SOMERS v. GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY

Filing 39

MEMORANDUM ORDER indicating as follows: Plaintiff's Objections to the Report and Recommendation are overruled and the 36 Report and Recommendation is adopted as the Opinion of the Court; Defendant's 23 Motion for Summary Judgment is granted for the reasons set forth in the Report and Recommendation; and the Clerk of Court shall mark this case closed. See Memorandum Order for further details. Signed by Judge W. Scott Hardy on 1/7/22. (lwp)

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Case 2:20-cv-00704-WSH-CRE Document 39 Filed 01/07/22 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA BRUCE SOMERS, Individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiff, v. GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 20-704 District Judge W. Scott Hardy Chief Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy MEMORANDUM ORDER This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Objections (Docket No. 37) to the Report & Recommendation (“R&R”) (Docket No. 36) of Chief Magistrate Judge Cynthia Reed Eddy, entered on July 8, 2021. The R&R recommends granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 23), filed on March 31, 2021. Service of the R&R was made on all parties. On July 14, 2021, Plaintiff filed timely Objections to the R&R, to which Defendant filed a Response on July 27, 2021. (Docket Nos. 37, 38). Plaintiff objects to the recommendation that the Court dismiss all of the claims in his Complaint, including claims brought under Pennsylvania law for breach of contract, violations of the Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, 43 P.S. § 260.1 et seq. (“WPCL”), and unjust enrichment. (Docket No. 1-2). According to Plaintiff, the Court should reject the recommendation that Plaintiff’s breach of contract claim be dismissed primarily because such recommendation is based on an erroneous finding that a contract did not exist between the parties (and a flawed conclusion that even if 1 Case 2:20-cv-00704-WSH-CRE Document 39 Filed 01/07/22 Page 2 of 3 Plaintiff did establish the existence of a contract, Plaintiff was paid what he was owed). Plaintiff also argues that the recommendation that Plaintiff’s WPCL claim be dismissed – which is based on the erroneous finding that no contract existed here – should likewise be rejected. Finally, Plaintiff contends that the recommendation that his unjust enrichment claim be dismissed should also be rejected because such recommendation was based upon the faulty premise that Defendant’s obligation to Plaintiff was satisfied. In resolving a party’s objections, the Court conducts a de novo review of any part of the R&R that has been properly objected to. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3); 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The Court may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition, as well as receive further evidence or return the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions. See id. Upon careful de novo review of Plaintiff’s Complaint, Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, the parties’ briefs filed in connection with the Motion, the R&R, Plaintiff’s Objections to the R&R, and Defendant’s Response thereto, the Court concludes that the Objections do not undermine the R&R’s recommended disposition. Accordingly, the Court enters the following Order: AND NOW, this 7th day of January, 2022, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Objections to the R&R (Docket No. 37) are OVERRULED, and the R&R (Docket No. 36) is ADOPTED as the Opinion of the Court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Docket No. 23) is GRANTED for the reasons set forth in the R&R. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court shall mark this case CLOSED. 2 Case 2:20-cv-00704-WSH-CRE Document 39 Filed 01/07/22 Page 3 of 3 s/ W. Scott Hardy W. Scott Hardy United States District Judge cc/ecf: All counsel of record 3

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