Bryant v. Stone
ORDER adopting the 76 Report and Recommendation, granting Plaintiff's 69 motion to transfer venue, and transferring this case to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. It is further ordered that Defendant's 51 motion to dismiss is denied without prejudice to refile. Signed by Honorable R. Bryan Harwell on 1/8/2018. (bgoo) [Transferred from South Carolina on 1/8/2018.]
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ROCK HILL DIVISION
John A. Bryant, Jr.,
Taylor B. Stone,
Civil Action No.: 0:16-cv-03927-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. 76]. The Magistrate Judge recommends that the
Court grant Plaintiff’s motion to transfer venue, transfer this case to the Eastern District of Virginia, and
deny Defendant’s motion to dismiss without prejudice to refile. 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); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b).
Neither party has filed objections to the R & R, and the time for doing so has expired.1 In the
absence of objections to the R & R, the Court is not required to give any explanation for adopting the
Any objections by Defendant (who is represented by counsel and was served electronically) were due by
December 14, 2017, and any objections by Plaintiff (who is pro se and was served by mail) were due by December
18, 2017. See ECF Nos. 76 & 77.
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)).
Having thoroughly reviewed the record, the Court finds no clear error and therefore adopts and
incorporates by reference the Magistrate Judge’s R & R [ECF No. 76]. Accordingly, the Court
GRANTS Plaintiff’s motion to transfer venue [ECF No. 69] and TRANSFERS this case to the United
States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Court DENIES Defendant’s motion to
dismiss [ECF No. 51] without prejudice to refile.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Florence, South Carolina
January 8, 2018
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
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