Young v. Colvin
ORDER denying 20 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Judge David G Campbell on 8/25/2017.(DGC, nvo)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA
William Thomas Young,
Commissioner of Social Security
William Young moves for reconsideration of this Court’s denial of his motion for
attorney’s fees. Doc. 22. A motion for reconsideration will be denied “absent a showing
of manifest error or a showing of new facts or legal authority that could not have been
brought to [the Court’s] attention earlier with reasonable diligence.” LRCiv 7.2(g)(1);
see Carroll v. Nakatani, 342 F.3d 934, 945 (9th Cir. 2003). Mere disagreement with an
order is an insufficient basis for reconsideration. See Ross v. Arpaio, 2008 WL 1776502,
at *2 (D. Ariz. Apr.15, 2008).
arguments or to ask the Court to rethink its analysis. Id.; see Nw. Acceptance Corp. v.
Lynnwood Equip., Inc., 841 F.2d 918, 925-26 (9th Cir. 1988).
Nor should reconsideration be used to make new
After the Court reversed and remanded the Commissioner’s denial of social
security benefits, Plaintiff argued that he should be awarded attorney’s fees pursuant to
the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412, because he was the prevailing party
and the position of the United States was not “substantially justified.” Docs. 11, 13. The
Court rejected this argument, finding that the position of the United States was
substantially justified due to a tension between the de minimis standard used by an ALJ
to evaluate impairments at step two and the standard applied by a reviewing court to
assess an ALJ’s finding of no impairment at step two. Doc. 19 at 2-3. The Court noted
that there was substantial evidence in the record to support the ALJ’s finding of no
impairment, and that the ALJ had engaged in a careful and thorough review of the record.
Id. at 3. The motion for reconsideration does not identify any new facts or a change in
the law. Instead, Plaintiff argues that the Court’s finding of a tension in the law is
irrelevant to whether the Commissioner’s position was justified, and that the
reasonableness of the United States’ position must be shown in regard to the issues that
led to the Court’s order of remand, not the ultimate issue of disability. Doc. 20-1 at 2-3.
But the Court found in its order denying attorney’s fees that the ALJ’s and the
Commissioner’s positions were substantially justified because of the tension in the law
and the content of the administrative record. Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration does
not alter this conclusion. The motion will, therefore, be denied.
IT IS ORDERED that the motion for reconsideration (Doc. 20) is denied.
Dated this 25th day of August, 2017.
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