Nguyenle v. Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital
OPINION AND ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 13 ; Motion to Dismiss 7 is GRANTED; Judgment to issue; signed by Judge Janet T. Neff (Judge Janet T. Neff, clb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 1:12-cv-1170
HON. JANET T. NEFF
OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff Rubystar Nguyenle, proceeding pro se, initiated the present action against
Defendant Spectrum Health-Blodgett Hospital on October 29, 2012 alleging medical malpractice
and/or wrongful death (Dkt 1). Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction (Dkt 7). The matter was referred to the Magistrate Judge, who issued a Report and
Recommendation (R & R), recommending that this Court grant Defendant’s motion. The matter is
presently before the Court on Plaintiff’s Objection to the Report and Recommendation (Dkt 14).
Defendant has filed a Response (Dkt 15), and Plaintiff has filed a Supplement (Dkt 16). In
accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b)(3), the Court has performed de
novo consideration of those portions of the Report and Recommendation to which objections have
been made. The Court denies the objection and issues this Opinion and Order.
Plaintiff’s objection states simply that he objects to the Report and Recommendation and the
notice of hearing cancellation, and asks the Court “to keep the hearing to have justice,” asserting that
he is suing Defendant for $250,000,000 (Pl. Obj., Dkt 14 at 1). The Objection then provides a
narrative chronology of events surrounding Plaintiff’s father’s death and the family’s attempts to
see their father, and various supporting documentation.
Plaintiff’s objection must be denied. The Magistrate Judge properly determined that this
Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over this case, which appears to allege state law claims of
medical malpractice or wrongful death. Nothing in Plaintiff’s Complaint or his Objection provides
a basis for jurisdiction in federal court.
As Defendant’s Response notes, Plaintiff’s Complaint and Objection reflect a significant
factual misunderstanding, likely stemming from language barriers. It appears that Plaintiff’s father
died at home, and was transported to Defendant hospital only because it is the location of the
morgue out of which the medical examiner operates (Def. Resp., Dkt 15 at 2).1 Defendant’s
Response sets forth an appropriate legal analysis confirming that jurisdiction is lacking.
Accordingly, this Court adopts the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation as the
Opinion of this Court. A Judgment will be entered consistent with this Opinion and Order. See FED.
R. CIV. P. 58.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Objection (Dkt 14) is DENIED and the Report and
Recommendation (Dkt 13) is APPROVED and ADOPTED as the Opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss (Dkt 7) is GRANTED.
/s/ Janet T. Neff
JANET T. NEFF
United States District Judge
Dated: October ___, 2013
Defendant states that with this new understanding, it is attempting to reach out to the family
through an interpreter to explain these circumstances and provide closure for the family.
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