Hempel v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
ORDER on Attorney Fees in the amount of $2,328.25. This amount should be paid in addition to, and not out of, any past due benefits which plaintiff may be awarded in the future. Signed by Honorable Robert T. Dawson on November 28, 2011. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
Civil No. 2:10-cv-02121
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE
Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Before the Court is the Report and Recommendation filed on November 1, 2011 by the
Honorable Barry A. Bryant, United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Arkansas.
ECF No. 15. Judge Bryant recommends that Plaintiff’s Application for Attorney Fees Under the
Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”) be GRANTED. Defendant has not filed objections to the
Report and Recommendation, and the time to object has passed. See 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1).
Accordingly, this Court finds that counsel is entitled to compensation under the EAJA in the
amount of $2,328.25. This award represents 13.05 hours of attorney time at an hourly rate of
$165.00 and 3.50 hours of paralegal time at an hourly rate of $50.00. This amount should be paid
in addition to, and not out of, any past due benefits which Plaintiff may be awarded in the future.
The parties are reminded that the award herein under the EAJA will be taken into account
at such time as a reasonable fee is determined pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 406 in order to prevent double
recovery by counsel for Plaintiff.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 28th day of November, 2011.
/s/ Robert T. Dawson
HON. ROBERT T. DAWSON
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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