Berryman et al v. Haas et al
ORDER Regarding Report and Recommendation 76 and GRANTING Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment 71 . Signed by District Judge Laurie J. Michelson. (KJac)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
PHILIP BERRYMAN, and
HARRY T. RITCHIE,
Case No. 17-cv-10762
Honorable Laurie J. Michelson
Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris
JOHN DOES, and
ORDER REGARDING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION  AND
GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT 
Before the Court is Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris’ Report and Recommendation.
(R. 76.) At the conclusion of her March 13, 2018 Report and Recommendation, Magistrate Judge
Morris notified the parties that they were required to file any objections within 14 days of
service, as provided in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b)(2) and Eastern District of Michigan
Local Rule 72.1(d), and that “[f]ailure to file specific objections constitutes a waiver of any
further right of appeal.” (R. 76, PID 620.) It is now April 12, 2018. As such, the time to file
objections has expired. And no objections have been filed.
The Court finds that the parties’ failure to object is a procedural default, waiving review
of the Magistrate Judge’s findings by this Court. In United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949–
50 (6th Cir. 1981), the Sixth Circuit established a rule of procedural default, holding that “a party
shall file objections with the district court or else waive right to appeal.” And in Thomas v. Arn,
474 U.S. 140, 144 (1985), the Supreme Court explained that the Sixth Circuit’s waiver-ofappellate-review rule rested on the assumption “that the failure to object may constitute a
procedural default waiving review even at the district court level.” 474 U.S. at 149; see also
Garrison v. Equifax Info. Servs., LLC, No. 10-13990, 2012 WL 1278044, at *8 (E.D. Mich. Apr.
16, 2012) (“The Court is not obligated to review the portions of the report to which no objection
was made.” (citing Thomas, 474 U.S. at 149–52)). The Court further held that this rule violates
neither the Federal Magistrates Act nor the Federal Constitution.
The Court therefore finds that the parties have waived further review of the Magistrate
Judge’s Report and accepts her recommended disposition. It follows that this Court GRANTS
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (R. 71) and that Ritchie’s retaliation claim is
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE and his deliberate-indifference claim is DISMISSED
s/Laurie J. Michelson
LAURIE J. MICHELSON
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: April 12, 2018
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was served upon counsel of record
and any unrepresented parties via the Court=s ECF System to their respective email or First Class
U.S. mail addresses disclosed on the Notice of Electronic Filing on April 12, 2018.
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