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Le v. Astrue

540 F. Supp. 2d 1144 (2008)

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Le v. Astrue

United States District Court for the Central District of California

540 F. Supp. 2d 1144 (2008)

Facts

Le (plaintiff) applied for supplemental security income, alleging that she had been continuously disabled since November 1, 1999, due to several impairments including hypertension, obesity, and hyperlipidemia. Before applying for benefits, Le’s prior relevant work was as a rice farmer on her family’s farm in Vietnam. Le only had a fourth-grade education and farmed for her sustenance and to barter for necessities. Le was not paid any wages for rice farming. Following a hearing and an administrative-law judge’s (ALJ) determination that Le could perform her prior substantial gainful activity of rice farming at step four of the administration’s sequential five-step process for determining disability, the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Michael Astrue (defendant), denied Le’s application. Le sued the commissioner in a United States district court, alleging that the ALJ’s determination was not supported by substantial evidence.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Olguin, J.)

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