(SS) Ruelas v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER Granting Parties' Stipulated Motion to Remand under Sentence Four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), Reversing Final Decision and Remanding Case; ORDER Mooting Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment signed by Magistrate Judge Helena M. Barch-Kuchta on 01/19/2023. CASE CLOSED.(Flores, E)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
KILOLO KIJAKAZI, ACTING
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
Case No. 1:21-cv-00353-HBK
ORDER GRANTING PARTIES’
STIPULATED MOTION TO REMAND
UNDER SENTENCE FOUR OF 42 U.S.C. §
405(g), REVERSING FINAL DECISION AND
(Doc. No. 26)
ORDER MOOTING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT
(Doc. No. 21)
Pending before the Court is the parties’ stipulated motion to remand filed on January 18,
2023. (Doc. No. 26). Plaintiff Herlinda Ruelas and the Commissioner of Social Security agree
that this case should be remanded for further administrative proceedings under sentence four of
42 U.S.C. § 405(g). (Id.).
The United States Supreme Court held that the Social Security Act permits remand in
conjunction with a judgment either affirming, reversing, or modifying the Secretary’s decision.
Both parties have consented to the jurisdiction of a magistrate judge in accordance with 28 U.S.C.
§636(c)(1). (Doc. No. 11).
See Melkonyan v. Sullivan, 501 U.S. 89, 97-98 (1991) (addressing issue of attorney’s fees under
the Equal Access to Justice Act and calculating deadline using date of final judgment). The
Melkonyan court recognized 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) contemplates only two types of remand –
sentence four or sentence six. Id. at 98. A sentence four remand authorizes a court to enter “a
judgment affirming, modifying, or reversing the decision of the Secretary, with or without
resetting the cause for a rehearing.” Id. (other citations omitted).
The Court grants the parties’ motion to remand under sentence four and reverses the
Commissioner’s final decision. On remand, the Commissioner shall further develop the record as
necessary, and issue a new decision.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED:
1. Pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C.§ 405(g), the Court grants the stipulated motion
to remand (Doc. No. 26) and REVERSES the Commissioner’s decision. This case is
REMANDED to the Commissioner of Social Security consistent with this Order.
2. An application for attorney fees may be filed by separate motion.
3. Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. No. 21) is MOOT.
4. The Clerk shall enter judgment in favor of Plaintiff, terminate any deadlines, and close
January 19, 2023
HELENA M. BARCH-KUCHTA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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