Court Rules that Lawsuit Against Social Security Administration May Go Forward

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 31, 2015) A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) filed by Vogel, Slade & Goldstein attorney Rob Vogel may proceed. The lawsuit, filed as a class action complaint, alleges that the SSA wrongfully seized the tax refunds of hundreds of thousands of people to repay Social Security “overpayments” that the Government contends were made decades ago, in many cases to these people’s parents when the people were still children.

The lawsuit, Grice et al. v. Colvin, Civ. Action 14-1082 (D. Md.), also claims that the Government long ago discarded any documentation that would show the circumstances of most of these alleged “overpayments.” The Court’s opinion denied the Government’s motion to dismiss the case.

The case has been the subject of extensive coverage in the news media, including the Washington Post, CBS Evening News, ABC World News Tonight, and the Daily Show.

Read the class action complaint.

Read the federal court order allowing the case to proceed.