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Ninth Circuit 


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


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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