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Fireman Suing FDNY For Sexual Harassment Dismisses Garden Variety Damages As Seeks To Pick SDNY Magistrate

By Matthew Russell Lee, More on Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 20 – The Federal case in which ex-firefighter Gordon Springs accused the FDNY, its Commissioner and three firemen of sexual harassment resulted on May 20 to an ill-attended conference in which the parties disputed which Federal Magistrate Judge would be best to try to bring the large gap between them for a settlement.

  U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alison J. Nathan asked Springs' lawyer and then the defendants about the chances of settlement. Springs' new lawyer Paul Liggieri of L & D Law, P.C. replacing the Derek Smith Law Group said that his client acknowledges that his first demands were unreasonable, but said the City is now offering only "garden variety damages." The individual firemen's lawyer said his clients could contribute something but not much.

After the round of answers Judge Nathan said "if the ocean of difference becomes a lake or river," then it made sense to return to the Magistrate judge for another settlement conference. 

But which Magistrate? Judge Nathan asked if Magistrate Judge Ona Wang had indicated she would be willing to try a second time. Both side said Yes. Then Li said he had had success with SDNY Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses.

  Judge Nathan said she had no power to reassign the case to another Magistrate. She again encouraged the parties to try to settle, to avoid the cost and risk of a trial.

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 (Magistrate Moses, later on May 20, was holding a settlement conference partially by telephone in another case, Charlestown Capital Advisers, LCC v. Acero Junction, Inc. et al., 18-cv-4437, assigned to her by Judge John G. Koeltl).

  The FDNY case, still with an ocean of difference between the parties as Judge Nathan put it, is Gordon Springs v. The City of New York, et al., 17-cv-451 (Nathan).


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