Lee v. Money Gram Corporate Office
OPINION AND ORDER Adopting 13 Report and Recommendation, Denying 10 Motion filed by Robert E. Lee and Denying 14 Motion to Amend/Correct filed by Robert E. Lee Signed by District Judge Paul D. Borman. (DTof)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ROBERT E. LEE,
Case No. 15-cv-13474
Paul D. Borman
United States District Judge
Mona K. Majzoub
United States Magistrate Judge
MONEY GRAM CORPORATE
OPINION AND ORDER (1) DENYING PLAINTIFF’S “REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION, MOTION TO AMEND/CORRECT AND REQUEST
FOR ENLARGEMENT OF TIME,” (ECF NO. 14) WHICH THE COURT
CONSTRUES AS OBJECTIONS TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE MAJZOUB’S
JUNE 23, 2017 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION,
(2) ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE MAJZOUB’S JUNE 23, 2017
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION (ECF NO. 13), and
(3) DENYING PLAINTIFF’S “MOTION TO SUBMIT NEW ADDRESS; AND
PLEADINGS FOR A PRO BONO COUNSELOR, AND HAVE THESE
PLEADINGS REINSTATED FROM MOOT” (ECF NO. 10)
On June 23, 2017, Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub issued a Report and
Recommendation to deny Plaintiff’s “Motion to Submit New Address; and Pleadings
for a Pro Bono Counselor, and Have These Pleadings Reinstated from Moot.” (ECF
No. 13, Report and Recommendation; ECF No. 10, Pl.’s Mot.) Magistrate Judge
Majzoub construed Plaintiff’s “Motion to Submit New Address,” as a motion for relief
from judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) and concluded that Plaintiff had failed to
cite any valid reason for setting aside the Court’s June 27, 2016 Order dismissing
Plaintiff’s Complaint pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2). This Court’s June 27, 2016
Order adopted Magistrate Judge Majzoub’s May 23, 2016 Report and
Recommendation recommending such a dismissal (ECF No. 8), to which no
Objections were filed. (ECF No. 9, Order Adopting Report and Recommendation.)
Magistrate Judge Majzoub’s June 23, 2017 Report and Recommendation
informed Plaintiff that any objections to the Report and Recommendation must be
filed within 14 days, or on or before July 7, 2017, and must separately label each
objection to her Report and Recommendation, reciting precisely the provision of the
Report and Recommendation to which it pertains. (ECF No. 13, Report and
Recommendation 4, PgID 97.)
On July 7, 2017, the last day for filing timely objections to the June 23, 2017
Report and Recommendation, Plaintiff filed a document entitled “Report and
Recommendation, Motion to Amend, and Request Enlargement of Time.” (ECF No.
14.) The Court construes this filing, which was timely filed within the period for
objections to the June 23, 2017 Report and Recommendation, and which referenced
“Report and Recommendation” in its title, as an Objection to the June 23, 2017 Report
STANDARD OF REVIEW
A district court judge reviews de novo the portions of the report and
recommendation to which objections have been filed. 28 U .S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R.
Civ. P. 72(b). A district “court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the
findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” Id. Objections must be
timely to be considered. A party who receives notice of the need to timely object yet
fails to do so is deemed to waive review of the district court's order adopting the
magistrate judge's recommendations. Mattox v. City of Forest Park, 183 F.3d 515,
519-20 (6th Cir. 1999). “[A] party must file timely objections with the district court
to avoid waiving appellate review.” Smith v. Detroit Federation of Teachers Local
231, 829 F.2d 1370, 1373 (6th Cir. 1987) (emphasis in original).
Only those objections that are specific are entitled to a de novo review under the
statute. Mira v. Marshall, 806 F.2d 636, 637 (6th Cir. 1986). “The parties have the
duty to pinpoint those portions of the magistrate's report that the district court must
specially consider.” Id. (internal quotation marks and citation omitted). A general
objection, or one that merely restates the arguments previously presented, does not
sufficiently identify alleged errors on the part of the magistrate judge. An “objection”
that does nothing more than disagree with a magistrate judge’s determination,
“without explaining the source of the error,” is not considered a valid objection.
Howard v. Sec'y of Health and Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505, 509 (6th Cir. 1991).
Specific objections enable the Court to focus on the particular issues in contention.
Howard, 932 F.2d at 509. Without specific objections, “[t]he functions of the district
court are effectively duplicated as both the magistrate and the district court perform
identical tasks. This duplication of time and effort wastes judicial resources rather than
saving them, and runs contrary to the purposes of the Magistrate's Act.” Id.
“[O]bjections disput[ing] the correctness of the magistrate’s recommendation but
fail[ing] to specify the findings [the objector] believed were in error” are too summary
in nature. Miller v. Currie, 50 F.3d 373, 380 (6th Cir. 1995) (alterations added).
Plaintiff’s Objection fails to separately label his objections and fails to cite any
particular portion of the Report and Recommendation to which he objects. His
objections are general restatements of his grievances and do not direct the Court to
any errors in the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation that he seeks to
have this Court correct. His objections are too summary in nature and are therefore
For the foregoing reasons, the Court:
1) DENIES Plaintiff’s “Report and Recommendation, Motion to Amend,
and Request for Enlargement of Time,” (ECF No. 14) which the Court
construes as Objections to Magistrate Judge Majzoub’s June 23, 2017
Report and Recommendation;
2) ADOPTS Magistrate Judge Majzoub’s June 23, 2017 Report and
Recommendation; (ECF No. 13);
3) DENIES Plaintiff’s “Motion to Submit New Address; and Pleadings
for a Pro Bono Counselor, and Have These Pleadings Reinstate From
Moot,” (ECF No. 10) which Magistrate Judge Majzoub correctly
construed as a motion for relief from judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Paul D. Borman
Paul D. Borman
United States District Judge
Dated: September 20, 2017
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The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served upon each
attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first class U.S. mail on September 20,
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