IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 17, 2011
MATT A. FERRANDO,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Garland E. Burrell, Jr. United States District Judge
Plaintiff brought this action for judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
This court reviewed the Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) decision, without the benefit of a fully briefed motion for summary judgment by plaintiff. Instead of addressing the merits of his claims of error as directed, plaintiff argued that a motion for summary judgment was premature based on a subsequent application which had been approved, and continued to argue for a remand. The court conducted a review of the ALJ's decision denying plaintiff benefits, and determined the ALJ did not error in his decision. In so doing, and without the benefit of plaintiff's merits brief, the court determined, inter alia, that there were contradicting examining medical opinions, which the ALJ provided specific and legitimate reasons for why he credited one and not the other.
Plaintiff appealed this court's decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit found the ALJ failed to provide clear and convincing reasons for rejecting the evaluation of plaintiff's treating psychiatrist.*fn1 In it's opinion, the Court remanded this case "for the Commissioner to determine when Ferrando's mental impairments became so severe as to render him disabled, which we would expect to be after April 2005, and before July 27, 2007." (See Doc. 44 at 5). Based on that direction, this case will be remanded to the defendant to make the necessary determination as ordered.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. This case is remanded to the Commissioner of Social Security Administration;
2. The Commissioner is directed to determine when plaintiff's mental impairments rendered him disabled; and
3. The Clerk of the Court is directed to close this case.