Guffey v. Social Security Administration

Filing 19

ORDER granting 16 Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney Fees. It is further ordered that Plaintiff is awarded $3,952.60 in attorney'sfees and expenses under the EAJA. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 03/05/2013. (jak)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION JACKY GUFFEY V. PLAINTIFF NO. 3:12CV00053-JTR CAROLYN W. COLVIN,1 Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration DEFENDANT ORDER 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”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412.2 (Docket entry #16.) The Commissioner has filed a Response. (Docket entry #18.) Plaintiff's attorney, Anthony Bartels, requests a total payment of $3,952.60, consisting of: (1) 19.75 hours of attorney work in 2012 at the adjusted hourly rate of $181.00 ($3,574.75); (2) 4.80 hours of paralegal work at the hourly rate of $75.00 ($360.00); and (3) $17.85 in expenses for serving Plaintiff’s Complaint via certified mail. He also requests that the award be mailed directly to him based on an 1 Carolyn W. Colvin became Acting Commissioner of Social Security on February 14, 2013, and is automatically substituted as Defendant in this matter for Michael J. Astrue, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d). 2 On December 19, 2012, the Court entered a Memorandum Order and Judgment reversing the Commissioner’s decision and remanding this case for further administrative proceedings. (Docket entries #14, #15.) assignment executed by Plaintiff. The Commissioner does not object to the requested amount of fees and expenses. Pursuant to the 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. Consistent with the Commissioner’s usual procedure, the check awarding EAJA fees should be made payable to Plaintiff, but mailed to the care of Plaintiff’s attorney at the attorney’s office. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Expenses Pursuant to the EAJA (docket entry #16) is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded $3,952.60 in attorney's fees and expenses under the EAJA. DATED this _5th__ day of March, 2013. ____________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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