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Andreas Gustov v. Lester N. Wright

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 27, 2012

ANDREAS GUSTOV RINDFLEISCH, INDIVIDUALLY AND AS ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF ANDREAS GUSTOV RINDFLEISCH IV; BETTY GRAF; ANDREAS GUSTOV RINDFLEISCH, III; BRENDA LEE LOERZEL; DAVID GRAF, AND MARTIN RINDFLEISCH, PLAINTIFFS,
v.
LESTER N. WRIGHT, M.D., M.P.H. CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES; DAVID F. NAPOLI, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; JOSEPH HALUSKA, D.O., MEDICAL DIRECTOR AT THE SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; CATHY FELKER, NURSE ADMINISTRATOR AT THE SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; LISA MARIE HAYTH, DENTAL HYGIENIST AT THE SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY; AND ANGELA M. GORG, R.N., NURSE AT SOUTHPORT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY,

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Scullin, Senior Judge

ORDER

Plaintiffs are the family and administrator of the Estate of Andreas Gustov Rindfleisch IV ("Decedent"), who died while in the custody of the New York State Department of Correctional Services. They brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and New York State common law, seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Defendants for their alleged deliberate indifference to Decedent's serious medical needs in violation of the Eighth Amendment and for their alleged violation of Decedent's family members' right to association and companionship under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. See Dkt. No. 1. Plaintiffs also asserted state-law claims of negligence and medical malpractice. See id.

On September 11, 2009, Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Dkt. No. 15. Plaintiffs opposed that motion. See Dkt. No. 19. In a Report-Recommendation and Order dated August 27, 2010, Magistrate Judge Treece recommended that the Court grant in part and deny in part Defendants' motion. Specifically, he recommended that the Court grant Defendants' motion with respect to Plaintiffs' individual claims, Plaintiffs' state-law claims, and any claims against Defendants in their official capacity. See Dkt. No. 22. However, he recommended that the Court deny Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' claim on behalf of Decedent for deliberate indifference against Defendants Hayth, Gorg, and Haluska and for supervisory liability against Defendants Wright, Napoli, and Felker. See id. Plaintiffs filed objections to Magistrate Judge Treece's recommendation that the Court grant Defendants' motion to dismiss their individual claims. See Dkt. No. 24.

In reviewing a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the district court may decide to accept, reject or modify the recommendations therein. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). The court conducts a de novo review of the magistrate judge's recommendations to which a party objects. See Pizzaro v. Bartlett, 776 F. Supp. 815, 817 (S.D.N.Y. 1991). "'"If, however, the party makes only conclusory or general objections, or simply reiterates his original arguments, the Court reviews the Report and Recommendation only for clear error."'" Salamini v. Astrue, No. 3:06-CV-458, 2009 WL 1794741, *1 (N.D.N.Y. June 23, 2009) (quoting [Farid v. Bouey, 554 F. Supp. 2d 301] at 306 [(N.D.N.Y. 2008)] (quoting McAllan v. Von Essen, 517 F. Supp. 2d 672, 679 (S.D.N.Y. 2007))). Finally, even if the parties file no objections, the court must ensure that the face of the record contains no clear error. See Wilds v. United Parcel Serv., Inc., 262 F. Supp. 2d 163, 169 (S.D.N.Y. 2003) (quotation omitted).

As noted, Plaintiffs filed specific objections to Magistrate Judge Treece's recommendation regarding their individual claims and no objections regarding his other recommendations. The Court conducted a de novo review of the recommendation to which Plaintiffs objected and a clear error review of the remaining recommendations. Having completed the appropriate review, the Court hereby

ORDERS that Magistrate Judge Treece's August 27, 2010 Report-Recommendation and Order is ACCEPTED in its entirety for the reasons stated therein; and the Court further

ORDERS that Defendants' motion to dismiss is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part; and the Court further

ORDERS that this action is referred to Magistrate Judge Treece for all further pretrial matters.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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