IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
December 10, 2010
DOROTHY MAE ROBINSON, J.S.R., AND D.R., PLAINTIFF
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JOHN MCCANN, USA, TIMOTHY CROWLEY, DEA, DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: (Judge Conner)
AND NOW, this 10th day of December, 2010, upon consideration of the report of United States Magistrate Judge J. Andrew Smyser (Doc. 56), recommending that this civil action be dismissed as to the individual claims of plaintiff Dorothy Mae Robinson, recommending that the motion to dismiss of defendants McCann and Crowley be granted on the basis of a lack of personal involvement, recommending that the two minor plaintiffs be permitted to file an amended complaint, recommending that the complaint be dismissed against the United States of America on the basis of sovereign immunity, and recommending that defendants' motion for summary judgment (Doc. 44) be denied without prejudice, and, following an independent review of the record and noting that defendants filed objections*fn1 to the report on November 23, 2010 (Doc. 58), and the court finding Judge Smyser's analysis to be thorough and well-reasoned, and the court finding defendants' objections to be without merit and squarely addressed by Judge Smyser's report (Doc. 30), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The Report of Magistrate Judge Smyser (Doc. 56) is ADOPTED in its entirety.
2. Plaintiffs' complaint is DISMISSED as to the individual claims of plaintiff Dorothy Mae Robinson for the reasons set forth in the Report.
3. The motion to dismiss of defendants McCann and Crowley (Doc. 44) is GRANTED on the basis of a lack of personal involvement. Plaintiffs J.S.R. and D.R. shall be permitted leave to file an amended complaint within twenty (20) days of the date of this Order. Failure to file an amended complaint shall be construed as abandonment of these claims and the case will be dismissed in its entirety.
4. Plaintiffs' complaint is DISMISSED against the United States of America on the basis of sovereign immunity.
5. Defendants' motion for summary judgment (Doc. 44) is DENIED as premature.
6. The above-captioned case is REMANDED to Magistrate Judge Smyser for further proceedings.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge