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Judson v Elliott Mgt. Corp. 2023 NY Slip Op 30398(U) February 6, 2023 Supreme Court, New York County Docket Number: Index No. 652185/2021 Judge: Mary V. Rosado Cases posted with a "30000" identifier, i.e., 2013 NY Slip Op 30001(U), are republished from various New York State and local government sources, including the New York State Unified Court System's eCourts Service. This opinion is uncorrected and not selected for official publication. INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 PRESENT: ' RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK NEW YORK COU~TY " HON. MARY V. ROSADO PART Justice X INDEX NO. GLENN JUDSON, MOTION DATE Plaintiff, 33M 652185/2021 09/16/2021 001 MOTION SEQ. NO. - V - ' ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, ZION SHOHERT, OLEG OLOVYANNIKOV DECISION + ORDER ON MOTION Defendant. -~-----------------X lj I 11 The following e-filed documents, listed by NYSCEF document nu_mber (Motion 001) 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 ;; were read on this motion to/for DISMISS Upon the foregoing documents, and after oral arguolent, which took place on December -15,. 2021 before the Honorable Alexander Tisch, Defendarlts Elli.ott Management Corporation !) l I ("EMC"), Zion Shohert ("Shohert"), and Oleg Olovyannikov's ("Olovyannikov") (collectively . I . "Defendants") motion for partial dismissal pursuant to CPLR §§ 321 l(a)(l) and (7) is granted in ' ' part and denied in I. part 1• Factual and Procedural Background ,, On April 1, 2021, Plaintiff Glenn Judson ("Plaintiff") initiated this action by filing a . ii . . I Summons and Complaint alleging age discrimination, hostile ,, work environment, and -retaliation ·; pursuant to the New York City Human Rights Law ("NYCHRL") (NYSCEF Doc. 1). Defendants ,; filed their Answer on April 8, 2021 (NYSCEF Doc. 2). PlaiJtiff filed an Amended Complaint on ,, . April 28, 2021 which contained the same causes of action :CNYSCEF Doc. 4). In response, on I I, 1 While this motion was submitted and heard in another part, the case ha~~been transferre~ to Part 33. The motion was not transferred to Part 33 but given the age of the motion and in the ihterest of judicial economy and expe·ctiency, this Court issues a decision on the instant motion. !: · ,. I 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Page 1 of 12 Motion No. 001 [* 1] 1 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 August 19, 2021, Defendants sought dismissal of the first cause of action alleging age ,) discrimination and the second cause of action alleging hostile work environment (NYSCEF Doc. 12). Defendants also seek dismissal of the third cause of action against Defendants Shohet and Olovyannikov (id.). This action arises out of Plaintiffs employment at EMC. Plaintiff worked at EMC from 2007 until August 10, 2018 (NYSCEF Doc. 15 at ,r 11). Defendant Olovyannikov has been the Chief Technology Officer of EMC since August 15, 2016 (id. at Operating Officer of EMC (id at ,r 13). Shohert is the Chief ,r 7). Plaintiff's record at EMC was "spotless" (id. at ,r 12). Shortly after Olovyannikov began working at EMC, Plaintiff was promoted (id. at ,r 14). Jnitially, Plaintiff reported to Olovyannikov in his new position (id.). Olovyannikov gave plaintiff a positive performance review in November 20 l 7 (id. at ,r 16). The following month, Plaintiff began reporting to a different individual named Basu (id at ,r 17). Basu reported to Olovyannikov (id.). Allegedly, once Olovyannikov arrived at EMC, there was "a significant shift in the culture of the technology group" (id. at ,r 18). Olovyannikov allegedly negatively commented on employees' ethnicity, national origin, gender, and disability (id. at ,r 21). Allegedly, he wanted to fire the Indian employees and replace them with Russian employees (id. at ,r 22). He allegedly referred to two Indian employees as "retards" (id. at ,r 24) and allegedly asked another if he was going to a jihadist training camp (id.at ,r 25). After a colleague allegedly died as a result of alcoholism, Olovyannikov hung a banner in his office which said, "Suicide Squad" (id. at ,r 27). He allegedly made demeaning statements about women and allegedly commented that he wanted stripper poles in the office and to hire prostitutes (id. at ,r 23). Allegedly, he frequently mentioned that he "wanted to get rid of the older employees in the office and replace them with 'younger' and more 'energetic' employees (id. at ,r 19). Plaintiff alleges many of his colleagues voiced 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 2] 2 of 12 Page 2 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 concern about Olovyannikov's .behavior and those that supported and enabled his behavior, including Shohert (id. at ,i 28). On May 11, 2018, Plaintiff allegedly learned from one of his subordinates that one of Olovyannikov's subordinates sent a derogatory text message allegedly referring to one. of Plainiiffs employees as a "silly menstrual fish" (id. at ,i 29). Plaintiff alleges that he complained about the text message to EMC's human resources managers on May 11, 2018, as required by EM C's discrimination and harassment policy (id. at ,i,i 29-30). Plaintiff alleges he also complained ·about the culture of discrimination Olovyannikov created and the numerous discriminatory comments he made (id. at ,i 32). Plaintiff asked if the legal department should be involved but was told ihat human resources would discuss th_e complaints with Shohert (id. at ,i 32) Although·human resources discussed the matter wiih Shohert there was allegedly no follow up (id. at ,i 33). After this complaint, the allegedly discriminatory ageist comments escalated (id. at ,i 20). The ageist comments made, including the ones made at a company party in July of 2018, were reported to the global head of human resources by one of Plaintiffs colleagues (id.). However, Plaintiff alleges that instead of correcting Olovyannikov's ,behavior, Plaintiff was fifed without warning less than three months after reporting the discrimihatory acts and only one month after the purportedly ageist comments were made at a holiday party (id. at ,i 36). Plaintiff alleges the retaliation continued at a company town hall meeting shortly after Plaintiffs termination, where Olovyannikov allegedly "denounced [him] by name and attributed his termination to poor performance" to the firm's global technology department, thereby substantially injuring Plaintiffs professional reputation (id. at ,i 44). Defendants move for partial dismissal because they allege that Plaintiff recites bare legal conclusions that are flatly contradicted by documentary evidence. 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN Motion No. 001 [* 3] vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 3 of 12 Page 3 of 12' INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 II. RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 Discussion A. Standard When reviewing a pre-answer motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, the Court must give a plaintiff the benefit of all favorable inferences which may be drawn from the pleadings (Sassi v Mobile Life Support Services, Inc., 3 7 NY3d 236, 239 [2021 ]). All factual allegations must be accepted as true (Allianz Underwriters Ins. Co. v LandrlJ:ark Ins. Co., 13 AD3d 172, 174 [1st Dept 2004]). Conclusory allegations or claims consisting of bare legal conclusions with no factual specificity are insufficient to survive a motion to dismiss (Godfrey v Spano, 13 NY3d 358, 373 [2009]; Barnes v Hodge, 118 AD3d 633, 633-634 (1st Dept 2014 ]). A motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim will be granted if the factual allegations do not allow for an enforceable right of recovery (Connaughton v Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., 29 NY3d 137, 142 [2017]). A motion to dismiss based on documentary evidence pursuant to CPLR § 321 l(a)(l) is appropriately granted only when the documentary evidence utterly refutes the plaintiffs factual allegations, conclusively establishing a defense as a matter oflaw (Goshen v Mutual Life Ins. Co. of New York, 98 NY2d 314 [2002]). The documentary _evidence must be unambiguous, of undisputed authenticity, and its contents must be essentially \mdeniable (VXI Lux Holdco S.A.R.L. v SIC Holdings, LLC, 171 AD3d 189, 193 [\st Dept 2019]). A co~rt may not dismiss a complaint based on documentary evidence unless the factual allegations are definitively contradicted by the evidence (Leon v Martinez, 84 NY2d 83, 88 [1994]). B. Age Discrimination To state a viable cause of action, plaintiff must show that he is part of a protected class, that he was qualified for his job, that he was treated differently or worse than his colleagues, and 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 4] 4 of 12 Page 4 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 that the facts surrounding his termination support an inference of discrimination (Harrington v City ofNew York, 157 AD3d 582,584 [1st Dept 2018)). As of the date of the Complaint, Paintiff was 50 years old (NYSCEF Doc. 15 at ii I). Defendants submit a copy of Olovyannikov's passport, which shows that he was 54 or 55 years old on the date of the Complaint (NYSCEF Doc. 18). Prathana Gowda, who replaced Plaintiff was born in 1976. Though Gowda is younger than plaintiff, she is also in the protected age group. Defendants argue Plaintiffs intermediate supervisor, Basu, 'is a year older than Olovyannikov. In addition, Defendants allege that dismissal is proper because in 2016 Olovyannikov promoted Plaintiff (id., ,i,i I 3-14). Also, Olovyannikov gave Plaintiff "a strong performance review" (id. at ,i 16). Defendants argue that "it is difficult to''impute a discriminatory motive ... in connection with the adverse action that is inconsistent with the initial decision to treat plaintiff favorably". Defendants contend the stray ageist comments Plaintiff alleges are insufficient. In opposition, Plaintiff asserts that his age discrimination claim is sufficient (NYSCEF Doc. 20). He emphasizes that notice pleading standards do not require a plaintiff to plead specific facts, but only to provide fair notice of the basis for the claim. Plaintiff asserts that Courts interpret the NYCHRL "broadly in favor of discrimination plaintiffs, to the extent that such a construction is reasonably possible" (quoting Albunio v City of New York, 16 NY3d 472, 477-478 [2011)). Plaintiff rejects Defendants' position that the cause of action is foreclosed because of Olovyannikov's age or the ages of other employees. Further, Plaintiff notes that paragraphs 19-20 of the Complaint allege facts that provide evidence of age discrimination. He contends that even stray remarks may be enough to set forth a prima facie case (citing Chiara v Town ofNew Castle, 126 AD3d 111, 124 [2d Dept 2015)). Plaintiff also asserts that it is not dispositive at the pleading stage that Olovyannikov promoted him in 2016. 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 5] 5 of 12 Page 5 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 In reply, Defendants argue that Plaintiff overstates the liberality of the standard of review. Although notice pleading is applicable, Plaintiff still must allege that Defendants discriminated against him based on age. They reiterate that although Plaintiff's duties subsequently were assumed by a younger individual, she also was over 40 and thus in the same protected category. They note that conclusory claims of discrimination have been dismissed in the State courts (citing Massaro v The Dept. of Educ. of the City of New York, 2013 NY Slip Op 31011 [U], *4 [Sup Ct, NY County 2013], affd 121 AD3d 569 [1st Dept 2014]). They argue Plaintiff's Complaint is conclusory because he cites only one ageist comment made about Plaintiff to a third party. After careful consideration, the Court denies this prong of the motion to dismiss. A claim under the NYCHRL "is intended to provide 'uniquely broad and remedial' protections 'for the civil rights of all persons' within the statute's geographic scope; and it is to be 'construed liberally' to fulfill this purpose" (Puslilnik v Battery Park City Auth., 71 Misc 3d 1058 [Sup Ct, NY County 2021] [quoting Williams v New York City Haus. Auth., 61 AD3d 62, 66 (1st Dept 2009)]). Therefore, the Complaint's allegations must simply give Defendants "fair notice of the nature of plaintiffs claims and their grounds" (Petit v Department of Educ. of the City of NY, 177 AD3d 402, 403 [I st Dept 2019]). The NYCHRL is broad in scope (Benne/Iv Time Warner Cable, Inc., 138 AD3d 598,599 [1st Dept 2016]). "Thus, courts must play a highly active role in the development of the City HRL by interpreting all cases in a manner consistent with the goal of providing unparalleled strength in deterring and remedying discrimination" (Morse v Fidessa Corp., 165 AD3d 61, 67 [1st Dept 2018]). Allegations that are dismissed as insufficient under the State and Federal laws often survive dismissal motions as they relate to the NYCHRL (see, e.g., Pelepelin v City of New York, 189 AD3d 450, 452 [1st Dept 2020] [claim sustained where the complaint adequately asserted "a 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 6] •\ 6 of 12 Page 6 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 disadvantageous action"). Accordingly, Defendants' citations to decisions under the State Human Rights Law are not persuasive (see also Pustilnik, 71 Misc 1d 1058 at 1069). The fact that Olovyannikov and .Prowda are in the same protected age category as Plaintiff does not require dismissal. In Rollins v Fencers Club; Inc. (128 AD3d 401, 402 [I st-Dept 2015]), the First Department refused to grant summary judgment on an age discrimination claim merely because "several of the persons involved in the decision tp fire plaintiff were close to her in age, and thereby in the same protected class." The ·court found ihat an issue of fact existed because a board mem be~ in the protected class made comments suggesting that the plaintiff was too old or infirm to do her job effectively. In the context of this CPLR § 3211 motion to dismiss, where plaintiff bears a lesser burden, these allegations are sufficient (see also Mirra, 159 AD3d at 966) ... Further, ·although, many of Olovyannikov's purported ageist statements were not made " directly to Plaintiff, this is not a basis for dismissal (see Santiago-Mendez v City ofNew York, 136 AD3d 428, 429 [1st Dept 2016]). Instead, it raises "a potential rebuttal argument...which is misplaced at this early procedural juncture" (Petit v Department ofEduc. of the City ofN. Y, 177 AD3d 402, 404 (1st Dept 2019]). Moreover, while Plaintiff was promoted after Olovyannikov began working at EMC, this does not dispose of his clairri on a motion to dismiss. Defendants' reliance on Anderson is misplaced because that case involved consideration of a summary judgment motion. Buon v Spindler (2021 \VL 1056010 [SDNY 2021]) is not persuasive because it was decided under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 rather than under the NYCHRL and because the court evaluated the claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure§ 12 (b)(6). Thus, this branch of Defendants' motion is denied. r, 65218512021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 7] 7 of 12 Page 7 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 C. Hostile Work Environment Defendants also argue that Plaintiff's second cause of action should be dismissed. First, they argue that many of the alleged hostile acts target women and other groups of which he is not a member. Second, Defendants state that Plaintiff merely references insensitive comments related to his protected class which were not pervasive enough to create a hostile environment. In opposition, Plaintiff notes that the First Department has rejected the position that "the 'severe or pervasive' restriction be applied to NYCHRL cl~ims just as the restriction is applied to Title VII and State HRL claims" (Williams, 61 AD3d at 78). Instead, it is only necessary to allege that the plaintiff suffered more than a mere slight or inconvenience. Plaintiff argues he satisfied the standard because he alleged that Olovyannikov taunted him and indicated that he should be fired because of his age. Although not all the statements were made in Plaintiff's presence, he argues "[t]he mere fact that [a plaintiff] was not present when a ... derogatory comment was made will not render that comment irrelevant to his hostile work environment claim" (quoting Schwapp v Town ofAvon, 118 F3d 106, 111 (2d Cir 1997]). In reply, Defendants argue that Plaintiff has not challenged their contention that he cannot include alleged misconduct against members of i protected groups if he is not a member. They contend that :the only allegation of ageism was the comment Olovyannikov made to another person at a party, and this is insufficient. While Plaintiff cannot state a claim for hostile work environment related to comments made about a protected class he is not a member of, Plaintiff has stated a claim for hostile work environment under the NYCHRL based on age discrimination. Si_nce Williams, the courts in this State have analyzed NYSHRL and NYCHRL claims differently (see Hernandez v Kaisman, 103 AD3d 106, J12-114 [1st Dept 2012] [considering summary judgment motion]). As Plaintiff argues, "[t]he NYCHRL sets a lower standard for maintaining a cause of action for hostile work 65218512021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 8] 8 of 12 Page 8 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 environment" (Palmer, 65 Misc 3d at 393). Instead, a plaintiff must allege that he or she "was treated less well than other employees because of the relevant characteristic" (Oluwo v Sutton, 206 AD3d 750, 753 [2d Dept 2022]). Under the NYCHRL, moreover, "'questions of "severity" and "pervasiveness" are applicable to the scope of pennissible damages, but not to the question of underlying liability"' (Hernandez, 103 AD3d at 113-114 [quoting Williams, 61 AD3d at 76]). Given the facts alleged, dismissal is premature. Contrary to Defendants' assertion, the Complaint does not simply state that Defendants made a sin~le ageist comment to a third party. In addition, the Complaint states that Oloyyannikov "frequently mentioned that he wanted to get i:id of the older employees in the office," replacing them with younger employees, and that he wanted to replace Plaintiff for this reason (NYSCEF Doc. 15 at 'I] 19 [emphasis added]). Although Defendants suggest that none of the comments were made to Plaintiff, the Compiaint asserts otherwise, stating that he "directly referred to Plaintiff as 'old' on a number of occasions" (id. [emphasis added]). The extent to which the statements were made in Plaintiffs presence, and whether the statements were "severe or pervasive or just petty offenses" are issues of fact which cannot be resolved on a motion to dismiss. D. Retaliation Claims as to Individual Defendants Initially, Defendants argue that the causes of action fail against Shohert and Oloyyannikov, because Plaintiff ha5 not set forth valid age discrimination and hostile work environment claims. The Court rejects this argument as these causes of action are not dismissed. Defendants also argue that the allegations against Shohert, are insufficient to support liability. The Complaint alleges that Shohert "supported and enabled [Oloyyannikov's] behavior" (NYSCEF Doc. 15 at 'I] 28). Allegedly, the human resources manager told Shohert about Plaintiffs eomplaints and Shohert concluded the legal department did not have to get involved (id. at ,i 33). It states that Shohert ' 65218512021 JUDSON, GLENN w. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 9] 9 of 12 Page9of12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 "approved of Plaintiff's retaliatory termination" (id. at ,r 39). The Complaint alleges Shohert was "aware of the discriminatory acts done by other EMC employees, acquiesced in such conduct, failed to take the appropriate remedial action in response to such conduct, and personally retaliated against Plaintiff by terminating his employment and otherwise aided and abetted the discriminatory and retaliatory conduct herein" (id) Defendants claim these allegations fail to allege Shohert was involved in the challenged conduct. Plaintiff contends that the Complaint's allegations state a claim for aiding and abetting. He alleges that Shohert did not take action following Plaintiff's complaint about the text message or reports regarding ageist comments made about Plaintiff. Shohert' s failure to thoroughly investigate, intervene, and take remedial action can be the basis of an aiding and abetting claim (Feingoldv New York, 366 F3d 138 (2d Cit 2004]; Black v ,ESPN, Inc., 70 Misc.3d 1217[A] [Sup Ct. New York County 2021]; Pellegrini v Sovereign Hotels, Inc., 740 F. Supp.2d 344 [NDNY 2010]). Further, Plaintiff alleges that Shohert knew about the discrimination Plaintiff was facing, knew about the discrimination Plaintiff had complained about, and knew that others had reported the discrimination Plaintiff was facing (NYSCEF Doc. 15 at ,r,r 20, 28, 33 and 39). Yet, it is alleged that rather than intervene to put an end to the behavior,'· he allegedly approved of Plaintiff's termination (id.). Based on these allegations and the procedural posture of this motion, the aiding and abetting claim against Shohert survives. However, dismissal of the aiding and abetting claim against Olovyannikov is appropriate. As he was the individual who fired Plaintiff, he cannot be :liable for aiding and abetting his own conduct (citing, Hardwick v Auriemma, 116 AD3d 465,468 [1st Dept 2014]). Plaintiff does not challenge this position. Therefore, the Court dismisses the claim for aiding and abetting as it applies to Olovyannikov (see Park v Kur/osys Sys., Inc., 206 AD3d 570, 571 (l st Dept 2022]). 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION Motion No. 001 [* 10] 10 of 12 Page 10 of 12 INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 Defendants also contend that dismissal of the retaliation claim against Olovyannikov is appropriate. According to Defendants, the Complaint does not allege that Olovyannikov knew Plaintiff engaged in a protected activity, and thus does not show a causal connection between the protected activity and termination (citing Fletcher v Dakota, Inc., 99 AD3d 43, 54 [1st Dept 2012]) Plaintiff responds that the allegation that Olovyannikov fired Plaintiff in retaliation for complaining about his discriminatory acts is sufficient to raise an inference of retaliation. The Court concludes that" the Complaint states a claim for retaliation. To state a cause of action for retaliation under the NYCHRL, a plaintiff must show he participated in protected activity known to defendant, the defendant took an action th~t disadvantaged plaintiff, and a causal connection exists between the protected activity and the adverse action (Harrington v City ofNew York, 157 AD3d 582 [1st Dept 2018]).Proteetive activity .includes complaining about unlawful discrimination (A/bunio v City ofNew York, 67 AD3d 407 [1st Dept 2009]. The Complaint alleges Plaintiff was fired 90 days after he complained about numerous discriminatory acts to human resources, and that Shohert was not only aware of Plaintiffs complaints but decided nothing had to be done in response. Further, after Plaintiff complained about the discriminatory acts, Olovyannikov began spreading ageist comments about Plaintiff around the office, both to Plaintiff directly and to Plaintiffs coworkers. These alleged discriminatory remarks and Plaintiffs ultimate termination, which allegedly occurred in a matter of weeks after Plaintiff's complaint, give rise to an inference of retaliation. Jndeed, as this is a motion to dismiss, and little to no discovery has taken place yet, Plaintiff is entitled to the benefit of all favorable inferences which may be drawn from his allegations (Leon v Martinez, 84 NY2d 83 [1994]), Given the alleged dynamic between Shohert and Olovyannikov, where Shohert defended and brushed off reports ofOlovyannikov's discriminatory acts, the Court can infer, for 652185/2021 JUDSON, GLENN Motion No. 001 [* 11] vs. ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 11 of 12 Page 11 of 12: INDEX NO. 652185/2021 NYSCEF DOC. NO. 26 RECEIVED NYSCEF: 02/07/2023 purposes of a motion to dismiss, that Olovyannikov was aware of Plaintiffs complaint. Thus, Plaintiffs third cause of action survives this motion to dismiss. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the motion to dismiss is granted to the extent of severing and dismissing any aiding and abetting claims in the third cause of action as against Defendant Olvyannikov; and it is further ORDERED that the Defendants' motion to dismiss is otherwise denied; and it is further ORDERED that within twenty (20) days of entry ofthis decision and order, Defendants shall serve an Answer to the Amended Complaint; and it is further ORDERED that the parties shall submit a proposed preliminary conference order via em_ail to SFC-Part33-Clerk@nycourts.gov on or before Mar?h 8, 2023. If the parties are unable to agree to a proposed preliminary conference order, the parties shall appear for a preliminary conference on March 15, 2023 at 9:30 a.m., at 60 Centre Street, Room 442; and it is further ORDERED that within ten ( 10) days of entry, counsel for Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this Decision and Order, with notice of entry, on Defendants and the Court of the Clerk; and it is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court is directed to enter judgment accordingly. This constitutes the Decision and Order of the Court. 21612023 DATE N. MARY V. ROSADO, J.S.C. CHECK ONE: CASE DISPOSED GRANTED APPl.:ICATION: . CHECK IF APPROPRIATE: 65218512021 JUDSON, GLENN Motion No. 001 [* 12] vs. • DENIED X NON•FINAL DlSPOSlTION x GRANTED IN PART SETTLE ORDER SUBMIT ORDER INCLUDES TRANSFERJREASSIGN FIDUCIARY APPOINTMENT ELLIOTT MANAGEMENT CORPORATION 12 of 12 • • OTHER REFERENCE Page 12 of 12
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