Gosa v. Social Security Administration

Filing 20

ORDER granting 17 Motion for Attorney Fees. Plaintiff is awarded $1859.92 in attorney's fees and expenses under the EAJA. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 6/18/2015. (jak)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION CHARLES GOSA V. PLAINTIFF NO. 3:14CV00016-JTR CAROLYN COLVIN, 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. § 2412.1 Doc. 17. Plaintiff's attorney, Anthony Bartels, requests a total payment of $1859.92 consisting of: (1) .35 hours of attorney work in 2013 at the adjusted hourly rate of $187.00 ($65.45); (2) 7.15 hours of attorney work in 2014-15 at the adjusted hourly rate of $191.00 ($1365.65); (3) 5.45 hours of paralegal work at the hourly rate of $75.00 ($408.75); and (4) $20.07 in expenses. The Commissioner does not object to Plaintiff’s request. Doc. 19. Under these circumstances, the Court concludes that Plaintiff is entitled to an award of attorney’s fees under the EAJA, and that the amount requested is reasonable. 1 On January 23, 2015, the Court entered an Order and Judgment reversing the Commissioner’s decision and remanding this case for further administrative proceedings. Docs. 15, 16. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Expenses Pursuant to the EAJA, Doc. 17, is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded $1859.92 in attorney's fees and expenses under the EAJA.2 DATED this 18th day of June, 2015. ____________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2 Consistent with the Commissioner’s usual procedure in light of Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010), 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. 2

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