Vaughn v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

Filing 25

ORDER RULING ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION: The Court hereby adopts the [ECF No. 21] Report and incorporates it herein. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Commissioner of Social Security's decision denying benefits is affirmed. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 6/7/2017. (gnan )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA FLORENCE DIVISION Lisa Godowns Vaughn, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) Nancy A. Berryhill, ) Commissioner of Social Security, ) ) Defendant. ) ________________________________) Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-876-BHH ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff Lisa Goodwin Vaughn’s complaint filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), seeking judicial review of the Commissioner of Social Security’s final decision, which denied Plaintiff’s claim for disability insurance benefits. The record includes the report and recommendation (“Report”) of a United States Magistrate Judge, which was made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B) and Local Civil Rule 73.02(B)(2)(a), D.S.C. In the Report, which was filed on May 19, 2017, the Magistrate Judge recommends that the Court affirm the Commissioner’s decision denying benefits. Attached to the Report was a notice advising Plaintiff of the right to file written objections to the Report within fourteen days of receiving a copy. To date, no objections have been filed. The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to the Court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the Court. Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261 (1976). The Court is charged with making a de novo determination only of those portions of the Report to which specific objections are made, and the Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). In the absence of specific objections, the Court reviews the matter only for clear error. See Diamond v. Colonial Life & Accident Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005) (stating that “in the absence of a timely filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but instead must ‘only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.’”) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 72 advisory committee’s note). Here, because no objections were filed, the Court has reviewed the record, the applicable law, and the findings and recommendations of the Magistrate Judge for clear error. Finding none, the Court hereby adopts the Report (ECF No. 21) and incorporates it herein. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the Commissioner of Social Security’s decision denying benefits is affirmed. IT IS SO ORDERED. /s/Bruce Howe Hendricks United States District Judge June 7, 2017 Greenville, South Carolina 2

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