Zirkle v. Johnson Controls

Filing 43

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION of the magistrate judge 40 , GRANTING deft's motion for summary judgment 27 , directing Clrk of Ct to enter JUDGMENT in favor of deft & against pltf on all claims, & directing Clrk of Ct to CLOSE case. (See order for complete details.) Signed by Honorable Christopher C. Conner on 11/08/10. (ki)

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Z i D IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA RONALD L. ZIRKLE, Plaintiff v. JOHNSON CONTROLS, f/k/a York International, Defendant : : : : : : : : CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:09-CV-517 (Judge Conner) ORDER AND NOW, this 8th day of November, 2010, upon consideration of the report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 40), recommending that defendant's motion (Doc. 27) for summary judgment be granted, and, following an independent review of the record, it appearing that neither party has objected to the magistrate judge's report and recommendation,1 and that there is no clear error on the face of the record,2 see Pursuant to an order granting an extension of time (Doc. 42), objections were due by September 13, 2010. As of the date of this order, none have been filed. When parties fail to file timely objections to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the Federal Magistrates Act does not require a district court to review the report before accepting it. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). As a matter of good practice, however, the Third Circuit expects courts to "afford some level of review to dispositive legal issues raised by the report." Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987). The advisory committee notes to Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure indicate that "[w]hen 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." FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b), advisory committee notes; see also Henderson, 812 F.2d at 878-79 (stating that "the failure of a party to object to a magistrate's legal conclusions may result in the loss of the right to de novo review in the district court"); Tice v. Wilson, 425 F. Supp. 2d 676, 680 (W.D. Pa. 2006) (holding that the court's review is conducted under the "plain error" standard); Cruz v. Chater, 990 F. Supp. 375-78 (M.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the court's review is limited to ascertaining whether there is "clear error on the face of the record"); Oldrati v. Apfel, 33 F. Supp. 2d 397, 399 (E.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the court will review the report and recommendation for "clear error"). The court has reviewed the magistrate judge's report and recommendation in accordance with this Third Circuit directive. 2 1 D Nara v. Frank, 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that "failing to timely object to [a report and recommendation] in a civil proceeding may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that: 1. 2. 3. The report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 40) is ADOPTED. The motion (Doc. 27) for summary judgment is GRANTED. The Clerk of Court is directed to enter JUDGMENT in favor of defendant and against plaintiff on all claims. The Clerk of Court is instructed to CLOSE this case. 5. S/ Christopher C. Conner CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge 2

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