LK Waterloo, LLC v. Waterloo, City of et al
ORDER adopting 46 Report and Recommendation without modification, granting 39 Motion for Sanctions, and dismissing this case without prejudice. The Clerks Office is directed to enter judgment in favor of defendant. Defendant is directed to subm it a separate application on or before 11/23/2020 specifying the amount of expenses claimed. Plaintiff has until 11/30/2020 to file a response to defendants application. Signed by Judge CJ Williams on 11/16/2020. (copy w/nef mailed to plaintiff) (des)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA
LK WATERLOO, LLC,
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND
CITY OF WATERLOO,
This matter is before the Court on a Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) issued
by the Honorable Mark A. Roberts, United States Magistrate Judge (Doc. 46) which
recommends the Court grant defendant’s Motion for Sanctions (Doc. 39) and dismiss this
case with prejudice. Plaintiff did not resist defendant’s motion and did not timely object
to Judge Roberts’s R&R.
For the following reasons, the Court adopts Judge Roberts’s R&R without
modification, grants defendant’s Motion for Sanctions, and dismisses this case with
STANDARD OF REVIEW
A district judge must review a magistrate judge’s R&R under the following
Within fourteen days after being served with a copy, any party may serve
and file written objections to such proposed findings and recommendations
as provided by rules of court. A judge of the court shall make a de novo
determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings
or recommendations to which objection is made. A judge of the court may
accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
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recommendations made by the magistrate judge. The judge may also
receive further evidence or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see also FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b). Thus, when a party objects to
any portion of an R&R, the district judge must undertake a de novo review of that portion.
Any portions of an R&R to which no objections have been made must be reviewed
under at least a “clearly erroneous” standard. See, e.g., Grinder v. Gammon, 73 F.3d
793, 795 (8th Cir. 1996) (noting that when no objections are filed “[the district court
judge] would only have to review the findings of the magistrate judge for clear error”).
As the Supreme Court has explained, “[a] finding is ‘clearly erroneous’ when although
there is evidence to support it, the reviewing court on the entire evidence is left with the
definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed.” Anderson v. City of
Bessemer City, 470 U.S. 564, 573-74 (1985) (quoting United States v. U.S. Gypsum Co.,
333 U.S. 364, 395 (1948)). Nevertheless, a district judge may elect to review an R&R
under a more-exacting standard even if no objections are filed:
Any party that desires plenary consideration by the Article III judge of any
issue need only ask. Moreover, while the statute does not require the judge
to review an issue de novo if no objections are filed, it does not preclude
further review by the district judge, sua sponte or at the request of a party,
under a de novo or any other standard.
Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985).
Neither party objected to Judge Roberts’s R&R. Thus, the Court reviews it for
clear error. See Grinder, 73 F.3d at 795. The Court finds no clear error in either Judge
Roberts’s factual or legal analysis. As accurately discussed in the R&R, plaintiff has lost
interest in or outright abandoned this lawsuit. In sum, plaintiff failed to heed Judge
Roberts’s warning to comply with discovery, failed to appear as required, and failed to
obtain new counsel as directed. These failures occurred despite the Court’s repeated
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accommodation of plaintiff and warnings of dismissal. These failures were in bad faith,
without excuse, and prejudicial to defendant.
Thus, as Judge Roberts found, plaintiff’s failure to provide discovery and comply
with the Court’s orders warrants both dismissal of this case with prejudice and plaintiff’s
payment of defendant’s reasonable expenses such as attorney’s fees and filing fees related
to defendant’s Motion for Sanctions (Doc. 39).
For these reasons, the Court adopts Judge Roberts’s R&R without modification
(Doc. 46), grants defendant’s Motion for Sanctions (Doc. 39), and dismisses this case
with prejudice. The Clerk’s Office is directed to enter judgment in favor of defendant.
Defendant is directed to submit a separate application on or before November 23, 2020,
specifying the amount of expenses claimed. Plaintiff has until November 30, 2020, to
file a response to defendant’s application.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 16th day of November, 2020.
United States District Judge
Northern District of Iowa
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