Dorrance v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 18 ; signed by Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney (Chief Judge Paul L. Maloney, cmc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
HONORABLE PAUL L. MALONEY
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
Plaintiff Pat Dorrance filed a complaint seeking a review of a decision by the Commissioner
of Social Security denying her claim for Social Security Disability Benefits and Supplemental
The magistrate judge issued a report recommending the Court affirm
Commissioner’s decision. (ECF No. 18.) Plaintiff filed objections. (ECF No. 19.)
After being served with a Report and Recommendation (R&R) issued by a magistrate judge,
a party has fourteen days to file written objections to the proposed findings and recommendations.
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b); see United States v. Sullivan, 431 F.3d 976, 984 (6th
Cir. 2005); Howard v. Sec’y of Health and Human Servs., 932 F.2d 505, 508 (6th Cir. 1991). A
district court judge reviews de novo the portions of the R&R to which objections have been filed.
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b). Only those objections that are specific are entitled to
a de novo review under the statute. Mira v. Marshall, 806 F.2d 636, 637 (6th Cir. 1986) (per
Having reviewed the record, the Court finds the report accurately states the facts and also
finds the recommendations sound. The specific objections to the R&R do not undermine the
reasoning advanced or the conclusions provided in the R&R. Although the R&R advanced four
recommended conclusions, Plaintiff has specifically objected only to the second recommendation,
the discussion of the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) assessment of the medical opinions. The
ALJ afforded little weight to the treating physicians because their medical findings regarding
Plaintiff’s ability to perform various activities were not supported by objective medical findings
about Plaintiff’s physical or mental conditions. The perfunctory opinions provided little, if any,
explanation for the conclusions. A review of the ALJ’s citations to the record confirm that
conclusion. The omission of any reference to Buxton v. Halter, 246 F.3d 726 (6th Cir. 2001) is not
a reason to reject the R&R. The relevant holding in Buxton is merely an application of the treating
physician rule in the context of a chronic fatigue syndrome diagnosis. With the conclusion that the
treating physician’s opinions were not entitled to deference, the ALJ’s decision was not in error.
For these reasons, the R&R (ECF No. 18) is ADOPTED as the opinion of this Court. IT IS
September 23, 2014
/s/ Paul L. Maloney
Paul L. Maloney
Chief United States District Judge
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