Pierce v. Social Security Administration

Filing 13

JUDGMENT ADOPTING 12 Report and Recommendations,. Accordingly, IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Commissioner's decision is REVERSED and REMANDED. Signed by Judge Tucker L Melancon on 7/8/09. (crt,Jordan, P)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA LAKE CHARLES DIVISION CATHERINE PIERCE VERSUS COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY JUDGMENT * CIVIL ACTION NO. 08-cv-0114 JUDGE MELAN~ON MAGISTRATE JUDGE HILL * * This matter was referred to United States Magistrate Judge C. Michael Hill for Report and Recommendation. After an independent review of the record, and noting the absence of any objections, this Court concludes that the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is correct and adopts the findings and conclusions therein as its own. Accordingly, IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Commissioner's decision is REVERSED and REMANDED to the Commissioner for further administrative action pursuant to the fourth sentence of 42 U.S.C. 405(g). This includes, but does not limit, sending the case to the hearing level with instructions to the Administrative Law Judge to develop the record regarding claimant's ability to maintain employment and to explain the weight given to the opinion of claimant's treating physician. Claimant shall be afforded the opportunity to submit additional evidence and to testify at a supplemental hearing.' Lafayette, Louisiana, this 8th day of July, 2009. TUCKER . MELANCON UNITED STATES DISTRI~T UDGE J 1 Any j~idgment ntered herewith will be a "final judgment" for purposes of the Eq~iaAccess to Justice Act e l (EAJA). See, Richard v. Sullivan, 955 F.2d 354 ( th Cir. 1992) and Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292 (1993). 5

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