Cousino v. Marshall, Township of
OPINION AND ORDER APPROVING AND ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 60 ; Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration 61 is DENIED; Defendant's motion to dismiss or in the alternative for summary judgment 33 is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED WIT HOUT PREJUDICE IN PART; Defendant's motion for summary judgment 45 is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART; this Court declines to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over Plaintiff's remaining state-law claims and the state-law claims are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE; Judgment to issue; signed by Judge Janet T. Neff (Judge Janet T. Neff, clb)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
LEONARD J. COUSINO,
Case No. 1:15-cv-907
HON. JANET T. NEFF
TOWNSHIP OF MARSHALL,
OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, initiated this action on September 4, 2015, alleging various
claims relating to a zoning dispute between himself and Defendant Marshall Township (Dkt 1). The
case was referred to the Magistrate Judge (Dkt 3). Plaintiff filed an Amended Complaint on
February 9, 2016 (Dkt 13). On June 17, 2016, Defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss or in the
Alternative for Summary Judgment (Dkt 33), to which Plaintiff filed a response (Dkt 36), and
Defendant filed a reply (Dkt 40). On September 8, 2016, Defendant filed a Motion for Summary
Judgment (Dkt 45), to which Plaintiff filed a response (Dkt 49), Defendant filed a reply (Dkt 51),
and Plaintiff filed a sur-reply (Dkt 52). On March 7, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report
and Recommendation (R&R, Dkt 60), recommending that this Court grant in part and deny without
prejudice in part Defendant’s motions. The matter is presently before the Court on Plaintiff’s
objections to the Report and Recommendation (Dkt 62), to which Defendant filed a response (Dkt
65). Also pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s March 14, 2017 motion (Dkt 61), seeking
reconsideration of a March 1, 2017 Order of this Court denying his “Request for Preliminary
Injunction and to Amend Complaint.” There is no provision for a response to a motion for
reconsideration. See W.D. Mich. LCivR 7.4(b).
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 determines that the Magistrate Judge carefully and
thoroughly considered the record, the parties’ arguments, and the law governing Plaintiff’s claims.
The assertions in Plaintiff’s objections do not persuade the Court otherwise. Rather, Plaintiff’s
objections merely reiterate and expand the positions he adopted in his motion papers, without
demonstrating any factual or legal error in the Magistrate Judge’s analysis. Plaintiff proffers no
argument that would warrant rejecting the Magistrate Judge’s determinations that Plaintiff’s
Amended Complaint fails to state any claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (R&R, Dkt 60 at PageID.543);
Defendants are entitled to judgment as a matter of law on Plaintiff’s § 1983 claims (id. at Page
ID.546); Plaintiff’s § 1983 claims may be properly dismissed as untimely under the applicable
limitations period (id. at Page ID.546); and Plaintiff’s state-law claims should be dismissed without
Accordingly, the Court will adopt the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation as the Opinion of this Court.
Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration merely presents the same issues previously ruled on
by the Court in denying his “Request for Preliminary Injunction and to Amend Complaint.” Plaintiff
has failed to demonstrate a palpable defect by which the Court and the parties have been misled, and
that a different disposition of his motion would result from a correction thereof. See W.D. Mich.
LCivR 7.4(a). Plaintiff’s motion is therefore properly denied.
Because this Opinion and Order resolves the pending claims in this case, the Court will also
enter a Judgment consistent with this Opinion and Order. See FED. R. CIV. P. 58.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt 61) is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Objections (Dkt 62) are DENIED, and the Report
and Recommendation (Dkt 60) is APPROVED and ADOPTED as the Opinion of the Court.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative for
Summary Judgment (Dkt 33) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN
PART for the reasons stated in the Report and Recommendation.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt 45)
is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED WITHOUT PREJUDICE IN PART for the reasons stated in
the Report and Recommendation.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1367(c)(3), that this Court declines
to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s remaining state-law claims, and the state-law
claims are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
/s/ Janet T. Neff
Dated: March 28, 2017
JANET T. NEFF
United States District Judge
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