Watson v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER that the Clerk of the Court shall issue Summons to the United States Attorney for the District of Nevada and deliver the Summons and 7 Amended Complaint to the U.S. Marshal for service. The Clerk of the Court shall also issue Summons to Nancy A. Berryhill and Plaintiff shall serve the Acting Commissioner. Signed by Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen on 9/20/2018. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - Order, Amended Complaint and Summons for US Attorney hand delivered to USM - SLD)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
MARLENE L. WATSON,
Case No. 2:18-01019-JCM-PAL
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
(Am. Compl. – ECF No. 7)
Plaintiff Marlene L. Watson has submitted an Amended Complaint (ECF No. 7) in
accordance with the court’s Screening Order (ECF No. 2) dismissing the original complaint with
leave to amend. The court has reviewed the amended complaint and finds that it states a claim for
initial screening purposes.
Both the complaint and the amended complaint generically name the “Commissioner of
Social Security” as the defendant in this action. Nancy A. Berryhill is the Acting Commissioner
of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 42 U.S.C.
§ 405(g), the court therefore substituted Nancy A. Berryhill for the “Commissioner of Social
Security” as the defendant in this case. Screening Order (ECF No. 2) at 1 n.1. Although the
amended complaint corrects the substantive deficiencies noted in the screening order, it does not
correct the substituted defendant’s name. Ms. Berryhill remains substituted as the defendant in
this case. Plaintiff is instructed to correct the caption in all future filings to reflect the substitution.
IT IS ORDERED:
1. The Clerk of the Court shall ISSUE SUMMONS to the United States Attorney for the
District of Nevada and DELIVER the summons and Amended Complaint (ECF No. 7)
to the U.S. Marshal for service.
2. The Clerk of the Court shall also ISSUE SUMMONS to Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security, and the Attorney General of the United States.
3. Plaintiff shall SERVE the Acting Commissioner by sending a copy of the summons
and Amended Complaint by certified mail to: (1) Office of Regional Chief Counsel,
Region IX, Social Security Administration, 160 Spear Street, Suite 800, San Francisco,
California 94105-1545; and (2) Attorney General of the United States, Department of
Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Room 4400, Washington, D.C. 20530.
4. Following the Acting Commissioner’s filing of an answer, the court will issue a
scheduling order setting a briefing schedule.
5. From this point forward, Plaintiff shall serve upon the Acting Commissioner or, if
appearance has been entered by counsel, upon the attorney, a copy of every pleading,
motion, or other document filed with the Clerk of the Court pursuant to LR IC 1-1 and
4-1 of the Local Rules of Practice. In accordance with LR IC 4-1(d), the parties shall
include with each filing a certificate of service stating that a true and correct copy of
the document was served on an opposing party or counsel for an opposing party and
indicating how service was accomplished. The court may disregard any paper received
by a district judge or magistrate judge that has not been filed with the Clerk of the
Court, and any paper received by a district judge, magistrate judge, or the Clerk of the
Court that fails to include a certificate of service.
6. In any future filing, Plaintiff shall correct the caption to reflect the substitution of
defendant Nancy A. Berryhill for the generic “Commissioner of Social Security.”
Dated this 20th day of September, 2018.
PEGGY A. LEEN
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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