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United States District Court, M.D. PennsylvaniaJan 25, 2010
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:09-CV-1761. (M.D. Pa. Jan. 25, 2010)

CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:09-CV-1761.

January 25, 2010


AND NOW, this 25th day of January, 2010, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 4) of the magistrate judge, recommending that plaintiff's complaint in mandamus (Doc. 1) be dismissed as moot, and, following an independent review of the record, it appearing that plaintiff filed suit to compel defendants to act upon his application for permanent residence, (see Doc. 1), and that plaintiff's application was approved on January 4, 2010, (see Doc. 3), and it further appearing that there is no clear error on the face of the record, see Nara v. Frank, 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that "failing to timely object to [a report and recommendation] in a civil proceeding may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that:

When parties fail to file timely objections to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the Federal Magistrates Act does not require a district court to review the report before accepting it. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). As a matter of good practice, however, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals expects district courts to "afford some level of review to dispositive legal issues raised by the report." Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987). The advisory committee notes to Rule 72(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure indicate that "[w]hen no timely objection is filed, the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b) advisory committee's note; see also Henderson, 812 F.2d at 878-79 (stating that "the failure of a party to object to a magistrate's legal conclusions may result in the loss of the right to de novo review in the district court"); Tice v. Wilson, 425 F. Supp. 2d 676, 680 (W.D. Pa. 2006) (holding that when parties do not object to a report and recommendation, the court's review is conducted under the "plain error" standard, pursuant to which "the error must have been `clear' or `obvious' and seriously affect[s] the fairness or integrity of the judicial proceedings"); Cruz v. Chater, 990 F. Supp. 375, 375-78 (M.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the district court is limited to ascertaining whether there is "clear error on the face of the record");Oldrati v. Apfel, 33 F. Supp. 2d 397, 399 (E.D. Pa. 1998) (holding that the court will review an unobjected-to report for "clear error"). The court has reviewed the magistrate judge's report and recommendation in accordance with this Third Circuit directive.

1. The report and recommendation (Doc. 4) of the magistrate judge is ADOPTED.
2. The complaint in mandamus (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED as moot.
3. The Clerk of Court is instructed to CLOSE this case.