Lewis v. Social Security, Commissioner of
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION (Doc. 23) AND GRANTING DEFENDANTS MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (Doc. 20) AND DISMISSING CASE Signed by District Judge Avern Cohn. (MVer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 15-10963
HONORABLE AVERN COHN
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION (Doc. 23)
GRANTING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (Doc. 20)
AND DISMISSING CASE
This is a social security case. Plaintiff Darlene Lewis (Lewis) appeals from the
final determination of the Commissioner of Social Security (Commissioner) that she is
not disabled and therefore not entitled to disability insurance benefits. The matter was
referred to a magistrate judge for all pretrial proceedings. See Doc. 2. The
Commissioner filed a motion for summary judgment. (Doc. 20) The magistrate judge
issued a report and recommendation (MJRR) recommending that the Commissioner’s
motion be granted and the case dismissed. (Doc. 23)1
As the magistrate judge noted, Lewis was initially represented by counsel when
the complaint was filed. However, her counsel was subsequently terminated from this
and other Social Security cases for malfeasance. Lewis then became pro se and was
invited to file a motion for summary judgment; she did not. Lewis also did not file a
response to the Commissioner’s motion for summary judgment. Due to conflicting
authority for dismissing a Social Security case where a pro se plaintiff does not respond
to a motion for summary judgment, the magistrate judge wisely conducted an
independent review of the record and determined that substantial evidence supports the
Neither party has filed objections to the MJRR and the time for filing objections
has passed. The failure to file objections to the report and recommendation waives any
further right to appeal. Smith v. Detroit Federation of Teachers Local 231, 829 F.2d
1370, 1373 (6th Cir.1987). Likewise, the failure to object to the magistrate judge's
report releases the Court from its duty to independently review the motions. Thomas v.
Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985).
Accordingly, the findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge are ADOPTED
as the findings and conclusions of the Court. The Commissioner’s motion for summary
judgment is GRANTED. This case is DISMISSED.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: March 7, 2017
Commissioner’s decision denying benefits.
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