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Brooks v. Berryhill

United States District Court, E.D. California

May 11, 2017

CHRISTINE BROOKS, Plaintiff,
v.
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

          ORDER

          CAROLYN K. DELANEY, UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiff seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security (“Commissioner”) denying applications for Disability Income Benefits (“DIB”) and Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) under Titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (“Act”), respectively. For the reasons discussed below, the court will deny plaintiff's motion for summary judgment and grant the Commissioner's cross-motion for summary judgment.

         BACKGROUND

         Plaintiff, born 1971, applied on June 21, 2013 for DIB and SSI, alleging disability beginning January 1, 2009. Administrative Transcript (“AT”) 163-173. Plaintiff alleged she was unable to work due to bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, premenstrual dysforic [sic] disorder, anxiety and sleeping issues. AT 185. In a decision dated December 15, 2014, the ALJ determined that plaintiff was not disabled.[1] AT 16-24. The ALJ made the following findings (citations to 20 C.F.R. omitted):

1. The claimant meets the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act through December 31, 2013.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since January 1, 2009, the alleged onset date.
3. The claimant has the following severe impairments: major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.
4. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals one of the listed impairments in 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
5. After careful consideration of the entire record, the undersigned finds that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to perform a full range of work at all exertional levels but with the following non-exertional limitations: She can perform simple unskilled work.
6. The claimant is capable of performing past relevant work as a housekeeper. This work does not require the performance of work-related activities precluded by the claimant's residual functional capacity.
7. The claimant has not been under a disability, as defined in the Social Security Act, from January 1, 2009, through the date of this decision.

AT 19-24.

         ISSUES ...


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