No. 5:15-CV-00574-F.

FELICIA MICHELLE RICHMOND, Plaintiff, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

United States District Court, E.D. North Carolina, Western Division.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 42 U.S.C. § 205
Cause: 42 U.S.C. § 205 Denial Social Security Benefits
Nature of Suit: 864 Social Security: SSID Tit. XVI
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Felicia Michelle Richmond, Plaintiff, represented by Vance Edward Jennings , Brent Adams & Associates.

Nancy A. Berryhill, Defendant, represented by David M. Mansfield , Social Security Administration.


JAMES C. FOX, Senior District Judge.

This matter is before the court on the Memorandum and Recommendation ("M&R") [DE-19] of United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones, Jr., regarding the parties' cross motions for judgment on the pleadings [DE-14, -16], pursuant to Rule 12(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Magistrate Judge makes only a recommendation to this court. The recommendation has no presumptive weight, and the responsibility to make a final determination remains with the court. See Mathews v. Weber, 423 U.S. 261, 270-71 (1976). This court is charged with making a de novo determination of those portions of the recommendation to which specific objections are made, and the court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the Magistrate Judge's, recommendation, or recommit the matter to the Magistrate Judge with instructions. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1). In the absence of a timely-filed objection, a district court need not conduct a de novo review, but instead must "only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." Diamond v. Colonial Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 416 F.3d 310, 315 (4th Cir. 2005).

On January 18, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a M&R recommending that Plaintiffs Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [DE-14] be DENIED, Defendant's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [DE-16] be ALLOWED, and the final decision of the Commissioner be UPHELD. The Magistrate Judge advised the parties of the procedures and requirements for filing objections to the M&R and the consequences if they failed to do so. Defendant has filed no objections, and the time for doing so expired on February 5, 2017.

Upon careful review of the M&R and of the record generally, and having found no clear error, the court hereby ADOPTS the recommendation of the Magistrate Judge. It is therefore ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [DE-14] is DENIED, Defendant's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings [DE-16] is ALLOWED, and the final decision of the Commissioner is UPHELD.



1. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has been added as a party. Carolyn W. Colvin's term expired on January 20, 2017, and she has been terminated as a party.


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