Buczynski v. Social Security, Commissioner of
ORDER Adopting 25 Report and Recommendation, Granting Commissioner's 21 Motion for Summary Judgment, Denying Plaintiff's 15 Motion for Summary Judgment, and Affirming the Decision of the Commissioner. Signed by District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. (KWin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
KRISTI L. BUCZYNSKI,
Case No. 16-cv-11751
Honorable Thomas L. Ludington
Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris
SOCIAL SECURITY, COMMISSIONER OF,
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION, GRANTING
COMMISSIONER’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, DENYING
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT, AND AFFIRMING THE
DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER
On July 8, 2013, Plaintiff Kristi Buczynski applied for disability insurance benefits nuder
the Social Security Act. In proceedings before the Social Security Administration, the
Administrative Law Judge found that Buczynski was not disabled. The Appeals Counsel denied
review. Buczynski filed a complaint seeking judicial review of the Commissioner’s final
decision on May 17, 2016. ECF No. 1. The case was referred to Magistrate Judge R. Steven
Whalen. ECF No. 3. Both parties subsequently filed motions for summary judgment. ECF Nos.
15, 21. On June 15, 2017, Judge Whalen issued a report recommending that the Commissioner’s
motion for summary judgment be granted and Buczynski’s motion for summary judgment be
denied. ECF No. 25. Specifically, Judge Whalen found that the ALJ’s residual functional
capacity assessment was supported by substantial evidence and adequately analyzed the opinion
of Buczynski’s treating physician.
Although the Magistrate Judge’s report explicitly stated that the parties to this action may
object to and seek review of the recommendation within fourteen days of service of the report,
neither Plaintiff nor Defendant filed any objections. The election not to file objections to the
Magistrate Judge’s report releases the Court from its duty to independently review the record.
Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). The failure to file objections to the report and
recommendation waives any further right to appeal.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the magistrate judge’s report and recommendation,
ECF No. 25, is ADOPTED.
It is further ORDERED that Defendant Commissioner’s motion for summary judgment,
ECF No. 21, is GRANTED.
It is further ORDERED that Plaintiff Buczynski’s motion for summary judgment, ECF
No. 15, is DENIED.
It is further ORDERED that the Commissioner of Social Security’s decision is
Dated: July 6, 2017
s/Thomas L. Ludington
THOMAS L. LUDINGTON
United States District Judge
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on July 6, 2017.
KELLY WINSLOW, Case Manager
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