Lydia v. Byrne et al
OPINION AND ORDER RULING concurring 32 Report and Recommendation and dismissing the action without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b). Signed by Honorable Margaret B Seymour on 5/11/2016. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Claude E. Lydia, Jr., #282745,
) C/A No. 1:15-3512-MBS
OPINION AND ORDER
Thomas E. Byrne, M.D.; and Elizabeth
Holcombe, Nurse Practitioner, in their
At the time of the underlying events, Plaintiff Claude E. Lydia, Jr. was an inmate in custody
of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, filed the within
complaint on August 31, 2015, asserting that Defendants Thomas E. Byrne and Elizabeth Holcombe
denied him medical care in contravention of his constitutional rights. Thus, Plaintiff brings his
claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rule 73.02,
D.S.C., the within action was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges for pretrial
On January 4, 2016, Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. Pursuant to Roseboro
v. Garrison, 528 F.2d 309 (4th Cir. 1975), the Magistrate Judge issued an order on January 5, 2016,
advising Plaintiff of the summary judgment procedure and the possible consequences if he failed to
respond adequately. A second Roseboro order was sent to Plaintiff at an updated address on January
21, 2016. Despite requesting and being granted an extension of time to respond, Plaintiff filed no
response in opposition to Defendants’ motion.
On March 29, 2016, the Magistrate Judge issued an order directing Plaintiff to advise the
court whether he wished to continue with the case. Plaintiff was cautioned that his failure to respond
could subject his complaint to dismissal with prejudice for failure to prosecute. See Fed. R. Civ. P.
41(b). Plaintiff filed no response to the Magistrate Judge’s March 29, 2016, order. Accordingly, on
April 18, 2016, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation in which she
recommended that the case be dismissed with prejudice. The envelope containing Plaintiff’s copy
of the Report and Recommendation was returned to the Office of the Clerk of Court on April 27,
2016, marked ‘RETURN TO SENDER – RELEASED; LEFT NO ADDRESS.”
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation has
no presumptive weight. The responsibility for making a final determination remains with this court.
Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (1976). The court is charged with making a de novo
determination of any portions of the Report and Recommendation to which a specific objection is
made. The court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation made by the
Magistrate Judge or may recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C.
Based upon Plaintiff’s failure to respond to the Magistrate Judge’s March 29, 2016, order,
it appears that Plaintiff no longer wishes to pursue this action.
The court concurs in the
recommendation of the Magistrate Judge that the case be dismissed. Accordingly, the within action
is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(b).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Margaret B. Seymour
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
May 11, 2016
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
Plaintiff is hereby notified of the right to appeal this order
pursuant to Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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