Thomas A. Holdsworth, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Linda L. Stoneburner, Defendant-appellee, 134 F.3d 382 (10th Cir. 1998)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - 134 F.3d 382 (10th Cir. 1998)

Jan. 9, 1998

Before BRORBY, EBEL, and KELLY, Circuit Judges.** 


Mr. Holdsworth, appearing pro se and in forma pauperis, appeals from the dismissal of his action for compensatory damages against an official of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The district court dismissed the action for failure to exhaust administrative remedies, see I R. doc. 9, and then denied reconsideration, noting that the action had become moot because Mr. Holdsworth had obtained relief from SSA, see I R. doc. 22. On appeal, Mr. Holdsworth contends that the district court should have considered his claim for compensatory damages arising from the SSA's initial denial of his application for certain benefits. Even assuming that this claim was before the district court, such relief is barred. See Schweiker v. Chilicky, 487 U.S. 412, 428-29 (1988); see also 42 U.S.C. §§ 405(g) & (h). Nor are damages available under § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C. § 794(a). See Lane v. Pena, 116 S. Ct. 2092, 2097 (1996).

AFFIRMED. Defendant-Appellee's motion to strike the names of parties not named below from the caption of Mr. Holdsworth's opening brief is GRANTED. The mandate shall issue forthwith.


After examining the briefs and the appellate record, this three-judge panel has determined unanimously that oral argument would not be of material assistance in the determination of this appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 34(a); 10th Cir. R. 34.1.9. The cause is therefore ordered submitted without oral argument


This order and judgment is not binding precedent, except under the doctrines of law of the case, res judicata, and collateral estoppel. This court generally disfavors the citation of orders and judgments; nevertheless, an order and judgment may be cited under the terms and conditions of 10th Cir. R. 36.3