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Pittman v. Colvin

United States District Court, Fourth Circuit

November 19, 2013

JENNIFER B. PITTMAN, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, [1] Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.

ORDER

MICHAEL F. URBANSKI, District Judge.

This matter was referred to the Honorable B. Waugh Crigler, United States Magistrate Judge, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(b)(1)(B), for proposed findings of fact and a recommended disposition. The magistrate judge filed a report and recommendation on September 10, 2013, recommending that plaintiff's motion for summary judgment be denied, the Commissioner's motion for summary judgment be granted and the Commissioner's final decision be affirmed. Plaintiff Jennifer B. Pittman ("Pittman") has filed objections to the report and recommendation.

The court has reviewed the magistrate judge's report, the objections to the report, and the pertinent portions of the administrative record and, in so doing, made a de novo determination of those portions of the report to which the plaintiff objected. The court finds that the magistrate judge properly concluded that there is substantial evidence in the record to support the ALJ's determination, particularly the weight he assigned to the opinions of Pittman's treating physicians, which the magistrate judge correctly observed to be at the core of Pittman's challenge to the Commissioner's decision. Accordingly, the court accepts the magistrate judge's recommendation that the Commissioner's decision should be affirmed.

It is therefore ORDERED and ADJUDGED that plaintiff's motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No. 12) is DENIED, the Commissioner's motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No. 15) is GRANTED, the report and recommendation (Dkt. No. 17) is ADOPTED in its entirety, the Commissioner's decision is AFFIRMED, and this matter is STRICKEN from the active docket of the court.

The Clerk is directed to send a certified copy of this Order to all counsel of record.


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