Detmer v. Gilmore et al

Filing 220

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION that 177 MOTION for summary judgment filed by Dan Sullivan, Sharon Britten, Charlene Coe Gilmore be granted; 1 Complaint filed by James W. Detmer be dismissed. Objections to R&R due by 7/29/2009. Signed by Magistrate Judge William A. Knox on 7/9/2009. (skb)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI CENTRAL DIVISION JAMES W. DETMER, Plaintiff, v. CHARLENE COE GILMORE, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. 07-4177-CV-C-SOW REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION On December 3, 2008, remaining defendants Sullivan, Gilmore and Britten filed a motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff has failed to respond to the motion, despite court orders to show cause and granting extension of time to respond.1 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(c) requires "the entry of summary judgment . . . against a party who fails to make a showing sufficient to establish the existence of an element essential to that party's case, and on which that party will bear the burden of proof at trial." Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986). The burden on the party moving for summary judgment "is only to demonstrate . . . that the record does not disclose a genuine dispute on a material fact." City of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa v. Associated Elec. Co-Op., 838 F.2d 268, 273 (8th Cir. 1988). Once the moving party has done so, the burden shifts to the nonmoving party to go beyond his pleadings and show, by affidavit or by "depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file," that there is a genuine issue of fact to be resolved at trial. Celotex, 477 U.S. at 323. Evidence of a disputed factual issue which is merely colorable or not significantly probative, however, will not prevent entry of summary judgment. Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 248 (1986). This case was referred to the undersigned United States Magistrate Judge for processing in accord with the Magistrate Act, 28 U.S.C. 636, and L.R. 72.1. 1 Summary judgment, however, "is an extreme remedy, to be granted only if no genuine issue exists as to any material fact." Hass v. Weiner, 765 F.2d 123, 124 (8th Cir. 1985). In ruling on a motion for summary judgment, this court must view all facts in a light most favorable to the nonmoving party, and that party must receive the benefit of all reasonable inferences drawn from the facts. Robinson v. Monaghan, 864 F.2d 622, 624 (8th Cir. 1989). If "there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and . . . the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law," the court must grant summary judgment. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). In the instant case, plaintiff has failed his responsibility to show there are genuine issues of material fact in the record that preclude the entry of summary judgment. As set forth in Satcher v. University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Bd. of Trustees, 558 F.3d 731, 734-35 (8th Cir. 2009), the district court is not required to sift through the record to see if, perhaps, there are genuine issues of fact. The failure of a party to oppose a basis for summary judgment constitutes a waiver of that argument. Id. IT IS, THEREFORE, RECOMMENDED that defendants' motion for summary judgment be granted and plaintiff's claims be dismissed. [177]. Under 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(l), the parties may make specific written exceptions to this recommendation within twenty days. The District Judge will consider only exceptions to the specific proposed findings and recommendations of this report. Exceptions should not include matters outside of the report and recommendation. Other matters should be addressed in a separate pleading for consideration by the Magistrate Judge. The statute provides for exceptions to be filed within ten days of the service of the report and recommendation. The court has extended that time to twenty days, and thus, additional time to file exceptions will not be granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Failure to make specific written exceptions to this report and recommendation will result in a waiver of the right to appeal. See L.R. 74.1(a)(2). Dated this 9th day of July, 2009, at Jefferson City, Missouri. / s/ William A. Knox 2 WILLIAM A. KNOX United States Magistrate Judge

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