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Mooney v. Warren

Appeals Court of Massachusetts, Middlesex

March 5, 2015

Jeanne Sweeney Mooney

Argued December 4, 2014

Civil action commenced in the Superior Court Department on September 6, 2013.

A motion to dismiss was heard by Dennis J. Curran, J.

Angela Buchanan Smagula, Assistant City Solicitor, for the defendant.

Cary Gianoulis for the plaintiff.

Present: Cohen, Fecteau, & Massing, JJ.

OPINION

[26 N.E.3d 207] Fecteau, J.

The defendant, Setti D. Warren, appeals from an order of a judge of the Superior Court that denied his motion, filed pursuant to Mass.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6) and (9), 365 Mass. 754 (1974), to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint. His motion claimed that a prior order in the Federal court that denied the plaintiff's motion to amend her complaint to add claims there against the defendant in his individual capacity barred the plaintiff's claims here as res judicata. Because we consider his appeal premature, we dismiss it.

Background.

In brief, on or about March 15, 2013, the plaintiff, Jeanne Sweeney Mooney, brought a multiple count complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Warren, in his official capacity as the mayor of the city of Newton, and others, in which she alleged conspiracy and deprivation of civil rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § § 1983 and 1985, as well as numerous pendent State law claims, all in connection with certain events alleged while Mooney worked with the Newton police department.

Mooney moved to amend her complaint to include counts against Warren in his personal capacity on August 19, 2013; this motion, opposed by the defendants in that action, was denied on

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September 4, 2013.[1] On September 6, 2013, Mooney filed her complaint in Superior Court alleging the same claims she had sought to add to the Federal complaint. On October 4, 2013, Warren filed a motion to dismiss on res judicata grounds, which was heard on January 9, 2014. On January 30, 2014, a judge of the Superior Court issued a ...


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