Weber et al v. Renovo Solutions LLC
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 9 in that the 19 Defendant's Motion for Leave to File a Sur-Reply is DENIED AS MOOT, 16 Plaintiffs' Motion to Strike is DENIED 9 , Plaintiffs' Objection to the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation is OVERRULED and 4 Plaintiffs' Motion to Remand to State Court is DENIED. Signed by Judge George C. Smith on 9/25/17. (sem)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
KYRA WEBER, et al.,
Case No.: 2:17-cv-572
JUDGE GEORGE C. SMITH
Magistrate Judge Jolson
RENOVO SOLUTIONS, LLC,
On August 3, 2017, the United States Magistrate Judge issued a Report and
Recommendation on Plaintiffs’ Motion to Remand (Doc. 9). The Magistrate Judge concluded
that this Court has subject-matter jurisdiction over this case and recommended that Plaintiff’s
Motion to Remand be denied. Plaintiffs filed an objection to the Report and Recommendation to
which Defendant responded. Plaintiffs then moved to strike Defendant’s response. The
objection and the motion to strike are fully briefed and ripe for review.
As a preliminary matter, Plaintiffs move to strike Defendant’s Response to Plaintiffs’
Objection as “not recognized in the Federal Civil Rules, Local Rules, 28 USC §636, or an order
of this court.” (Doc. 16). Plaintiffs, however, are incorrect as Rule 72(b)(2) of the Federal Rules
of Civil Procedure specifically allows a party to respond to another party’s objections within 14
days. Accordingly, Plaintiffs’ Motion to Strike is DENIED. Defendant’s Motion for Leave to
File a Sur-Reply is DENIED AS MOOT.
Turning next to Plaintiffs’ Objection to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
Recommendation, a district court “must consider timely objections and modify or set aside any
part of the order that is clearly erroneous or contrary to law.” 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A); Fed. R.
Civ. P. 72(a). The “clearly erroneous” standard applies to the magistrate judge’s factual findings
while legal conclusions are reviewed under the more lenient “contrary to law” standard. Gandee
v. Glaser, 785 F. Supp. 684, 686 (S.D. Ohio 1992), aff’d, 19 F.3d 1432 (6th Cir. 1994). “[A]
finding is clearly erroneous when although there is evidence to support it, the reviewing court on
the entire evidence is left with the definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been
committed.” Eversole v. Butler County Sheriff’s Office, No. C-1-99-789, 2001 U.S. Dist. LEXIS
26894, at *2 (S.D. Ohio August 7, 2001) (Beckwith, J.) (sustaining objections to magistrate
judge’s order rejecting claim of attorney-client privilege and work-product) (citation omitted).
The District Court Judge’s review under the “contrary to law” standard is “plenary,” and it “may
overturn any conclusions of law which contradict or ignore applicable precepts of law, as found
in the Constitution, statutes, or case precedent.” Gandee, 785 F.Supp. at 686 (citations omitted).
It is with these standards in mind that the Court reviews the Magistrate Judge’s Report and
The Magistrate Judge carefully considered all the arguments of the parties submitted in
the briefing on the Motion to Remand. The Magistrate Judge concluded that this Court has
subject-matter jurisdiction over this case and therefore denied Plaintiffs’ Motion to Remand.
Plaintiffs generally argue that “[t]here is not one good reason to maintain this case in federal
court, and there are several reasons to remand it.” (Doc. 11, Pl.’s Obj. at 1). Plaintiffs argue that
this case is part of an ongoing state case involving the same issues and parties and that case is
scheduled for trial on January 30, 2018. (Id.). Defendant responds that Plaintiffs merely make
general objections to the Report and Recommendation, which has the same effect as a failure to
object and have waived de novo review. And in the alternative, Defendant asserts that the
removal was proper and this Court has subject-matter jurisdiction over this case. (Doc. 15).
The Court agrees with the reasoning of the Magistrate Judge in the Report and
Recommendation that based on the arguments presented on the Motion to Remand, the proper
inquiry was to decide whether removal was proper and if this Court had subject matter
jurisdiction. The Court agrees that subject-matter jurisdiction is proper. Accordingly, Plaintiffs’
objection to the Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation is OVERRULED and
Plaintiffs’ Motion to Remand is DENIED.
However, Plaintiffs do make some valid arguments in their Motion to Remand, including
that this was an ancillary or supplementary proceeding to the state court case. Plaintiffs failed to
argue both in the Motion to Remand and in their objection a valid legal argument in opposition,
such as abstention. This Court is concerned with the two cases proceeding on parallel tracks in
both state and federal court. There are concerns with judicial economy and the Sixth Circuit has
reasoned in similar cases that “[t]the legitimacy of the court system in the eyes of the public and
fairness to the individual litigants also are endangered by duplicative suits that are the product of
gamesmanship or that result in conflicting adjudications.” Romine v. Compuserve Corp., 160
F.3d 337, 341 (6th Cir. 1998). Therefore, in order to fully address Plaintiffs’ concerns and the
Court’s concerns with possible conflicting rulings from the state and federal courts, the parties
shall submit additional briefing on these concerns, including specifically their positions on
abstention. Plaintiffs shall submit their brief on or before October 25, 2017. Defendant shall file
a response on or before November 17, 2017. Plaintiff shall file any reply on or before December
The Clerk of this Court shall remove Documents 4, 9, 16, 19 from the Court’s pending
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ George C. Smith__________________
GEORGE C. SMITH, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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