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Everetts v. Apfel

214 F.3d 990 (2000)

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Everetts v. Apfel

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

214 F.3d 990 (2000)

Facts

Everetts (plaintiff) was raped by Joseph Everetts in September 1953 at the age of 15. Everetts’s mother encouraged or forced her to marry Joseph Everetts, who left town the next day and was never heard from again. In February 1983, Everetts married Mitchell Reid, who died in 1990. In March 1996, Everetts filed to annul her marriage to Joseph Everetts, and a state court annulled the marriage. In April 1996, Everetts filed a claim for widow’s insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration (defendant). The administrative-law judge ruled against Everetts, finding the annulment of her marriage to Joseph Everetts only occurred after Reid died. Under Missouri law, the annulment of the marriage was therefore effective only from April 1996, and Everetts could claim no previous benefits. The district court granted summary judgment for the Social Security Administration, and Everetts appealed to the Eighth Circuit.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Arnold, J.)

Dissent (Heaney, J.)

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