Williams v. Social Security, Commissioner of
OPINION AND ORDER granting 16 Motion for Summary Judgment; denying 18 Motion for Summary Judgment; adopting 20 Report and Recommendation on 16 Motion for Summary Judgment, 18 Motion for Summary Judgment, 20 Report and Recommendation,. Signed by District Judge Patrick J. Duggan. (MOre)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ARTHUR EDWARD WILLIAMS, III,
Case No. 12-15156
Honorable Patrick J. Duggan
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
Magistrate Judge Michael Hluchaniuk
OPINION AND ORDER
On November 21, 2012, Plaintiff Arthur Edward Williams, III, filed this
lawsuit seeking review of the Commissioner of Social Security’s final decision
denying Plaintiff’s application for social security disability benefits. (ECF No. 1.)
The same day, this Court referred the lawsuit to Magistrate Judge Michael
Hluchaniuk for all pretrial matters proceedings, including a hearing and
determination of all non-dispositive matters pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(A)
and/or a report and recommendation (“R&R”) on all dispositive matters pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B). (ECF No. 3.) The parties subsequently filed crossmotions for summary judgment, (ECF Nos. 16, 18), and Plaintiff responded to
Defendant’s motion, (ECF No. 19). On February 18, 2014, Magistrate Judge
Hluchaniuk issued an R&R recommending that this Court grant Plaintiff’s motion,
deny Defendant’s motion, reverse the findings of the Commissioner, and remand
the matter for further proceedings pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
(ECF No. 20.)
In the R&R, Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk examines the arguments set forth
in the parties’ respective summary judgment motions and discusses the record
evidence with specificity. After engaging in a thorough and searching analysis,
Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk concludes that the Administrative Law Judge
(“ALJ”) made several discrete errors in adjudicating Plaintiff’s application for
benefits and that these errors preclude meaningful judicial review of the ALJ’s
decision. (R&R 27-33.) It necessarily follows that Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk
was unable to conclude that substantial evidence supported the ALJ’s
determination that Plaintiff was not under a “disability” as that term is defined in
the Social Security Act.
At the conclusion of the R&R, Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk advises the
parties that they may object to and seek review of the R&R within fourteen days of
service upon them. (Id. at 33.) He further specifically advises the parties that
“[f]ailure to file specific objections constitutes a waiver of any further right to
appeal.” (Id.) Neither party filed objections to the R&R.
Having carefully reviewed the R&R, the Court concurs with the conclusions
reached by Magistrate Judge Hluchaniuk. The Court therefore adopts Magistrate
Judge Hluchaniuk’s February 17, 2014 Report and Recommendation.
IT IS ORDERED that Defendant’s motion for summary judgment is
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for summary
judgment is GRANTED;
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this matter is REMANDED pursuant to
sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for further proceedings consistent with the
Dated: March 13, 2014
s/PATRICK J. DUGGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Howard D. Olinsky, Esq.
Joshua L. Moore, Esq.
Allen Duarte, Esq.
Andrew J. Lievense, AUSA
Magistrate Judge Michael Hluchaniuk
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