This matter comes before the Court following a Report-Recommendation filed on November 13, 2008 by the Honorable Randolph F. Treece, United States Magistrate Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and L.R. 72.3 of the Northern District of New York. Report-Rec. (Dkt. No. 46). After ten days from the service thereof, the Clerk has sent the entire file to the undersigned, including the objections by Defendants, which were filed on November 28, 2008. Objections (Dkt. No. 47).
It is the duty of this Court to "make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). "A [district] judge... may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." Id. This Court has considered the objections and has undertaken a de novo review of the record and has determined that the Report-Recommendation should be approved for the reasons stated therein.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED, that the Report-Recommendation (Dkt. No. 9) is APPROVED and ADOPTED in its ENTIRETY; and it is further
ORDERED, that Plaintiffs' Motion for Sanctions (Dkt. No. 42) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part; and it is further
ORDERED, that sanctions are imposed against Defendants in the amount of $4,033.86, which shall be paid to Plaintiffs' Counsel; and it is further
ORDERED, that Plaintiffs' request for additional monies is DENIED; and it is further ORDERED, that Plaintiffs' request to extend the time for discovery is DENIED as moot; and it is further
ORDERED, that Defendants' Answers (Dkt. Nos. 11, 17) are STRICKEN; and it is further ORDERED, that Plaintiffs may move for an entry of a default judgment and Defendants shall be precluded from submitting any evidence in opposition to Plaintiffs' motion for entry of judgment and calculation of damages; and it is further
ORDERED, that the Clerk serve a copy of this Order on all parties.
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