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Briggs v. Colvin

United States District Court, D. South Carolina

July 24, 2014

Rosetta Briggs, Plaintiff,
v.
Carolyn W. Colvin, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

ORDER

JOSEPH F. ANDERSON, Jr., District Judge.

The plaintiff, Rosetta Briggs, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(g) to obtain judicial review of the final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security (Commissioner) denying her claim for disability insurance benefits (DIB).

The Magistrate Judge assigned to this action[1] has prepared a thorough Report and Recommendation wherein she opines that the Commissioner's decision should be reversed and remanded for further administrative action. The Report sets forth in detail the relevant facts and standards of law on this matter, and the court incorporates such without a recitation.

The parties were advised of their right to submit objections to the Report and Recommendation which was filed on July 10, 2014. The Commissioner has responded indicating that it will not file objections to the Report and Recommendation, and noting that it does not concede that the Commissioner's decision was not substantially justified.

It is the duty of the ALJ reviewing the case, and not the responsibility of the courts, to make findings of fact and resolve conflicts in the evidence. This court's scope of review is limited to the determination of whether the findings of the Commissioner are supported by substantial evidence taking the record as a whole, Craig v. Chater, 76 F.3d 585, 589 (4th Cir. 1996), and whether the correct law was applied, Walls v. Barnhart, 296 F.3d 287, 290 (4th Cir. 2002).

After a careful review of the record, including the findings of the ALJ, the briefs from the plaintiff and the Commissioner, and the Magistrate Judge's Report, this court finds that the Report is proper and is incorporated herein by reference.

Accordingly, the Commissioner's decision is reversed and remanded for further review as set out in the Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation and this order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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