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Linda Lowman v. State of Nevada

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEVADA


May 14, 2013

LINDA LOWMAN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
STATE OF NEVADA,
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Miranda M. DU United States District Judge

ORDER (Magistrate's Report and Recommendation -- dkt. no. 3; (Objection to the R&R -- dkt. no. 6)

Before the Court is Magistrate Judge Cobb's Report and Recommendation ("R&R") regarding Plaintiff Linda Lowman's Complaint and Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. (Dkt. nos. 1, 1-1.) Lowman filed an objection to Magistrate Judge Cobb's Report and Recommendation on December 4, 2012.*fn1 (Dkt. no. 6.)

The Court has conducted a de novo review of the record in this case in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1)(B)--(C) and Local Rule IB 3-2, and determines that the Magistrate Judge's R&R should be accepted and adopted.

Lowman alleges that the State of Nevada sprayed insecticides or pesticides on or near her place of employment without notifying the employees. She appears to bring her claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983.

Magistrate Judge Cobb granted Lowman's request to proceed in forma pauperis. Judge Cobb dismissed Lowman's Complaint with prejudice because states are not persons under § 1983, and therefore Lowman has no cognizable cause of action against the only Defendant in this case, the State of Nevada. See Will v. Michigan Dep't of State Police, 491 U.S. 58, 65 (1989). Judge Cobb also determined that Lowman's Complaint did not meet the threshold standard of plausibility required by Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 556 U.S. 662 (2009).

The Court agrees with Magistrate Judge Cobb that Plaintiff's Complaint must be dismissed with prejudice for the reasons stated in the R&R. (Dkt. no. 6.)

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Magistrate Judge Cobb's Report and Recommendation (dkt. no. 6) is ACCEPTED and ADOPTED. The Clerk of the Court is HEREBY ORDERED to close this case.


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