Kaminski et al v. Coulter et al
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [#120] AND DISMISSING ACTION. Signed by District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. (TBan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CHARLES H. KAMINKSI, et al.,
Case No.: 15-cv-12810
Honorable Gershwin A. Drain
BRAD L. COULTER, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT [#120] AND DISMISSING ACTION
On August 15, 2017, this Court entered an Order Granting the Plaintiffs’
Motion to Adjourn Hearings and Denying the Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class
Certification without prejudice. The Court’s August 15, 2017 Order also stayed
the instant matter so that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals could rule on the
Plaintiffs’ petition for en banc hearing.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
ultimately rejected the Plaintiffs’ petition for en banc hearing and the mandate
issued on October 10, 2017.
As this Court noted in its August 15, 2017 Order, the Sixth Circuit Court of
Appeals’ July 25, 2017 Opinion and Order, the law of the case doctrine and the
mandate preclude further consideration of the Plaintiffs’ Contracts, Due Process
and Takings Clause claims.
“Pursuant to the law-of-the-case doctrine, and the complementary ‘mandate
rule,’ upon remand the trial court is bound to ‘proceed in accordance with the
mandate and the law of the case as established by the appellate court.’” Caldwell
v. City of Louisville, 200 F. App’x 430, 433 (6th Cir. Sept. 15, 2006)(quoting
Westside Mothers v. Olszewski, 454 F.3d 532, 538-39 (6th Cir. 2006)). The district
court must “implement both the letter and the spirt of the appellate court’s
mandate, taking into account the appellate court’s opinion and the circumstances it
embraces.” Id. (internal quotation marks omitted).
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ July 25, 2017 Opinion and Order
concluded that Plaintiffs “br[ought] the wrong kind of suit[,]” because an “alleged
Contracts Clause violation cannot give rise to a § 1983 claim . . . .” Kaminski v.
Coulter, 865 F.3d 339, 347 (6th Cir. 2017). The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
also opined that the Plaintiffs’ Due Process and Takings Clause claims “fail on
Id. at 348-49.
Thus, Plaintiffs’ Contracts, Due Process and
Takings Clause claims fail on the merits. As such, the remaining Defendants,
Brad. L. Coulter, the City of Lincoln Park, Christopher Dardzinski, Mario
DeSanto, Lisa Griggs, Thomas Murphy, Elliot Zelenak, Frank Vaslo and Mark
Kandes, are entitled to judgment in their favor.
Accordingly, this cause of action is dismissed with judgment in favor of all
of the Defendants on all of Plaintiffs’ claims.
Dated: October 31, 2017
/s/Gershwin A. Drain
GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
United States District Judge
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
Copies of this Order were served upon attorneys of record on
October 31, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
/s/ Tanya Bankston
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