Morton v. Bank of America, N.A. et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 63 and Granting Defendants' motion for summary judgment 26 ; signed by Judge Robert Holmes Bell (Judge Robert Holmes Bell, kcb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
DAVID G. MORTON,
File No. 1:12-cv-511
HON. ROBERT HOLMES BELL
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A., et al.,
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This is a civil action brought by a mortgagor against a mortgagee. On October 26, 2012,
Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No. 26). Plaintiff filed a response (Dkt. No.
37), to which Defendants replied (Dkt. No. 43). The matter was referred to Magistrate Judge
Scoville, who issued a Report and Recommendation (R & R) on November 1, 2013, recommending
that this Court grand Defendants’ motions. The matter is presently before the Court on Plaintiff’s
November 21, 2013, objections to the Report and Recommendation, to which Defendants have filed
Objections to a Report and Recommendation must be filed within fourteen days of service
of the R & R. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). Failure to object within the specified
time waives a litigant’s right to further review. See United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947 (6th Cir.
1983). Because Plaintiff failed to object within the specified time period, he has waived his right to
Even if Plaintiff’s objections were timely, his arguments lack merit. The Court performs de
novo consideration of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which objections have
been made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3). “[A] general
objection to a magistrate’s report, which fails to specify the issues of contention, does not satisfy the
requirement that an objection be filed. The objections must be clear enough to enable the district
court to discern those issues that are dispositive and contentious.” Miller v. Currie, 50 F.3d 373, 380
(6th Cir. 1995). The Court may accept, reject, or modify any or all of the Magistrate Judge’s findings
or recommendations. Id.
Although Plaintiff goes beyond a general objection, the objections are not clear enough to
enable the Court to discern the issues Plaintiff seeks to raise. Plaintiff merely reiterates many of the
spurious arguments he raised before Magistrate Judge Scoville in opposition to Defendants’ motion
for summary judgment. This Court is no more convinced of the merit of Plaintiff’s arguments than
was Magistrate Judge Scoville. Review of the R & R reveals the Magistrate Judge’s reasoning and
legal conclusions to be sound.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Objections to the R & R (Dkt. No. 64) are
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Scoville’s November 1, 2013, Report
and Recommendation (Dkt. No. 63) is APPROVED and ADOPTED as the Opinion of this Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No.
26) is GRANTED.
Dated: December 10, 2013
/s/ Robert Holmes Bell
ROBERT HOLMES BELL
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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