CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:17-CV-1634
( ) ORDER
AND NOW, this 13th day of September, 2018, upon consideration of the report (Doc. 16) of Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick, recommending the court deny the appeal of Lora L. Leese ("Leese") from the decision of the administrative law judge denying her application for a period of disability and disability insurance benefits, and the court noting that Leese filed objections (Doc. 17) to the report, see FED. R. CIV. P. 72(b), and the Commissioner of Social Security ("Commissioner") filed a response (Doc. 18) thereto, and following de novo review of the contested portions of the report, see Behar v. Pa. Dep't of Transp., 791 F. Supp. 2d 383, 389 (M.D. Pa. 2011) (citing Sample v. Diecks, 885 F.2d 1099, 1106 n.3 (3d Cir. 1989); 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C)), and applying a clear error standard of review to the uncontested portions, see Cruz v. Chater, 990 F. Supp. 375, 376-78 (M.D. Pa. 1999), the court being in agreement with Judge Mehalchick that the administrative law judge's decision "is supported by substantial evidence," 42 U.S.C. § 405(g); Fargnoli v. Massanari, 247 F.3d 34, 38 (3d Cir. 2001), and finding Judge Mehalchick's analysis to be thorough, well-reasoned, and fully supported by the record, and further finding Leese's objections to be without merit and squarely addressed by the report, it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. The report (Doc. 16) of Magistrate Judge Mehalchick is ADOPTED.
2. The Commissioner's decision denying Leese's application for a period of disability and disability insurance benefits is AFFIRMED.
3. The Clerk of Court shall enter judgment in favor of the Commissioner and against Leese as set forth in paragraph 2.
4. The Clerk of Court is directed to CLOSE this case.
/S/ CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER
Christopher C. Conner, Chief Judge
United States District Court
Middle District of Pennsylvania