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Barnhart v. Walton

Docket No.: 00-1937
Certiorari Granted: Sep 25 2001
Argued: January 16, 2002
Decided: March 27, 2002

Topics:

Social Security, as amended, including Social Security Disability Benefits Reform Act, but excluding Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children, Civil Rights, Article I, Commerce Clause, Eleventh Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Natural Resources, Social Security Act, Supplemental Security Income, Tenth Amendment, abuse of discretion, copyright, preemption, res judicata, sovereign immunity

PartyNames: Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security v. Cleveland B. Walton
Petitioner: Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security
Respondent: Cleveland B. Walton

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Citation: 235 F.3d 184
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket

Jo Anne B. Barnhart, Commissioner of Social Security
v.
Cleveland B. Walton
535 U.S. 212 (2002)
Question:

Does the term "inability," in the Social Security Act, include a 12 month requirement, such that the inability must last, or must be expected to last, for at least 12 months? Is the term "expected to last" applicable only when the "inability" has not yet lasted 12 months?

Barnhart v. Walton
ORAL ARGUMENT

January 16, 2002

Holding: reversed
Decision: Decision: 9 votes for Barnhart, 0 vote(s) against
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