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Dowling v. Xcel Energy

United States District Court, D. Colorado

February 14, 2014

THERESA L. DOWLING, Plaintiff,
v.
XCEL ENERGY, Defendant.

ORDER AFFIRMING AND ADOPTING RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

WILEY Y. DANIEL, Senior District Judge.

THIS MATTER is before the Court on Magistrate Judge Shaffer's Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21].[1]

Because plaintiff, Theresa L. Dowling, proceeds pro se, I referred this civil action to Magistrate Judge Shaffer. ECF No. 12. On October 10, 2012, Magistrate Judge Shaffer issued his Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] in which he states that this civil action should be dismissed without prejudice because Dowling failed to: (1) appear at the Preliminary Scheduling Conference; (2) comply with the Local Rules of Practice for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; (3) comply with the FEDERAL RULES of CIVIL PROCEDURE; (4) prosecute this action; and, (5) respond to the Order To Show Cause [ECF No. 18]. Magistrate Judge Shaffer's Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] is incorporated herein by reference. See 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1), Rule 72(b) of the FEDERAL RULES of CIVIL PROCEDURE, D.C.COLO.LCivR. 72.1.

Magistrate Judge Shaffer advised the parties that they had 14 days after service of a copy of his Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] to file objections. ECF No. 21, p. 4. As of Friday, February 14, 2014, no party has filed objections. Because the parties did not file objections, I am vested with discretion to review the Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] "under any standard [I] deem[] appropriate." Summers v. Utah, 927 F.2d 1165, 1167 (10th Cir. 1991); see also Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985) (stating that "[i]t does not appear that Congress intended to require district court review of a magistrate's factual or legal conclusions, under a de novo or any other standard, when neither party objects to those findings"). Nonetheless, though not required to do so, I review the Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] to "satisfy [my]self that there is no clear error on the face of the record."[2] Advisory Committee Notes to FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b).

Having reviewed the Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21], I am satisfied that there is no clear error on the face of the record. I find that Magistrate Judge Shaffer's Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] is thorough, well-reasoned, and sound. Further, I agree that this civil action should be dismissed without prejudice for Dowling's failure to: (1) appear at the Preliminary Scheduling Conference; (2) comply with the Local Rules of Practice for the United States District Court for the District of Colorado; (3) comply with the FEDERAL RULES of CIVIL PROCEDURE; (4) prosecute this action; and, (5) respond to the Order To Show Cause [ECF No. 18].

CONCLUSION

After careful consideration of the matter before this Court, it is

ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Shaffer's Amended Recommendation [ECF No. 21] is AFFIRMED and ADOPTED, and this civil action is DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE.


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