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Metz v. Colvin

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

January 29, 2014

JASON METZ, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Commissioner, Social Security Administration, [1] Defendant.

STEVEN J. MUNSON, Portland, OR, Attorneys for Plaintiff.

S. AMANDA MARSHALL, United States Attorney, ADRIAN L. BROWN, Assistant United States Attorney, Portland, OR.

DAVID MORADO, Regional Chief Counsel, HEATHER L. GRIFFITH, Special Assistant United States Attorney Social Security Administration, Seattle, WA, Attorneys for Defendant.

OPINION AND ORDER

ANNA J. BROWN, District Judge.

Plaintiff Jason Metz seeks judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) in which she denied Plaintiff's applications for Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) under Title II of the Social Security Act and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. This Court has jurisdiction to review the Commissioner's final decision pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(g).

For the reasons that follow, the Court AFFIRMS the decision of the Commissioner and DISMISSES this matter.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Plaintiff protectively filed his applications for SSI and DIB on August 25, 2009, and alleged a disability onset date of June 1, 1999. Tr. 67.[2] The applications were denied initially and on reconsideration. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) held a hearing on May 9, 2011. Tr. 30-66. At the hearing Plaintiff amended his disability onset date to March 31, 2006. Tr. 34. Plaintiff was represented by an attorney and a vocational expert (VE) testified at the hearing.

The ALJ issued a decision on May 23, 2011, in which he found Plaintiff is not disabled and, therefore, is not entitled to benefits. Tr. 15-24. Pursuant to 20 C.F.R. ยง 404.984(d), that decision became the final decision of the Commissioner on August 24, 2012, when the Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review.

BACKGROUND

Plaintiff was born on October 12, 1973. Tr. 67. Plaintiff was 37 years old at the time of the hearing. Plaintiff has a GED. Tr. 35. Plaintiff has past relevant work experience as a small-product assembler and "chain off bearer." Tr. 23.

Plaintiff alleges disability due to anger-management issues, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and a "mental condition." Tr. 168.

Except when noted, Plaintiff does not challenge the ALJ's summary of the medical evidence. After carefully reviewing the medical records, this Court adopts the ALJ's ...


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