Fleming v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
ORDER giving Plaintiff (20) days from the date of this Order tosupply the Court with supplemental briefing in support of his Motion for Attorneys Fees. Signed by Honorable Barry A. Bryant on July 17, 2014. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
TIMOTHY S. FLEMING
Civil No. 2:13-cv-02120
CAROLYN W. COLVIN
Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Pending now before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees under the Equal
Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412 (2011). ECF No. 19. Plaintiff filed this Motion
after the Court dismissed Plaintiff’s case as moot. See ECF Nos. 17-18. In the Memorandum
Opinion dismissing this case, the Court noted the following:
Further, because this case only became moot after the SSA made a fully favorable
decision nearly a year after this case was filed and after Plaintiff prepared the entire
appeal in this matter (including the briefing), the Court also finds Plaintiff is the
“prevailing party” and is entitled to an award of attorney’s fees and other expenses
ECF No. 17 at 3 (emphasis added).
Since the time of this Memorandum Opinion, however, the issue of whether Plaintiff is
entitled to attorney’s fees under EAJA has been more fully briefed, and the Court may need to
reconsider whether Plaintiff is entitled to an award of attorney’s fees under the EAJA. Importantly,
Defendant filed a response to Plaintiff’s Motion and questioned whether Plaintiff does indeed qualify
as a “prevailing party” for purposes of EAJA. ECF No. 21. In her briefing, Defendant cited the
Supreme Court case of Buckhannon Board and Care Home, Inc. v. West Virginia Department of
Health and Human Resources, 532 U.S. 598, 603 (2001). Upon review, this case appears to address
the very issue before the Court as to whether Plaintiff qualifies as a “prevailing party” under EAJA.
Accordingly, before deciding this issue and in order to give Plaintiff the full opportunity to
address this issue, the Supreme Court case of Buckhannon, and brief any other issues that are
relevant to his Motion. Plaintiff therefore has twenty (20) days from the date of this Order to
supply the Court with supplemental briefing in support of his Motion for Attorney’s Fees.
ENTERED this 17th day of July 2014.
/s/ Barry A. Bryant
HON. BARRY A. BRYANT
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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