No. 15-2487.

846 F.3d 656 (2017)

Constance L. PATTERSON, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided: January 19, 2017.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: William Daniel Mayes , SMITH, MASSEY, BRODIE, GUYNN & MAYES, P.A., Aiken, South Carolina, for Appellant. Evelyn Rose Marie Protano , SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: Nora Koch , Acting Regional Chief Counsel, Charles J. Kawas , Acting Supervisory Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; William N. Nettles , United States Attorney, Marshall Prince , Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Columbia, South Carolina, for Appellee.

Reversed and remanded with instructions by published opinion. Judge Duncan wrote the opinion, in which Judge King and Judge Keenan joined.

Plaintiff-Appellant Constance L. Patterson ("Patterson") appeals from a district-court order affirming the Social Security Administration's ("SSA") decision to deny her application for disability benefits. This case presents an issue of first impression in our circuit: whether an Administrative Law Judge's ("ALJ") failure...

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