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Galloway v. Kane

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

June 29, 2015

GAIL GALLOWAY, Plaintiff
v.
KATHLEEN KANE, et al., Defendants

ORDER

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.

AND NOW, this 29th day of June, 2015, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 5) of Chief Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson, recommending the court grant pro se plaintiff's motion (Doc. 2) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, but dismiss plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1) for failure to state a viable claim, see 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii) (providing that "the court shall dismiss the case at any time if the court determines that... the action... fails to state a claim on which relief may be granted"), and following an independent review of the record, the court in agreement with Judge Carlson that plaintiff's civil rights claims are barred by the abstention doctrine announced in Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), and also by the claim preclusion doctrine of Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994), and further in agreement that plaintiff's request for a specific amount of unliquidated damages must be stricken for violation of the Local Rules of Court, see L.R. 8.1 (providing that the complaint "shall not claim any specific sum where unliquidated damages are involved"), and it appearing that plaintiff did not object to the report, and that there is no clear error on the face of the record, [1] see Nara v. Frank, 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that the failure to timely object "may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that:

1. The report (Doc. 5) of Chief Magistrate Judge Carlson is ADOPTED.
2. Plaintiff's motion (Doc. 2) for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is GRANTED.
3. Plaintiff's complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED without prejudice.
4. Plaintiff is granted leave to amend his pleading within twenty (20) days of the date of this order.
5. Any amended pleading filed pursuant to paragraph 4 shall be filed to the same docket number as the instant action, shall be entitled "First Amended Complaint, " and shall be complete in all respects. It shall be a new pleading which stands by itself as an adequate complaint under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, without reference to the complaint (Doc. 1) hereinabove dismissed.
6. Any appeal from this order is deemed to be frivolous and not taken in good faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3).

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