Jan 20, 2017

Berryhill Replacing Colvin

     Carolyn Colvin is no longer Acting Commissioner of Social Security. She has been replaced by Nancy Berryhill. If you are suing the Social Security Administration, you would now sue Berryhill rather than Colvin. If you already have a suit pending against Colvin, you don't have to do anything. This situation is addressed in §25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure:
Public Officers; Death or Separation from Office. An action does not abate when a public officer who is a party in an official capacity dies, resigns, or otherwise ceases to hold office while the action is pending. The officer's successor is automatically substituted as a party. Later proceedings should be in the substituted party's name, but any misnomer not affecting the parties’ substantial rights must be disregarded. The court may order substitution at any time, but the absence of such an order does not affect the substitution.


Anonymous said...

The last sentence of 42 USC 405(g)addresses this regular occurrence as well.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Charles, you always really help us alot here. I guess any future motions or Reponses, for already filed cases, should just list Berryhill as the defendant; kind of like substituting one Daren on Bewitched for another. Just change the name on the credits and continue as though nothing has changed.

Anonymous said...

What is the effective date of the appointment?

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