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Vernoff v. Astrue, No. 08-55049

In an appeal from the Social Security Administration's order denying Plaintiff child survivor benefits, the order is affirmed where the child at issue did not meet the eligibility requirements for such benefits because she could not establish that she was dependent upon the deceased insured at the time of his death under California law.

Read the full decision in Vernoff v. Astrue, No. 08-55049.

Appellate Information:

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of California Cormac J. Carney, District Judge, Presiding.
Argued and Submitted May 6, 2009 -- Pasadena, California
Filed June 17, 2009


Before: Cynthia Holcomb Hall, Andrew J. Kleinfeld, and Barry G. Silverman, Circuit Judges.

Opinion by Judge Hall


James T. Raetz and Wallace R. Vernoff, Coulter Vernoff & Pearson, Pasadena, California, for the appellant.

Gregory G. Katsas, Assistant Attorney General, and Kelsi Brown Corkran, Attorney, Civil Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. for the appellee.