December 6, 2013
PENGUIN GROUP (USA) INC., Plaintiff,
AMERICAN BUDDHA, Defendant.
OPINION AND ORDER
MICHAEL W. MOSMAN, District Judge.
On September 16, 2013, Magistrate Judge Hubel issued his Findings and Recommendation ("F&R")  in the above-captioned case, recommending that Defendant's Motion to Change or Transfer Venue  be GRANTED. Plaintiff objected  and Defendant responded . I granted Plaintiff leave to submit a reply , which was then filed .
The magistrate judge makes only recommendations to the court, to which any party may file written objections. I am not bound by the recommendations of the magistrate judge; instead, I retain responsibility for making the final determination. I am required to review de novo those portions of the report or any specified findings or recommendations within it as to which an objection is made. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). However, I am not required to review, de novo or under any other standard, the factual or legal conclusions of the magistrate judge as to those portions of the F&R to which no party has objected. See Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985); United States v. Reyna-Tapia, 328 F.3d 1114, 1121 (9th Cir. 2003). While the level of scrutiny I am required to apply to the F&R depends on whether objections have been filed, in either case I am free to accept, reject, or modify any part of the F&R. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Upon review, I agree with Judge Hubel's recommendation, and I ADOPT the F&R  as my own opinion.
IT IS SO ORDERED.