Ok, ok, I know. No one cares about standards of review. I know. But this is interesting!
Today Judge Andrews ruled on objections to a R&R recommending that the Court deny a motion to dismiss a breach-of-contract claim, and grant a motion to dismiss a trade secret claim, without prejudice.
So far, nothing out of the ordinary. But the interesting part is the standards of review applied.
In reviewing the magistrate judge's recommendation to deny the motion to dismiss on the breach of contract claim, the Court applied the ordinary de novo review standard for dispositive matters under FRCP 72(b).
The defendant, however, also objected to the magistrate judge's decision to dismiss the trade secret claim …