LHNH Northwoods Townhomes NC, LLC v. Ajifowobaje et al
ORDER - Upon considered reviewed of the M&R and the record generally, the court ADOPTS the findings and recommendations of the magistrate judge in full. This case is REMANDED to the General Court of Justice, District Court Div ision Small Claims, for Wake County, North Carolina, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). The clerk is DIRECTED to close this case. The parties are reminded to read the order in its entirety for critical deadlines and information. Signed by District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 11/8/2017. (A certified copy of this Order was mailed via US mail to Babajide and Elizabeth Ajifowobaje, 518 Key West Mews, Cary, NC 27513) (Collins, S.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
TOWNHOMES NC, LLC, d/b/a
BABAJIDE AJIFOWOBAJE, and
This matter comes before the court on the memorandum and recommendation (“M&R”) of
Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C) and Fed. R. Civ. P.
72(b), wherein it is recommended that the case be remanded to state court. No objections to the
M&R have been filed. In this posture, the issues raised are ripe for ruling. For the reasons that
follow, the court adopts the recommendation of the magistrate judge and remands the case to state
The district court reviews de novo those portions of a magistrate judge’s M&R to which
specific objections are filed. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). Absent a specific and timely filed objection, the
court reviews only for “clear error,” and need not give any explanation for adopting the M&R.
Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005); Camby v. Davis, 718
F.2d 198, 200 (4th Cir.1983). Upon careful review of the record, “the court may accept, reject, or
modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge.” 28
U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Plaintiff initiated this action for summary ejectment February 24, 2017, in the General Court
of Justice, District Court Division – Small Claims, for Wake County North Carolina. (DE 1-3).
Defendants, proceeding pro se, removed the action to this court June 2, 2017, and moved for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis. (DE 1).
In the M&R, it is recommended that the case be remanded to state court where all parties are
domiciled in North Carolina, see 28 U.S.C. § 1332, and where the affirmative defenses to eviction
that defendants assert raise no federal question. See In re Blackwater Sec. Consulting, LLC, 460
F.3d 576, 584 (4th Cir. 2006). Where plaintiff does not object to these grounds for dismissal set
forth in the M&R, the court reviews the magistrate judge’s determinations for clear error. Diamond,
416 F.3d at 315. Finding no such error, the case must remanded to state court.
Upon considered reviewed of the M&R and the record generally, the court ADOPTS the
findings and recommendations of the magistrate judge in full. This case is REMANDED to the
General Court of Justice, District Court Division – Small Claims, for Wake County, North Carolina,
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c). The clerk is DIRECTED to close this case.
SO ORDERED, this the 8th day of November, 2017.
LOUISE W. FLANAGAN
United States District Judge
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