Howard v. Gardener et al
ORDER adopting 46 Report and Recommendation and denying 44 plaintiff's Motion to Strike. Signed by District Judge George Caram Steeh. (MBea)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CASE NO. 10-CV-11470
HON. GEORGE CARAM STEEH
BETH GARDON, et al.,
ORDER ACCEPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT
AND RECOMMENDATION (#46) AND DENYING
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION TO STRIKE (#44)
Plaintiff Bruce Howard, a prisoner currently incarcerated at the Kinross
Correctional Facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, filed this prisoner civil rights case
on April 13, 2010. On July 30, 2010, defendants Gardon, Chadwell, Scutt, Lashley, and
Caruso filed a motion for dismissal and/or summary judgment. On March 9, 2011, the
court accepted and adopted the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation and
ruled: (1) defendants Gardon, Chadwell, and Lashley’s request for summary judgment
as to the exhaustion requirement is denied without prejudice; (2) defendants Gardon,
Chadwell, and Lashley’s request for dismissal for failure to state a claim is denied; (3)
defendants Scutt and Caruso’s request for dismissal for failure to state a claim is
granted; (4) the claims against defendants Jones and Russell are dismissed sua
sponte; and (5) defendants’ request for an award of costs is denied without prejudice.
On July 8, 2011, defendants filed their answer and affirmative defenses. On August 4,
2011, plaintiff filed a motion to strike certain of the affirmative defenses arguing
defendants waived these defenses by not asserting them in their motion to dismiss
plaintiff’s complaint. On August 24, 2011, the magistrate judge issued a report and
recommendation to deny plaintiff’s motion to strike. After receiving an extension, on
September 28, 2011, plaintiff filed an objection to the magistrate judge’s report and
recommendation. In his objection, plaintiff again argues defendants waived their
affirmative defenses by not asserting them in their motion to dismiss. The court has
reviewed the report and recommendation and agrees with its analysis and conclusion.
The magistrate judge fully addressed plaintiff’s argument concerning waiver in her
report and recommendation and discussed applicable Sixth Circuit case law. Therefore,
The court hereby ACCEPTS and ADOPTS Magistrate Judge Michelson’s August
24, 2011 report and recommendation and DENIES plaintiff’s motion to strike.
S/George Caram Steeh
GEORGE CARAM STEEH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: October 5, 2011
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served on the attorneys of record on October 5, 2011, by
electronic and/or ordinary mail and also to Bruce Howard #233473, Kinross Correctional
Facility, 16770 S. Watertower Drive, Kincheloe, MI 49788.
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