United States District Court, E.D. New York
February 20, 2015
JIAREN WEI, Plaintiff,
LINGTOU ZHENGS CORP., BING TAO ZHEN, SARAH CHEN, HALAL KITCHEN 71 INC., JOHN DOE and JANE DOE, Defendants.
JIAN HANG, ESQ., Hang & Associates, PLLC, Flushing, New York, for the Plaintiff.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
FREDERIC BLOCK, Senior District Judge.
On December 3, 2014, Magistrate Judge Pollak issued a Report and Recommendation ("R&R") recommending that the Court enter a default judgment against defendants Lingtou Zhengs Corp., Bing Tao Zhen and Sarah Chen in the total amount of $74, 177.59. The R&R stated that "[a]ny objections to this Report and Recommendation must be filed with the Clerk of the Court... within fourteen (14) days of receipt of this Report, " and that "[f]ailure to file objections within the specified time waives the right to appeal the District Court's order." R&R at 31. Copies of the R&R were mailed to the defaulting defendants' last known address on the day it was issued, making objections due by December 22, 2014. To date, no objections have been filed.
Where, as here, clear notice has been given of the consequences of failure to object, and there are no objections, the Court may adopt the R&R without de novo review. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149-50 (1985); Mario v. P & C Food Mkts., Inc., 313 F.3d 758, 766 (2d Cir. 2002) ("Where parties receive clear notice of the consequences, failure timely to object to a magistrate's report and recommendation operates as a waiver of further judicial review of the magistrate's decision."). The Court, however, will excuse the failure to object and conduct de novo review if it appears that the magistrate judge may have committed plain error. See Spence v. Superintendent, Great Meadow Corr. Facility, 219 F.3d 162, 174 (2d Cir. 2000).
No error, plain or otherwise, appears on the face of the R&R. However, its calculation of prejudgment interest is based on a judgment date of December 3, 2014. Prejudgment interest through today's date is $295.50. In all other respects, the Court adopts the R&R without de novo review. Accordingly, the clerk shall enter judgment against Lingtou Zhengs Corp., Bing Tao Zhen and Sarah Chen in the total amount of $74, 205.54, plus postjudgment interest.