Griffin v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 9 MOTION to Remand Pursuant to Sentence Six of 42 U.S.C. 405(g). Signed by Honorable Mary G. Lewis on 03/02/2015.(bshr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ROCK HILL DIVISION
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
Civil Action No. 0:14-cv-4149-MGL-PJG
ORDER TO REMAND PURSUANT TO
SENTENCE SIX OF 42 U.S.C. ' 405(g)
The Defendant, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security
(Commissioner), by her attorney, Marshall Prince, Assistant United States Attorney for the
District of South Carolina, has moved this Court, pursuant to sentence six of 42 U.S.C. ' 405(g),
for an order remanding this case to the Commissioner.
The Commissioner’s hearing decision dated July 13, 2013, relies on evidence from the
electronic file associated with the Plaintiff’s prior application for Title II benefits filed on April
1, 2009 (Decision at 4-27, Exhibits 2F04F, 13F, 14F, 16F, 18F-20F, 22F and 24F). However,
the Commissioner’s current electronic file associated with the Plaintiff’s most recent application
for Title II benefits filed on April 26, 2011, does not contain this evidence. When citing to
these exhibits in the decision, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) indicates that they are from
the Plaintiff'’s "prior file” but the ALJ did not include them in the Decision’s “List of Exhibits.”
At the hearing held on January 31, 2013, the ALJ asked the Plaintiff’s representative whether he
had any objections to the exhibits of record. The Plaintiff’s representative stated that he had no
objections and the ALJ admitted all of the exhibits in Sections A through F into the record.
However, in so doing, the ALJ did not mention or address the evidence from the Plaintiff’s prior
file. As such, the decision relies on evidence not properly made part of the record and the
Plaintiff was not given an opportunity to examine or object to that evidence (HALLEX I-2-6-58).
Defendant contacted Plaintiff=s counsel, Paul T. McChesney, regarding this motion and
Plaintiff does not object.
Pursuant to the power of this Court to enter an order remanding this case under sentence
six of 42 U.S.C. ' 405(g), and in light of the Commissioner=s request for remand of this action
for further proceedings, this Court hereby
REMANDS the case to the Commissioner, pursuant to sentence six of 42 U.S.C. '
It is further,
ORDERED that the Commissioner will remand the claim to an Administrative Law
Judge to offer the Plaintiff a supplemental hearing, admit into the current electronic record any
evidence he or she determines is material to the issues in the case, provide the Plaintiff the
opportunity to review the record, and issue a new decision with an exhibit list reflecting all of the
Signed this 2nd day of March, 2015, in Columbia, South Carolina.
s/Mary G. Lewis
MARY G. LEWIS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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