder pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 19, so that he may name thirteen new Defendants, including Stephanie
Haim. (IQJ Although the court finds that the addition of these parties is appropriate, Rule 19
does not provide the correct mechanism. Rather, Plaintiff must amend his Complaint, pursuant
to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15-not only by adding the names of new Defendants, but
also by supplementing the facts alleged in order to reflect the involvement of each of these
parties. Because Plaintiffs claims will remain essentially the same as those he alleged initially,
the court finds that the interests of justice will be served by permitting him to name additional
Defendants. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2) ("The court should freely give leave when justice so
The Complaint suggests that Landau sought to have Plaintiff removed from his father's home because Plaintiff
was making too much noise, due to the symptoms of his Tourette Syndrome. (See Compl. -v 8.)
requires"). Therefore, the court grants Plaintiff leave to amend his Complaint. Plaintiff shall file
an Amended Complaint within 30 days of this Order.
s/Nicholas G. Garaufis
NICHOLAS G. GARAUF!S
United States District Judge
Dated: Brooklyn, New York
February .!!:f..., 2012
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