French v. Commissioner of Social Security (USA)

 ESPER FRENCH, Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

 

 Civil Action No. 4:12-cv-12835

 

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN, SOUTHERN DIVISION

 

March 12, 2013, Decided

 

OPINION

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REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION TO

DENY PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [12] AND GRANT DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT [14]

Plaintiff Esper French appeals Defendant Commissioner of Social Security’s (“Commissioner”) denial of her applications for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. ( See Dkt. 1, Compl.) Before the Court for a report and recommendation (Dkt. 3) are the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment (Dkts. 12, 14). For the reasons set forth below, this Court finds that substantial evidence supports the Commissioner’s decision. The Court therefore RECOMMENDS that Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. 12) be DENIED , that Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Dkt. 14) be GRANTED , and that, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), the decision of the Commissioner of Social Security be AFFIRMED .

I. BACKGROUND

Plaintiff was 52 years old on the date she alleges she became disabled. ::FOOTNOTE::1 (Tr. 154.) Plaintiff graduated from high school and completed some college work. (Tr. 81.) She previously worked as a computer-aided drafter (CAD), a general laborer, and as a care giver. (81-85.) She alleges that she cannot work due to her depression,  [*2] gender dysphoria and deafness. (Tr. 75-76.) Continue reading “French v. Commissioner of Social Security (USA)”

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Harold Wilson

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