Hooks v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 18 Motion for Attorney Fees & Expenses. Plaintiff is awarded $2,414.47 in fees & expenses under the EAJA. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 5/8/2012. (jct)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE,
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion requesting an award of attorney’s
fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”).1 (Docket entry
#18). The Commissioner has filed a Response. (Docket entry #20.)
Plaintiff's attorney, Anthony Bartels, requests a total award of $2,414.47
consisting of: (1) 1.05 hours of attorney work in 2010 at the adjusted hourly rate of
$175.00 ($183.75); (2) 9.85 hours of attorney work in 2011 at the adjusted hourly rate
of $181.00 ($1,782.85); (3) 5.75 hours of paralegal work at the hourly rate of $75.00
($431.25); and (4) $16.62 in expenses for serving Plaintiff’s Complaint via certified
mail. He also requests that the award be mailed directly to him based on an
assignment executed by Plaintiff.
The Commissioner does not object to the requested amount of fees and
On October 17, 2011, the Court entered a Memorandum Order and Judgment
reversing the Commissioner’s decision and remanding this case for further administrative
proceedings. (Docket entries #16, #17.)
Pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s holding in Astrue v. Ratliff, 130
S. Ct. 2521 (2010), an award of EAJA fees belongs to the prevailing party, not that
party’s lawyer. Thus, the Commissioner asserts that, as is the usual procedure, the
check awarding EAJA fees will be made payable to Plaintiff, but will be mailed to the
care of Plaintiff’s attorney at the attorney’s office. Consistent with that procedure, the
Court will award Plaintiff her attorney’s fees pursuant to the EAJA.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Award of
Attorney’s Fees and Expenses Under the EAJA (docket entry #18) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded $2,414.47 in attorney's
fees and expenses under the EAJA.
DATED this 8th day of May, 2012.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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