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Sandhir v. Little

United States District Court, N.D. West Virginia

March 15, 2019

AJAI SANDHIR, Plaintiff,
v.
LOUIS LITTLE, Individually and Collectively; SANJAY BHARTI, MD PLLC, Individually and Collectively; SANJAY BHARTI, Individually and Collectively; JEREMY LAREW, Individually and Collectively; and GINGER DEARTH, Defendants.

          ORDER ADOPTING THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S REPORT & RECOMMENDATION [ECF NO. 142] AND DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE

          THOMAS S. KLEEH, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Pending before the Court is a Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) by United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Aloi (“Judge Aloi”) [ECF No. 142]. For the reasons stated below, the Court hereby ADOPTS the R&R.

         I. BACKGROUND

         On May 19, 2017, Plaintiff Ajai Sandhir (“Sandhir”) filed a pro se complaint against Louis Little; Sanjay Bharti, MD, PLLC; Sanjay Bharti; Jeremy Larew; and Ginger Dearth (collectively, “the defendants”) [ECF No. 1]. In the complaint, Sandhir alleges two counts of tortious interference with a business relationship, one count of aiding and abetting, and one count of civil conspiracy to injury another in trade, business, or profession. He filed an amended complaint on March 28, 2018, in which he re-incorporated the paragraphs from the original complaint and added a defamation claim [ECF No. 49].

         This case was transferred to the Northern District of West Virginia on June 9, 2017 [ECF No. 4]. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and this Court's local rules, the Court referred the action to Judge Aloi for initial review [ECF No. 7]. The case was reassigned to United States District Judge Thomas S. Kleeh from United States District Judge Irene M. Keeley on December 1, 2018 [ECF No. 131].

         On January 23, 2019, Judge Aloi issued an R&R [ECF No. 142] and made the following recommendations regarding a number of pending motions:

• That this Court grant the pending motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Sanjay Bharti, MD, PLLC, Sanjay Bharti, and Jeremy Larew [ECF No. 63];
• that this Court grant the pending motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Ginger Dearth and Louis Little [ECF No. 65]; • that this Court deny as moot Sandhir's motion to strike the defendants' expert witness [ECF No. 127];
• that this Court deny as moot the objections by Defendants Sanjay Bharti, MD, PLLC, Sanjay Bharti, and Jeremy Larew to Sandhir's subpoena issued to Monongalia County General Hospital [ECF No. 135]; and
• that this Court dismiss with prejudice and strike from the docket the amended complaint [ECF No. 49].

         Also pending before the Court, but filed after the R&R, are a motion to compel filed by Sandhir [ECF No. 143], the Bharti Defendants' objections to Sandhir's subpoena to West Virginia Rehabilitation Hospital, Inc. [ECF No. 145], and a non-party motion to quash Sandhir's subpoena [ECF No. 146].

         II. STANDARD OF REVIEW

         When reviewing a magistrate judge's R&R, the Court must review de novo only the portions to which an objection has been timely made. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). Otherwise, “the Court may adopt, without explanation, any of the magistrate judge's recommendations to which the [parties do] not object.” Dellarcirprete v. Gutierrez, 479 F.Supp.2d 600, 603-04 (N.D. W.Va. 2007) (citing Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199 (4th Cir. 1983)). Courts will uphold portions of a recommendation to which no objection has been made unless they are clearly erroneous. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005). Here, the R&R expressly stated that parties had 14 days to object to it after receiving it [ECF No. 142 at 28]. Sandhir received the R&R on January 28, 2019 [ECF No. 147]. To date, no objections have been filed. Accordingly, the Court reviewed the R&R for clear error.

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