No. 90-1497.

933 F.2d 581 (1991)

Samuel R. THOMPSON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Louis W. SULLIVAN, Secretary of Health and Human Services of the United States, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided May 30, 1991.

As Amended June 17, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Jan L. Kodner, Chicago, Ill., for plaintiff-appellant.

Mark A. Flessner, Asst. U.S. Atty., Gary A. Sultz, Edward P. Studzinski, John L. Martin, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Region V, Office of the Gen. Counsel, Nancy K. Needles, Asst. U.S. Atty., Civ. Div., Appellate Section, Chicago, Ill., for defendant-appellee.

Before BAUER, Chief Judge, WOOD, Jr., and CUDAHY, Circuit Judges.

HARLINGTON WOOD, Jr., Circuit Judge.

Plaintiff-appellant Samuel Thompson appeals the district court's summary judgment affirmation of the denial by the Secretary of Health and Human Services ("Secretary") of his claim for Social Security benefits. Thompson argues that his alleged waiver of the statutory right to counsel was invalid, and that the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") failed to fully and fairly develop the record in accord with the heightened duty owed to...

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