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Crone v. Saul

United States District Court, M.D. Pennsylvania

October 29, 2019

MICHELLE K. CRONE, Plaintiff,
v.
ANDREW SAUL[1], Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

          Cohn, Magistrate Judge.

          ORDER

          Matthew W. Brann, United States District Judge.

         Michelle K. Crone filed this action seeking review of a decision of the Commissioner of Social Security (“Commissioner”) denying Crone's claim for social security disability benefits and supplemental security income.[2] In September 2019, Magistrate Judge Gerald B. Cohn issued a Report and Recommendation recommending that this Court affirm the Commissioner's decision and close this case.[3]

         Crone filed timely objections to the Report and Recommendation.[4] Although Crone cavils about several aspects of Magistrate Judge Cohn's Report and Recommendation, her objections generally fall into two categories: (1) the administrative law judge (ALJ) and Magistrate Judge Cohn erred in their examination of the limitations caused by Crone's fibromyalgia; and (2) the ALJ failed to properly explain why Crone could not perform her past relevant work, but could perform other light-duty work.[5] “If a party objects timely to a magistrate judge's report and recommendation, the district court must ‘make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.'”[6] Regardless of whether timely objections are made, district courts may accept, reject, or modify-in whole or in part-the magistrate judge's findings or recommendations.[7]

         Upon de novo review of the record, the Court finds no error in Magistrate Judge Cohn's conclusions and analyses. Although the Court may have viewed evidence related to Crone's fibromyalgia differently than the ALJ if presented with it in the first instance, as a whole, the ALJ properly evaluated Crone's fibromyalgia limitations, and her determinations are supported by substantial evidence.[8] Additionally, the Court does not discern any inconsistency in the ALJ's conclusion that Crone could not perform her past relevant work, but could perform other forms of light-duty work.[9] Consequently, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Magistrate Judge Gerald B. Cohn's Report and Recommendation (Doc. 18) is ADOPTED;
2. The Commissioner's decision is AFFIRMED;
3. Final Judgment is entered in favor of Defendant and against Plaintiff pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 58 and sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); and
4. The Clerk of Court is direct to CLOSE this case.

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Notes:

[1] Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Andrew Saul-as the successor officer to Nancy Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security-is automatically substituted as Defendant in this action.

[2] Doc. 1.

[3] Doc. 18.


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