Thomas v. Erdos et al
DECISION AND ENTRY ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE (Doc. 20 ). Plaintiff's request for preliminary injunction (Doc. 17 ) is DENIED; the deadline for Plaintiff to submit a copy of his original compla int and his supplemental complaint, a summons form, and a United States Marshal Form for each of the newly named Defendants in his motion for supplementary complaint (Doc. 17 ) is POSTPONED to 14 days from the date of this Order. Plaintiff's su bmitted forms shall reflect the changed identification of new Defendants as reflected in Plaintiff's objections to the report and recommendation (Doc. 22 ). Signed by Judge Timothy S. Black on 2/1/2017. (mr)(This document has been sent by regular mail to the party(ies) listed in the NEF that did not receive electronic notification.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
JONATHAN T. THOMAS,
RON ERDOS, et al.,
Case No. 1:16-cv-793
Judge Timothy S. Black
Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz
DECISION AND ENTRY
ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE (Doc. 20)
This case is before the Court pursuant to the Order of General Reference in the
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio Western Division to United
States Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz. Pursuant to such reference, the Magistrate
Judge reviewed the pleadings filed with this Court and, on January 17, 2017, submitted a
Report and Recommendation. (Doc. 20). Plaintiff filed objections on January 27, 2017.
(Doc. 22). 1
Plaintiff’s objections are not well taken. The Report and Recommendation recommends that
this Court deny Plaintiff’s motion for preliminary injunction, as the four factors to be weighed in
evaluating the merits of a preliminary injunction (likelihood of success on the merits, irreparable
harm to movant absent the injunction, substantial harm to others caused by the injunction, and
the public interest) do not balance in Plaintiff’s favor. (Doc. 20, at 1–2 (citing Leary v.
Daeschner, 228 F.3d 729, 736 (6th Cir. 2000)). Plaintiff’s objection claims that the four factors
do balance in his favor, but Plaintiff does not support that through argument or evidence.
Plaintiff’s argument for his likely success on the merits of his civil action rests upon alleged
video evidence that has not yet been discovered, but which Plaintiff claims will vindicate his
position. This is not sufficient to demonstrate a likelihood of success. Plaintiff also fails to
address the report and recommendation’s finding that Plaintiff’s preliminary injunction, which
requests that he be moved from the facility in which he is currently incarcerated for the duration
of these proceedings, does not seek to preserve the status quo (as is the standard purpose of a
preliminary injunction) but rather seeks to disrupt it. Accordingly, the Court adopts the report
and recommendation in its entirety.
As required by 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b), the Court has
reviewed the comprehensive findings of the Magistrate Judge and considered de novo all
of the filings in this matter. Upon consideration of the foregoing, the Court does
determine that such Report and Recommendation should be and is hereby adopted in its
Plaintiff’s objections contain two requests unrelated to the report and
recommendation. The first is that the Court “remove defendant Destel as a defendant
from this case due to a lack of evidence to support his claim.” (Doc. 22, at 1). There is
currently no “Defendant Destel” in this action, but Plaintiff alluded to adding a “Ms.
Distel” in his previous motion to supplement the complaint. (Doc. 17, at 2). As no
formal claim against Ms. Distel/Destel has been filed, no action is required here.
Plaintiff’s second additional request asks the Court to correct his supplemental
complaint—his previous motion to supplement the complaint named Officer Rogers as a
new defendant, but Plaintiff now claims he has learned that the individual he was
referring to is in fact named Officer Scott. (Doc. 22, at 1). The Court construes this as a
motion to further amend the Complaint and accordingly grants that motion. The
Magistrate Judge’s previous Order allowing Plaintiff to supplement his complaint
required Plaintiff to submit a copy of the original complaint and supplemental complaint,
a summons form, and a United States Marshal form for each newly named defendant.
(Doc. 19, at 4). Defendant has not yet done so; the Court will extend the deadline for
Plaintiff’s compliance with that Order to allow for Plaintiff to acquire the required forms
for Defendant Officer Scott and remove reference to Officer Rogers and Ms.
Distel/Destel from his supplemental complaint.
Accordingly, for the reasons outlined above:
1) Plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction (Doc. 17) is DENIED;
2) The deadline for Plaintiff to submit a copy of his original complaint and his
supplemental complaint, a summons form, and a United States Marshal Form
for each of the newly named Defendants in his motion for supplementary
complaint (Doc. 17) is POSTPONED to 14 days from the date of this Order.
Plaintiff’s submitted forms shall reflect the changed identification of new
Defendants as reflected in Plaintiff’s objections to the report and
recommendation (Doc. 22).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Timothy S. Black
United States District Judge
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