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Mary Beth Keaton v. Commissioner of Social Security

October 31, 2011

MARY BETH KEATON,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Donald C. Nugent

Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp II

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This matter is before the Court upon the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge James R. Knepp II (Document #19). On December 6, 2010, Plaintiff, Mary Beth Keaton, filed her Complaint (Docket #2) challenging the final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security denying her claim for Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income. Pursuant to Local Rule 72.2(b), the case was referred to Magistrate Judge Knepp.

On October 14, 2011, the Magistrate Judge issued his Report and Recommendation. The Magistrate Judge found the Commissioner's decision denying Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income to be supported by substantial evidence and recommends that the Commissioner's decision be affirmed. Objections to the Report and Recommendation were to be filed within 14 days of service. No objections were filed.

Standard of Review for a Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation The applicable standard of review of a magistrate judge's report and recommendation depends upon whether objections were made to that report. When objections are made to a report and recommendation of a magistrate judge, the district court reviews the case de novo. FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b) states:

The district judge must determine de novo any part of the magistrate judge's disposition that has been properly objected to.

The district judge may accept, reject, or modify the recommended disposition; receive further evidence; or return the matter to the magistrate judge with instructions.

The text of Rule 72(b) addresses only the review of reports to which objections have been made; it does not indicate the appropriate standard of review for those reports to which no objections have been properly made. The Advisory Committee on Civil Rules commented on a district court's review of unopposed reports by magistrate judges. In regard to subsection (b) of Rule 72, the advisory committee stated: "When no timely objection is filed, the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation." FED. R. CIV. P. 72 advisory

committee's notes (citation omitted).

The U.S. Supreme Court stated in Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140, 150 (1985): "It does not appear that Congress intended to require district court review of a magistrate judge's factual or legal conclusions, under a de novo or any other standard, when neither party objects to those findings."

Conclusion

The Court has carefully reviewed the Report and Recommendation and agrees with the findings set forth therein. The Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Knepp (Docket #19) is ADOPTED. The decision of the Commissioner denying Plaintiff's request for Disability Insurance Benefits and Social Security Income is AFFIRMED. Plaintiff's request that the case be reversed and remanded (Docket #2) is DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

DONALD C. NUGENT United States ...


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