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Poly Prep Case August 28 2012

Poly Prep Case August 28 2012

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Zimmerman v. Poly Prep Country Day School, Memorandum & Order
Zimmerman v. Poly Prep Country Day School, Memorandum & Order

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK JAMES ZIMMERMAN, PHILIPCULHANE, DAVID HILTBRAND,WILLIAM JACKSON, GEORGE ZAROU, JOHN JOSEPH PAGGIOLI (formerly“JOHN DOE I”), “JOHN DOE II,” “JOHNDOE III,” PHILIP C. HENNINGSEN(formerly “JOHN DOE IV”), PHILIPLYLE SMITH, and “JOHN DOE V,”Plaintiffs,-against-POLY PREP COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL,WILLIAM M. WILLIAMS, DAVID B.HARMAN, VARIOUS MEMBERS OFTHE POLY PREP BOARD OF TRUSTEES,WHOSE NAMES ARE CURRENTLYUNKNOWN AND THUS DESIGNATEDAS “JAMES DOE I-XXX,” HARRYPETCHESKY, ESQ., ROBERT F.HERRMANN, ESQ., and MICHAELNOVELLO,Defendants.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Case No. 09-CV-4586 (FB) (CLP)
 Appearances
:
For the Plaintiffs
:KEVIN T. MULHEARN, ESQ.60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 8Orangeburg, New York 10962EDWARD FLANDERS, ESQ.KIMBERLY L. BUFFINGTON, ESQ. JOHN A. FEDUN, ESQ.Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP1540 BroadwayNew York, New York 10036
For Defendants Poly Prep, Williams,Harman, and “James Doe I-XXX”:
 JEFFREY I. KOHN, ESQ.HOWARD E. HEISS, ESQ.SHIVA EFTEKHARI, ESQ. JAMES E. MILLER, ESQ.O’Melveny & Myers, LLP7 Times SquareNew York, New York 10036
 
For Defendant Petchesky:
HARRY PETCHESKY,
 pro
se767 Third AvenueNew York, New York 10017
For Defendant Herrmann:
PHILIP TOUITOU, ESQ.CONCEPCION A. MONTOYA, ESQ.Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP780 Third Avenue, 4th FloorNew York, New York 10017
For Defendant Novello:
DAVID G. TRACHTENBERG, ESQ.STEPHEN ARENA, ESQ.Trachtenberg Rodes & Friedberg LLP545 Fifth Avenue, Suite 640New York, New York 10017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS...................................................4A. Jacksons Accusations................................................4B. Marinos Accusations................................................4C. Anonymous Accusations.............................................5D. DefendantsResponse Through 1991...................................5E. Hiltbrands 1991 Letter...............................................6F. Fogliettas Retirement and Death......................................7G. Hiltbrands 2002 Letter...............................................7H. The Sheridan Investigation...........................................8I. Paggiolis Lawsuit...................................................9THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT...................................................10THE FEDERAL CLAIMS.....................................................11A. RICO.............................................................111. Violation....................................................11a. Enterprise ............................................11b. Racketeering Activity...................................12c. Pattern................................................142. Injury.......................................................153. Causation....................................................174. Conclusion..................................................19
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B. Title IX............................................................191. Retroactive Application.......................................202. Statute of Limitations.........................................22THE STATE-LAW CAUSES OF
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CTION.......................................24A. Fraud: Hiltbrand...................................................24B. Negligent Retention or Supervision and Breach of Fiduciary Duty........261.
Res Judicata
: Paggioli..........................................272. Statute of Limitations: Remaining Plaintiffs......................29
CONCLUSION
.............................................................38
BLOCK, Senior District Judge:
Plaintiffs are ten former Poly Prep students and two former attendees of theschool’s summer camp. Their stories vary in the details, but each alleges that he wassexually abused by Philip Foglietta, Poly Prep’s football coach from 1966 to 1991. Theabuse occurred between 1966 and 1986, and ranged in frequency from two incidents, in thecase of plaintiff Philip Henningsen, to hundreds, in the case of plaintiff Philip Lyle Smith.Plaintiffs uniformly allege that their abuse led to severe psychological andemotional difficulties, including drug and alcohol dependency in some cases. They furtherallege that they have suffered diminished educational and employment opportunities, andthe out-of-pocket costs of counseling, therapy and other forms of treatment.But this case is not against Foglietta, who died in 1998. Rather, it is againstPoly Prep, its Board of Trustees and current and former administrators (“Poly Prep”). Inaddition, one plaintiff brings a claim against Poly Prep’s general counsel. Much of thecomplaint, as amended, focuses on the defendants’ alleged knowledge of Foglietta’spredatory behavior, their failure to take corrective action, and their attempts to concealboth Foglietta’s conduct and their knowledge of it.
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