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Wood v. General Motors Corp.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


September 15, 2010

TZVEE WOOD, ANDREA MALESTER, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION, ET. AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Joseph F. Bianco, District Judge

ORDER

On December 29, 2008, pro se plaintiffs Tzvee Wood and Andrea Malester filed the complaint in this action against defendants General Motors Corporation; Hempstead Lincoln-Mercury Motors Corporation; John Billard; Karp Automotive, Inc.; Dave Nicholson; Dan Gippert; and John and Jane Does 1-10 (collectively "defendants").

On October 5, 2009, defendants*fn1 filed a motion to dismiss the complaint. Plaintiffs filed a cross-motion to amend on December 8, 2009, which was also construed as plaintiffs' opposition. Defendants submitted their reply on January 7, 2010. By Order dated May 4, 2010, the Court referred the motion to Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson for a report and recommendation.

On August 23, 2010, Magistrate Judge Tomlinson issued a Report and Recommendation (the "R&R"), recommending that this action be dismissed in its entirety, but granting plaintiffs leave to file an Amended Complaint. The R&R further instructed that any objections to the R&R be submitted within ten (10) days of receipt. (See Report and Recommendation dated August 23, 2010, at 23.) As indicated by the docket sheet, a copy of the R&R was served on plaintiffs by defendants on August 24, 2010. (See docket entry [50].) No objections have been filed to date, although the date for filing any objections has expired.

A district judge may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings and recommendations of the Magistrate Judge. See DeLuca v. Lord, 858 F. Supp. 1330, 1345 (S.D.N.Y. 1994); Walker v. Hood, 679 F. Supp. 372, 374 (S.D.N.Y. 1988). As to those portions of a report to which no "specific written objections" are made, the Court may accept the findings contained therein, as long as the factual and legal bases supporting the findings are not clearly erroneous. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b); Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985); Greene v. WCI Holdings Corp., 956 F. Supp. 509, 513 (S.D.N.Y. 1997).

Having conducted a review of the full record and the applicable law, and having reviewed the R&R for clear error, the Court adopts the findings and recommendations contained in the R&R in their entirety. Even under a de novo standard, the Court adopts the R&R in its entirety. Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendants' motion to dismiss the complaint is granted in its entirety.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiffs' cross-motion to amend is granted, and plaintiffs are granted leave to re-plead by filing an Amended Complaint within thirty (30) days of the date of this Memorandum and Order. A copy of this Order has been mailed to pro se plaintiffs.*fn2

SO ORDERED.

JOSEPH F. BIANCO UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE


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