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Moreno v. Minnesota Life Insurance Co.

United States District Court, D. Arizona

March 30, 2015

Glenda Moreno, Plaintiff,
v.
Minnesota Life Insurance Company; et. al., Defendants.

ORDER

FRANK R. ZAPATA, Senior District Judge.

Before the Court for consideration are the Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint and the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, recommending the motion be granted in part and denied in part.

This matter was referred to the United States Magistrate Judge for all pretrial proceedings and report and recommendation in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and LRCiv 72.1 and LRCiv 72.2, Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.

Defendants removed this action from state court and thereafter moved to dismiss the Complaint. In response, Plaintiff conceded that the original Complaint was deficient and filed the First Amended Complaint.

Pursuant to the stipulation of the parties, Magistrate Judge Charles R. Pyle denied Defendants' first motion to dismiss without prejudice as moot.

The First Amended Complaint, arising out of an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy purchased by Plaintiff's now deceased father, alleges the following five claims for relief: (1) consumer fraud under A.R.S. Section 44-1521, et seq. ; (2) insurance fraud under A.R.S. Section 20-443, et. seq. ; (3) negligent misrepresentation; (4) fraudulent concealment; and (5) estoppel.

Before the Court for consideration is Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint.

Magistrate Judge Pyle issued his Report and Recommendation, filed January 20, 2015, recommending "that the District Court grant in part and deny in part Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint... to the extent that Plaintiff's common law and estoppel claims, set out at Claims Three through Five, should be dismissed with leave to amend. The Motion should be denied as to Plaintiff's claims for statutory fraud, set out at Claims One and Two."

The Report and Recommendation sets forth a thorough factual and procedural background and analysis of the claims under the applicable legal standards.

The Report and Recommendation advised the parties that they may file written objections within fourteen (14) days from the date of service of a copy of the Report and Recommendation. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Rules 72(b) of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Defendants' Objections to U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles R. Pyle's Report and Recommendation Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint were timely filed. Defendants urge the Court to dismiss the entire First Amended Complaint, based on Defendants' contentions that Magistrate Judge Pyle erred in recommending that the Court deny the dismissal of the Plaintiff's claims, reasserting their arguments that Plaintiff failed to plead reliance and lacks standing, and thus, the First Amended Complaint should be dismissed without leave to amend.

Upon review and consideration of all matters presented and an independent review of the record herein, including Defendants' Objections to U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles R. Pyle's Report and Recommendation Regarding Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the First Amended Complaint (26), the Court finds that the findings of the Magistrate Judge as set forth in the Report and Recommendation, shall be accepted and adopted as the findings of fact and conclusions of law of this Court.

Based on the forgoing,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge (Doc. 25) is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED as the findings of fact and conclusions of law by this Court; accordingly

IT IS ORDERED that Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint (Doc. 22) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part;

IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff's Third, Fourth and Fifth Claims of the First Amended Complaint are DISMISSED with leave to amend;

IT IS ORDERED that Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's Amended Complaint (Doc. 22) is DENIED as to Plaintiffs First and Second Claims;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this case is referred back to Magistrate Judge Charles R. Pyle for all pretrial proceedings and report and recommendation in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and LRCiv 72.1 and LRCiv 72.2 of the Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, Local Rules of Civil Procedure.

All filings shall be designated: CV 14-2022 TUC-FRZ (CRP).


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