JARVIS v. COLVIN
ENTRY ON DEFENDANT'S MOTION TO DISMISS: For the reasons stated above, the Commissioner's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 12) is GRANTED and the Complaint is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction ***SEE ENTRY FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION***. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 7/8/2015. Copy sent via US Mail.(DW)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
CELIA A. JARVIS,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
) CAUSE NO. 1:14-cv-1917-WTL-DML
ENTRY ON DEFENDANT’S MOTION TO DISMISS
This cause is before the Court on Acting Commissioner of the Social Security
Administration Carolyn W. Colvin’s (“Commissioner”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint
pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1), for lack of subject matter jurisdiction under
42 U.S.C. § 405(g), and 12(b)(6), for failure to state a claim. (Dkt. No. 12) This motion is fully
briefed and the Court, being duly advised, GRANTS the motion for the reasons set forth below.
In Jarvis v. Colvin, No. 1:13-cv-1373-RLY-DKL (S.D. Ind. August 27, 2013) (Jarvis I),
Plaintiff filed a complaint seeking judicial review of the Commissioner’s final decision denying
her application for disability insurance benefits. On September 30, 2014, this Court issued a
Judgment affirming the Commissioner’s decision. (Jarvis I, Dkt. No. 22)
In this cause of action, Plaintiff’s Complaint again asks this Court to review and set aside
the final decision of the Commissioner. (Dkt. No. 1) Plaintiff has not filed an application for
disability insurance benefits following this Court’s Judgment on September 30, 2014. Therefore,
there is no final decision of the Commissioner for the Court to review that it has not reviewed
previously in Jarvis I.
Subject matter jurisdiction is vested in this Court to review claims arising under the
Social Security Act in 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). Section 405(g) provides that “[a]ny individual, after
any final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security made after a hearing ... may obtain a
review of such decision by a civil action commenced within sixty days after the mailing to him
of notice of such decision.” Here, the Court does not have subject matter jurisdiction over
Plaintiff’s Complaint because there is no final decision of the Commissioner to be reviewed.
In Plaintiff’s Motion of Appeal (Dkt. No. 15), she asks for “reconsideration of the motion
to dismiss my case for disability with Social Security.” See also Plaintiff’s Appeal of Dismissal
(Dkt. No. 14) in which she asks this Court to “reconsider [her] case on this matter.” If Plaintiff is
seeking review of this Court’s September 30, 2014, Judgment, the only way to do that at this
point is to file a motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) in Jarvis I. The Court
notes, however, that Rule 60(b) relief is “‘an extraordinary remedy and is granted only in
exceptional circumstances.’” Eskridge v. Cook Cnty., 577 F.3d 806, 809 (7th Cir. 2009) (quoting
McCormick v. City of Chicago, 230 F.3d 319, 327 (7th Cir. 2000). See also United Student Aid
Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa, 559 U.S. 260, 269-70, 130 S. Ct. 1367, 1376, 176 L. Ed. 2d 158 (2010)
(“Rule 60(b) … provides an exception to finality that allows a party to seek relief from a final
judgment, and request reopening of his case, under a limited set of circumstances”) (internal
quotation omitted); Wehrs v. Wells, 688 F.3d 886, 890 (7th Cir. 2012) (such relief may be granted
“under exceptional circumstances”).
For the reasons stated above, the Commissioner’s Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. No. 12) is
GRANTED and the Complaint is DISMISSED for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.
SO ORDERED: 7/8/15
Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge
United States District Court
Southern District of Indiana
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