Category Archives: Economic Security Litigation

Clark v Astrue: Plaintiffs Move for Class Certification in SSA Probation Case

Plaintiffs have moved for certification of a nationwide class in Clark v. Astrue, (06-cv-15521 SHS, SDNY). the action challenging the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) policy of suspending or denying Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits anytime someone had an … Continue reading

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SSA Agrees to Provide Medicare Part B Enrollment Protections to Martinez Class Members

In response to arguments raised by NSCLC and other class counsel, SSA has agreed to use its “executive discretion” to ensure that Martinez class members do not experience a lapse in Medicare Part B coverage as their Social Security benefits are restored. … Continue reading

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Clark v Astrue: Court of Appeals Rules SSA Policy on Probation/Parole Violators Unlawful

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) policy of suspending Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits whenever someone has an outstanding warrant for an alleged violation of probation … Continue reading

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SSA Ordered to Offer Blind & Visually Impaired Beneficiaries an Alternative to Standard Print Notices

A district judge in California has issued a final judgment in a nationwide class action requiring that the Social Security Administration (SSA) offer blind or visually impaired individuals the option of receiving notices and other communications in alternative formats.  American Council … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Social Security/SSI Martinez Case Media Briefing

NSCLC, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and New America Media co-hosted a media briefing on the successful Martinez class action lawsuit on March 15, 2010. SSI Settlement Briefing 2 from New America Media on Vimeo.  

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Webinar: The “Fleeing Felon” Settlement with SSA

Benefits Available to Your Social Security and SSI Clients January 29, 2010 Webinar. Gerald McIntyre, Anna Rich and Kevin Prindiville presented. PowerPoint | Recording  

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Social Security Administration Retreats from “Unknowing Flight” Doctrine and Will Pay Hundreds of Millions in Back Benefits

This article in the Clearinghouse REVIEW Journal of Poverty Law and Policy has details of the Martinez settlement.  

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SSA OIG Cong. Response Report

Information on how the Martinez class action settlement agreement will affect the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) fugitive felon policy. Download Report.  

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SSA Sends Out First Martinez Notices; Issues New POMS Section

SSA has begun implementation of the Martinez v. Astrue settlement. Now that the effective date (Nov. 30, 2009) of the settlement in Martinez v. Astrue has passed, SSA has begun implementation of the settlement by sending out informational notices advising 28,000 class … Continue reading

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Important Information for Advocates Working with Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Recipients

Update on Class Action Settlement for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income Recipients Last week a federal judge granted final approval of a settlement agreement which will end the Social Security Administration’s policy of denying or suspending benefits based on the mere … Continue reading

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