Twylight Buchanan v. Comm of Soc Sec
Per Curiam OPINION filed : the district court's order filed October 14, 2014 (and its order of December 8, 2014 denying reconsideration) diligently set forth the undisputed facts and the governing law. Because this court's issuance of a full opinion would be duplicative and serve no jurisprudential purpose, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court in its October 14, 2014 order; decision not for publication. Alice M. Batchelder, John M. Rogers, and Deborah L. Cook, Circuit Judges.
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File Name: 15a0670n.06
Case No. 15-5137
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY
Oct 01, 2015
DEBORAH S. HUNT, Clerk
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED
STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF
BEFORE: BATCHELDER, ROGERS, and COOK, Circuit Judges.
PER CURIAM. Twylight Buchanan, through her attorney Wolodymyr Cybriwsky,
sought fees for 39.4 hours of work at a rate of $150 per hour pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2412, the
Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). The district court found the request unreasonable and
awarded a fee for 38.2 hours at the statutory rate of $125 per hour.
See 28 U.S.C.
§ 2412(d)(2)(A). It awarded the fee directly to Buchanan, despite her agreement assigning to her
attorney any fees awarded. The district court disregarded the assignment as violative of the AntiAssignment Act (AAA), 31 U.S.C. § 3727. Buchanan, through Cybriwsky, appeals.
Cybriwsky, in his briefing, appears particularly aggrieved by the district court’s denial of
his fees request for hourly rates ($175 and $150) that he claims this circuit approved in Turner v.
Case No. 15-5137
Twylight Buchanan v. Commissioner of Social Security
Commissioner of Social Security, 680 F.3d 721 (6th Cir. 2012). But regardless of any numeric
mistake by the district court as argued by Cybriwsky, what matters—as the district court
properly observed—is that Turner itself offered no discussion supporting the payment of fees at
any hourly rate.
The district court’s order filed October 14, 2014 (and its order of December 8, 2014
denying reconsideration) diligently set forth the undisputed facts and the governing law.
Because this court’s issuance of a full opinion would be duplicative and serve no jurisprudential
purpose, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court in its October 14, 2014 order.
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