Jennings v. Cheek et al
OPINION and ORDER Adopting the 24 Report and Recommendation and Granting Defendants' 14 Motion to Dismiss. Signed by District Judge Judith E. Levy. (SBur)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Mark Colin Jennings II,
Case No. 17-cv-10111
Judith E. Levy
United States District Judge
Lorraine Cheek, et al.,
Mag. Judge David R. Grand
OPINION AND ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION  AND GRANTING DEFENDANTS’
MOTION TO DISMISS 
On September 19, 2017, Magistrate Judge David R. Grand issued
a Report and Recommendation that recommended the Court grant
defendants’ pending motion to dismiss. (Dkt. 24.) On September 27,
Recommendation. (Dkt. 26.) On October 10, 2017, defendants timely
filed a response to the objections.
On October 24, 2017,
plaintiff filed a reply to the response, arguing that the defendants’
response was untimely filed because it was not filed within fourteen
days of his objections. (Dkt. 28.) This reply does not constitute an
objection to the Report and Recommendation, and is incorrect about the
timing of the filing of defendants’ response.
The Court “shall make a de novo determination of those portions
of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to
which objection is made.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
This Court “may
accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” Id. Plaintiff does not
object to the findings of fact or the legal rationale in the Report and
Recommendation, and the Court adopts them in their entirety.
Recommendation: (1) that he never consented to the jurisdiction of the
Magistrate Judge pursuant to E.D. Mich. Local R. 73.1, rendering the
Report and Recommendation moot; (2) the Magistrate Judge erred in
denying plaintiff’s request to issue subpoenas by not giving an
“individualized reasoning” for the denial or holding a hearing; and (3)
the Magistrate Judge cited a portion of E.D. Mich. Local R. 7.1(a)(2)(C)
that plaintiff contends does not exist to justify defendants not seeking
concurrence in the motion.
Plaintiff’s first objection is that that this case was never referred
to Magistrate Judge Grand because he never consented to have the
Magistrate Judge “conduct all proceedings in a civil case and order
entry of judgment in the case.” E.D. Mich. Local R. 73.1(a). However,
this case was referred under E.D. Mich. Local R. 72.1(a)(2)(C) and 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B), which permit a district judge to “designate a
magistrate judge to conduct hearings, including evidentiary hearings,
and to submit to a judge of the court proposed findings of fact and
recommendations for the disposition, by a judge of the court, of
[dispositive motions such as a motion to dismiss].” (See also Dkt. 8;
Dkt. 24 at 1.) The consent of the parties is not required for such a
designation. Accordingly, this objection is without merit.
Recommendation fails to address his request to issue subpoenas. In
support of this objection, plaintiff argues that the subpoenas are
required to show that a contractor relationship existed between
Veterans Affairs and Covenant Hospital. (Dkt. 26 at 3.) As defendants
note in their response to plaintiff’s objection, plaintiff did not make this
argument at any point before the Magistrate Judge issued the Report
and Recommendation. He may not do so now, because parties may not
“raise at the district court stage new arguments or issues that were not
presented to the [Magistrate Judge].” Murr v. United States, 200 F.3d
895, 907 n.1 (6th Cir. 2000).
Further, Magistrate Judge Grand thoroughly addressed plaintiff’s
request to issue subpoenas. (See Dkt. 24 at 4 n.3.) The Report and
Recommendation states that the information plaintiff seeks is not
relevant to any claim in this case, and so the request cannot be granted.
(Id.) Assuming that plaintiff’s objection requires the Court to perform a
de novo review of his request for subpoenas, the Court is in full
agreement with the Report and Recommendation. Plaintiff’s desired
discovery has no apparent relevance to any issue in this case. This
objection is also without merit.
The Report and Recommendation states that defendants were not
required to seek concurrence to file their motion to dismiss because E.D.
Mich. Local R. 7.1(a)(2)(C) states that “[i]f concurrence is not
obtainnted, the motion or request must state . . . [that] concurrence in
this motion has not been sought because the movant or nonmovant is
an incarcerated prisoner proceeding pro se.” (Dkt. 24 at 4.) Plaintiff
argues that no such rule existed at the time he filed this action.
However, Magistrate Judge Grand accurately stated the rule, which
was absolutely in effect at the time this suit was filed. This objection is
On review of the Report and Recommendation, it is hereby
The Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 24) is ADOPTED;
Defendants’ motion to dismiss (Dkt. 14) is GRANTED; and
This case is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: November 17, 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
s/Judith E. Levy
JUDITH E. LEVY
United States District Judge
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 November 17, 2017.
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