Watts et al v. The County Of Suffolk et al

Filing 45

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: The plaintiffs may amend their complaint to remove their class claims; add Janet Viola as an individual plaintiff; and provide additional detail about the defendants' retaliation against two of the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are to file their amended complaint by January 19, 2017. Ordered by Judge Ann M. Donnelly on 1/6/2017. (Greene, Donna)

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FILED IN CLERKL> OFFICE US DISTRICT COURT E.D.N.Y. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT i, JAN 0 6 2016 6 EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK X BROOKLYN OFFICE SHARON WATTS,TARA LUCENTE, MICHELLE ATKINSON,JAMIE CULOSO, AND CATHERINE ANDES, NOT FOR PUBLICATION Plaintiffs, MEMORANDUM & ORDER - against 2:13-cv-01691 (AMD)(AKT) THE COUNTY OF SUFFOLK,SUFFOLK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, SERGEANT JOSEPH FOTI,AND OFFICER SANTA CRUZ, Defendants, X ANN DONNELLY,District Judge. Plaintiffs Sharon Watts, Tara Lucente, Michelle Atkinson, Jamie Culoso, and Catherine Andes brought this action, on behalfofthemselves and others similarly situated, alleging violations of42 U.S.C. ยง 1983 due to sexual assault and harassment that they suffered while incarcerated at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility. On November 11,2016,the plaintiffs requested a pre-motion conference regarding their anticipated motion for leave to amend their complaint to(1)add Janet Viola as an individual plaintiff;(2)drop their class-action claims; and (3)provide additional detail about the defendants' retaliation against two ofthe plaintiffs. The defendants opposed this request on November 18, 2016,and at the request ofthe Court, the plaintiffs replied on December 9,2016. At a January 5,2017 pre-motion conference, I granted the plaintiffs' request to file an amended complaint. This opinion memorializes that decision. The defendants only oppose the plaintiffs' requests to add Ms. Viola as an individual plaintiff and to add details regarding retaliation. Like the other plaintiffs in this case, Ms. Viola 1 s/Ann M. Donnelly

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