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Civil Procedure Keyed to Friedenthal
Mathews v. New York Racing Association, Inc
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The Plaintiff brought suit against the Defendants. The Plaintiff alleged that on April 4, 1958 he was assaulted, kidnapped, falsely arrested and falsely imprisoned by employees of Thoroughbred. The Plaintiff also alleged that the Defendants maliciously caused him to be prosecuted and imprisoned on April 10, 1958. He asked for money damages and an injunction restraining the Defendants form interfering with his presence at the racetracks, from publication of libelous statements and from acting as peace officers. The Defendants brought a defense of res judicata asserting that a prior judgment dated June 30, 1960 dismissed his similar complaints. In that case, the Plaintiff alleged on April 4, 1958 he was assaulted and libelous statements were made about the Plaintiff. In that action the Plaintiff also asked for monetary damages and an injunction from further interference with his attendance at the tracks.
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