Zuna v. Colvin
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the report and recommendation of the magistrate judge 19 is ADOPTED IN FULL. The decision of the Commissioner is AFFIRMED. The Clerk is directed to enter judgment in favor of the Commissioner and against the Plaintiff. The Clerk is further directed to close the case file. Signed by Honorable Matthew W. Brann on 3/29/2017. (jn)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
ACTING COMMISSIONER OF
Civil Action No. 4:15-CV-1825
(Magistrate Judge Cohn)
March 29, 2017
This matter is an action for social security benefits which have been denied
by both the Acting Commissioner of Social Security and, before that, by an
administrative law judge. Plaintiff filed the instant action on September 20, 2015,
and it was assigned jointly to the undersigned and to a magistrate judge.
Upon designation, a magistrate judge may "conduct hearings, including
evidentiary hearings, and . . . submit to a judge of the court proposed findings of
At the time the action was filed, Carolyn Colvin was the acting
commissioner of social security. As of January 23, 2017, Nancy Berryhill is the
acting commissioner of social security.
fact and recommendations."2 Once filed, this Report and Recommendation is
disseminated to the parties in the case who then have the opportunity to file written
objections.3 On March 3, 2017, Magistrate Judge Gerald B. Cohn, to whom this
matter is jointly assigned, issued a thorough report and recommendation
recommending that the undersigned affirm the decision of the Commissioner of
Social Security denying Plaintiff social security benefits.
Plaintiff filed objections to the report and recommendation on March 17,
2017. When objections are timely filed, the District Court must conduct a de novo
review of those portions of the report to which objections are made.4 Although the
standard of review for objections is de novo, the extent of review lies within the
discretion of the District Court, and the Court may otherwise rely on the
recommendations of the magistrate judge to the extent it deems proper.5 For
portions of the report and recommendation to which no objection is made, the
Court should, as a matter of good practice, "satisfy itself that there is no clear error
28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1)(B).
28 U.S.C. 636(b)(1).
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Brown v. Astrue, 649 F.3d 193, 195 (3d Cir.2011).
Rieder v. Apfel, 115 F.Supp.2d 496, 499 (M.D.Pa. 2000) (citing United States v.
Raddatz, 447 U.S. 667, 676 (1980)).
on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation."6 Regardless of
whether timely objections are made by a party, the District Court may accept, not
accept, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations made by
the magistrate judge.7
Because I write solely for the parties, I will not restate the facts, but will
instead adopt the recitation of facts as set forth by the magistrate judge. I have
conducted a de novo review and found no error. Plaintiffs objections are merely
restatements of her prior arguments that have been previously addressed by the
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT the report and
recommendation of the magistrate judge is ADOPTED IN FULL. March 3, 2017,
ECF No. 19. The decision of the Commissioner is AFFIRMED. The Clerk is
directed to enter judgment in favor of the Commissioner and against the Plaintiff.
The Clerk is further directed to close the case file.
Fed.R.Civ.P. 72(b), advisory committee notes; see also Univac Dental Co. v. Dentsply
Intern., Inc., 702 F.Supp.2d 465, 469 (M.D.Pa.2010) (citing Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d
874, 878 (3d Cir.1987) (explaining that judges should give some review to every report and
28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Local Rule 72.31.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Matthew W. Brann
Matthew W. Brann
United States District Judge
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