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As Richstone of Hercules Medical Is Sued For Discrimination Now Trial Ready 3 Feb 2021

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 11 –  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.

Now on December 11, finally an order on when the trial would or could start: February 3, 2021: "ORDER: The Southern District of New York is reconfiguring courtrooms and other spaces in its courthouses to allow civil jury trials to proceed as safely as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. On December 8, 2020 the Clerk of Court notified district judges of the dates on which jury selection could commence and trials could proceed in the reconfigured spaces during January through March 2021. Accordingly, the parties are hereby NOTIFIED that this action has been placed on a trial-ready calendar for Wednesday, February 3, 2021. It is hereby ORDERED that the parties shall be prepared to proceed to trial as of that date and on each following week through March 2021. The parties are advised that they will receive as much notice as possible about whether their case will proceed to trial in any of those weeks. (Trial Ready set for 2/3/2021 at 09:30 AM before Judge Denise L. Cote.) (Signed by Judge Denise L. Cote on 12/11/2020."

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



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