Wei v. Hoffmann et al
ORDERED, that the Report-Recommendation (Dkt. No. 5) is APPROVED and ADOPTED in its entirety; and it is further ORDERED, that Plaintiffs Complaint (Dkt. No. 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice; and it is further ORDERED, that Plaintiffs Amended Complai nt (Dkt. No. 6 at 313) is now the operative pleading in this action; and it is further ORDERED, that this case be referred to Judge Peebles for further proceedings. Signed by Senior Judge Lawrence E. Kahn on August 06, 2018. (Copy served via regular mail)(sas)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
ROALD HOFFMAN, et al.,
This matter comes before the Court following a Report-Recommendation filed on June
27, 2018, by the Honorable David E. Peebles, U.S. Magistrate Judge, pursuant to
28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 72.3. Dkt. No. 5 (“Report-Recommendation”).
Within fourteen days after a party has been served with a copy of a magistrate judge’s
report-recommendation, the party “may serve and file specific, written objections to the
proposed findings and recommendations.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b); L.R. 72.1(c). If no objections
are made, or if an objection is general, conclusory, perfunctory, or a mere reiteration of an
argument made to the magistrate judge, a district court need review that aspect of a
report-recommendation only for clear error. Barnes v. Prack, No. 11-CV-857,
2013 WL 1121353, at *1 (N.D.N.Y. Mar. 18, 2013); Farid v. Bouey, 554 F. Supp. 2d 301,
306–07, 306 n.2 (N.D.N.Y. 2008), abrogated on other grounds by Widomski v. State Univ. of
N.Y. at Orange, 748 F.3d 471 (2d Cir. 2014); see also Machicote v. Ercole, No. 06-CV-13320,
2011 WL 3809920, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 25, 2011) (“[E]ven a pro se party’s objections to a
Report and Recommendation must be specific and clearly aimed at particular findings in the
magistrate’s proposal, such that no party be allowed a second bite at the apple by simply
relitigating a prior argument.”). “A [district] judge . . . may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or
in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” § 636(b). Otherwise, a
court “shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed
findings or recommendations to which objection is made.” Id.
Plaintiff has made a timely objection to the Report-Recommendation. Dkt. No. 6
(“Objection”). However, Plaintiff’s objection is conclusory, alleging that Magistrate Peebles is
cognitively impaired, that Defendants’ “frauds” are “readily verified by modern technological
examinations,” and that the complaint, Dkt. No. 1 (“Complaint”), proves “clear evidence” of
Defendants’ fraud, Obj. at 1. Plaintiff offers no evidence of cognitive impairment aside from
Magistrate Peebles not ruling in his favor, and does not explain what “technological
examinations” would aid his case. As to the “clear evidence,” Plaintiff only points in general
terms to a 1998 communication with Roald Hoffman that is not discussed in any detail in the
Objection nor in the Complaint. Id.; Compl. As the Objection is general and conclusory, the
Court reviews the Report-Recommendation only for clear error. Barnes, 2013 WL 1121353, at
*1. The Court has reviewed the Report-Recommendation for clear error and has found none. The
Court therefore shall dismiss the Complaint without prejudice. Plaintiff, in response to the
Report-Recommendation, has already submitted an amended complaint, Obj. at 3–13, which
shall now serve as the operative pleading in this action.
Accordingly, it is hereby:
ORDERED, that the Report-Recommendation (Dkt. No. 5) is APPROVED and
ADOPTED in its entirety; and it is further
ORDERED, that Plaintiff’s Complaint (Dkt. No. 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice;
and it is further
ORDERED, that Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint (Dkt. No. 6 at 3–13) is now the
operative pleading in this action; and it is further
ORDERED, that this case be referred to Judge Peebles for further proceedings; and it is
ORDERED, that the Clerk of the Court serve a copy of this Order on all parties in
accordance with the Local Rules.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
August 06, 2018
Albany, New York
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