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ALJ Bias

Dealing with “difficult” ALJs can make a challenging case more challenging. For information on complaining about ALJ behavior.


Settlement of ALJ Bias Class Action Approved
On October 18, 2013, Chief Judge Carol Bagely Amon of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted final approval of a settlement in Padro v. Astrue, Case No. 11-CV-1788 (CBA)(RLM), a class action lawsuit complaining of generalized bias by five Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) in SSA’s Queens, New York hearing office. Read More

Queens ODAR Bias Suit to Be Settled
Against seemingly insurmountable hurdles, the groundbreaking class action litigation alleging systemic bias on the part of five Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) at the Queens Office of Disability and Adjudication and Review (ODAR) is approaching settlement. Read More

Complaining About ALJs: New SSR to the Rescue?
More than 20 years ago, SSA issued a notice about interim procedures to handle complaints of ALJ bias, prejudice, and unfairness. Over the ensuing years, claimants and advocates have been frustrated in their attempts to complain about ALJ behavior. Read More

Class Action Filed Alleging ALJ Bias in Queens
Advocates in New York City welcomed a class action filed in April against the Social Security Administration (SSA) for the denial of full and fair hearings. Read More

ALJ Bias: Articles


Disability Law News - March 2014 Issue
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Disability Law News - December 2013
Empire Justice Center's quarterly newsletter for disability advocates. Read More