Fonseca v. American National Red Cross et al
ORDER that the Magistrate Judge's 13 Memorandum and Recommendations is ADOPTED. The Defendants' 8 Motion to Dismiss is GRANTED. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case. Signed by District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr on 2/17/2021. (Pro se litigant served by US Mail.)(brl)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
AMERICAN NATIONAL RED CROSS ET
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Defendant American National Red
Cross’s Motion to Dismiss (Doc. No. 8); Defendant’s accompanying Memorandum
(Doc. No. 9); Plaintiff Kevin Fonseca’s pro se Response in Opposition (Doc. No. 10);
Defendant American National Red Cross’s Reply (Doc. No. 11); and the Magistrate
Judge’s Memorandum and Recommendation (“M&R”), (Doc. No. 13), recommending
that this Court grant the motion. The parties have not filed objections to the M&R
and the time for doing so has expired. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(2).
No party has objected to the Magistrate Judge’s statement of the factual and
procedural background of this case. Therefore, the Court adopts the facts as set forth
in the M&R.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
A district court may assign dispositive pretrial matters, including motions to
dismiss, to a magistrate judge for “proposed findings of fact and recommendations.”
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28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A) & (B). The Federal Magistrate Act provides that a district
court “shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified
proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.” Id. § 636(b)(1)(C);
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(3). However, “when objections to strictly legal issues are raised
and no factual issues are challenged, de novo review of the record may be dispensed
with.” Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982). De novo review is also
not required “when a party makes general and conclusory objections that do not direct
the court to a specific error in the magistrate’s proposed findings and
recommendations.” Id. Similarly, when no objection is filed, “a district court need
not conduct a de novo review, but instead must ‘only satisfy itself that there is no
clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.’” Diamond
v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ.
P. 72, advisory committee note).
Under Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a district court judge
shall make a de novo determination of any portion of an M&R to which specific
written objection has been made. A party’s failure to make a timely objection is
accepted as an agreement with the conclusions of the Magistrate Judge. See Thomas
v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149–50 (1985). No objection to the M&R having been filed, and
the time for doing so having passed, the parties have waived their right to de novo
review of any issue covered in the M&R. Nevertheless, this Court has conducted a
full review of the M&R and other documents of record and, having done so, hereby
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finds that the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is, in all respects, in
accordance with the law and should be approved. Accordingly, the Court ADOPTS
the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge as its own.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that:
1. The Magistrate Judge’s M&R, (Doc. No. 13), is ADOPTED;
2. The Defendants’ Motion To Dismiss, (Doc. No. 8), is GRANTED;
3. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case.
Signed: February 17, 2021
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