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Ninth Circuit 


Adams v Berryhill

Our appellate team just argued this case on 10/4/2017, stay tuned for a decision!



 









Zavalin v Colvin 

We won a major victory for Social Security claimants at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which covers nine western states including Oregon, Washington, and California. Zavalin v. Colvin creates precedential authority that may eliminate dozens of the jobs used by judges to deny claimants with mental or cognitive impairments. The case holds that reasoning level 3 jobs are inconsistent with a limitation to simple and repetitive tasks. We look forward to this case being cited in hundreds of appeals across the country. Zavalin v. Colvin, No. 13-35276 (9th Cir. Feb. 20, 2015), available at http://www.cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2015/02/20/13-35276.pdf


Lamear v Berryhill
We prevailed on the issue of whether an Administrative Law Judge must consult a vocational expert on issues related to limitations in the use of one hand. We are hopeful that this published decision will lessen the impact of a previously decided case we were not involved in, Gutierrez v Colvin, which did not require the judge to consult an expert in relation to overhead reaching. The government argued for a rule that would have held that significant limitations on the use of one hand would be immaterial to whether an individual could perform a job. The Ninth Circuit rejected that argument and remanded the case for a new hearing. Lamear v. Berryhill, No. 15-35088 (9th Cir. Aug. 1, 2017), available at

http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/08/01/15-35088.pdf


United States District Court 


Brooks v Astrue
The United States Court for the District of Oregon reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s decision and remanded the claim for the immediate payment of benefits, finding our client disabled since 1984. Brooks v. Astrue, No. 3:11-cv-01252-SI (D. Or. Oct. 3, 2012), available at http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/oregon/ordce/3:2011cv01252/104579/18


Beaver v Astrue
The United States Court for the District of Oregon reversed the Administrative Law Judge’s finding that the claimant was not credible and remanded the claim for the immediate payment of benefits, crediting the opinion of claimant’s treating physician in a functional capacity questionnaire generated by our firm. Beaver v. Astrue, No. 3:11-CV-00719-BR (D. Or. July 5, 2012), available at http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/oregon/ordce/3:2011cv00719/103014/21 

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