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Califano v. Yamasaki

442 U.S. 682 (1979)

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Califano v. Yamasaki

United States Supreme Court

442 U.S. 682 (1979)

Facts

Yamasaki represented a class of claimants (plaintiffs) who were overpaid Social Security old-age, survivors, or disability insurance benefits. All of the claimants had requested and were denied waivers of their overpayments, without the administration holding an oral hearing on the matter before recouping the overpayments. A United States district court certified the class of claimants and awarded injunctive relief in favor of the class after finding that the administration was required to give a claimant the opportunity to be heard regarding his or her lack of fault and be given the opportunity to explain why recoupment would go against equities or good conscience. The Secretary of Health and Human Services, Joseph Califano (defendant), appealed the district court’s judgment, and a court of appeals affirmed. Califano requested a grant of certiorari to determine whether the administration must give claimants oral hearings in cases where overpaid claimants have filed waivers of their overpayments.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

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