Ryan #787263 v. Bunting et al
ORDER Affirming dismissal of Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 122 , and ORDER granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment; signed by District Judge Paul L. Maloney (Judge Paul L. Maloney, cmc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
SEAN MICHAEL RYAN, # 787263,
ROGER GERLACH, M.D.,
HONORABLE PAUL L. MALONEY
ORDER AFFIRMING DISMISSAL OF PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT, ORDER ADOPTIONG REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, AND
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
Plaintiff Sean Ryan is a prisoner under the control of the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Ryan filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition
on cruel and unusual punishment. More specifically, Ryan complains Defendant Roger Gerlach was
deliberately indifferent to Ryan’s serious medical condition. On March 26, 2015, Defendant Gerlach filed
a motion for summary judgment. (ECF No. 86.) Almost four months later, on July 14, 2015, Ryan filed
a motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 117), which the magistrate judge dismissed as untimely (ECF
No. 119). The magistrate judge then issued a report recommending that Defendant Gerlach’s motion be
granted. (ECF No. 122.) Ryan filed objections. (ECF Nos. 124-25.)
When a magistrate judge resolves a non-dispositive matter, the party may filed an objection within
14 days. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a). When the magistrate judge resolves a dispositive matter, he he or she
must issue a report and recommendation. See id. 72(b)1). After being served with a report and
recommendation (R&R) issued by a magistrate judge, a party has fourteen days to file written objections
to the proposed findings and recommendations. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). A district
court judge reviews de novo the portions of the R&R to which objections have been filed. 28 U.S.C. §
636(b)(1); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). Only those objections that are specific are entitled to a de novo review
under the statute. Mira v. Marshall, 806 F.2d 636, 637 (6th Cir. 1986) (per curiam) (holding the district
court need not provide de novo review where the objections are frivolous, conclusive or too general
because the burden is on the parties to “pinpoint those portions of the magistrate’s report that the district
court must specifically consider”).
A. ECF No. 125 - Objection to Dismissal of Motion for Summary Judgment (ECF No. 119)
Ryan objects to the dismissal of his motion for summary judgment. The motion was dismissed as
untimely. The Case Management Order provided for discovery for 120 days, starting on October 29,
2014. (ECF No. 48.) Motions for summary judgment were to be filed within 28 days of the close of
Ryan’s objection is OVERRULED. The motion for summary judgment was not timely filed.
Discovery was stayed, but not for any of the claims against Gerlach. (ECF No. 97.)
B. ECF No. 124 - Objections to Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 122)
Ryan makes several objections that all support his assertion that the motion for summary judgment
was premature as he was not able to conduct discovery: (1) the motions to stay were ignored; (2)
discovery requests were not completed, including requests for medical records; and (3) Rule 56(d)
These objections are OVERRULED. First, Ryan is incorrect that the magistrate judge ignored his
motions to stay (ECF Nos. 93 and 94). The magistrate judge ruled on those motions on April 24, 2015,
(ECF Nos. 99 and 100). Second, all of Plaintiff’s motions for discovery were resolved against him.1 (ECF
No. 50 - denied ECF No. 55; ECF Nos. 71 and 72 - denied ECF No. 99.) Third, Ryan is simply
incorrect that he did not have access to his own medical records. The Court notes that, in ECF No. 99,
the magistrate judge explained to Ryan how to access his own medical records and that it was Ryan who
had to bear to cost of conducting his own discovery, including securing copies of his own medical records.
Finally, the Court cannot locate in the record Ryan’s Rule 56(d) affidavit. Assuming, for the sake of
argument only, that he did file one, as explained immediately above, the failure to secure his own medical
records was not a reason to delay resolution of Gerlach’s motion for summary judgment.
Ryan also objects to the proposed findings of fact, to the conclusion that he did not support his
deliberate indifference claim, and asserts that he did not receive “constant” medical attention.
These objections are OVERRULED. The proposed findings of fact find support in the record.
The record show that Gerlach was aware of Ryan’s medical issues and provided a course of treatment for
those issues. That Gerlach did not provide the treatment Ryan wanted does not raise a constitutional issue;
such a claim might state a claim for negligence, but it does not state an Eighth Amendment claim for
deliberate indifference. Ryan’s claim necessarily requires this Court to second-guess Gerlach’s medical
decisions. Gerlach has explained, as part of this record, why he chose the course of treatment that was
Ryan also lists ECF Nos. 65 and 73. 65 was directed to the Court and inadvertently entered
as a motion for production of records. As Ryan himself explained in ECF No. 66, the document was
not a motion. Similarly, 73 was simply a letter to the Court in which Ryan requested ECF Nos. 71 and
72 be filed.
For these reasons, the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 122) is ADOPTED as the opinion
of this Court. Defendant Gerlach’s motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 86) is GRANTED. The
Court DENIES Ryan’s objection (ECF No. 125) to the dismissal of his motion for summary judgment.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
September 4, 2015
/s/ Paul L. Maloney
Paul L. Maloney
United States District Judge
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