Matje v. Zestos et al
ORDER (1) Granting Defendants' 40 Motion for Summary Judgment and (2) Denying Plaintiff's 42 Motion for Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 13-cv-14791
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
MR. ZESTOS, Medical Director,
ORDER (1) GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT (ECF #40) AND (2) DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
SUMMARY JUDGMENT (ECF #42)
Plaintiff Thomas L. Matje (“Matje”), an inmate in the custody of the Federal
Bureau of Prisons, has filed a pro se civil action pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown
Fed. Narcotics Agents, 403 U.S. 388 (1971), against three defendants: James
Zestos (“Zestos”), Dr. William Malatinsky (“Malatinsky”) and S. Gidell
(“Gidell”). (See Compl. and Am. Compl., ECF ## 1, 17.) Before the Court now
are Defendants Zestos and Malatinsky’s Motion for Summary Judgment
(“Defendants’ Motion”) and Matje’s Motion for Summary Judgment (“Plaintiff’s
On February 13, 2017, the assigned Magistrate Judge issued a Report and
Recommendation recommending that the Court grant Defendants’ Motion and
deny Plaintiff’s Motion (the “R&R”). (See ECF #53.) At the conclusion of the
R&R, the Magistrate Judge informed the parties that if they wanted to seek review
of his recommendation, they needed to file specific objections with the Court
within fourteen days. (See id. at 10-11, Pg. ID 405-06.) Thus, objections to the R
& R were originally due, at the latest, on or about March 3, 2017.
In a motion dated March 4, 2017 (and received by the Court on March 9,
2017), Matje requested an extension of time to file his objections. (ECF # 56.)
Matje explained that he received the objections at his home on March 1, 2017, and
that he needed more time to respond. (Id.) By order dated March 10, 2017, the
Court granted Matje additional time. (ECF # 57.) The Court set March 20, 2017,
as the new due date for Matje’s objections. (Id.) The new date gave Matje twenty
days from the date he received the R & R (March 1) to file his objections. Thus,
the Court not only extended the deadline for Matje’s objections, but it also gave
Matje an additional six extra days of work time (beyond the fourteen days
permitted under the Local Rules) to prepare his objections. It is now March 29,
2017, and Matje has still not filed objections to the R & R even though he has had
it for twenty-nine days.
The failure to file objections to an R&R waives any further right to appeal.
See Howard v. Sec'y of Health and Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505 (6th Cir. 1991);
Smith v. Detroit Fed'n of Teachers Local 231, 829 F.2d 1370, 1373 (6th Cir. 1987).
Likewise, the failure to object to an R&R releases the Court from its duty to
independently review the matter. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985).
The Court has nonetheless reviewed the R & R and finds it to be well-reasoned and
Accordingly, because (1) the Court agrees with the reasoning and result of
the R & R and (2) Matje has failed to file any objections to the R&R, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED that the R & R is ADOPTED as the Opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that (1) Defendant's Motion for Summary
Judgment (ECF #40) is GRANTED and (2) Plaintiff's Motion for Summary
Judgment (ECF #42) is DENIED.
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: March 29, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on March 29, 2017, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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