Glass v. Supreme Beverage Company
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER -re: R&R 56 . The Magistrate Judge's R&R is REJECTED. This action is REASSIGNED to Magistrate Judge John H. England, III, for further proceedings. Signed by Judge R David Proctor on 9/18/2013. (AVC)
2013 Sep-18 PM 03:34
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
PATRICK L. GLASS,
SUPREME BEVERAGE COMPANY,
Case No.: 2:10-CV-470-JHE
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
The Magistrate Judge filed an Amended Report and Recommendation on April 18, 2012,
recommending that Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment be granted.1 (Doc. #56). The
parties were allowed fourteen (14) days in which to file written objections to the Magistrate
Judge’s recommendation. Plaintiff filed objections on May 3, 2012. (Doc. #57). Defendant
filed objections on May 14, 2012. (Doc. #58). Having carefully reviewed and considered de
novo all the materials in the court file, the Magistrate Judge’s Amended Report and
Recommendation is due to be rejected.
Plaintiff argues that the Magistrate Judge’s legal analysis is flawed. The court agrees that
the Magistrate Judge erred. The Magistrate Judge concluded that Plaintiff cannot establish a
casual connection between his alleged protected activity and the purported adverse employment
actions because he cannot show close temporal proximity. (Id. at 28). However, it is only when
The Magistrate Judge filed his original Report and Recommendation on October 13, 2001, recommending
that Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment be granted and the instant case be dismissed. (Doc. #45). The
parties were allowed fourteen (14) days in which to file written objections to this court’s recommendation.
Defendant filed its objections on October 27, 2011 (Doc. #47) and Plaintiff filed his objections on October 27, 2011
(Doc. #48). On February 3, 2012, the district court rejected the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation
(Doc. #51) and instructed him to reconsider Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. #26) and “Motion to
Deem Facts Admitted and Motion to Strike” (Doc. #43). On February 7, 2012, the Magistrate Judge ordered the
parties to re-brief the issues. (Doc. #52).
a plaintiff lacks close temporal proximity and there is no “other evidence tending to show
causation,” that a plaintiff’s claim “fails as a matter of law.” Higdon v. Jackson, 393 F.3d 1211,
1220 (11th Cir. 2004). Here, there is sufficient evidence tending to show causation, and it was
error for the Magistrate Judge to conclude otherwise.
The Magistrate Judge’s Amended Report and Recommendation (Doc. #56) is
REJECTED. The above-entitled case is REASSIGNED to Magistrate Judge John H. England,
III,2 for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
DONE and ORDERED on September 18, 2013.
R. DAVID PROCTOR
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The court notes that Magistrate Judge England has only recently been assigned responsibility in this case
and did not author the Report and Recommendation under review.
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