Meilus et al v. Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Inc. et al
ORDER granting 33 Letter Motion to Stay re: 33 LETTER MOTION to Stay of Discovery addressed to Judge Colleen McMahon from Adam E. Collyer dated 9-1-2021. Motion to stay discovery pending resolution of motion to dismiss granted. (Signed by Judge Colleen McMahon on 9/7/2021) (cf)
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Adam E. Collyer
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New Y rk, New York 10005
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Hon. Colleen McMahon"' - ;
United States District Court [
Southern District of New Yor1<
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Mei/us et al v. if?.estaurant Opportunities Center United, Inc. et al
Docket No.: 2i-cv-02554 (CM)
Dear Judge McMahon:
We represent defend*nts Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Inc., S~by Sekou, and
Alicia Renee Farris (collectiv~ly, "Defendants") in the above-referenced matter. Wejw-rite today, on
behalf of all parties and with, Plaintiffs' consent, to respectfully request a stay of d scovery in this
matter while Defendants' mo~ion to dismiss the amended complaint is pending. Thi is the parties'
first such request.
On March 26, 2021, ~laintiffs' filed their complaint. See ECF Docket Ent ("DE") No. 1.
On July 9, 2021, Defendants[ filed a motion to dismiss eighteen of Plaintiffs' ninet en total claims
[DE 22]. On August 12, 202 lr Plaintiffs' filed an amended complaint, asserting eight en total claims
against Defendants [DE 29]. !On August 23, 2021, Defendants responded by filing nother motion,
this time seeking dismissal of 17 of the amended complaint's 18 claims [DE 30].
In keeping with the Court's So Ordered Civil Case Management Plan [DE
served initial disclosures pursuant to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Proce
2021, and initial discovery requests and interrogatories on August 6, 2021. Accardi
responses and production a~e due on September 7, in advance of their noticed
September 14 and 16, 2021. '.
re on July 22,
The Case ManagemeAt Plan notes that discovery may "be stayed pending an
answer motion" [DE 17, ,i 6]'. Here, while the parties have proceeded in discovery i
compliance with the sched~)e contemplated by the Court, Defendants have filed
dispositive motions. Briefin~ on Defendants' pending motion continues through
dispositive preorder to ensure
he first several
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Hon. Colleen McMahon
September 1, 2021
weeks of September, during thich time Plaintiffs will be required to respond to dis overy requests
and both parties will be prepating for initial depositions.
Notably, if the Court }vere to grant Defendants' pending motion, it would o viate the need
for the vast majority of disc~very in this case, including at least the deposition o one plaintiff.
Ultimately, staying discovery until the motion is decided would provide the parties with a clearer,
more streamlined path to disc?very and would conserve the parties' time and financi l resources.
Accordingly, the parties jointly request that the Court stay discovery in t is matter until
Defendants' motion to dismisf has been decided.
We thank the Court fdr its attention to this matter.
/s/ Adam E. Collyer
Adam E. Collyer of
LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH
Counsel for Plaintiffs, (via ECF)
LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGMRD & SMITH LLP
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