Bundy v. ADESA Houston
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. ORDERS that the Report and Recommendation of the United States Magistrate Judge 7 is APPROVED AND ACCEPTED as modified by this Order. The Court hereby GRANTS Defendants Motions to Dismiss 6 . Plaintiffs claims against Defendant are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. Further, the Court hereby DENIES AS MOOT Plaintiffs Motion to Stay 9 . Signed by Judge Robert Pitman. (jch)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
HARRY E. BUNDY, JR.,
ADESA HOUSTON d/b/a
Before the Court is Defendant ADESA Houston’s Motion to Dismiss, (Dkt. 6). The motion
was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske for a Report and Recommendation
on the merits pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), and Rules 1(h) and 4(b) of Appendix C of the Local
Rules of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. On April 17, 2017,
Magistrate Judge Manske filed a Report and Recommendation in the matter, recommending that this
Court transfer the case to the Southern District of Texas and deny Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss
as moot. (Dkt. 7).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b), a party may serve and file specific, written objections to the
proposed findings and recommendations of the Magistrate Judge within fourteen days after being
served with a copy of the Report and Recommendation, and thereby secure a de novo review by the
district court. Plaintiff timely objected to the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate on May
5, 2017. (Dkt. 9).
Plaintiff’s complaint addresses his concerns regarding the auction of a 2009 Nissan Maxima
by Defendant or its affiliates. (Pl.’s Compl., Dkt. 1). Defendant moved to dismiss Plaintiff’s claims
under both Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(3) and 12(b)(6). (Def.’s Mot. Dismiss, Dkt. 6).
Plaintiff failed to respond to Defendant’s motion. Magistrate Judge Manske reviewed Plaintiff’s
complaint and determined that Plaintiff had filed the case in an improper venue. (Dkt. 7). Rather
than recommending dismissal of the case as permitted by Rule 12(b)(3) and 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a),
however, Judge Manske recommended transferring it to the appropriate venue—the Southern
District of Texas—in the interest of justice. (Report and Recommendation, Dkt. 7). Plaintiff’s
objection did not argue that venue is proper here, rather, he urged that this case be stayed while an
appeal he filed against Defendant in state court is resolved at the Texas Supreme Court. (Pl. ’s Obj.,
Dkt. 9, at 1–2). Plaintiff did not explain the relationship between this case and the state court case or
otherwise explain why a stay of the transfer would be appropriate. (Id.).
In Defendant’s response, it explains that “[t]he claims Bundy raises in this lawsuit are
substantially identical to those raised in” the state action, which was transferred from Bell County
(which is in the Western District of Texas), to Harris County (which is in the Southern District of
Texas). (Def.’s Resp., Dkt. 10, at 3). Defendant notes that Plaintiff, who is pro se in both matters,
appealed the decision to transfer, and the appeal was dismissed for want of jurisdiction. (Id.).
Defendant advises the Court that Plaintiff has no appeal pending before the Texas Supreme
Court—instead, he filed a petition for a writ of mandamus with the Texas Supreme Court (in which
he appears to misrepresent himself as an attorney). (Id. at 4). Defendant also advises the Court that,
while claims between it and the entity that actually purchased the Nissan Maxima have been settled,
Bundy’s claims against it remain pending in state court in Harris County. (Id.). Defendant argues that
Plaintiff’s claims in this case and the related state court case demonstrate that transferring this case,
rather than dismissing it, would not be in the “interest of justice.” (Id. at 4–5).
The Court agrees. Without addressing the merits of Plaintiff’s claims, the Court finds that
Plaintiff has repeatedly made frivolous arguments and baseless representations to this and other
courts. His actions waste judicial resources and slow the resolution of his claims. Rather than
transfer his case to the Southern District of Texas, the Court will therefore dismiss his claims
without prejudice to refiling. The Court reminds Plaintiff that if he chooses to refile his claims, he
should do so in a court of proper venue.
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS that the Report and Recommendation of the United
States Magistrate Judge (Dkt. 7) is APPROVED AND ACCEPTED as modified by this Order.
The Court hereby GRANTS Defendant’s Motions to Dismiss (Dkt. 6). Plaintiff’s claims
against Defendant are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.
Further, the Court hereby DENIES AS MOOT Plaintiff’s Motion to Stay. (Dkt. 9)
SIGNED on August 3, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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