Eichelhart v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 21

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS adopting Report and Recommendations re 20 Report and Recommendations on 14 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Brian Eichelhart, 19 Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Commissioner of Social Security; denying 14 Motion for Summary Judgment; granting 19 Motion for Summary Judgment; Closing Case. Signed by Judge Roy K. Altman on 5/9/2022. See attached document for full details. (ls)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA CASE NO. 21-60801-CIV-ALTMAN/Hunt BRIAN EICHELHART, v. Plaintiff, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant. _________________________________________/ ORDER The parties filed cross Motions for Summary Judgment [ECF Nos. 14, 19]. The Court referred those Motions to United States Magistrate Judge Patrick M. Hunt. Magistrate Judge Hunt issued a Report and Recommendation [ECF No. 20] (the “R&R”), in which he determined that the Plaintiff’s Motion should be denied and the Defendant’s Motion should be granted. Magistrate Judge Hunt also warned the parties as follows: Within fourteen (14) days after being served with a copy of this Report and Recommendation, any party may serve and file written objections to any of the above findings and recommendations as provided by the Local Rules for this district. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); S.D. Fla. Mag. R. 4(b). The parties are hereby notified that a failure to timely object waives the right to challenge on appeal the District Court’s order based on unobjected-to factual and legal conclusions contained in this Report and Recommendation. 11th Cir. R. 3–1 (2018); see Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985). Id. at 9. More than fourteen days have passed, and neither side has objected. When a magistrate judge’s “disposition” has been properly objected to, district courts must review that disposition de novo. FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b)(3). But, when no party has timely objected, “the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.” FED. R. CIV. P. 72 advisory committee’s notes (citation omitted). Although Rule 72 itself is silent on the standard of review, the Supreme Court has acknowledged that Congress’s intent was to require de novo review only where objections have been properly filed—and not, as here, when no party objects. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985) (“It does not appear that Congress intended to require district court review of a magistrate [judge]’s factual or legal conclusions, under a de novo or any other standard, when neither party objects to those findings.”). In any event, the “[f]ailure to object to the magistrate [judge]’s factual findings after notice precludes a later attack on these findings.” Lewis v. Smith, 855 F.2d 736, 738 (11th Cir. 1988) (citing Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404, 410 (5th Cir. 1982)). Having reviewed the R&R, the record, and the applicable law, we find no clear error on the face of the R&R. Accordingly, we hereby ORDER AND ADJUDGE as follows: 1. The R&R [ECF No. 20] is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED in full. 2. The Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF No. 14] is DENIED. 3. The Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF No. 19] is GRANTED. 4. The Plaintiff shall take nothing from this suit. 5. In accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58, the Court will enter final judgment separately. 6. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case. Any pending motions are DENIED as moot. All pending deadlines and hearings are CANCELLED. DONE AND ORDERED in Fort Lauderdale, Florida this 9th day of May 2022. _________________________________ ROY K. ALTMAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE cc: counsel of record 2

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