Hamilton v. Astrue

Filing 12

REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 3 MOTION to Remand filed by Ivy G. Hamilton, 11 Unopposed MOTION to Remand Pursuant to Sentence Four filed by Michael J. Astrue. Objections to R&R due by 5/5/2009. Signed by Magistrate Judge William E. Cassady on 4/20/09. (adk)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION IVY G. HAMILTON, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. : : : : : CA 08-0703-CB-C REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION The Commissioner of Social Security has moved for entry of judgment under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. 405(g) with remand of this cause for further administrative proceedings. (Doc. 11.) [T]he Commissioner believes the cause should be remanded for further administrative proceedings. If the Court grants this motion, the Appeals Council would direct the ALJ to consider additional evidence from Dr. Mitchell dated August 14, 2008, which Plaintiff claims he submitted on October 7, 2008. In addition, the Appeals Council would direct the ALJ to obtain evidence concerning Plaintiff's occupational history and recent work activity (including information regarding Plaintiff's earnings between 2005 and 2008). The Appeals Council would also direct the ALJ to reassess Plaintiff's residual functional capacity based on the record as a whole, with special attention to the specific exertional category as relevant to the application of the Medical Vocational Guidelines. Furthermore, the Appeals council would direct the ALJ to obtain additional evidence, as necessary to make appropriate findings at each step of the sequential evaluation in his decision upon remand. (Doc. 11, p. 1-2.) The Motion to Remand reveals that counsel for the defendant, Deborah J. Rhodes, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, and Robert L. Van Saghi, Special Assistant United States Attorney for said district, notified Plaintiff's counsel, William Coplin, Jr., of the contents of the motion and was advised by plaintiff's counsel that the plaintiff would interpose no objection to the motion to remand. (Id. at 2.) 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[,]" the Magistrate Judge recommends that this cause be reversed and remanded pursuant to sentence four of 405(g), see Melkonyan v. Sullivan, 501 U.S. 89, 111 S.Ct. 2157, 115 L.Ed.2d 78 (1991), for further proceedings. The remand pursuant to sentence four of 405(g) makes the plaintiff a prevailing party for purposes of the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. 2412, Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 113 S.Ct. 2625, 125 L.Ed.2d 239 (1993), and terminates this Court's jurisdiction over 2 this matter. The instructions which follow the undersigned's signature contain important information regarding objections to the report and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. DONE this the 21st day of April, 2009. s/WILLIAM E. CASSADY UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3 MAGISTRATE JUDGE'S EXPLANATION OF PROCEDURAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATION, AND FINDINGS CONCERNING NEED FOR TRANSCRIPT l. Objection. Any party who objects to this recommendation or anything in it must, within ten days of the date of service of this document, file specific written objections with the Clerk of this court. Failure to do so will bar a de novo determination by the district judge of anything in the recommendation and will bar an attack, on appeal, of the factual findings of the Magistrate Judge. See 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(C); Lewis v. Smith, 855 F.2d 736, 738 (11th Cir. 1988); Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. Unit B, 1982)(en banc). The procedure for challenging the findings and recommendations of the Magistrate Judge is set out in more detail in SD ALA LR 72.4 (June 1, 1997), which provides that: A party may object to a recommendation entered by a magistrate judge in a dispositive matter, that is, a matter excepted by 28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(A), by filing a `Statement of Objection to Magistrate Judge's Recommendation' within ten days after being served with a copy of the recommendation, unless a different time is established by order. The statement of objection shall specify those portions of the recommendation to which objection is made and the basis for the objection. The objecting party shall submit to the district judge, at the time of filing the objection, a brief setting forth the party's arguments that the magistrate judge's recommendation should be reviewed de novo and a different disposition made. It is insufficient to submit only a copy of the original brief submitted to the magistrate judge, although a copy of the original brief may be submitted or referred to and incorporated into the brief in support of the objection. Failure to submit a brief in support of the objection may be deemed an abandonment of the objection. A magistrate judge's recommendation cannot be appealed to a Court of Appeals; only the district judge's order or judgment can be appealed. 2. Transcript (applicable Where Proceedings Tape Recorded). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1915 and FED.R.CIV.P. 72(b), the Magistrate Judge finds that the tapes and original records in this case are adequate for purposes of review. Any party planning to object to this recommendation, but unable to pay the fee for a transcript, is advised that a judicial determination that transcription is necessary is required before the United States will pay the cost of the transcript. _s/WILLIAM E. CASSADY____________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 4

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