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Hanzl v. Collier

United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Western Division

February 25, 2014

MARIANNE HANZL, Plaintiff,
v.
ROBERT L. COLLIER AND GERTRUD M. COLLIER, Defendants.

ORDER ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

DONALD E. O'BRIEN, Senior District Judge.

Before the Court and on file at Docket No. 74 is the Report and Recommendation ("R&R") issued by Magistrate Judge Leonard T. Strand concerning the Plaintiff's Motion to Abate.[1] Docket No. 58. The Magistrate's R&R, dated January 31, 2014, recommends entering:

an order granting plaintiff's motion (Doc. No. 58) for entry of a preliminary deficiency judgment by (a) finding that the defendants owe $23, 291.42 to the plaintiff pursuant to his prior order (Doc. No. 52) enforcing the parties' settlement agreement, but (b) deferring the entry of final judgment until a determination is made as to whether that amount should be adjusted to reflect any income tax liability that may accrue to plaintiff due to her sale of the West Street Property. Docket No. 74, p. 15-16. Neither party has filed an objection to the Magistrate's R&R.

I. STANDARD

Pursuant to statue, this Court's standard of review for a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation is as follows:

A judge of 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. A judge of the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate [judge].

28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1).

Similarly, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) provides for review of a magistrate judge's Report and Recommendation on dispositive motions and prisoner petitions, where objections are made as follows:

The district judge to whom the case is assigned shall make a de novo determination upon the record, or after additional evidence, of any portion of the magistrate judge's disposition to which specific written objection has been made in accordance with this rule. The district judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommendation decision, receive further evidence, or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions.

FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b).

Additionally, failure to object to the Report and Recommendation waives the right to de novo review by the district court of any portion of the Report and Recommendation as well as the right to appeal from the findings of fact contained therein. United States v. Wise , 588 F.3d 531, 537 n.5 (8th Cir. 2009).

II. ANALYSIS

The facts of the above captioned case have been extensively detailed in the Magistrate's prior R&R, Docket No. 42; the Court's prior Order Accepting the Magistrate's R&R, Docket No. 52; and the Magistrate's current R&R, Docket No. 74. In short, Ms. Hanzl, a German national, made the ill fated decision to befriend the Colliers. Ms. Hanzl, residing in Germany, used the Colliers as her agents to sell a property she owned in Arizona. The Colliers sold Ms. Hanzl's property but did not remit the money to Ms. Hanzl. Ms. Hanzl eventually brought the present suit against the Colliers to recover the value of the property. In 2012, the parties held a settlement conference with then Magistrate Zoss. The parties reached a tentative agreement after the settlement conference and the Court stayed any further proceedings.

However, several months later, the Colliers had not acted on the agreement and Ms. Hanzl was forced to file a Motion to Enforce Settlement. Magistrate Strand initially considered that Motion and concluded that Ms. Hanzl was entitled to $262, 500. Because the Colliers had not paid that amount, the Magistrate concluded Ms. Hanzl was entitled to sell a property in Sioux City that the Colliers had used as security for the prior agreement. All told, the Magistrate found that Ms. Hanzl was entitled to $262, 500. However, ...


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