Lasater v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
ORDER re 7 Suggestion of Death filed by Linda K. Lasater, John F. Lasater should be, and is hereby, substituted Plaintiff. Signed by Honorable Erin L. Setser on February 15, 2013. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
LINDA K. LASATER
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE,1
Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
Comes now the “Suggestion of Death” dated September 13, 2012, requesting that John
F. Lasater, Plaintiff’s surviving spouse, be allowed to substitute as Plaintiff in the above
referenced case. (Doc. 7). There was no response filed by Defendant.
A Certificate of Death attached to the pleading indicates Plaintiff died on August 12,
2012. (Doc. 7-1). Rule 25(a)(1), of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure allows 90 days for a
party or a successor or representative of the deceased party to file a motion to substitute parties
in the case of death from the date the death is suggested upon the record by service of a statement
of the fact of the death. Fed.R.Civ.P. 25(a)(1).
In the present case, Plaintiff’s suggestion of death was filed on September 13, 2012.
(Doc. 7). The present pleading before this Court was filed within the 90 day period allowed by
Rule 25(a)(1). Thus, the pleading to substitute a party is timely filed.
The Social Security Act (Act) states that if an individual dies before any payment due her
is completed, payment of the amount due shall be made:
Carolyn Colvin became the Acting Social Security Commissioner on February 14, 2013. Pursuant to Rule
25(d)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Carolyn Colvin has been substituted for Commissioner Michael
J. Astrue as the defendant in this suit.
to the person, if any, who is determined by the Commissioner of Social
Security to be the surviving spouse of the deceased individual and who
either (I) was living in the same household with the deceased at the time
of [his] death or (ii) was, for the month in which the deceased individual
died, entitled to a monthly benefit on the basis of the same wages and
self-employment income as was the deceased individual, or ... to the legal
representative of the estate of the deceased individual, if any.
42 U.S.C. § 404(d)(1) and (d)(7). Plaintiff’s pleading states that Mr. Lasater is Plaintiff’s
surviving spouse. (Doc. 7). Therefore should Plaintiff’s claim prevail, as his surviving spouse,
Mr. Lasater would be entitled to receive Plaintiff’s benefits.
Based on the above discussion, the Court hereby finds that Mr. John F. Lasater should
be, and is hereby, substituted Plaintiff in the above referenced case.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 15th day of February, 2013.
/s/ Erin L. Setser
HON. ERIN L. SETSER
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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