Rieth v. Commissioner of Social Security
Memorandum of Opinion and Order For the reasons set forth herein, the 14 Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is hereby adopted.The Court will vacate the decision of the Commissioner of Social Security and remand this case to the Commissioner for rehearing and a new decision. Judge Benita Y. Pearson on 3/31/2017. (JLG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
DIANA L. RIETH,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,1
ACTING COMMISSIONER OF
CASE NO. 1:16CV0574
JUDGE BENITA Y. PEARSON
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
AND ORDER RE: VACATING
An Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) denied Plaintiff Diana L. Rieth’s applications for
Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income after a hearing in the
above-captioned case. That decision became the final determination of the Commissioner of
Social Security when the Appeals Council denied the request to review the ALJ’s decision. The
claimant sought judicial review of the Commissioner’s decision, and this Court referred the case
to Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp, II for preparation of a report and recommendation pursuant
to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Rule 72.2(b)(1). On April 12, 2016, the case was reassigned from
Magistrate Judge Knepp to Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Parker pursuant to General Order
2016-5. On March 10, 2017, the magistrate judge submitted a Report and Recommendation
(ECF No. 14) recommending that the Court vacate the Commissioner’s decision and remand the
Carolyn W. Colvin was the original Defendant. She was sued in an official capacity as
a public officer. On January 23, 2017, Nancy A. Berryhill became the Acting Commissioner of
Social Security. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d), Berryhill’s name has been automatically
substituted as a party.
case to the Commissioner.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(2) provides that objections to a report and recommendation must be
filed within 14 days after service. On March 24, 2017, the Commissioner filed a Response to
Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommended Decision (ECF No. 15), which states that the
Commissioner will not be filing objections. Furthermore, Plaintiff has not filed any objections,
evidencing satisfaction with the magistrate judge’s recommendations. Any further review by
this Court would be a duplicative and inefficient use of the Court’s limited resources. Thomas v.
Arn, 728 F.2d 813 (6th Cir. 1984), aff’d, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); Howard v. Secretary of Health
and Human Services, 932 F.2d 505 (6th Cir. 1991); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 94950 (6th Cir. 1981).
Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation of the magistrate judge is hereby adopted.
The Court will vacate the decision of the Commissioner of Social Security and remand this case
to the Commissioner for rehearing and a new decision.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
March 31, 2017
/s/ Benita Y. Pearson
Benita Y. Pearson
United States District Judge
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