Civil Action No. 2:16-cv-03607.

MARK ANTHONY THOMAS, Plaintiff, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

United States District Court, S.D. West Virginia, Charleston Division.

Editors Note
Applicable Law: 42 U.S.C. § 405
Cause: 42 U.S.C. § 405 Review of HHS Decision (SSID)
Nature of Suit: 864 Social Security: SSID Tit. XVI
Source: PACER

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mark Anthony Thomas, Plaintiff, represented by Jan Dils , JAN DILS ATTORNEYS AT LAW.

Nancy A. Berryhill, Defendant, represented by Jennifer M. Mankins , U. S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE & Nora R. Koch , SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION.


THOMAS E. JOHNSTON, District Judge.

Before the Court is Plaintiff Mark Anthony Thomas's ("Claimant") Complaint seeking review of the decision of then Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Carolyn W. Colvin ("Commissioner").1 (ECF No. 2.) By Standing Order filed in this case on April 13, 2016, this action was referred to United States Magistrate Judge Dwane L. Tinsley for submission of proposed findings and recommendation ("PF&R"). (ECF No. 4.) Magistrate Judge Tinsley filed his PF&R on July 21, 2017, recommending that this Court reverse the final decision of the Commissioner, remand this matter pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), and dismiss this action from the Court's docket. (ECF No. 13.)

The Court is not required to review, under a de novo or any other standard, the factual or legal conclusions of the magistrate judge as to those portions of the findings or recommendation to which no objections are addressed. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985). Failure to file timely objections constitutes a waiver of de novo review and the Petitioner's right to appeal this Court's Order. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); see also Snyder v. Ridenour, 889 F.2d 1363, 1366 (4th Cir. 1989); United States v. Schronce, 727 F.2d 91, 94 (4th Cir. 1984). In addition, this Court need not conduct a de novo review when a party "makes general and conclusory objections that do not direct the Court to a specific error in the magistrate's proposed findings and recommendations." Orpiano v. Johnson, 687 F.2d 44, 47 (4th Cir. 1982). Objections to the PF&R were originally due on August 7, 2017. To date, no objections have been filed.

Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Claimant's request for judgment on the pleadings to the extent he seeks a remand pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), (ECF No. 11), DENIES Defendant's request to affirm the decision of the Commissioner, (ECF No. 12), REVERSES the final decision of the Commissioner, REMANDS this matter pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for further administrative proceedings consistent with the PF&R, (ECF No. 13), and DISMISSES this action from the Court's docket.


The Court DIRECTS the Clerk to send a copy of this Order to counsel of record and any unrepresented party.


1. Nancy A. Berryhill became the Acting Commissioner of Social Security on January 23, 2017, replacing the former Social Security Commissioner, Carolyn W. Colvin, the original Defendant in this case. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Ms. Berryhill is automatically substituted as the Defendant.


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