Paschal v. Lott et al
ORDER terminating as moot 4 Motion To Dismiss For Failure To State A Claim filed by Stan Smith, Howard Hughes in light of the Petitioners amended complaint. This matter is referred back to the Magistrate Judge for continued proceedings. Signed by Chief Judge Terry L Wooten on 8/17/2015. (gmil)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Kay F. Paschal,
Leon Lott, in his individual and official
capacity; Stan Smith, in his individual and )
official capacity; Howard Hughes, in his
individual and official capacity; Heidi
Scott, in her individual and official
capacity, also known as Heidi Jackson; and )
Richland County South Carolina,
C/A No.: 3:14-cv-04737-TLW
In this action, which was removed to this Court on December 15, 2014, Plaintiff Kay F.
Paschal alleges violation of her constitutional rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF No. 1).
This matter previously came before this Court on the Report and Recommendation (“the
Report”) filed on May 13, 2015, by Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett (ECF No. 17). In the
Report, the Magistrate Judge recommended either (1) that the Court deny the Motion to Dismiss
filed by Defendants Stan Smith and Howard Hughes; or, (2) should the Court find the complaint
insufficient to state a claim against the Defendants Smith and Hughes, that Plaintiff should be
provided the opportunity to amend her complaint. The Defendants Smith and Hughes filed an
objection to the Report on June 1, 2015.
After reviewing the Report and the record, the Court permitted the Plaintiff the
opportunity to amend, finding that “the amended complaint [did] not name either Defendant
Smith or Defendant Hughes beyond the caption of the complaint, much less ‘plead that each
Government-official defendant, through the official’s own individual actions, violated the
Constitution.’” (ECF No. 20 at 2 (citing Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 676 (2009))). Plaintiff
filed a second amended complaint on August 3, 2015, expanding the complaint to add additional
allegations concerning Defendants Smith and Hughes.
In light of the second amended complaint, the Court has again reviewed the Report and
objections. In conducting this review, the Court applies the following standard:
The magistrate judge makes only a recommendation to the Court, to which any
party may file written objections.... The Court is not bound by the
recommendation of the magistrate judge but, instead, retains responsibility for the
final determination. The Court is required to make a de novo determination of
those portions of the report or specified findings or recommendation as to which
an objection is made. However, the Court is not required to review, under a de
novo or any other standard, the factual or legal conclusions of the magistrate
judge as to those portions of the report and recommendation to which no
objections are addressed. While the level of scrutiny entailed by the Court's
review of the Report thus depends on whether or not objections have been filed,
in either case the Court is free, after review, to accept, reject, or modify any of the
magistrate judge's findings or recommendations.
Wallace v. Housing Auth. of the City of Columbia, 791 F. Supp. 137, 138 (D.S.C. 1992)
Pursuant to the standard set forth in Wallace, the Court has reviewed, de novo, the
Report, objections. The Court finds that the motion to dismiss filed by Defendants Smith and
Hughes should be TERMINATED as moot in light of the Petitioner’s amended complaint. This
matter is referred back to the Magistrate Judge for continued proceedings.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Terry L. Wooten
Chief United States District Judge
August 17, 2015
Columbia, South Carolina
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