No. 88-5301.

877 F.2d 908 (1989)

Doris K. EAGLE, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Louis W. SULLIVAN, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services, Defendant-Appellant.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

July 19, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carole M. Fernandez, Asst. U.S. Atty., Miami, Fla., William Kanter, Victoria Nourse, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Civ. Div., Appellate Staff, Washington, D.C., for defendant-appellant.

J. Larry Hart, Carlson, Meissner, Webb & Crider, P.A., New Port Richey, Fla., for plaintiff-appellee.

Before TJOFLAT and CLARK, Circuit Judges, and ACKER, District Judge.

TJOFLAT, Circuit Judge:


In May 1982, Doris K. Eagle, who had just turned sixty-five, visited a Social Security Administration (SSA) office in Hialeah, Florida, seeking old-age benefits. A claims representative, Grace Fleming, told Eagle that she was ineligible for old-age insurance benefits because she had not accumulated a sufficient number of work quarters. Eagle accepted Fleming's statement as true, and consequently did not file the written application...

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