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Legal Memorandum: Reversal of a Magistrate Judge's Decision

Issue: In what circumstances may a district court judge reverse a U.S. Magistrate on a pretrial matter?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Reversal of decision; Pretrial matter
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 493 U.S. 400; 847 F.2d 1052; 659 F. Supp. 1381
Cited Statutes: 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A)
Date: 05/01/2007

Although a United States Magistrate Judge may determine a non-dispositive pretrial matter that is pending before the District Court, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A), the District Court may reverse the Magistrate Judge’s decision even on a non-dispositive discovery matter when the Magistrate has abused his or her discretion, see Envtl. Tectonics v. W.S. Kilpatrick & Co., 659 F. Supp. 1381, 1399 (D.N.J. 1987), modified, 847 F.2d 1052 (3d Cir. 1988), aff’d, 493 U.S. 400 (1990).

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