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Mathews v. New York Racing Association, Inc.

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
193 F. Supp. 293 (1961)


Facts

In a previous lawsuit against employees of the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), Joseph Mathews (plaintiff) alleged that the employees made libelous statements about him on many occasions, including statements about his disorderly conduct charge and trial for disorderly conduct that occurred on April 10, 1958. Mathews also alleged that NYRA’s private investigators assaulted him at Jamaica Race Track on April 4, 1958. The court found against Mathews on all claims. Subsequently, Mathews brought this action against NYRA and its private investigators (defendants). Mathews again alleged that the investigators assaulted him and also that they kidnapped him, falsely arrested him, and falsely imprisoned him at Jamaica Race Track on April 4, 1958. Mathews further alleged that the defendants had incorrectly charged him with disorderly conduct and had maliciously prosecuted him, resulting in his conviction in the Magistrate's Court of the City of New York on April 10, 1958. The defendants moved for summary judgment, asserting that the court's decision in the previous lawsuit was res judicata on the claims alleged in Mathews's complaint.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (MacMahon, J.)

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