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Bond v. Social Security Administration

United States District Court, W.D. Virginia, Danville Division

May 29, 2014

PAMELA SUE BOND, Plaintiff,
v.
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant.

ORDER

JACKSON L. KISER, Senior District Judge.

Before me is the Report and Recommendation ("Report") of the Honorable Joel C. Hoppe, recommending that I grant Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF No. 9], deny Plaintiff's miscellaneous motions as moot [ECF Nos. 8, 11, 14], and dismiss this case from the active docket of the Court. [ECF No. 26.] Magistrate Judge Hoppe filed the Report on May 8, 2014, from which date the parties had fourteen (14) days to file and serve specific written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations. See Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b)(2). Plaintiff filed a written Objection to the Report on May 12, 2014. [ECF No. 27.] Defendant offered no response within the subsequent fourteen (14) day period, and the matter is now ripe for review.

Plaintiff has failed to file a proper written objection. Pursuant to Rule 72(b)(2), "a party may serve and file specific written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations." Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b)(2) (emphasis added). "[A] judge of the court shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made. " 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1)(C) (2014) (emphasis added). A general objection to the proposed findings and recommendations of a magistrate judge, on the other hand, has the same effect as no objection at all.[1]

In his Report, Magistrate Judge Hoppe recommends that the case be dismissed for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction, due to Plaintiff's failure to exhaust available administrative remedies. In her Objection, Plaintiff states that she "is dissatisfied with the [C]ommissioner's decision, " and notes several general grievances and arguments relating to the merits of her underlying claim. (Object. 1, 1-5.) At no point, however, does Plaintiff address the issue of subject-matter jurisdiction that led Judge Hoppe to conclude that dismissal is appropriate.

Without any specific written objections to the Report, I find that Plaintiff is not entitled to de novo review. Having found no clear error from the face of the Record, I will accept the findings and recommendations of Judge Hoppe. Accordingly, I hereby OVERRULE Plaintiff's Objections [ECF No. 27], ADOPT the Report and Recommendation [ECF No. 26], GRANT Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF No. 9], DENY Plaintiff's other miscellaneous motions as moot [ECF Nos. 8, 11, 14], and DISMISS this case for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. The Clerk is directed to remove this case from the active docket of the Court.

The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Order to Plaintiff and all counsel of record, as well as to Magistrate Judge Hoppe.


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