Chapman v. Greenville SC United States Postal Service
ORDER adopting 10 Report and Recommendation. Plaintiff's action is DISMISSED without prejudice and without issuance and service of process. Signed by Honorable Timothy M Cain on 2/2/17. (kmca)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Tonya R. Chapman,
Greenville SC United States Postal Service, )
Civil Action No. 6:16-3712-TMC
Plaintiff, proceeding pro se, filed this action against the Greenville United States Postal
Service pursuant to the Federal Torts Claims Act (“FTCA”), 28 U.S.C §1346. In accordance
with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1) and Local Civil Rule 73.02, D.S.C., these matters were referred to a
magistrate judge for pretrial handling. Before the court is the magistrate judge’s Report and
Recommendation (“Report”), recommending that the dismiss Plaintiff’s action without prejudice
and without issuance and service of process. (ECF No. 10). Plaintiff was advised of her right to
file objections to the Report (ECF No. 10 at 5), and she has filed timely objections. (ECF No.
The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the court. The Report has no
presumptive weight and the responsibility to make a final determination in this matter remains
with this court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). In making that
determination, the court is charged with conducting a de novo review of those portions of the
Report to which either party specifically objects. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). Then, the court may
accept, reject, or modify the Report or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge. Id.
In his Report, the Magistrate Judge found that “[e]xplicitly excluded from the FTCA’s
waiver of immunity are claims ‘arising out of the loss, miscarriage, or negligent transmission of
letter or postal matter.’ ” (Report at 3)(citing 28 U.S.C. § 2680(b)). In her objections, Plaintiff
merely reiterates her claim, but she does not address these exclusions from the FTCA’s waiver
As the United States Supreme Court explained in Dolan v. U.S. Postal Serv., 546 U.S.
481 (2006), sovereign immunity under the FTCA is not waived for claims based on the “failings
in the postal obligation to deliver mail in a timely manner to the right address . . . . ” Id. at 487.
Plaintiff’s claims are clearly based on the failure to receive mail. Therefore, Plaintiff's claims are
barred by 28 U.S.C. 2680(b). In addition, as the Magistrate Judge also notes, because the United
States is the only proper defendant in a suit brought under the FTCA, Miller v. United States,
710 F.2d 656, 657, n.1 (10th Cir.1983), the United States Postal Service is not a proper party to
After a thorough review of the Report and the record in this case, the court adopts the
magistrate judge's Report (ECF No. 10) and incorporates it herein. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s
action is DISMISSED without prejudice and without issuance and service of process.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Timothy M. Cain
United States District Judge
February 2, 2017
Anderson, South Carolina
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are hereby notified of the right to appeal this order pursuant to Rules 3
and 4 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure.
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