Ingram v. Kijakazi

Filing 19

ORDER adopting 18 Memorandum and Recommendation; granting 10 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings; and denying 16 Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. The matter is remanded to the Commissioner for further proceedings consistent with the M&R and this order. Signed by Chief US District Judge Richard E. Myers II on 9/16/2022. (McNally, Kimberly)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA WESTERN DIVISION Case No. 5:21-cv-00288-M ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) ) V. ) KILOLO KIJAKAZI, ) Acting Commissioner of Social Security, ) ) Defendant. ) _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ ) ADRIAN L. INGRAM SR., ORDER These matters come before the court on the parties' cross-motions for judgment on the pleadings pursuant to Rule 12(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. DE 10, 16. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 72(b), United States Magistrate Judge Brian S. Meyers entered a memorandum and recommendation ("M&R"), recommending that the court grant Plaintiffs motion, deny Defendant' s motion, and remand the matter to the Commissioner for further proceedings. DE 18. To date, no objections have been filed. 1 A magistrate judge's recommendation carries no presumptive weight. The court "may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the ... recommendation[] . .. receive further evidence or recommit the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions." 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(l); accord Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 , 271 (1976). The court "shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made." Id. § 636(b )(1 ). Absent a specific and timely objection, the court reviews only for "clear 1 Judge Meyers issued the M&R on August 25, 2022. Objections were due to be filed on or before September 7, 2022. See DE 18. The parties ' motions and M&R were submitted to this court for disposition on September 9, 2022. error" and need not give any explanation for adopting the recommendation. Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F .3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005). Upon careful review of the M&R and the record presented, and finding no clear error, the court ADOPTS the recommendation of the magistrate judge as its own. For the reasons stated therein, Plaintiffs motion for judgment on the pleadings [DE 1O] is GRANTED, Defendant' s motion for judgment on the pleadings [DE 16] is DENIED, and the matter is remanded to the Commissioner for further proceedings consistent with the M&R and this order. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case. SO ORDERED this * l lo day of September, 2022. iJLJ ~ My MIS <!L RICHARD E. MYERS II CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT ruDGE 2

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