Salazar v. Social Security Administration

Filing 22

ORDER granting 19 Motion for Attorney's Fees & Expenses. Plaintiff is awarded $3,542.39 in fees & expenses. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 10/7/2010. (jct)

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Salazar v. Social Security Administration Doc. 22 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT E A S T E R N DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS J O N E S B O R O DIVISION R O B E R T SALAZAR V. CASE NO. 3:09CV00162 BD P L A IN T IF F M I C H A E L J. ASTRUE, Commissioner, Social Security Administration ORDER DEFENDANT P e n d in g is Plaintiff's Motion for an Award of Attorney's Fees under the Equal A c c e ss to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. 2412 (docket entry #19). In his motion, P la in tif f requests fees and expenses in the amount of $3,542.39. The Commissioner does n o t object to the amount requested (#21). Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion (#19) is G RA N TED . In his motion, Plaintiff states that he has entered into a contract with his counsel in w h ic h he assigned his rights to any EAJA fees and costs and requests that any EAJA fees b e "payable to and mailed directly to his counsel." (#19 at p. 1) In Astrue v. Ratliff, --U .S . ----, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 2527, 2010 WL 2346547 (2010), the United States Supreme C o u rt stated, however, that EAJA fees are to be made "payable to litigants." Accordingly, Plaintiff is awarded $3,542.39 in fees and expenses, this 7th day of O c to b e r, 2010. ___________________________________ U N IT E D STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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