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Crawford v. Colvin

United States District Court, S.D. California

May 4, 2017

AARMAYL CRAWFORD, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

          ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND GRANTING DEFENDANT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [DOC. NOS. 16, 19]

          JOHN A. HOUSTON United States District Judge

         INTRODUCTION

         Aarmyl Crawford (“Plaintiff”), filed this action seeking judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (“Defendant”) denying Plaintiff's claim for Supplemental Security Income disability benefits pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 1383(c).

         Plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment seeking reversal or remand of the Defendant's decision. Defendant filed a cross-motion for summary judgment and opposition to Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff filed a reply in support of his motion for summary judgment. After a thorough review of the parties' submissions, along with the entire record submitted in this matter, and for the reasons set forth below, this Court DENIES Plaintiff's motion for reversal or remand of the Commissioner's administrative decision, and GRANTS Defendant's cross-motion for summary judgment.

         BACKGROUND

         I. Factual Background

         Plaintiff, who was born on October 20, 1967, is currently 49 years of age. AR[1] at 213. He has past relevant work experience in construction and alleges he has been disabled since June 24, 2011. AR at 74-75, 213.

         II. Procedural Background

         On December 22, 2008, Plaintiff filed an application for disability insurance benefits and an application for supplemental security income alleging a disability beginning December 8, 2007. AR at 88. Following a hearing, an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) issued an unfavorable decision on June 23, 2011. AR at 85. Plaintiff did not seek further review.

         On January 7, 2013, Plaintiff filed an application for supplemental security income asserting a disability beginning June 24, 2011. AR at 213. The Commissioner of the Social Security Administration denied the claim on May 24, 2013, and again denied the claim upon reconsideration on November 5, 2013. AR at 136, 143. Plaintiff filed a request for a hearing, and appeared and testified at the hearing on February 26, 2015. AR at 71, 149. The ALJ issued an unfavorable decision on April 3, 2015. AR at 39. Plaintiff filed a request for review of the ALJ's decision and the Appeals Council denied the request. AR at 1-4.

         Plaintiff filed the instant complaint on September 28, 2015. See Doc. No. 1. Defendant filed an answer on December 14, 2015. See Doc. No. 13. Thereafter, Plaintiff filed the pending motion seeking reversal or remand of the Commissioner's administrative and Defendant filed a cross-motion for summary judgment and opposition. See Doc. Nos. 16, 19. Plaintiff filed a reply brief in opposition to Defendant's cross-motion for summary judgment. See Doc. No. 21.

         DISCUSSION

         I. Legal Standards

         A. Qualifying for ...


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