United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
May 23, 2014
OLIVIA HOFFER, Plaintiff,
GRANGE INSURANCE CO., Defendants.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.
AND NOW, this 23rd day of May, 2014, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 14) of Chief Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson, recommending the court deny defendant's motion (Doc. 6) to strike paragraph 32 of plaintiff's complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(f) but grant, in part, defendant's motion seeking a more definite statement pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e), wherein the magistrate judge observes that the allegations contained in paragraph 32 are "unobjectionable and indeed quite necessary" to support plaintiff's breach of contract claim and not properly subject to a motion to strike, (Doc. 14 at 7), but that for purposes of streamlining the litigation and clarifying plaintiff's claims, plaintiff should be directed to file a more definite statement of her statutory bad faith claim pursuant to 42 PA. CONS. STAT. § 8371, (Doc. 14 at 8-9), and, following an independent review of the motion, and it appearing that neither party has objected to the report, and that there is no clear error on the face of the record,  see Nara v. Frank , 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that "failing to timely object to [a report and recommendation] in a civil proceeding may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 14) is ADOPTED in its entirety.
2. Defendant's motion (Doc. 6) to strike paragraph 32 of plaintiff's complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(f) is DENIED. Defendant's motion (Doc. 6) for a more definite statement pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) is GRANTED to the extent it pertains to plaintiff's statutory bad faith claim.
3. Plaintiff is DIRECTED to file an amended complaint providing a more definite statement of the legal and factual basis for any statutory bad faith claim pursuant to 42 PA. CONS. STAT. § 8371 within fourteen (14) days of the date of this order. Defendant thereafter shall file a responsive pleading in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.