United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania
March 16, 2015
PATTY A. DUVALL-DUNCAN, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.
AND NOW, this 16th day of March, 2015, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 11) of Magistrate Judge Gerald B. Cohn, recommending the court vacate the decision of the administrative law judge ("ALJ") and remand the above-captioned matter for further proceedings with respect to the application for disability benefits of plaintiff Patty A. Duvall-Duncan, wherein Judge Cohn concludes that the ALJ's decision is not supported by substantial evidence, see 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) (requiring the ALJ's findings to be "supported by substantial evidence"), and finds that the ALJ failed to adequately explain his rejection of certain "obviously probative" medical opinions regarding plaintiff's physical and psychological impairments, to properly develop a residual functional capacity based on physician assessments, and to conduct a proper drug addiction and alcoholism ("DAA") assessment, and it appearing that neither the plaintiff nor the Commissioner of Social Security ("Commissioner") has objected to the report, and that the Commissioner expressly waived the opportunity to do so, (see Doc. 20), and it further appearing that there is no clear error on the face of the record,  see Nara v. Frank , 488 F.3d 187, 194 (3d Cir. 2007) (explaining that "failing to timely object to [a report and recommendation] in a civil proceeding may result in forfeiture of de novo review at the district court level"), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The report (Doc. 11) of Magistrate Judge Cohn is ADOPTED.
2. The Clerk of Court shall enter judgment in favor of Patty A. Duvall-Duncan and against the Commissioner as set forth in the following paragraph.
3. The Commissioner's decision denying Patty A. Duvall-Duncan's application for disability insurance benefits is VACATED. This matter is REMANDED to the Commissioner with instructions to conduct a new administrative hearing, develop the record fully, and evaluate the evidence appropriately in accordance with this order and the report (Doc. 11) of Magistrate Judge Cohn.
4. The Clerk of Court is directed to close this case.