Battle v. Boone et al
ORDER adopting and incorporating 17 Report and Recommendation and dismissing the action with prejudice under Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) for failureto prosecute. Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 10/5/2017. (mwal)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
JAMES EDWARD BATTLE,
KENNY BOONE, SGT. PAGE, ERIC
MCDANIELS, and MARK ALTMAN,
§ CIVIL ACTION 1:17-2156-MGL
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
AND DISMISSING THIS CASE FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE WITH PREJUDICE
Plaintiff filed this action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He is proceeding pro se. The matter is
before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (Report) of the United States
Magistrate Judge suggesting this lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice in accordance with Rule 41(b)
of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure based on Plaintiff’s failure to prosecute. The Report was
made as per 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Civil Rule 73.02 for the District of South Carolina.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this Court. The recommendation has
no presumptive weight. The responsibility to make a final determination remains with the Court.
Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270 (1976). The Court is charged with making a de novo
determination of those portions of the Report to which specific objection is made, and the Court may
accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge or
recommit the matter with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
The Magistrate Judge filed the Report on September 19, 2017, but Plaintiff failed to file any
objections.* “[I]n the absence of a timely filed objection, 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’s note). Moreover, a failure to
object waives appellate review. Wright v. Collins, 766 F.2d 841, 845-46 (4th Cir. 1985).
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case pursuant to the standard set
forth above, the Court adopts the Report and incorporates it herein. Therefore, it is the judgment
of the Court this action is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE under Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b) for failure
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 5th day of October, 2017, in Columbia, South Carolina.
s/ Mary Geiger Lewis
MARY GEIGER LEWIS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
Plaintiff is hereby notified of the right to appeal this Order within thirty days from the date
hereof, pursuant to Rules 3 and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
The Court notes the Post Office returned Plaintiff’s copy of the Report to the Clerk on
October 2, 2017, marked “Released” and “RETURN TO SENDER[.]” ECF No. 19. Thus, the
Court is well aware Plaintiff was unable to file objections to a Report he never received.
Presented with Plaintiff’s failure to abide by the Magistrate Judge’s directive to keep the Court
apprised of any address change coupled with the Court’s obligation to effectively and efficiently
manage its docket, however, the Court is left with no option but to dismiss the action.
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