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Johnson v. Astrue, No. 09-3685

By FindLaw Staff on January 10, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Challenge to Denial of Disability Benefits

In Johnson v. Astrue, No. 09-3685, a challenge to the Social Security Commissioner's denial of disability benefits to plaintiff, the court affirmed judgment for plaintiff where the administrative record as a whole provided substantial evidence to support the ALJ's finding that plaintiff retained the residual functional capacity to perform her past relevant work and therefore was not disabled.


As the court wrote:  "Following denial of a previous application, Betty Jean Johnson applied for disability benefits and supplemental security income under the Social Security Act, alleging a disability onset date of December 1, 2005. See 42 U.S.C. §§ 423, 1382. After an August 2007 administrative hearing, the Commissioner's administrative law judge (ALJ) denied the applications, finding that Johnson has severe impairments but retains the residual functional capacity to perform her past relevant work as a cashier. Johnson filed this action seeking judicial review of the agency's adverse final action."

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