Scott v. Astrue (CONSENTS)

Filing 26

ORDER granting 23 Motion for Attorney Fees and plaintiff is awarded EAJA fees in the amount of $3,570.57 payable directly to plaintiff's counsel, Georgia Ludlum, as plaintiff's assignee. Signed by Honorable Susan Russ Walker on 1/14/09. (sl, )

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IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION HOYT R. SCOTT, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL ASTRUE, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:08cv201-SRW ( W O) ORDER Plaintiff brought the present action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(g) seeking judicial review of a decision by the Commissioner of Social Security denying him benefits under the Social Security Act. On October 24, 2008, this court reversed the Commissioner's decision and remanded the case for further proceedings pursuant to sentence four of 405(g). Plaintiff has filed an application for an award of attorneys fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. 2412(d)(1)(A). Plaintiff's application seeks fees in the total amount of $3,570.57. The Commissioner does not contest the petition and requests that this court award fees in the amount sought by plaintiff's counsel. Additionally, in view of plaintiff's assignment of the EAJA award to his counsel, the Commissioner does not object to payment of the EAJA award directly to counsel as plaintiff's assignee. (See assignment attached to Doc. # 23, assigning EAJA attorney fees to attorney). Upon an independent review of the record, the court concludes that the position of the Commissioner in this litigation was not substantially justified, and further that the amount of fees sought by plaintiff's counsel is reasonable. For the foregoing reasons, it is ORDERED that the plaintiff's EAJA motion (Doc. # 23) is GRANTED, and plaintiff is awarded EAJA fees in the amount of $3,570.57, payable directly to plaintiff's counsel Georgia Ludlum as plaintiff's assignee. DONE, this 14th day of January, 2008. /s/ Susan Russ Walker SUSAN RUSS WALKER CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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