Holley v. Fein, Such & Crane LLP et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: For the reasons set forth in the attached document, I adopt Judge Bloom's 13 sua sponte report and recommendation in its entirety. Defendants Fein, Such & Crane LLP; Referee Gregory Cherchione; Francis Real Estate Buyer-856 Prospect Pl Holdings LLC; Brookstone Holdings LLC; and Does 1-10 are dismissed without prejudice. Ordered by Judge Rachel P. Kovner on 01/06/2021 (Lewis, Benjamin)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
ALICE FAY HOLLEY,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
20-CV-970 (RPK) (LB)
FEIN, SUCH & CRANE LLP, REFEREE
GREGORY CERCHIONE, FRANCIS
REAL ESTATE BUYER-856 PROSPECT
PL. HOLDINGS LLC, U.S. BANK TRUST,
N.A., BROOKSTONE HOLDING LLC, and
RACHEL P. KOVNER, United States District Judge:
Plaintiff Alice Fay Holley, proceeding pro se, brought this wrongful foreclosure action on
February 21, 2020, alleging unfair trade practices, predatory lending practices, and violations of
consumer rights. See Compl. ¶¶ 2-3 (Dkt. #1). She named as defendants Fein, Such & Crane LLP;
Referee Gregory Cerchione; Francis Real Estate Buyer-856 Prospect Pl Holdings LLC;
Brookstone Holding LLC; and U.S. Bank Trust, N.A. See id. at 1.
Judge Bloom recommends that plaintiff’s action be dismissed without prejudice against
defendants Fein, Such & Crane LLP; Referee Gregory Cerchione; Francis Real Estate Buyer-856
Prospect Pl Holdings LLC; Brookstone Holding LLC; and Does 1-10.
See Report &
Recommendation (“R. & R.”) 2 (Dkt. #13). Judge Bloom concludes that these defendants have
not been validly served within 90 days of the complaint in accordance with Rule 4 of the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure. Id. at 1. Judge Bloom therefore recommends that these defendants be
dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). Ibid.
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When no party has objected to a magistrate judge’s recommendation, the recommendation
is reviewed, at most, for “clear error.” See Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), Advisory Committee’s Notes
(1983) (“When no timely objection is filed, the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear
error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.”); see, e.g., Alvarez Sosa v.
Barr, 369 F. Supp. 3d 492, 497 (E.D.N.Y. 2019). Clear error will only be found only when, upon
review of the entire record, the Court is left with “the definite and firm conviction that a mistake
has been committed.” United States v. Snow, 462 F.3d 55, 72 (2d Cir. 2006).
I have reviewed Judge Bloom’s report and recommendation and, having found no clear
error, adopt it in full. Plaintiff filed no proof of service whatsoever as to Defendants Fein, Such &
Crane LLP; Francis Real Estate Buyer-856 Prospect Pl Holdings LLC; and Brookstone Holding
LLC. And although proof of service was filed as to Referee Gregory Cerchione, see Proof of
Service (Mar. 5, 2020) (Dkt. #4), that service did not comply with the requirements of Rule 4(c),
because the server did not attest that he served the complaint. See Fed. R. Civ. P 4(c)(1) (“A
summons must be served with a copy of the complaint.”). There is accordingly no clear error in
Judge Bloom’s finding that Mr. Cerchione was also not validly served. See Order at 2 (Dkt #6).
Defendants Fein, Such & Crane LLP; Referee Gregory Cerchione; Francis Real Estate
Buyer-856 Prospect Pl Holdings LLC; and Brookstone Holding LLC are dismissed without
/s/ Rachel Kovner
RACHEL P. KOVNER
United States District Judge
January 6, 2021
Brooklyn, New York
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