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Indian Firm Sued For Wages Lost Challenge to Subpoena of Its Landlord Now Seeks to Settle

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 26 – Jesus Trinidad Martinez sued A Spice Route Inc. and its Tandoor Palace for unpaid wages.

Then Tandoor Palace sought an emergency hearing on a prior settlement agreement being made public.   

 On January 8, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Gregory H. Woods held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  The lawyer for A Spice Route wanted to submit the prior settlement under seal. Judge Woods said that judicial documents are presumptively public.

He cited a decision in the case against Ghislaine Maxwell, arising after another Judge Woods decision in the case against Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards.  

 The lawyer for A Spice Route asked if there is a deadline to file. No, Judge Woods said, if you file nothing I will in turn do nothing on this.

  But file they did, and on January 15 Judge Woods held another conference. This time the defendants said there is no jurisdiction, and spoke darkly again about the alleged breach of confidentiality of a previous settlement. The plaintiffs' lawyer said some confidentiality is barred by the FSLA.

  On February 26 a proceeding was held about Spice Route's attempt to challenge a subpoena of its landlord's records about the lease, rent payments and communications about Tandoor Palace.

 Judge Woods denied the request, saying even if Defendants had standing, their arguments concerning relevance and proportionality are meritless.

On November 26, the day after Thanksgiving, the plaintiffs wrote to ask for approval of a settlement of the case, after multiple sessions before the court-appointed mediator Shira Foreman Esq and the assigned Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. The settlement would be for $18,000. That would be $7,000 to Mr. Trinidad, $5000 to Mario Perez - and $5000 to the lawyers at Cilenti & Cooper PLLC.

The case is Martinez et al v. A Spice Route Inc. et al., 20-cv-9571 (Woods / Parker)



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