Watkins et al v. Capital City Bank et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The Court adopts and incorporates by reference the Magistrate Judge's R & R [ECF No. 8 ]. Accordingly, the Court DISMISSES this action without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. Signed by the Honorable R Bryan Harwell on 10/24/2017. (hcic, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Robert L. Watkins, Dr. Robert J. Williams, )
and Geneva L. Watkins,
Capital City Bank, as successor in interest )
to Farmers and Merchants Bank; and
Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey, and
Civil Action No.: 3:17-cv-02635-RBH
This matter is before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (R & R) of United
States Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett, made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Civil
Rule 73.02(B)(2) (D.S.C.). See R & R [ECF No. 8]. The Magistrate Judge recommends that the Court
summarily dismiss this action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and without issuance and service
of process. R & R at pp. 1, 6.
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 this Court.
See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). The Court is charged with making a de novo
determination of those portions of the R & R 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. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Plaintiffs have not filed objections to the R & R, and the time for doing so has expired.1 In the
Plaintiffs’ objections were due by October 23, 2017. See ECF Nos. 8 & 9.
absence of objections to the R & R, the Court is not required to give any explanation for adopting the
Magistrate Judge’s recommendations. See Camby v. Davis, 718 F.2d 198, 199-200 (4th Cir. 1983).
The Court reviews only for clear error in the absence of an objection. See Diamond v. Colonial Life &
Acc. 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 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’” (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P.
72 advisory committee’s note)). Failure to file timely objections constitutes a waiver of de novo review
and a party’s right to appeal this Court’s order. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see Snyder v. Ridenour, 889 F.2d
1363, 1366 (4th Cir. 1989); Carr v. Hutto, 737 F.2d 433, 434 (4th Cir. 1984).
After a thorough review of the record, the Court adopts and incorporates by reference the
Magistrate Judge’s R & R [ECF No. 8], except as modified by Footnote 2 below. Accordingly, the
Court DISMISSES this action without prejudice2 and without issuance and service of process.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Florence, South Carolina
October 24, 2017
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
The Magistrate Judge recommended the dismissal be with prejudice “[i]f Plaintiffs do not file an amended
complaint establishing the court’s subject matter jurisdiction over this action within the fourteen-day objection
period.” R & R at p. 6 n.2. However, because this action is being dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction,
the Court respectfully declines to adopt this recommendation and instead dismisses the action without prejudice. See
S. Walk at Broadlands Homeowner’s Ass’n, Inc. v. OpenBand at Broadlands, LLC, 713 F.3d 175, 185 (4th Cir.
2013) (“[D]ismissals for lack of jurisdiction should be without prejudice because the court, having determined that
it lacks jurisdiction over the action, is incapable of reaching a disposition on the merits of the underlying claims.”
(alteration in original) (citation omitted)); see, e.g., Walker v. Laundry, No. 17-6158, 2017 W L 3912734, at *1 (4th
Cir. Sept. 7, 2017) (finding the plaintiff’s “state law claims should have been dismissed for lack of subject matter
jurisdiction, and that such dismissal should have been without prejudice”); Cohen v. Hurson, 623 F. App’x 620, 621
(4th Cir. 2015) (“Because Cohen’s state law claim was properly dismissed for failure to plead facts establishing
subject matter jurisdiction, that dismissal ‘must be one without prejudice, because a court that lacks jurisdiction has
no power to adjudicate and dispose of a claim on the merits.’” (quoting Broadlands, 713 F.3d at 185)).
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