Ashiru v. J.A. White & Associates, Inc. et al
OPINION AND ORDER adopting 20 Report and Recommendation, dismissing this action without prejudice. Signed by Honorable Cameron McGowan Currie on 10/17/2016. (cbru, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
C/A. No. 3:16-2539-CMC-SVH
J.A. White & Associates, Inc. and
Jeffrey A. White individually,
Opinion and Order
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s pro se complaint, alleging breach of contract
and other claims against J.A. White & Associates, Inc., and Jeffrey A. White (collectively,
“Defendants”). ECF No. 1. In accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil Rule 73.02
(B)(2)(e), DSC, this matter was referred to United States Magistrate Shiva V. Hodges for pre-trial
proceedings. By Orders filed July 29, 2016, and August 23, 2016, the Magistrate Judge gave
Plaintiff two opportunities to provide the necessary information and paperwork to bring the
complaint into proper form for evaluation and possible service of process. ECF Nos. 10, 15.
Plaintiff was warned that failure to provide the necessary information within the timetable set forth
in the Orders would subject the complaint to dismissal. Plaintiff did not submit the information
and documents necessary to bring this case into proper form.
On September 22, 2016, the Magistrate Judge filed a Report and Recommendation
(“Report”) recommending that this case be dismissed for failure to prosecute. ECF No. 20. The
Magistrate Judge advised Plaintiff of the procedures and requirements for filing objections to the
Report and the serious consequences if he failed to do so. Plaintiff has not brought the case into
proper form or filed objections and the time for doing so has expired.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation
has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the
court. See Matthews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The court is charged with making a de novo
determination of any portion of the Report of the Magistrate Judge 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 recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28
U.S.C. § 636(b). The court reviews the Report only for clear error in the absence of an objection.
See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that
“in 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.”) (citation omitted).
Plaintiff has failed to provide the necessary information and therefore has failed to comply
with orders of this court. After reviewing the record of this matter, the applicable law, and the
Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, the court agrees with the conclusion of the
Report that Plaintiff has failed to prosecute his action and dismissal is proper pursuant to Rule
41(b). Accordingly, the court adopts and incorporates the Report and Recommendation by
reference in this Order. This case is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41 of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626 (1962).
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ Cameron McGowan Currie
CAMERON MCGOWAN CURRIE
Senior United States District Judge
Columbia, South Carolina
October 17, 2016
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