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Garcia v. E.J. Amusements of New Hampshire, Inc.

United States District Court, D. Massachusetts

May 5, 2015

JORGE GARCIA, ZACHARY DUCLOS, GEORGE KENT, and JENNIFER MILLER, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs,
v.
E.J. AMUSEMENTS OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, INC. d/b/a FIESTA SHOWS; FIESTA SHOWS, INC. d/b/a FIESTA SHOWS; ATSEIF FESTIVAL MOBILE, INC. d/b/a FIESTA SHOWS; EUGENE DEAN III; EUGENE DEAN; LINDA CHAGROS; NORMA DEAN; and MARY DEAN, Defendants

For Jorge Garcia, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff: Matthew W. Thomson, Shannon E. Liss-Riordan, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., Boston, MA.

For Zachary Duclos, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, George Kent, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs: Shannon E. Liss-Riordan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., Boston, MA.

For Jennifer Miller, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Plaintiff: Shannon E. Liss-Riordan, LEAD ATTORNEY, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, P.C., Boston, MA; John W. Davis, Davis & Davis, P.C., Boston, MA.

For E.J. Amusements of New Hampshire, Inc., d/b/a Fiesta Shows, Fiesta Shows, Inc., d/b/a Fiesta Shows, Atseif Festival Mobile, Inc., d/b/a Fiesta Shows, Eugene Dean, III, Eugene Dean, Linda Chagros, Norma Dean, Mary Dean, Defendants: Anthony S. Califano, Arthur G. Telegen, Barry J. Miller, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Boston, MA; Lauren S. Wachsman, Seyfarth Shaw, Boston, MA.

For MGR Amusements, Inc., Wacky Worm NH, Inc., Fiesta Rides, Inc., Dean & Flynn, Inc. d/b/a Fiesta Shows, Defendants; Anthony S. Califano, Arthur G. Telegen, Barry J. Miller, Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, Boston, MA.

For Centro De Los Derechos Del Migrante, Inc., Movant: Esty R. Lobovits, Kurt Wm. Hemr, Matthew J. Matule, LEAD ATTORNEYS, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Boston, MA.

For JKJ Workforce Agency Inc., Third Party Witness: Terry Klein, LEAD ATTORNEY, Henshon Parker LLP, Boston, MA; Nicole C. Phillips, Henshon Klein LLP, Boston, MA.

ORDER

PATTI B. SARIS, United States District Judge.

Plaintiff's Motion to Amend Complaint to Add Named Plaintiffs (Docket No. 249) is ALLOWED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The motion to add Michelle Sherwin as a named plaintiff is ALLOWED without opposition. The motion to add Franklyn Lopez as a named plaintiff is DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE on the ground that there are no allegations in the proposed complaint or evidence that the arbitration clause in the " 2014 Employment Job Offer & Contract" is specifically invalid. See Buckeye Check Cashing, Inc. v. Cardegna, 546 U.S. 440, 449, 126 S.Ct. 1204, 163 L.Ed.2d 1038 (2006) (" [A] challenge to the validity of the contract as a whole, and not specifically to the arbitration clause, must go to the arbitrator." ); Dialysis Access Ctr., LLC v. RMS Lifeline, Inc., 638 F.3d 367, 383 (1st Cir. 2011) (" Although Appellants have challenged the validity of the [contract] as a whole, they have not specifically challenged the validity of the Arbitration Clause itself." ); Farnsworth v. Towboat Nantucket Sound, Inc., 36 F.Supp.3d 247, 254 (D. Mass. 2014) (rejecting argument that " because plaintiff was under duress when he signed the salvage agreement, he was also under duress when agreeing to the arbitration clause" ). However, if Lopez prevails in arbitration or demonstrates the arbitration clause is specifically invalid, the Court will reconsider.


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