No. 76-2342.

587 F.2d 329 (1978)

Sammie BLANKENSHIP et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. SECRETARY OF HEW and the Department of HEW, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.

Argued April 4, 1978.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

George J. Long, U. S. Atty., Louisville, Ky., William Kanter, Harry R. Silver, Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., Verrell L. Dethloff, Jr., Randolph W. Gaines, Baltimore, Md., for defendants-appellants.

Lawrence Elswit, Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Louisville, Ky., for plaintiffs-appellees.

Before PHILLIPS, Chief Judge, MERRITT, Circuit Judge, and RUBIN, District Judge.

MERRITT, Circuit Judge.

This class action was brought to challenge delays by the Social Security Administration in scheduling administrative hearings. The plaintiffs are Kentucky applicants for benefits under the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program1 and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program2 of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Their applications for benefits...

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