Parker v. Astrue

Filing 17

ORDER granting 14 Motion to Remand and that the Commissioner's decision in this case is REVERSED and REMANDED pursuant to sentence four of 42:405(g) for further administrative proceedings. Signed by Magistrate Judge Katherine P. Nelson on 8/24/2012. (srr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION CHRISTY D. PARKER, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-00104-N ) ) ) ) ) ORDER This action is before the Court on an unopposed motion (doc. 14) filed by the defendant, the Commissioner of Social Security (“Commissioner”), under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), to enter a judgment of remand to the Commissioner for further administrative proceedings. It is the Commissioner’s professed intent that, on remand, the Appeals Council will refer the case to an Administrative Law Judge with directions to: (1) further develop the evidentiary record, particularly concerning the issue of medical improvement; (2) further evaluate the medical opinions of the treating and nontreating sources, giving appropriate reasons, supported by the evidence of record, for the weight assigned to each opinion; and (3) obtain vocational expert testimony concerning the Plaintiff’s ability to perform her past relevant work, as well as the availability of other work that exists in national economy, as appropriate. The Court is advised that the plaintiff has no objection to this requested relief. This action has been referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge to conduct all proceedings and order the entry of judgment in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(c) and Fed. R.Civ.Pro.73 (doc. 16) and pursuant to the consent of the parties (doc. 15). In light of the foregoing, and the plain language of sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) empowering this Court “to enter, upon the pleadings and transcript of the record, a judgment affirming, modifying, or reversing the decision of the Commissioner of Social Security, with or without remanding the cause for a rehearing[,] it is ORDERED that the Commissioner’s unopposed motion is hereby GRANTED and that the Commissioner’s decision in this case is hereby REVERSED and the case REMANDED pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), for further administrative proceedings. See Melkonyan v. Sullivan, 501 U.S. 89, 90 (1991). The remand pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) makes the plaintiff a prevailing party for purposes of the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412 and terminates this Court’s jurisdiction over this matter. See Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 298 (1993). DONE this 24th day of August, 2012. /s/ Katherine P. Nelson KATHERINE P. NELSON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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