recommending dismissal of the plaintiff's claims against the trial court administrator as barred by quasi-judicial immunitySummary of this case from Corbin v. Baggett
OPINION AND ORDER ADOPTING
FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATION
SIMON, District Judge.
On September 6, 2012, Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan filed Findings and Recommendation (Dkt. 52) in this case. Judge Sullivan recommends dismissing Plaintiff Danny Wayne Donaldson's Verified Complaint (Dkt. 6) and denying as moot all other pending motions. The matter is now before me pursuant to the Magistrates Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B), and Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Under the Magistrates Act, the court may "accept, reject or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). If a party files objections to a magistrate's findings and recommendations, "the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." Id.; Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3); Dawson v. Marshall, 561 F.3d 930, 932 (9th Cir. 2009). De novo review means that the court "considers the matter anew, as if no decision had been rendered." Dawson, 561 F.3d at 933.
Plaintiff Donaldson filed objections to Judge Sullivan's Findings and Recommendation, to which some of the defendants have filed a response. After de novo review of Judge Sullivan's Findings and Recommendation, Plaintiff's objections, and the response thereto, I ADOPT Judge Sullivan's Findings and Recommendation (Dkt. 52) for the reasons stated therein. Accordingly, Plaintiff Donaldson's Verified Complaint (Dkt. 6) is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Because of the immunity afforded to judges and trial court administrators, as explained by Judge Sullivan, Plaintiff's claims are dismissed with prejudice as to Defendants Gary Williams, Daniel Ahern, George Neilson, Gary Thompson, Paul Lipscomb, Annette Hillman, and Amy Bonkosky; Plaintiff's claims against all other Defendants are dismissed without prejudice. All other pending motions are DENIED AS MOOT, in particular Dkts. 20, 23, and 37.
Michael H. Simon
United States District Judge