Fields v. Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers et al
OPINION AND ORDER denying 41 Motion to Dismiss; denying 41 Motion for Sanctions; adopting 92 Report and Recommendation. Signed by District Judge Patrick J. Duggan. (MOre)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
LEONARDO JOSE FIELDS,
Case No. 10-10079
Honorable Patrick J. Duggan
RAINBOW REHABILITATION CENTER,
INC., JULIE WIGAND, and TIFFANY
OPINION AND ORDER
(1) DENYING PLAINTIFF’S OBJECTIONS TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE
HLUCHANIUK’S APRIL 13, 2011 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION AND
(2) DENYING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS
On January 8, 2010, Plaintiff filed this pro se civil rights action against
Defendants. On February 16, 2010, this Court referred the matter to Magistrate Judge
Michael Hluchaniuk for all pre-trial proceedings. Defendants subsequently filed motions
to compel and to dismiss based on Plaintiff’s failure to cooperate with discovery.
Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ motion to
compel and held in abeyance their motion to dismiss as a sanction for failure to cooperate
in discovery. On April 13, 2011, Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk issued a report and
recommendation (“R&R”) in which he recommends that this Court deny Defendants’
motion to dismiss.
In his written order, Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk advises the parties that they may
object to and seek review of the order, “but are required to file any objections within 14
days of service . . .” (Doc. 92 at 8.) Defendants did not file any objections. Plaintiff filed
a “Response/Clarification” to the R&R on April 28, 2011. (Doc. 95.) In his pleading,
Plaintiff lists five “objection[s]” to Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk’s decision.
Plaintiff’s first “objection” is frivolous. His remaining “objections” relate to his
efforts to produce certain discovery or Defendants’ proposed jury instruction addressing
Plaintiff’s failure to retain certain documentation. These objections only are relevant to
Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk’s previous order that Plaintiff must produce all documents
before December 1, 2010, and that any documents not produced before that date could not
be used by Plaintiff at trial or otherwise “unless Plaintiff can demonstrate that he could
not have found such documents through the exercise of due diligence.”1 (Doc. 64 at 2.)
The objections do not bear upon whether this Court should adopt or reject Magistrate
Judge Hluchaniuk’s April 13, 2011 decision.
The Court has carefully reviewed the R&R and concurs with the conclusions
reached by Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk.
If Plaintiff attempts to use documents that he did not produce in response to Defendants’
summary judgment motion or at trial, the parties can argue, at that time, whether Plaintiff
demonstrates “that he could not have found such documents through the exercise of due
diligence.” If Plaintiff claims that he produced a document(s) and Defendants disagree, that
issue also will be addressed at another time.
IT IS ORDERED, that Defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to participate in
discovery is DENIED.
DATE: June 8, 2011
s/PATRICK J. DUGGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Leonardo Jose Fields
4842 Washtenaw Ave. #C-4
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Gregory Meihn, Esq.
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