Wilson v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 19

ORDER entered by Chief Judge Sara Darrow on September 9, 2020. The 18 Report and Recommendation is ADOPTED. Plaintiff's 13 Motion for Summary Judgment is DENIED and Defendant's 17 Motion for Summary Affirmance is GRANTED. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(g) and 1383(c)(3), Defendant's decision in this matter is AFFIRMED. The Clerk is directed to substitute Andrew Saul as Defendant on the docket, enter judgment, and close the case. (AK, ilcd)

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4:19-cv-04066-SLD-JEH # 19 Page 1 of 2 E-FILED Wednesday, 09 September, 2020 03:20:30 PM Clerk, U.S. District Court, ILCD UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ROCK ISLAND DIVISION LINDA W., Plaintiff, v. ANDREW SAUL, 1 Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 4:19-cv-04066-SLD-JEH ORDER Plaintiff Linda W. filed applications for supplemental security income and disability insurance benefits. The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (“the Commissioner”) denied her applications, and Linda seeks judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(g) and 1383(c)(3). See Compl., ECF No. 1. Before the Court are Linda’s Motion for Summary Judgment, ECF No. 13, the Commissioner’s Motion for Summary Affirmance, ECF No. 17, and United States Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley’s Report and Recommendation, ECF No. 18, which recommends denying Linda’s motion and granting the Commissioner’s motion. When a magistrate judge considers a pretrial matter dispositive of a party’s claim or defense, he must enter a recommended disposition. Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(1). Parties may object within fourteen days of being served with a copy of the recommended disposition. Id. 72(b)(2). The district judge considers de novo the portions of the recommended disposition that were properly objected to, and may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition, or return it to the magistrate judge for further proceedings. Id. 72(b)(3). If no objection, or only partial 1 Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Andrew Saul is substituted for his predecessor, Nancy Berryhill. The Clerk is directed to update the docket accordingly. 1 4:19-cv-04066-SLD-JEH # 19 Page 2 of 2 objection, is made, the district judge reviews the unobjected portions of the recommendation for clear error. Johnson v. Zema Sys. Corp., 170 F.3d 734, 739 (7th Cir. 1999). Neither party has objected to any portion of Judge Hawley’s Report and Recommendation, so the Court reviews it for clear error only. The Court notes that Judge Hawley’s review was limited to determining only whether the ALJ applied the correct legal standard and whether substantial evidence supports the ALJ’s decision. See Barnett v. Barnhart, 381 F.3d 664, 668 (7th Cir. 2004). Substantial evidence means “such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion.” McKinzey v. Astrue, 641 F.3d 884, 889 (7th Cir. 2011) (quotation marks omitted). The ALJ does not have “to provide a complete and written evaluation of every piece of testimony and evidence, but must build a logical bridge from the evidence to his conclusion.” Minnick v. Colvin, 775 F.3d 929, 935 (7th Cir. 2015) (quotation marks omitted). After reviewing the Report and Recommendation, the parties’ motions and memoranda, the record, and the applicable law, the Court finds no clear error. Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation, ECF No. 18, is ADOPTED. Plaintiff Linda W.’s Motion for Summary Judgment, ECF No. 13, is DENIED and the Commissioner’s Motion for Summary Affirmance, ECF No. 17, is GRANTED. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(g) and 1383(c)(3), the Commissioner’s decision in this matter is AFFIRMED. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment and close the case. Entered this 9th day of September, 2020. s/ Sara Darrow SARA DARROW CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2

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