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Reeves v. Dauphin County

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


April 24, 2007

BARBARA REEVES, PLAINTIFF
v.
DAUPHIN COUNTY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner

ORDER

AND NOW, this 24th day of April, 2007, upon consideration of the report of the magistrate judge (Doc. 41), recommending that: (1) plaintiff's First and Fourteenth Amendment claims*fn1 brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and plaintiff's conspiracy claims*fn2 against defendants Dauphin County and Dominick DeRose be dismissed as untimely, (2) plaintiff's claims pursuant to Title VII and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act against Dauphin County be dismissed for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, (3) plaintiff's claims for punitive damages against Dauphin County be dismissed, and (4) defendants' motion to dismiss plaintiff's 42 U.S.C. § 1981 claim be denied, and upon further consideration of the objections to the report and recommendation (see Docs. 42-46),*fn3 and, following an independent review of the record, it appearing that plaintiff's conspiracy claims have been sufficiently pled to survive defendants' statute of limitations defense at this stage in the proceedings,*fn4 FED. R CIV. P. 8(a) (stating that a party meets the federal pleading requirements so long as there is "a short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief"), but that plaintiff cannot allege any facts to justify the application of the discovery rule or tolling of the two-year statute of limitations on plaintiff's First and Fourteenth Amendment claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and it further appearing that plaintiff has sufficiently pled that her termination based upon discrimination has infringed upon her right to make and enter a contract for employment and receive wages, see 42 U.S.C. § 1981 (stating that all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States shall have the same right to make and enter contracts), it is hereby ORDERED that the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge (Doc. 41) is ADOPTED in part and REJECTED in part as follows:

1. The motion to dismiss (Doc. 28) is GRANTED in part as follows:

a. Plaintiff's Title VII, Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and punitive damages claims against defendant Dauphin County are DISMISSED.

b. Plaintiff's First and Fourteenth Amendment claims brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against defendants Dauphin County and Dominick Rose are DISMISSED.

c. Leave to amend is DENIED as futile. See Grayson v. Mayview State Hosp., 293 F.3d 103, 108 (3d Cir. 2002).

2. The motion to dismiss (Doc. 28) is otherwise DENIED.

3. The above-captioned case is REMANDED to the magistrate judge for further proceedings consistent with this order.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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