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Burke v. Warden, New Hampshire State Prison

United States District Court, D. New Hampshire

October 24, 2014

Robert Dee Burke
v.
Warden, New Hampshire State Prison, et al.[1]

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

ANDREA K. JOHNSTONE, Magistrate Judge.

The claims and allegations set forth in Document Nos. 1, 10, 13, and 14 are presently before the court for preliminary review, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a) and LR 4.3(d)(1).

Background

In this action, Burke, an inmate in the custody of the New Hampshire Department of Corrections ("NHDOC"), alleges that the defendants, acting with deliberate indifference to Burke's health, have denied him adequate medical care, in violation of his rights under the Eighth Amendment. Specifically, Burke alleges that on January 13, 2012, he was transferred from the NHDOC to the Connecticut Department of Corrections ("CDOC") for reasons related to his security. Burke alleges that the NHDOC health services administrator indicated on the transfer paperwork that Burke was taking Doxycycline to treat a severe acne condition, knowing that the information was incorrect, that Burke was in fact taking Minocycline, and that Doxcycline was ineffective in treating Burke. Burke further asserts that defendants Correctional Managed Health Care d/b/a UConn Health Management ("CMHC"); CMHC physician Dr. Omprakash Pillai; and Dr. Kathleeen Maurer, CDOC Director of Heatlh Services, failed to provide him with adequate medical care during Burke's incarceration in the CDOC. Burke alleges that as a result of defendants' acts or omissions, he has suffered physical and emotional injuries.

Discussion

I. Preliminary Review

Upon reviewing Document Nos. 1, 10, 13, and 14, and applying the standard set forth in this court's June 4, 2014, Order (doc. no. 7), this magistrate judge concludes that Burke has failed to state any claim upon which relief might be granted arising out of any act or omission alleged either to have occurred in New Hampshire, or to have involved New Hampshire State Prison Warden Richard Gerry, NHDOC Classifications Counselor Kim Lacasse, or the NHDOC Health Services Administrator. Accordingly, the court recommends that the district judge dismiss all of the claims asserted against the New Hampshire defendants, and all of the claims alleged to have arisen from any act or omission occurring in New Hampshire.

II. Transfer

Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), "[t]he district court of a district in which is filed a case laying venue in the wrong division or district shall dismiss, or if it be in the interest of justice, transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought." In general, venue is appropriate in a federal district court located in the district "in which any defendant resides, if all defendants are residents of the State in which the district is located, " or "in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred." 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)(1) and (2).

If the district judge accepts this Report and Recommendation, the court will dismiss all of the claims against the New Hampshire defendants, and all of the claims arising out of any act and/or omission that occurred in New Hampshire. The remainder of Burke's claims arise entirely from events occurring in Connecticut and are asserted against Connecticut defendants. An action asserting claims against the Connecticut defendants may be brought in the District of Connecticut, Hartford Division. Plaintiff's indigence suggests that a transfer to that court, in lieu of dismissal, is in the interests of justice.

Conclusion

For the foregoing reasons, the district judge should approve this Report and Recommendation and enter the following order, dismissing claims and defendants from this action and transferring this case:

1. The court dismisses, for failure to state a claim, all claims asserted in Document Nos. 1, 10, 13, and 14, against New Hampshire State Prison Warden Richard Gerry, NHDOC Classifications Counselor Kim Lacasse, and the NHDOC Health Services Administrator, as well as all claims alleged to have arisen from any act or omission occurring in New Hampshire.
2. The court dismisses from this case defendants: New Hampshire State Prison Warden Richard Gerry, NHDOC Classifications Counselor Kim Lacasse, and ...

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