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Horton v. City of New York

United States District Court, E.D. New York

February 2, 2015

DALE HORTON, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF NEW YORK, NEW YORK CITY CRIMINAL COURT COUNTY OF QUEENS, NYC LAW DEPARTMENT, NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, CORPORATION COUNSEL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, POLICE OFFICE REINALDO ALVAREZ, POLICE OFFICERS JOHN DOES 1-8, ADA HARRY NUSSFORF, and ADA DEBORAH WASSEL, Defendants.

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT & RECOMMENDATION

KIYO A. MATSUMOTO, District Judge.

Presently before the court is a Report and Recommendation issued by Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom on January 9, 2015, recommending that the court dismiss plaintiff's action with prejudice pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 16(f), 37(b)(2)(A)(v), and 41(b) after he failed to update his address with the court and failed to appear at a December 10, 2014 initial pretrial conference and the rescheduled conference on January 7, 2015. (ECF No. 22, Report and Recommendation ("R&R").) Although plaintiff was warned that a failure to timely appear at the court-ordered January 7, 2015 conference would result in Judge Bloom recommending that his case be dismissed, plaintiff did not request an adjournment or contact Judge Bloom to show good cause for his failure to appear. (Id. at 3.) Copies of Judge Bloom's orders were mailed to plaintiff at his last and only known address reflected on the docket. (ECF Nos. 11, 15.)

Notice of the Report and Recommendation was sent via first class mail to plaintiff at his last and only known address on January 12, 2015. Plaintiff has not updated his current address that appears on the docket.[1] As explicitly noted at the end of the Report and Recommendation, any objections to the Report and Recommendation were to be filed within 14 days of service of the R&R, or by January 23, 2015. (R&R at 5.) The statutory period for filing objections has expired, and no objections to Judge Bloom's Report and Recommendation have been filed.

In reviewing a Report and Recommendation, the district court "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate judge." 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1)(C). Where no objection to the Report and Recommendation has been filed, the district court "need only satisfy itself that that there is no clear error on the face of the record." Urena v. New York, 160 F.Supp.2d 606, 609-10 (S.D.N.Y. 2001) (quoting Nelson v. Smith, 618 F.Supp. 1186, 1189 (S.D.N.Y. 1985).

Upon a review of the Report and Recommendation, and considering that the parties have failed to object to any of Judge Bloom's well-grounded recommendations, the court finds no clear error in Judge Bloom's Report and Recommendation and hereby affirms and adopts the Report and Recommendation as the opinion of the court. In adopting the Report and Recommendation, the court agrees with Judge Bloom's analysis of the factors to be applied when considering an Rule 41(b) dismissal and, while mindful of plaintiff's pro se status, finds that lesser sanctions would not be effective given that (1) plaintiff has had multiple opportunities to appear before Judge Bloom to prosecute this action and failed to do so in the face of warnings that his case would be dismissed and (2) plaintiff has yet to provide the court with an address at which he can court orders and case-related submissions. See Baptiste v. Sommers, 768 F.3d 212, 216 (2d Cir. 2014).

The Clerk of the Court is respectfully directed to enter judgment dismissing the claims against defendants with prejudice in accordance with Judge Bloom's Report and Recommendation, serve this Order and Judgment on the plaintiff at his last and only known address reflected on the docket and in plaintiff's recent correspondence, and to close this case.

SO ORDERED.


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