Johnston v. Shawn Spears - S and J of Raleigh

Filing 5

ORDER adopting 3 Memorandum and Recommendations - This action is DISMISSED. Signed by Chief Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 12/17/2010. Copies served. (Baker, C.)

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Johnston v. Shawn Spears - S and J of Raleigh Doc. 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA EASTERN DIVISION NO. 4:10-CV-139-FL JAMES M. JOHNSTON, Plaintiff, v. SHAWN SPEARS - S AND J OF RALEIGH, Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER This matter comes before the court on the memorandum and recommendation ("M&R") of Magistrate Judge James E. Gates, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(C) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b). The magistrate judge recommends that the court dismiss plaintiff's in forma pauperis complaint under 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2). No objections to the M&R have been filed. Plaintiff filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis in this action on October 6, 2010. The magistrate judge granted the application by order entered November 22, 2010. However, the magistrate judge recommended that the action be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The magistrate judge noted that plaintiff's action was substantively identical to an earlier action dismissed by the court on those grounds. See Johnson v. Spears, No. 4:10-CV-116-D (E.D.N.C. Sept. 27, 2010). Absent a specific and timely filed objection, the court reviews a magistrate judge's recommendation under 28 U.S.C. 636(b) only for "clear error," and need not give any explanation for adopting the M&R. Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005); Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 200 (4th Cir.1983). The court has carefully considered the Dockets.Justia.com complaint, the magistrate judge's analysis, and the earlier order dismissing plaintiff's substantively identical previous lawsuit. The court agrees with the magistrate judge that subject matter jurisdiction is lacking, and accordingly ADOPTS the M&R (DE # 3) as its own. This action is accordingly DISMISSED. SO ORDERED, this the 17th day of December, 2010. _____________________________ LOUISE W. FLANAGAN Chief United States District Judge 2

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