Goodwin v. Hamil et al
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION re 29 Objections to Report and Recommendation filed by Phillip Goodwin and re-referring case to Magistrate Judge Christel. Signed by Judge Robert J. Bryan. Paper copy sent to plaintiff @ SCC address. (JL)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CASE NO. 17-5183 RJB DWC
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION AND REREFERRING CASE
JOHN HAMIL, LIN-MARIE NACHT,
HOLLI CORYELL, ELENA LOPEZ and
This matter comes before the Court on the Report and Recommendation of United States
Magistrate Judge David W. Christel. Dkt. 27. The Court has considered the Report and
Recommendation, objections, and the remaining record.
Plaintiff, a civil detainee housed at the Special Commitment Center, brings this case
asserting that his constitutional rights were violated. Dkt. 4. Plaintiff’s complaint is not wholly
clear. To the extent that Plaintiff asserts tort claims under state law for negligence and medical
malpractice, the Defendants move to dismiss those claims because Plaintiff failed to file the
requisite tort claim notice before commencing this case. Dkt. 18. The facts and procedural
history are in the Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 27) and are adopted here. The Report and
Recommendation recommends granting the motion and dismissing the state law torts without
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For the reasons stated therein, the Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 27) should be
adopted and the Defendants’ motion to dismiss (Dkt. 18) granted. Plaintiff’s objections (Dkt.
29) do not provide a basis to reject the Report and Recommendation. They are a repetition of his
prior arguments and misunderstand the nature of the Defendants’ motion. Further, although it
appears Plaintiff may be dismissing all claims to damages, that is not entirely clear.
This matter should be re-referred to Magistrate Judge Christel for further proceedings. In
particular, to the extent Plaintiff moves for a temporary stay of the case (Dkt. 29) that motion
should be re-referred to Judge Christel.
It is ORDERED that:
The Report and Recommendation (Dkt. 27) IS ADOPTED;
The Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. 18) IS GRANTED;
To the extent Plaintiff asserts state law claims for negligence or medical
malpractice, those claims ARE DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE;
The case IS RE-REFERRED to Magistrate Judge Christel for further
proceedings. In particular, to the extent Plaintiff moves for a temporary stay of
the case (Dkt. 29) that motion is re-referred to Judge Christel.
The Clerk is directed to send uncertified copies of this Order to all counsel of record and
to any party appearing pro se at said party’s last known address.
Dated this 28th day of August, 2017.
ROBERT J. BRYAN
United States District Judge
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