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Richstone of Hercules Medical Was Sued For Discrimination Settled March 26 Before April 5 Trial

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 26 –  Leonides Duverny sued Hercules Medical P.C. and Geoffrey Richstone for gender and national origin discrimination, and overtime.

  On August 14 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Denise L. Cote held a telephone proceeding with attorneys in the case including Joshua Friedman and Inner City Press called in. Things got strange quickly.

 Judge Cote's deputy asked, Who just called in?

"Inner City Press."

 Lawyer asked, "What is the name of the reporter?"

  It seemed strange, but the answer was given: Matthew Russell Lee.

 Lawyer asked, Who do you spell that?

  "Would you ask that if these were in the courtroom? Anyway, L-E-E."

 The deputy, a week after Inner City Press was told not to speak when counsel said they wanted no media on a public call, asked for the discussion to cease. Research did not cease.

   Some other chambers don't ask the press or others calling in to identify themselves; one SDNY judge explicitly says he doesn't monitor who's on the call (thought it seems he sees the numbers).

  When Judge Cote came on, she reminded, No recording, or sanction. Then she discussed when the case might be tried. There are constraints.

  Duverny now lives in Haiti. Defendant Geoffrey Richstone, according even to re-filed Docket Number 78, has cancer treatments and so requested any trial start on Mondays in the second and/or fourth week of the month.

   A trial was set for April 5, 2021. After a referral to Magistrate Stewart D. Aaron, on March 26, this: "ORDER OF DISCONTINUANCE: It having been reported to this Court that this case has been settled, it is hereby ORDERED that the above-captioned action is discontinued without costs to any party and without prejudice to restoring the action to this Courts calendar if the application to restore the action is made by April 26, 2021. If no such application is made by that date, todays dismissal of the action is with prejudice. See Muze, Inc. v. Digital On Demand, Inc., 356 F.3d 492, 494 n.1 (2d Cir. 2004). (Motions due by 4/26/2021.) (Signed by Judge Denise L. Cote on 3/26/2021)."

The case is Duverny v. Hercules Medical P.C. et al., 18-cv-07652 (Cote)



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