Wilson v. Cloyd et al
ORDER adopting 36 Report and Recommendation; granting 24 Motion to Dismiss and Substitute Parties; granting 20 Motion to Dismiss; granting 39 Motion to Amend/Correct 1 Complaint. (Status of Service Authorization due by 10/8/2015, Amended Complaint due by 10/15/2015) Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 9/24/2015. (cbru, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
PHYLLIS A. WILSON,
JOHN A. CLOYD, Assessor Richland
County; ELIZABETH MCDONALD,
Deputy Assessor Richland County,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:15-01391-MGL
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION,
GRANTING DEFENDANTS’ MOTIONS TO DISMISS, AND GRANTING
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND HER COMPLAINT
This case was filed pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), 42
U.S.C. §§ 2000e, et seq., and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), 29 U.S.C. §§
621, et seq. Plaintiff 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 that the Court grant
Defendant Cloyd’s Motion to Dismiss and Defendant McDonald’s Motion to Dismiss and Substitute
Parties. The Magistrate Judge also recommends that the Court grant Plaintiff twenty-one (21) days
from the issuance of this Order to file an Amended Complaint naming Richland County as the proper
defendant in this case. The Report was made in accordance with 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 August 25, 2015, and the Clerk of Court entered
Plaintiff’s objections on September 11, 2015. Defendants then replied to Plaintiff’s objections on
September 21, 2015. The Court has reviewed the objections to the Report, but finds them to be
without merit. Therefore, it will grant the parties’ motions accordingly.
In Plaintiff’s objections, she makes no specific objections to the Report. Instead, she
generally reiterates claims that the Magistrate Judge has already considered and rejected. Because
the Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s treatment of those issues, it need not discuss them again
here. Therefore, it will overrule Plaintiff’s objections.
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 to the extent it does not contradict this Order and
incorporates it herein. Therefore, it is the judgment of the Court that Defendant Cloyd’s Motion to
Dismiss and Defendant McDonald’s Motion to Dismiss and Substitute Parties are GRANTED.
On September 16, 2015, Plaintiff also filed a Motion to Amend her Complaint, and
Defendants filed a Response in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend her Complaint on September
21, 2015. After reviewing Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend her Complaint and Defendants’ Response
in Support, it is also the judgment of the Court that Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend her Complaint is
To be clear, Plaintiff’s Motion to Amend her Complaint (ECF No. 39) by itself is insufficient
to amend her complaint. Plaintiff shall have twenty-one (21) days from the issuance of this Order
to file an Amended Complaint naming Richland County as the proper defendant in this case.
Plaintiff must concurrently submit a summons and form USM-285 for Richland County to the Court.
Plaintiff initially sued Defendants in their individual capacities. Plaintiff may amend her
complaint to sue Defendants Cloyd and McDonald in their official capacities as well. See Birkbeck
v. Marvel Lighting Corp., 30 F.3d 507, 510 (4th Cir. 1994) (citing Harvey v. Blake, 913 F.2d 226,
227-28 (5th Cir. 1990)).
Defense counsel shall advise the Court, in writing within fourteen (14) days from the date
of this Order, whether they are authorized to accept service for Richland County. If counsel notifies
the Court that they are not so authorized, a separate order shall be entered directing the United States
Marshal to effect service on Richland County on Plaintiff’s behalf as she is proceeding in forma
pauperis in this case.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 24th day of September, 2015, 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.
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