Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Dupont et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION adopts 81 Report and Recommendation. Plaintiff's motion to strike is DENIED AS MOOT in part and GRANTED in part. The motion is DENIED AS MOOT with respect to the portion seeking to strike the Answer as it pertains to Open Range and GRANTED with respect to the portion seeking to strike paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 7 of Duponts Answer and with respect to Dupont's affirmative defenses. (ECF No. 20). Additionally, Dupont's counterclaims and cross-claims are DISMISSED pursuant to Federal Rule of Procedure 41(b). Therefore, Plaintiff's 48 motion to dismiss the counterclaims and cross-claims is DENIED AS MOOT. Finally, Duponts 48 motion to dismiss is DENIED. Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on 10/5/2017. (gpre, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Civil Action No. 8:16-cv-03258-TMC
Jody Dupont, Open Range Trading LLC,
Plaintiff, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, brought this action in alleging
violation of the Federal Commodity Exchange Act, 7 U.S.C. § 13a-1 (ECF No. 1). The parties
have filed various motions. Plaintiff filed a combined motion to strike the Answer as it pertains
to Defendant Open Range Trading LLC, to strike certain answers, to strike affirmative defenses
within the Answer, and to dismiss the counterclaims and cross-claims. (ECF No. 41). Defendant
Jody Dupont filed a motion to dismiss. (ECF No. 48). In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)
and Local Civil Rule 73.02, D.S.C., this matter was referred to a magistrate judge for pretrial
handling. Before the court is the magistrate judge’s Report and Recommendation (“Report”),
that the Plaintiff’s motion to strike be found as moot in part and granted in part, that Dupont’s
counterclaims and cross-claims be dismissed pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b),
and that Plaintiff’s motion to dismiss the counterclaims and cross-claims be found as moot. (ECF
No. 81). Plaintiff was advised of his right to file objections to the Report. (ECF No. 81-1).
However, Plaintiff filed no objections to the Report, and the time to do so has now run.
The Report has no presumptive weight and the responsibility to make a final
determination in this matter remains with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270–
71 (1976). In the absence of objections, this court is not required to provide an explanation for
adopting the Report. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983). Rather, “in the
absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but
instead must only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to
accept the recommendation.” Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th
Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note).
After a careful and thorough review of the record under the appropriate standards, as set
forth above, the court adopts the Report (ECF No. 81), which is incorporated herein by
reference. Accordingly, the Plaintiff’s motion to strike is DENIED AS MOOT in part and
GRANTED in part. The motion is DENIED AS MOOT with respect to the portion seeking to
strike the Answer as it pertains to Open Range and GRANTED with respect to the portion
seeking to strike paragraphs 2, 3, 4, and 7 of Dupont’s Answer and with respect to Dupont’s
affirmative defenses. (ECF No. 20). Additionally, Dupont’s counterclaims and cross-claims are
DISMISSED pursuant to Federal Rule of Procedure 41(b). Therefore, Plaintiff’s motion to
dismiss the counterclaims and cross-claims (ECF No. 41) is DENIED AS MOOT. Finally,
Dupont’s motion to dismiss (ECF No. 48) is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
Anderson, South Carolina
October 5, 2017
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified of the right to appeal this order pursuant to Rules 3 and 4
of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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