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Catanzaro v. Michigan Dep't of Corrections

April 22, 2010

MATTHEW CATANZARO, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, BRUCE CURTIS, J. MCHENRY, JUDY COTTON, JUDITH DAOUST, D. SMITH, JOE KLEINHANS, SHERRIE ROBBINS, DEBBIE RUSS, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Thomas L. Ludington

Magistrate Judge R. Steven Whalen

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, GRANTING DEFENDANTS DAOUST, CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, AND RUSS'S MOTION TO DISMISS OR FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, AND DISMISSING WITH PREJUDICE PLAINTIFF'S CLAIMS AGAINST DEFENDANTS DAOUST, CORRECTIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES, AND RUSS

This matter is before the Court on a report and recommendation [Dkt # 147] issued by Magistrate R. Steven Whalen on February 28, 2010. The report and recommendation addresses the motion to dismiss or for summary judgment filed on April 9, 2009, by Defendants Judith Daoust, Correctional Medical Services ("CMS"), and Debbie Russ [Dkt. # 82]. While the report and recommendation also addresses the claims of another prisoner, Michael Garrison [case no. 09-14560] this Court's order addresses only Plaintiff Catanzaro's claims and the portion of the report and recommendation applicable to Plaintiff Catanzaro's claims. While Plaintiff Catanzaro and Michael Garrison initially filed a joint complaint, the Court severed Plaintiff Catanzaro and Michael Garrison's claims and directed the Clerk of the Court to assign a new case number to Michael Garrison's claims on November 19, 2009. As identified in the caption of this document, Plaintiff Catanzaro's claims maintained case number 08-11173.

The magistrate judge recommends that Defendants Daoust, CMS, and Russ's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment be granted as to Plaintiff Catanzaro because Plaintiff Catanzaro's allegations do not amount to "deliberate indifference" to a serious medical need within the meaning of the Eighth Amendment. Due to the fact that the copy of the report and recommendation initially mailed to Plaintiff Catanzaro was returned as undeliverable, the Court remailed the report and recommendation to Plaintiff's updated address, and reset the time for objections. See [Dkt. # 151, 152]. As of today's date, no party has filed any objections to the magistrate judge's report and recommendation. The election to not file objections to the magistrate judge's report releases the Court from its duty to independently review the record. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). Nonetheless, the Court agrees with the conclusion reached by the magistrate judge.

Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the magistrate judge's report and recommendation [Dkt. # 147] is ADOPTED as it pertains to Plaintiff Catanzaro.

It is further ORDERED that Defendants Daoust, CMS, and Russ's motion to dismiss or for summary judgment [Dkt. # 82] is GRANTED as it pertains to Plaintiff Catanzaro, and that Plaintiff Catanzaro's claims against Defendants Daoust, CMS, and Russ are DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE.

It is further ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to update the status of Defendants Daoust, CMS, and Russ to "terminated" on the docket, to terminate the pending motion [Dkt. # 82] on the docket, and to terminate the report and recommendation [Dkt. # 147] on the docket; and that resolution of the motion and report and recommendation in this case [08-11173] does not affect the motion or report and recommendation pending in Michael Garrison's case [09-14560].

THOMAS L. LUDINGTON United States District Judge

20100422

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