On December 22, 1993, the United States District Court for the Southern District of
New York issued an order in Dixon, et al. v. Shalala, which provides relief to certain individuals denied or terminated between June 1,
1976, and July 19, 1983, inclusive, based on a finding that they did not have a severe
impairment or that their impairment(s) was only slight.
On April 19, 1995, following the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) appeal,
the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court's
decision and clarified how the 1993 Dixon court order should be implemented.