Wilson v. Omlstead et al
ORDER Adopting 31 Report and Recommendation for Granting 23 Motion to Dismiss, filed by Michigan Braille Transcribing Fund, Cindy Olmstead. Signed by District Judge Sean F. Cox. (JMcC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 16-10847
Honorable Sean F. Cox
Cindy Olmstead, et. al.,
Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis
REGARDING 4/26/17 REPORT & RECOMMENDATION
Acting pro se, Plaintiff filed this § 1983 suit against multiple Defendants. This Court
referred the matter to Magistrate Judge Stephanie Dawkins Davis for all pretrial matters.
On September 2, 2017, Defendants Cindy Olmstead and Michigan Braille Transcribing
Fund (“MBTF”) filed a Motion to Dismiss, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6).
In a Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) issued on April 26, 2017, the magistrate
judge recommends that the Court grant the Motion to Dismiss. The magistrate judge concludes
that Plaintiff fails to state a § 1983 claim against Defendants because Plaintiff has no
constitutional right to a prison job and because his allegations do not support a relation between
the loss of his job and the transfer. The magistrate judge did not analyze Defendant’s alternative
arguments, such as their argument that they are not state actors for purposes of § 1983.
Pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b), a party objecting to the recommended disposition of a
matter by a Magistrate Judge must filed objections to the R&R within fourteen (14) days after
being served with a copy of the R&R.
On May 8, 2017, Plaintiff filed Objections to the April 26, 2017 Report and
Recommendation. (Docket Entry No. 32).
Although the R&R advised Plaintiff that any objection must be specific and identify the
provision of the R&R to which it pertains, several of Plaintiff’s “objections” simply cite various
portions of the R&R without explaining why Plaintiff objects to them. Other portions of the
Objections simply restate arguments that Plaintiff made before the magistrate judge in
responding to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.
Those objections that are specific are without merit. For example, Plaintiff appears to
believe that the magistrate judge accepted Defendants’ argument that they are not state actors.
But the magistrate judge did not address that alternative argument.
Plaintiff also argues that he was not given the opportunity to develop his theories through
discovery. That argument fails because the motion at issue is a Motion to Dismiss, brought
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) and, therefore, considers the sufficiency of the complaint.
Having reviewed the pending motion and the R&R, the Court concurs with the magistrate
judge’s analysis and overrules Plaintiff’s objections.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the Court ADOPTS the April 26, 2017 Report and
Recommendation and GRANTS Defendant Olmstead and MBTF’s Motion to Dismiss.
Plaintiff’s claims against Defendant Olmstead and MBTF shall be DISMISSED WITH
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: May 26, 2017
s/Sean F. Cox
Sean F. Cox
U. S. District Judge
I hereby certify that on May 26, 2017, the foregoing document was served on counsel of record
via electronic means and upon George Wilson via First Class mail at the address below:
EARNEST C. BROOKS CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
2500 S. SHERIDAN DRIVE
MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI 49444
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