Gollaher v. Morgan County et al
Corrected MEMORANDUM DECISION AND ORDER ADOPTING 110 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS, granting 59 Motion for Summary Judgment and dismissing this action with prejudice. Signed by Judge David Nuffer on 4/27/21 (alt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
SCOTT LOGAN GOLLAHER,
MORGAN COUNTY, WILLIAM Z.
WENTLAND, and JANN L. FARRIS,
DECISION AND ORDER
ADOPTING REPORT AND
Case No. 2:16-cv-01258-DN-CMR
District Judge David Nuffer
On March 29, 2021, an order (“Order”) 1 was entered adopting United States Magistrate
Judge Cecilia M. Romero’s (“Magistrate Judge”) Sealed Report and Recommendation (“Report
and Recommendation”) 2 granting Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (“Motion”) 3 and
this action was dismissed. 4 At the time of the Order, Plaintiff Scott Logan Gollaher’s
(“Gollaher”) objection 5 (“Objection”) had not been entered in the docket. It was, however,
timely filed because it was mailed March 25, 2021. 6 We now consider Gollaher’s timely
Memorandum Decision and Order Adopting Report and Recommendation, docket no. 114, filed Mar. 29, 2021
Docket no. 110, filed Mar. 5, 2021 (“Report and Recommendation”).
Docket no. 59, filed May 29, 2020 (“Motion”).
Judgment in a Civil Case, docket no. 113, filed Mar. 29, 2021.
Objection to the Magistrate Judge’s Order Denying Motion for Overlength and Sealed Ruling and
Recommendation, docket no. 115, filed Mar. 29, 2021 (“Objection”).
Gollaher sent his objection on March 25, 2021 by USPS 1-Day Priority Mail, see docket no. 115-2, filed Mar. 29,
2021, but it was not received by the Clerk until March 29, 2021, and not entered in the docket until April 1, 2021.
Docket entry for docket no. 115, filed Mar. 29, 2021.
Gollaher’s Objection raises two main arguments: 7 (1) the Magistrate Judge should have
waited for Gollaher’s reply (“Reply”) 8 to Defendant’s Memorandum in Opposition to Plaintiff’s
Motion for Leave to File an Overlength Opposition Memorandum 9 before denying 10 Gollaher’s
motion requesting leave to file a an overlength opposition (“Overlength Motion”) to Defendant’s
Motion for Summary Judgment; 11 and (2) the Magistrate Judge should have considered his
overlength opposition (“Opposition”) 12 to Defendants’ Motion.
First, the Magistrate Judge was not obliged to wait for Gollaher’s reply to the Overlength
Motion to rule on it. “[T]he general rule in this circuit is that a party waives issues and arguments
raised for the first time in a reply brief.” 13 Because the Magistrate Judge found Gollaher’s
Overlength Motion did not satisfy the standard of “good cause and exceptional circumstances” 14
as required by DUCivR 56-1(g)(1), Gollaher’s Reply was superfluous. We find the Magistrate
Judge’s Order Denying Motion for Overlength (“Overlength Order”) 15 was not “clearly
erroneous” or “contrary to law,” 16 so the Magistrate Judge’s Overlength Order stands and
Gollaher’s first objection is overruled.
Gollaher also summarizes the history of this case, including his multiple extensions to respond to the Motion,
discovery disputes with Morgan County, and the confiscation of his legal materials at the prison. See Objection.
Because his summary contains no clear objections to the Report and Recommendation, we do not address his
Plaintiff’s Response to Defendants’ Opposition to Motion for Leave to File an Overlength Opposition
Memorandum, docket no. 111, filed Mar. 8, 2021 (“Reply”).
Docket no. 108, filed Feb. 24, 2021.
Order Denying Motion for Overlength, docket no. 109, filed Mar. 5, 2021 (“Overlength Order”).
Motion to Permit Filing of Over-Length Opposition, docket no. 107, filed Feb. 24, 2021 (“Overlength Motion”).
Plaintiff’s Memorandum in Opposition to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment, docket no. 107-3, filed
Feb. 24, 2021 (“Opposition”).
Reedy v. Werholtz, 660 F.3d 1270, 1274 (10th Cir. 2011) (quoting M.D. Mark, Inc. v. Kerr–McGee Corp., 565
F.3d 753, 768 n. 7 (10th Cir.2009).
DUCivR 56-1(g)(1) and DUCivR 7-1(e).
Docket no. 109, filed Mar. 5, 2021.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a).
Second, the Magistrate Judge was not obliged to consider Gollaher’s Opposition because
he never submitted a compliant Opposition. His Opposition was overlength in violation of the
Overlength Order and the Magistrate Judge chose not to allow it. This decision was also not
“clearly erroneous” or “contrary to law.” 17 Gollaher’s second objection is also overruled.
We note, however, that in addition to the Magistrate Judge’s review of Gollaher’s
“Response to Statement of Undisputed Material Facts,” 18 we have reviewed the entirety of
Gollaher’s overlength Opposition; the Exhibits to Plaintiff’s Memorandum in Opposition to
Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment (“Exhibits”); 19 and Gollaher’s declaration
(“Declaration”). 20 Our review confirms the Magistrate Judge’s findings that Gollaher has failed
to create a genuine dispute of material fact and Defendants are entitled to judgment as a matter of
law on all of Gollaher’s claims.
Based on our de novo review of all materials again, including Gollaher’s Opposition,
Exhibits, and Declaration, the analysis and conclusion of the magistrate judge is still found to be
correct and is adopted.
Opposition at 6-69; see also Report and Recommendation at 5, n. 3.
Docket no. 115-1, filed Mar. 29, 2021.
Declaration of Scott Logan Gollaher in Support of Plaintiff’s Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion
for Summary Judgment, docket no. 107-4, filed Feb. 24, 2021.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation is ADOPTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment 21 is
GRANTED and this action is DISMISSED with prejudice.
Signed April 27, 2021.
BY THE COURT
United States District Judge
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