Nos. 81-1904 to 81-1910, 81-2026 to 81-2032, 81-2722 and 81-2725.

676 F.2d 925 (1982)

Catherine SANTISE, Appellee in 81-1904 & 81-2026, Michael Stetsko, Appellee in 81-1905 & 81-2027, Salvatore Altomonte, Appellee in 81-1906 & 81-2028, Oliver McCauley, Appellee in 81-1907 & 81-2029, Elfriede F. Simmons, Appellee in 81-1908 & 81-2030, Joan M. Finucane, Appellee in 81-1909 & 81-2031, Joseph Muscovitch, Appellee in 81-1910 & 81-2032, Geraldine G. Roche, Appellee in 81-2722, Faries L. Thomas, Appellee in 81-2725, v. Richard S. SCHWEIKER, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Decided April 8, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

J. Paul McGrath, Asst. Atty. Gen., Washington, D. C., W. Hunt Dumont, U. S. Atty., Newark, N. J., G. Donald Haneke, Jerome B. Simandle, Asst. U. S. Attys., Trenton, N. J., Robert S. Greenspan, Anne Buxton Sobol (argued), Attys., Dept. of Justice, Washington, D. C., for appellant; Randolph W. Gaines, Chief of Litigation, Andrew E. Wakshul, Office of Gen. Counsel, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Baltimore, Md., of counsel.

Louis E. Granata (argued), Yacker, Granata & Cleary, Matawan, N. J., for Santise, appellee in 81-1904 and 81-2026.

Robert D. Rosenwasser, Somerset, N. J., for Stetsko, appellee in 81-1905 and 81-2027.

Richard J. Bennett (argued), Middlesex County Legal Services Corp., New Brunswick, N. J., for Altomonte, appellee in 81-1906 and 81-2028.

Richard J. Weber, Madnick, Milstein & Mason, Asbury Park, N. J., for McCauley, appellee in 81-1907 and 81-2029.

Mark S. Jacobs, Alan L. Schwalbe (argued), Voorhees, N. J., for Simmons, appellee in 81-1908 and 81-2030.

Joan M. Finucane, pro se in 81-1908 and 81-2031.

Thomas M. Fulkowski, Freehold, N. J., for Muscovitch, appellee in 81-1910 and 81-2032.

James B. Smith, Metuchen, N. J., for Roche, appellee in 81-2722.

Steve Leder, Community Mental Health Law Project, Trenton, N. J., for Thomas, appellee in 81-2725.

Before ADAMS, GIBBONS and GARTH, Circuit Judges.


ADAMS, Circuit Judge.

We are asked in this appeal to decide whether certain medical-vocational regulations promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services ("HHS" or "Department") satisfy the requirements of the Social Security Act. The district court concluded that the regulations — which take the form of a "grid" and are used in determining eligibility for disability benefits — are at variance with both the...


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