Akers v. SSA, No. 7:2017cv00031 - Document 14 (E.D. Ky. 2018)

Court Description: MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER: plaintiff's motion for leave to amend 11 is DENIED, without prejudice. Court will entertain a renewed motion for leave to amend if pla is able to establish that she raised the Appointments-Clause challenge during the original administrative proceeding. Signed by Judge Danny C. Reeves on 10/18/2018. (RCB)cc: COR
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Akers v. SSA Doc. 14 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF KENTUCKY SOUTHERN DIVISION (at Pikeville) TERESA AKERS, Plaintiff, V. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 7: 17-031-DCR MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER *** *** *** *** This matter is pending for consideration of Plaintiff Teresa Akers’ motion for leave to file an amended Complaint. [Record No. 11] Akers seeks to amend her Complaint to add a claim alleging that the Administrative Law Judge and the Appeals Council were appointed in violation of the Appointments Clause of Article II of the United States Constitution. Leave to amend may be denied where the amendment would be futile. See Yuhasz v. Brush Wellman, Inc., 341 F.3d 559 (6th Cir. 2003). As this Court recently explained in Blackburn v. Berryhill, Ashland Civil Action No. 0: 17-120-DCR, these claims generally are forfeited if they are not raised at the administrative level. Accordingly, the plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend will be denied because there is no indication that she raised the Appointments-Clause argument below. The plaintiff also seeks to allege that she has been denied due process based on lack of access to her client file, which is “sitting in the seized Conn law office in Stanville, Kentucky.” [Record No. 11-1, p. 5] However, while this appeal remains stayed pending the United States Court of Appeals’ decision in Hicks v. Commissioner of Social Security, No. 17-5206, the -1- Dockets.Justia.com Court has appointed Receivers to inventory and distribute the client files of former-attorney Eric C. Conn. [See Lexington Criminal Action No. 5: 17-043-DCR, Record No. 78.] The Receivers will file their first written report with the Court beginning December 1, 2018, and every three months thereafter, subject to intervening orders. The United States has no further obligation or responsibility with respect to the handling or disposition of the files. Accordingly, the plaintiff’s request to amend her Complaint regarding access to her client file is futile. Based on the foregoing, it is hereby ORDERED that the plaintiff’s motion for leave to amend [Record No. 11] is DENIED, without prejudice. The Court will entertain a renewed motion for leave to amend if the plaintiff is able to establish that she raised the Appointments-Clause challenge during the original administrative proceeding. Dated: October 18, 2018. -2-