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Damien Phillips v. Ronald Long

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


March 15, 2011

DAMIEN PHILLIPS, PLAINTIFF
v.
RONALD LONG, M. D., ET AL., DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: William W. Caldwell United States District Judge

ORDER

THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

We are considering the Report and Recommendation of the magistrate judge recommending we grant defendant Donna Beaven's motion to dismiss and deny plaintiff Damien Phillips' motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff objects to the report, arguing that he sufficiently pleaded an 8th Amendment claim against defendant and that he presented sufficient evidence warranting summary judgment. Since objections were filed, the Court must "make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed finding or recommendations to which objection is made." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(c).

We are not convinced by the plaintiff's arguments. The magistrate judge correctly applied the relevant case law concerning the sufficiency of pleadings and summary judgment. We agree with the conclusions of Magistrate Judge Smyser, and see no reason for further comment since our reasoning mirrors that of the magistrate judge.

ACCORDINGLY, this 15th day of March, 2011, it is ordered that upon consideration of the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge (doc. 86), filed November 11, 2010, to which objections were filed, and upon independent review of the record, it is ordered that:

1. The magistrate judge's report is adopted.

2. Plaintiff's objections (doc. 94) is overruled.

3. Defendant Beaven's motion to dismiss (doc. 59) is granted, and she is dismissed from the action.

4. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment (doc. 64) is denied.

5. This matter is remanded to Magistrate Judge Smyser for further proceedings.

William W. Caldwell

20110315

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