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Dumas v. Sunview Properties

United States District Court, S.D. California

March 5, 2015

OLAUDAH DUMAS; and T.S., a minor, by and through his Guardian Ad Litem, OLAUDAH DUMAS, Plaintiffs,
v.
SUNVIEW PROPERTIES, a business of unknown form; and WILLIAM R. TURPIN, Defendants.

ORDER

WILLIAM Q. HAYES, District Judge.

The matter before the Court is the review of the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 46) issued by United States Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt, recommending that Plaintiffs' Motion to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims (ECF No. 29) be granted.

I. Background

On June 18, 2013, Plaintiff Olaudah Dumas and Plaintiff T.S. Dumas, a minor, by and through his Guardian Ad Litem Olaudah Dumas, commenced this action by filing a Complaint in this Court against Defendants Sunview Properties and William R. Turpin ("Defendants"). (ECF No. 1). Plaintiffs allege that Defendants discriminated against families with children in the operation of the apartments located at 4953 Trojan Avenue, San Diego, California ("the Trojan Apartments"). Id. at 1. The Complaint alleges causes of action for: (1) violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 3604(b), (c), and 3617; (2) violations of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act ("FEHA"), California Government Code §§ 12955(a), (c), (d), and 12955.7; (3) violations of the California Unruh Civil Rights Act ("Unruh Act"), California Civil Code § 51 et seq. ; (4) unfair business practices in violation of California Business & Professions Code § 17204; and (5) negligence.

On October 15, 2014, Plaintiffs filed a Notice of Settlement, indicating that the parties had reached a settlement in this case. (ECF No. 26). On November 3, 2014, Plaintiffs filed the Motion to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims, requesting approval of settlement of the claims of Plaintiff T.S., a minor, for $10, 000. (ECF No. 29). On December 17, 2014, Plaintiffs filed the Supplemental Declaration of Olaudah Dumas in support of Plaintiffs' Motion to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims. (ECF No. 37). On December 22, 2014, Plaintiffs filed an amended supplement in support of Plaintiffs' Motion to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims. (ECF No. 40). On January 30, 2015, United States Magistrate Judge Jill L. Burkhardt issued the Report and Recommendation, recommending that the Motion of Plaintiffs to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims be granted.

On February 2, 2015, the Court issued an order stating that "[a]ny objections to the Report and Recommendation, recommending that Plaintiffs Motion to Approve Compromise of Minors Claims be granted, shall be filed by Tuesday, February 17, 2015. (ECF No. 47). The docket reflects that no objections to the Report and Recommendation have been filed.[1]

II. Review of the Report and Recommendation

The duties of the district court in connection with a report and recommendation of a magistrate judge are set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). The district judge must "make a de novo determination of those portions of the report... to which objection is made, " and "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by the magistrate." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b). The district court need not review de novo those portions of a Report and Recommendation to which neither party objects. See Wang v. Masaitis, 416 F.3d 992, 1000 n.13 (9th Cir. 2005); U.S. v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121-22 (9th Cir. 2003) (en banc).

After review of the Report and Recommendation and the submissions of the parties, the Court concludes that the Magistrate Judge correctly found that the settlement is in the best interest of all the parties and the amount of money Plaintiff T.S. will receive is fair and reasonable.

III. Conclusion

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: (1) the Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 46) is ADOPTED in its entirety; and (2) Plaintiffs' Motion to Approve Compromise of Minor's Claims (ECF No. 29) is GRANTED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to the stipulation of dismissal filed by the parties on November 13, 2014 (ECF No. 30), this action is DISMISSED with prejudice.


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