Johnson v. McKnight et al
ORDER substituting the United States of America as a party defendant in the place of Kenyetta McKnight, Mark A. Turner, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shiva V. Hodges on 10/11/2017. (bgoo)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Regina Denise Johnson,
United States of America and Raymond
C/A No.: 3:17-895-MGL-SVH
ORDER SUBSTITUTING THE UNITED STATES AS DEFENDANT IN LIEU OF
DEFENDANTS McKNIGHT, TURNER AND
THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
28 U.S.C. § 2679(d)(1) and (d)(2)
As the designee of the United States Attorney General, the United States Attorney
for the District of South Carolina has certified that named defendants Kenyatta McKnight
and Mark Turner were acting within the scope of their employment at all times alleged in
the Complaint. The Federal Employee Liability Reform and Tort Compensation Act of
1988, commonly known as the Westfall Act amendment to the Federal Tort Claims Act,
provides that upon such certification, "any civil action or proceeding commenced upon
such claim in a United States district court shall be deemed an action against the United
States under the provisions of this title and all references thereto, and the United States
shall be substituted as the party defendant." 28 U.S.C. § 2679(d)(1).
Based on the Certification, the Clerk of Court is to substitute the United States as a
party Defendant in the place of Kenyatta McKnight and Mark Turner and amend the
caption accordingly. See Berkeley-Dorchester Ctys. Econ. Dev. Corp. v. U.S. Dept of
Health & Human Servs., 395 F. Supp. 2d 317 (D.S.C. 2005) (noting mandatory nature of
substitution upon Westfall Act certification, but indicating that "when a certification
decision is challenged  the appropriateness of substitution is subject to judicial review").
Accordingly, the United States is substituted as the party defendant for the
individual federal employees and the agency.
The caption of this case is thereby
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 11, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina
Shiva V. Hodges
United States Magistrate Judge
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