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Castile v. Primecare Medical, Inc.

United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania

December 12, 2019

DOMINIQUE LASHAUNE CASTILE, Plaintiff,
v.
PRIMECARE MEDICAL INC., et al., Defendants.

          MEMORANDUM ORDER

          SUSAN PARADISE BAXTER UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         This action was received by the Clerk of Court on October 19, 2018 and was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Richard A. Lanzillo, for report and recommendation ("R&R") in accordance with the Magistrate Judges Act, 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), and the Local Rules for Magistrate Judges.

         Pending before the Court are the following motions: Defendant Susan Rossino, M.D.'s Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim, ECF No. [27]; Defendant Crawford County Correctional Facility's Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim, ECF No. [30]; and a Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim or, alternatively, Motion for Summary Judgment filed by Defendants PrimeCare Medical Inc., Kathryn Skuce, Rebecca Harvey, Dawn Salsberry, and Christine Schreffler (collectively, the "PrimeCare Defendants"), ECF No. [33]. Plaintiff filed his responses in opposition to these motions on July 12 and July 16, 2019. ECF Nos. [40] and [41].

         On October 17, 2019, Magistrate Judge Lanzillo issued an R&R [46] recommending that: (i) the motion filed on behalf of Defendant Rossino be granted; (ii) the motion filed on behalf of Crawford County Correctional Facility be granted; (iii) the motion filed on behalf of the PrimeCare Defendants be addressed solely as a motion to dismiss the complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) and said motion be granted; (iv) the claim against Crawford County Correctional Facility be dismissed with prejudice; and (v) all remaining claims against the other Defendants be dismissed without prejudice to Plaintiffs right to file an amended pleading. Plaintiff filed objections to the Report and Recommendation [47] on November 14, 2019, and the PrimeCare Defendants responded on November 22, 2019 [48].

         In his objections, Plaintiff argues that the Magistrate Judge's R&R should be rejected because it was made without the benefit of all the relevant medical evidence in his case which, Plaintiff submits, would establish the Defendants' deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, in violation the Eighth Amendment.[1] Although Plaintiff did append certain exhibits to his Amended Complaint, ECF No. 13, he contends that additional medical records (which are not yet in his possession) and additional medical testing (in the form of an MRI) should be considered in support of his case.

         Plaintiffs objections lack merit inasmuch as the Magistrate Judge's recommendation was predicated upon his application of Federal Rule 12(b)(6), which is concerned not with the sufficiency of the evidentiary record as a whole, but with the sufficiency of the Plaintiffs pleading. See Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 677-679 (2009). In making this determination, the Court looks to the averments in the Amended Complaint and any supporting exhibits attached to it. See Vorchheimer v. Phila. Owners Ass'n, 903 F.3d 100, 105 (3d Cir. 2018). To that end, this Court has examined for itself Plaintiff s operative pleading [13] and the attached records [13-1]. Having done so, the Court agrees that the Amended Complaint is deficient for the reasons articulated by Magistrate Judge Lanzillo.

         Nevertheless, Plaintiff was given leave to replead his claims in order to try and state a plausible Eighth Amendment violation based upon alleged deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs. To the extent Plaintiff has additional facts to offer in support of his claim, or additional exhibits to submit, they will be considered in connection with any future Rule 12(b)(6) challenges.

         Accordingly, after de novo review of the complaint and documents in the case, together with the report and recommendation, Plaintiffs objections, and the PrimeCare Defendants' response thereto, the following order is entered:

         NOW, this 12th day of December, 2019;

         IT IS ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim filed on behalf of Defendant Susan Rossino, M.D., ECF No. [27], is GRANTED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim filed on behalf of Defendant Crawford County Correctional Facility, ECF No. [30], is GRANTED.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Dismiss for Failure to State a Claim filed by Defendants PrimeCare Medical Inc., Kathryn Skuce, Rebecca Harvey, Dawn Salsberry, and Christine Schreffler, ECF No. [33], is GRANTED, and the Defendants' alternative Motion for Summary Judgment is DISMISSED as moot.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the claims against Defendant Crawford County Correctional Facility shall be, and hereby are, DISMISSED with prejudice. All remaining claims shall be, and hereby are, DISMISSED without prejudice and with leave to file an amended pleading on or before January 15, 2020.

         IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the report and recommendation of Magistrate Judge Lanzillo, issued on October 17, 2019, ECF No. ...


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