The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sean J. McLAUGHLIN United States District Judge
Plaintiff Ravana Spencer's civil rights complaint was received by the Clerk of Court on August 21, 2008 and was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Susan Paradise Baxter for report and recommendation in accordance with the Magistrates Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), and Rules 72.1.3 and 72.1.4 of the Local Rules for Magistrates. Defendant Peter Saavedra, a psychiatrist under contract to provide psychiatric services to inmates at SCI-Fayette, is presently the only remaining Defendant in this case.
Plaintiff has alleged that, while he was incarcerated at SCI-Fayette, Defendant Saavedra violated his rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as his rights under Pennsylvania's Mental Health Procedures Act, 50 Pa. C.S.A. § 7111 et seq. and several other state statutes or regulations. More particularly, Plaintiff alleges that, on August 21, 2007, Defendant Saavedra went to his cell door and "exposed [his] mental health history, specifically the medication [he] was prescribed, suicide attempts [he had] made in the past, and information about [him] hearing voices and being depressed," which led to him being "mentally tourmented [sic] by prisoners and guards about [his] mental illness," causing him "severe mental pain and psychological and moral collapse." (Amended Complaint  at ¶ 4.)
The Magistrate Judge's report and recommendation , filed on May 13, 2010, recommends that the motion to dismiss or, in the alternative, for summary judgment  filed on behalf of Defendant Saavedra be granted in part and denied in part. Specifically, the Magistrate Judge recommends that:
1. the motion be denied insofar as it is premised upon the doctrines of collateral estoppel and/or res judicata;
2. the motion be denied relative to Plaintiff's due process claim based upon the alleged violation of his Fourteenth Amendment right to privacy;
3. the motion be denied relative to Plaintiff's claim based upon the alleged violation of his Eighth Amendment right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment;
4. the motion be denied relative to Plaintiff's claims under the Mental Health Procedures Act, to the extent they are premised upon alleged violations of 50 Pa. C.S.A. § 7111 and 55 Pa. Code § 5100.32; and
5. the motion be granted insofar as it relates to Plaintiff's remaining state law claims premised upon alleged violations of 42 Pa. C.S.A. §§ 5929 and 5944, 35 P.S. § 521.15, 20 Pa. C.S.A. § 5842, and 13 Pa. C.S.A. § 2A202(1).
(See Report and Recommendation  at p. 17.)
The parties were allowed ten (10) days from the date of service in which to file objections. Defendant Saavedra filed his objections  to the Report and Recommendation on May 21, 2010. In his submission to the Court, Saavedra indicates that he does not actually object to the recommendations of the Magistrate Judge; rather, he seeks only to set forth certain points of factual clarification and requests that any denial of his motion be without prejudice so that he can later reassert those aspects of his motion on a more fully developed record.
Plaintiff's objections  were filed on June 1, 2010. In them, Plaintiff essentially raises four points. First, he takes issue with the Magistrate Judge's refusal to appoint counsel and certify this matter as a class action. Second, he disagrees with the Magistrate Judge's conclusion that no private cause of action exists relative to breaches of physician-patient confidentiality in violation of 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5929. Third, he objects to the Magistrate Judge's treatment of the collateral estoppel/res judicata issue. Last, he objects to the Defendant's request that the partial denial of his motion be without prejudice.
This Court finds, upon review of the Report and Recommendation and the various objections thereto, that Plaintiff is correct insofar as he asserts that an alleged violation of 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5929 may give rise to a legally cognizable cause of action. See Burger v. Blair Medical Assoc., Inc., 928 A.2d 246, 249 (Pa. Super. 2007) (quoting Grimminger v. Maitra, 887 A.2d 276, 279 (Pa. Super. 2005) for the proposition that "Pennsylvania recognizes a cause of action for breach of the physician-patient privilege where 'confidential disclosures occurred that were unrelated to any judicial proceedings,'" and observing that the Grimminger Court looked to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5929 for a "rough formulation as to what a breach of the confidential duty between physician and patient entails"), affirmed, 964 A.2d 374 (Pa. 2009). Accordingly, the Court will decline to adopt the Report and Recommendation to the extent it recommends a dismissal of Plaintiff's claim for breach of the physician-patient privilege premised upon an alleged violation of 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5929.
Plaintiff has also taken issue with the Magistrate Judge's treatment of the pending motion to dismiss insofar as it deals with issues of collateral estoppel and/or res judicata. In his brief in support of the pending motion, Defendant Saavedra argues that Plaintiff's Eighth Amendment claim should be barred by the doctrines of collateral estoppel and/or res judicata inasmuch as Plaintiff has previously tried, unsuccessfully, to assert this same type of claim against different mental health professionals in separate litigation before the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania, styled Spencer v. Maxwell et al., Case No. 3:06-cv-01099-EMK (M.D. Pa.). Like this case, the Maxwell case involved allegations by the Plaintiff that psychiatrists at the state institution where he was incarcerated*fn1 revealed his mental health status to other inmates and corrections officers when they consulted with him at his cell door. In the Maxwell case, the district court ruled on Spencer's Eighth Amendment claim adversely, granting summary judgment in favor ...