Mama Jo's Inc. v. Sparta Insurance Company et al
ORDER denying as moot 248 Motion; granting in part and denying in part as moot 249 Motion; Adopting 255 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge K. Michael Moore on 1/19/2023. See attached document for full details. (fpi)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 1:17-cv-23362-KMM
MAMA JO’S INC.
SPARTA INSURANCE COMPANY,
ORDER ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
THIS CAUSE came before the Court upon Garnishee BankUnited, N.A.’s Amended
Motion to Compel Judgment Assignee, Casa Financial Holdings, LLC, to File Satisfaction of
Garnishment Judgment and for Recovery of Garnishee’s Attorneys’ Fees and Costs. (“Motion” or
“Mot”) (ECF No. 249). 1 Therein, Garnishee requests that this Court enter an Order compelling
Judgment Assignee Casa Financial Holdings, LLC (“Casa”) to file a satisfaction of the
garnishment judgment established by this Court’s February 25, 2022 Order (ECF No. 244), and
permitting the recovery of BankUnited’s attorney’s fees. See Mot. at 1. The matter was referred
Garnishee BankUnited initially filed a nearly identical motion on August 26, 2022, only to
subsequently file its instant motion three days later with the phrase “Amended Motion” in the title.
See (ECF No. 248), Mot. The Court has no reason to believe these motions are substantively
dissimilar or merit different consideration. Accordingly, BankUnited’s original motion on the
matter, (ECF No. 248), is DENIED AS MOOT.
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to the Honorable Lauren Fleischer Louis, United States Magistrate Judge. (ECF No. 250). On
December 31, 2022, Magistrate Judge Louis issued a Report and Recommendation, (“R&R”) (ECF
No. 255), recommending BankUnited’s Motion be GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN
PART AS MOOT. No objections were filed in opposition to the R&R and the time to do so has
passed. The matter is now ripe for review. As set forth below, the Court ADOPTS the R&R.
The Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations made by the magistrate judge. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Crim. P. 59(b)(3).
The Court “must consider de novo any objection to the magistrate judge’s recommendation.” Fed.
R. Crim. P. 59(b)(3). A de novo review is therefore required if a party files “a proper, specific
objection” to a factual finding contained in the report. Macort v. Prem, Inc., 208 F. App’x 781,
784 (11th Cir. 2006). “It is critical that the objection be sufficiently specific and not a general
objection to the report” to warrant de novo review. Id. Yet when a party has not properly objected
to the magistrate judge’s findings, “the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on
the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.” See Keaton v. United States, No.
14-21230-CIV, 2015 WL 12780912, at *1 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2015); see also Lopez v. Berryhill,
No. 17-CV-24263, 2019 WL 2254704, at *2 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2019) (stating that a district judge
“evaluate[s] portions of the R & R not objected to under a clearly erroneous standard of review”
(citing Davis v. Apfel, 93 F. Supp. 2d 1313, 1317 (M.D. Fla. 2000))).
In her Report and Recommendation, Magistrate Judge Louis concludes that: (1) in light of
Casa’s September 8, 2022 filing of its Satisfaction of Judgment (ECF No. 251) indicating that Casa
“received payment upon said Final Judgment in Garnishment and has waived the costs incurred
and interests accrued in domesticating the judgment in State Court,” BankUnited’s request that the
Court compel Casa to file a full satisfaction of this Court’s garnishment order should be denied as
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moot, see R&R at 5; and (2) BankUnited is entitled to a $100.00 statutory fee as well as reasonable
costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, incurred in responding to a writ issued by the Clerk
of Court on November 18, 2021, see id. at 5–7. This Court agrees.
Accordingly, UPON CONSIDERATION of the Motion, the R&R, the pertinent portions
of the record, and being otherwise fully advised in the premises, it is hereby ORDERED AND
ADJUDGED that Magistrate Judge Louis’s R&R (ECF No. 255) is ADOPTED. Defendant’s
Motion is GRANTED IN PART AND DENIED IN PART. Garnishee BankUnited’s request that
this Court permit it to recovery attorneys’ fees and expenses is GRANTED. BankUnited is entitled
to seek statutory costs and expenses, including the $100.00 statutory fee and attorneys’ fees as
prescribed by Fla. Stat. § 77.28, in this garnishment action. Should Casa and BankUnited fail to
agree on BankUnited’s statutory costs and expenses, BankUnited may file a motion seeking such
expenses within fourteen (14) days of this Order. To the extent that BankUnited sought this Court
to compel Casa to file a full satisfaction of the garnishment judgment, that request is DENIED AS
MOOT in light of Casa’s September 8, 2022 filing (ECF No. 251).
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 19th
___ day of January, 2023.
c: All counsel of record
K. MICHAEL MOORE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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