Ford v. Social Security Administration
ORDER approving attorney fees and costs in the amount of $3,820.17; finding the EAJA fee award is payable to Plaintiff and mailed to Plaintiff's counsel, but subject to any offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt owed to the U.S.; and directing Defendant to certify said award and pay Plaintiff's attorney this amount. Signed by Magistrate Judge Joe J. Volpe on 5/18/2012. (srw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner,
Social Security Administration,
Before the Court is Plaintiff’s Application for Attorney’s Fees pursuant to the Equal Access
to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. The Commissioner responded and offered no objection
to the fees requested. The parties have also agreed to procedure for the payment of the EAJA fees.
So, after careful consideration of the Motion and Response, the Court finds:
The hours spent by counsel were reasonable. Therefore the Court approves attorney
fees and costs in the amount of $3,820.17 (.6 attorney hour at $175 per hour, 18.30 hours at $181
per hour, 5.15 paralegal hours at $75 per hour, and expenses of $16.62).
The EAJA fee award is payable to Plaintiff and mailed to Plaintiff’s counsel, but
subject to any offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt owed to the United States. Astrue v. Ratliff, --U.S. ----, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 2527, 2010 WL 2346547 (2010).
Defendant shall certify said award and pay Plaintiff’s attorney this amount.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of May, 2012.
JOE J. VOLPE
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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