Ferguson v. Scaturo et al
ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION adopts 85 Report and Recommendation. Wilson's motion to dismiss is GRANTED, Swan's motion to dismiss is GRANTED, and the claims against Hickman and the Summary Judgment D efendants are DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE under Federal Civil Procedure Rule 41(b) for failure to prosecute. Hickman's motion to dismiss and the Summary Judgment Defendants motion for summary judgment are hereby RENDERED MOOT as a result of the dismissal of the claims against Hickman and the Summary Judgment Defendants Signed by Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis on 8/2/2017. (gpre, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ROBERT ALLEN FERGUSON,
HOLLY SCATURO, Director, KIMBERLY
POHOLCHUK, B.M.C. Program Director,
CYNTHIA HELFF, B.M.C., DR. KELLY
GOTHARD, DR. GORDON BROWN,
§ Civil Action No.: 8:16-02319-MGL-JDA
Psychologist, DR. ROZANNA TRASS,
Psychologist, DR. AMY SWAN, Psychologist, §
MARIE GEHLE, Evaluator, DR. DONNA
SCHWARTZ-WATTS, Psychologist, CAPT. §
FRANK ABNEY, P.S.O. Supervisor, GALEN §
SANDERS, Chief Nursing Administrator,
HAROLD ALEXANDER, R.N., CHARLENE §
HICKMAN, R.N., DR. JOHN MCGILL,
Director of Department of Mental Health,
ALLEN WILSON, Attorney General,
ORDER ADOPTING THE REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION,
GRANTING ALLEN WILSON’S MOTION TO DISMISS AND DR. AMY SWAN’S
MOTION TO DISMISS, AND DISMISSING WITHOUT PREJUDICE THE CLAIMS
AGAINST THE REMAINING DEFENDANTS FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE
This action arises under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff is proceeding pro se. This matter is
before the Court for review of the Report and Recommendation (Report) of the United States
Magistrate Judge suggesting Defendant Allen Wilson’s (Wilson) motion to dismiss be granted,
Defendant Dr. Amy Swan’s (Swan) motion to dismiss be granted, and the claims against
Defendant Charlene Hickman (Hickman) and Defendants Captain Frank Abney, Harold
Alexander, Dr. Gordon Brown, Marie Gehle, Dr. Kelly Gothard, Cynthia Helff, Dr. John McGill,
Kimberly Poholchuk, Galen Sanders, Holly Scaturo, Dr. Donna Schwartz-Watts, and Dr.
Rozanna Trass (Summary Judgment Defendants) be dismissed under Federal Civil Procedure
Rule 41(b) for failure to prosecute. The Magistrate Judge further recommends Hickman’s
motion to dismiss and the Summary Judgment Defendants’ motion for summary judgment be
found moot. 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 Court need not
conduct a de novo review, however, “when a party makes general and conclusory objections that
do not direct the court to a specific error in the [Magistrate Judge’s] proposed findings and
recommendations.” Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982); see Fed. R. Civ. P.
The Magistrate Judge filed the Report on July 11, 2017, ECF No. 85, but Plaintiff failed
to file any objections to the Report. “[I]n 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.’” Diamond v. Colonial
Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory
committee’s note). Moreover, a failure to object waives appellate review. Wright v. Collins, 766
F.2d 841, 845-46 (4th Cir. 1985).
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 and incorporates it herein. Therefore, it is the
judgment of the Court Wilson’s motion to dismiss is GRANTED, Swan’s motion to dismiss is
GRANTED, and the claims against Hickman and the Summary Judgment Defendants are
DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE under Federal Civil Procedure Rule 41(b) for failure to
prosecute. Hickman’s motion to dismiss and the Summary Judgment Defendants’ motion for
summary judgment are hereby RENDERED MOOT as a result of the dismissal of the claims
against Hickman and the Summary Judgment Defendants.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 2nd day of August 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina.
s/ Mary Geiger Lewis
MARY GEIGER LEWIS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
NOTICE OF RIGHT TO APPEAL
The parties are 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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