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Dominick Hotel Gentleman Insulted Muslims As 246 Spring Street Sealing Denied For Now

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 24 – In February 2020 a mysterious complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Muhammad Miah who had worked as a doorman at the Domenick Hotel complained that "at the end of September 2019, a man, let's call him 'The Gentleman' - perhaps a guest - idled his car directly in front of the hotel."    Soon, according to the complaint, this "Gentleman" uttered "Muslim something" to offend Miah.

 On July 10 SDNY Judge Lewis J. Liman held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.

  Judge Liman inquired into "the Gentleman," his relationship to the hotel and whether he should be publicly named.

He directed that the hotel file a motion for a protective order to protect it from disclosing the name of the individual identified as 'The Gentleman' in plaintiff's complaint."

 And now, it has been filed, including: "Our firm represents Defendant 246 Spring Street (NY), LLC, d/b/a The Dominick Hotel, erroneously pleaded as The Dominick Hotel, (hereinafter “Defendant”), in the above-referenced matter. As Your Honor may recall, during the July 10, 2020 initial conference counsel for Plaintiff Muhammad Miah (“Plaintiff”) stated his intention to seek to implead an individual as a party in this matter, the identity of whom is in Defendant’s possession... Rule 26 provides that a court may enter a protective order to protect a party from “annoyance, embarrassment, oppression or undue burden or expense[.]”

 Now on July 24, Judge Liman to his credit has denied the application - but seems amenable to a protective order: "ORDER denying [19] Motion for Protective Order ; denying [20] Letter Motion for Discovery. The motions for a protective order (Dkt. Nos. 19, 20) are DENIED to the extent they request an order from the Court that the name and contact information of the hotel guest need not be produced at all. Unless "good cause" is shown, relevant information is generally discoverable. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26. The name and contact information for this individual is plainly relevant to Plaintiff's employment discrimination claims. Production of that information is proportional to the needs of the case. See id. Defendant's legitimate interests in protecting the confidentiality of its customer from public disclosure can be satisfied by treating it as confidential pursuant to a protective order. The parties are directed to the Court's website for the form of such an order and may submit it to the Court for approval no later than July 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to terminate Dkt. Nos. 19 and 20. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Lewis J. Liman on 7/24/2020)." Watch this site.

The case is Miah v. The Dominick Hotel, 20-cv-1172 (Liman)


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