Clements v. Colvin
ORDER ADOPTING FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS; denying 13 Motion for Summary Judgment; adopting Findings and Recommendations re 18 Findings and Recommendations. This case is CLOSED. Signed by Chief Judge Dana L. Christensen on 10/31/2016. (DLE)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
DARRELL WAYNE CLEMENTS,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security
United States Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch entered his Findings and
Recommendation on September 20, 2016, recommending affirming the
Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) denial of Plaintiff Darrell Clements’s
(“Clements”) application for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the
Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 401–433. The parties failed to timely object to
the Findings and Recommendation, and so waived their right to de novo review of
the record. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C). This Court reviews for clear error those
findings and recommendations to which no party objects. See McDonnell Douglas
Corp. v. Commodore Bus. Mach., Inc., 656 F.2d 1309, 1313 (9th Cir. 1981);
Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 149 (1985). Clear error exists if the Court is left
with a “definite and firm conviction that a mistake has been committed.” United
States v. Syrax, 235 F.3d 422, 427 (9th Cir. 2000) (citations omitted).
Having reviewed the Findings and Recommendation, the Court finds that
Judge Lynch did not clearly err in recommending affirming the ALJ’s decision
which found that Clements was not disabled. The Court agrees with the Findings
and Recommendation that: (1) the ALJ gave permissible weight to the medical
opinions of Dr. Kilburn and Dr. Hope; (2) the ALJ provided sufficiently clear and
convincing reasons for finding that Clements’s testimony was only partially
believable; and (3) substantial evidence in the record supports the ALJ’s
assessment of Clements’s residual functional capacity.
There being no clear error in Judge Lynch’s Findings and Recommendation,
IT IS ORDERED that:
(1) Judge Lynch’s Findings and Recommendation (Doc. 18) are ADOPTED
(2) Plaintiff Darrell Wayne Clements’s Motion for Summary Judgment
(Doc. 13) is DENIED.
This case is CLOSED.
Dated this 31st day of October, 2016.
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