Wells v. Saul et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN ITS ENTIRETY. The Plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case. Signed by Honorable Malachy E Mannion on 7/16/21. (ga)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
WINETTA ELSEE WELLS,
ANDREW SAUL, et al.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:20-2426
Pending before the court is the report of Magistrate Judge Susan E.
Schwab, which recommends that the plaintiff’s complaint (Doc. 1) be
dismissed without prejudice. (Doc. 7). The plaintiff has not filed objections to
the report and recommendation.
Where no objection is made to a report and recommendation, the court
should, as a matter of good practice, Asatisfy itself that there is no clear error
on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.@ Fed. R.
Civ. P. 72(b), advisory committee notes; see also Univac Dental Co. v.
Dentsply Intern., Inc., 702 F.Supp.2d 465, 469 (M.D.Pa. 2010) (citing
Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987) (explaining judges
should give some review to every report and recommendation)).
Nevertheless, whether timely objections are made or not, the district court
may accept, not accept, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations made by the magistrate judge. 28 U.S.C. '636(b)(1);
Local Rule 72.31.
By way of relevant background, the plaintiff filed the instant action, pro
se, on December 28, 2020. (Doc. 1). Judge Schwab issued an order on
February 2, 2021, advising the plaintiff of her obligation to serve the
summons and complaint on defendants or to obtain waivers of service in
accordance with Fed.R.Civ.P.4. (Doc. 5). The plaintiff was given 90 days to
complete service or obtain waivers and to file a return of service with the
court. By order dated May 11, 2021, Judge Schwab noted that more than 90
days had passed and the plaintiff failed to file a return of service as directed.
(Doc. 6). Moreover, there was no indication that the plaintiff had served the
defendants or obtained waivers of service. The plaintiff was directed to show
cause, on or before June 11, 2021, why the instant action should not be
dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 4(m). The plaintiff was
advised if she failed to respond to the order to show cause, it would be
recommended that her case be dismissed. As of the date of the instant
report, the plaintiff failed to respond to the show cause order or request an
extension of time to do so. As such, Judge Schwab recommends that the
plaintiff’s complaint be dismissed without prejudice.
Upon review of Judge Schwab’s report and recommendation, the court
finds no clear error of record. Moreover, the court agrees with the sound
reasoning which led Judge Schwab to her conclusions. As such, the court
will adopt the report and recommendation in its entirety.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
(1) The report and recommendation of Judge Schwab (Doc. 7)
is ADOPTED IN ITS ENTIRETY as the decision of the court.
(2) The plaintiff’s complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED WITHOUT
(3) The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE THIS CASE.
s/ Malachy E. Mannion
MALACHY E. MANNION
United States District Judge
DATE: July 16, 2021
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