Battles v. Social Security Administration

Filing 18

ORDER granting 16 Plaintiff's Application for Attorney Fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act; and awarding Plaintiff $2,178.02. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 9/19/2017. (kdr)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS JONESBORO DIVISION SANDRA BATTLES V. PLAINTIFF CASE NO. 3:16-CV-00347-JTK NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Commissioner Social Security Administration DEFENDANT ORDER Pending is Plaintiff=s Application for Attorney Fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (AEAJA@), 28 U.S.C. ' 2412 (DE #16). expenses. In the motion, Plaintiff requests $2,178.02 in fees and The Commissioner has not filed a response to the motion. After careful consideration, the Court hereby finds that the motion is GRANTED. EAJA fees are payable to Plaintiff, not Plaintiff=s attorney, and such fees are subject to an offset when the Plaintiff has outstanding federal debts. See Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S. Ct. 2521 (2010). Therefore, subject to any offset, payment by check to the order of the Plaintiff, in care of his attorney, will issue to Plaintiff=s attorney. Accordingly, the Application for Attorney Fees (DE #16) is GRANTED. Plaintiff is awarded $2,178.02. IT IS SO ORDERED this 19th day of September, 2017. ____________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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