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Wayne v. Heyns

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division

February 20, 2015

TERRANCE WAYNE, Plaintiff,
v.
DANIEL HEYNS, BRAD PURVES, and LLOYD RAPELJE, [1] Defendants.

OPINION AND ORDER (1) ADOPTING MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S JANUARY 16, 2015 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION [ECF NO. 40]; (2) GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [ECF NO. 23]; AND (3) DENYING AS MOOT REMAINING MOTIONS [ECF NOS. 28, 30, 34, 35, & 38]

LINDA V. PARKER, U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE.

Plaintiff, currently a Michigan Department of Corrections’ prisoner, filed this lawsuit against Defendants claiming violations of his civil rights under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 based on the diet provided to inmates. The matter has been referred to Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub for all pretrial proceedings, including a hearing and determination of all non-dispositive matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A) and/or a report and recommendation on all dispositive matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B). (ECF No. 7.) Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on June 26, 2014. (ECF No. 23.) The motion has been fully briefed. The parties have filed additional pretrial motions which currently remain pending.[2]

On January 16, 2015, Magistrate Judge Majzoub issued an R&R in which she recommends that the Court grant Defendants’ summary judgment motion and deny the remaining pending motions as moot. (ECF No. 40.) Magistrate Judge Majzoub concludes that the diet provided to inmates does not violate Plaintiff’s Eighth Amendment rights because the evidence shows that it affords adequate nutrition to maintain normal health. (Id. at Pg ID 403-05.) She finds Plaintiff’s assertion that he cannot “exercise vigorously off” the calories provided insufficient to state an Eighth Amendment claim. (Id. at 404.) And while Plaintiff claims that the diet is high in sodium and sugar which causes high cholesterol and is dangerous to diabetics, the magistrate judge notes that Plaintiff is not diabetic and provides no evidence to suggest that he has high cholesterol or that the foods on the menu are high in cholesterol. (Id.)

At the conclusion of her R&R, Magistrate Judge Majzoub advises the parties that they may object to and seek review of the R&R within fourteen days of service upon them. (Id. at Pg ID 407.) She further specifically advises the parties that “[f]ailure to file specific objections constitutes a waiver of any further right to appeal.” (Id.) Neither party filed objections to the R&R.

This Court has carefully reviewed the R&R and concurs with the conclusions reached by Magistrate Judge Majzoub.

Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, that Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (ECF No. 23) is GRANTED;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that Defendants’ outstanding motion (ECF No. 30) and Plaintiff’s outstanding motions (ECF Nos. 28, 34, 35, and 38) are DENIED AS MOOT.


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