Lowery v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America
ORDER denying without prejudice 28 Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney Fees & Costs. If Plaintiff wants the attorney's fees considered, she should file a renewed motion by 5:00 p.m., 3/12/10. Plaintiff should include in her renewed motion the amount of fees or costs she is requesting, as well as a detailed description of how the fees or costs were incurred. Signed by Judge William R. Wilson, Jr on 3/9/2010. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION JOEAN LOWERY v. 3:09CV00013-WRW DEFENDANT ORDER Pending is Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's Fees (Doc. No. 28). Defendant has responded.1 For the reasons set out below, Plaintiff's Motion is DENIED, in part, without prejudice. I. Monthly ERISA Disability Benefit A December 11, 2009, Order granted summary judgment in Plaintiff's favor and directed Defendant to immediately reinstate Plaintiff's monthly benefits, retroactive to October 22, 2007, with interest.2 Plaintiff's Motion both asks the Court to settle a dispute about the amount of Plaintiff's monthly benefit and to grant attorney's fees. Plaintiff contends that, after the deduction of her Social Security Disability benefits, her monthly ERISA disability benefit is $533.94. Plaintiff bases her argument on her contention that basic income is "income earned prior to deductions."3 PLAINTIFF
UNUM LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA
As reflected in the administrative record, "commissions, bonuses, overtime pay, and
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other extra compensation" are excluded from basic income.4 Defendants' calculation of Plaintiff's benefits appears to be correct. Plaintiff's monthly benefit, after the deduction of her Social Security Disability benefits, is $120.72. Plaintiff's Motion for me to find her monthly benefit is $533.94 is DENIED. II. Overpayment In Defendant's Statement of Facts in Support of Motion for Summary Judgment, Defendant pointed out that on October 8, 2008, it informed Plaintiff that she had been overpaid benefits in the amount of $20,508.80 because Plaintiff's ERISA benefits had not been offset by the amount of Social Security Disability benefits Plaintiff had been receiving. Plaintiff did not dispute that fact. The policy contains a provision that the "insured promises to repay . . . any overpayment cause by an award of . . ." Social Security Disability benefits.5 Defendant contends it now owes Plaintiff nothing, because the $20,508.80 Plaintiff was overpaid is greater than the $18,341.39 in past and future benefits to which Plaintiff is entitled.6 I agree. III. Attorney's Fees Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's fees was filed about three months outside of the time period allowed by Rule 54(d) and Local Rule 54.1.7 Further, I cannot find anywhere in Plaintiff's
Administrative Record ("AR") at 155. AR at 163-65. Doc. No. 34. Motions for attorney's fees must be filed within 14 days after the judgment has been 2
Motion8 or Brief in Support9 the amount of attorney's fees, or costs, that Plaintiff is requesting. Accordingly, Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's fees is DENIED without prejudice. If Plaintiff wants me to consider attorney's fees, she should file a renewed motion by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 12, 2010. Plaintiff should include in her renewed motion the amount of fees or costs she is requesting, as well as a detailed description of how the fees or costs were incurred. IT IS SO ORDERED this 9th day of March, 2010.
/s/Wm. R. Wilson, Jr. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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