Not only did the HHA file a lawsuit against Former Executive Director Carmelo Garcia- but they filed it before Louis Zayas re-filed the "new and improved" Ethnic Cleansing Lawsuit!
Why does that matter?
Because when the cases are consolidated, the party that filed their complaint FIRST (HHA) is the PLAINTIFF, and the slowpoke (Carmelo Garcia) becomes the DEFENDANT. As you can see, the HHA's docket number (L-001722-16) is lower than Carmelo Garcia's (L-00181-16).
The Plaintiff puts their case on FIRST. In GA's opinion, there's a huge advantage to being on the Plaintiff's side of the courtroom.
Further, the optics for Carmelo have changed. I cannot explain at this time-- GA does not want to release names until all of his victims have all been notified. He has, in fact, added 3 victims to his lawsuit.
It is telling that Garcia has not leaked his complaint to the media- yet.
Look what he did on August 13, 2013 when the ORIGINAL "ethnic Cleansing" lawsuit was filed:
|email returned on OPRA request to HHA|
Garcia to Zayas' Paralegal: "Please forward" the complaint to The Hudson Reporter, Hoboken Patch, Jersey Journal, The star Ledger, The New York Times NJ Section... and "let me know who else we can send to?"
And this time?