(SS) Rodriguez v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 26

STIPULATION and ORDER FOR THE AWARD AND PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES AND EXPENSES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT; ORDER RE: STIPULATION AND DENYING MOTION FOR ATTORNEY'S FEES AS MOOT. Order signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 9/16/2022. (Kusamura, W)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Jonathan O. Peña, Esq. CA Bar ID No.: 278044 Peña & Bromberg, PLC 2440 Tulare St., Ste. 320 Fresno, CA 93721 Telephone: 559-439-9700 Facsimile: 559-439-9723 Email: info@jonathanpena.com Attorney for Plaintiff, Jose M Rodriguez 8 9 10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA FRESNO DIVISION 11 12 Jose M Rodriguez, Case No. 1:21-cv-00014-SKO 13 16 Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, 17 Defendant. 18 STIPULATION FOR THE AWARD AND PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES AND EXPENSES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT; ORDER RE: STIPULATION AND DENYING MOTION FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES AS MOOT 19 (Docs. 23 & 25) 14 15 Plaintiff, v. 20 21 IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties through their 22 undersigned counsel, subject to the approval of the Court, that Plaintiff be awarded 23 attorney fees and expenses in the amount of SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS and 24 00/100 ($7,000.00) under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), 25 and cost in the amount of zero dollars ($0.00) under 28 U.S.C. §1920. This amount 26 represents compensation for all legal services rendered on behalf of Plaintiff by counsel 27 in connection with this civil action, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). 28 1 After the Court issues an order for EAJA fees to Plaintiff, the government will 2 consider the matter of Plaintiff’s assignment of EAJA fees to counsel. Pursuant to 3 Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586, 598, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 177 L.Ed.2d 91 (2010), the ability 4 to honor the assignment will depend on whether the fees are subject to any offset 5 allowed under the United States Department of the Treasury’s Offset Program. After 6 the order for EAJA fees is entered, the government will determine whether they are 7 subject to any offset. 8 Fees shall be made payable to Plaintiff, but if the Department of the Treasury 9 determines that Plaintiff does not owe a federal debt, then the government shall cause 10 the payment of fees, expenses and costs to be made directly to Counsel, pursuant to 11 the assignment executed by Plaintiff. Any payments made shall be delivered to 12 Plaintiff’s counsel, Jonathan O. Peña. 13 This stipulation constitutes a compromise settlement of Plaintiff’s request for 14 EAJA attorney fees, and does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of 15 Defendant under the EAJA or otherwise. Payment of the agreed amount shall 16 constitute a complete release from, and bar to, any and all claims that Plaintiff and/or 17 Counsel including Counsel’s firm may have relating to EAJA attorney fees in 18 connection with this action. 19 This award is without prejudice to the rights of Counsel and/or Counsel’s firm 20 to seek Social Security Act attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), subject to the 21 savings clause provisions of the EAJA. 22 Respectfully submitted, 23 24 25 Dated: September 15, 2022 /s/ Jonathan O. Peña JONATHAN O. PEÑA Attorney for Plaintiff Dated: September 15, 2022 PHILLIP A. TALBERT 26 27 28 -2- United States Attorney PETER K. THOMPSON Acting Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX Social Security Administration 1 2 3 4 By: _*_Sathya Oum Sathya Oum Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Attorneys for Defendant (*Permission to use electronic signature obtained via email on September 8, 2022). 5 6 7 8 9 ORDER 10 Based upon the parties’ Stipulation for the Award and Payment of Equal Access 11 12 to Justice Act Fees and Expenses (the “Stipulation”) (Doc. 25), 13 IT IS ORDERED that fees and expenses in the amount of SEVEN THOUSAND 14 15 DOLLARS and 00/100 ($7,000.00) as authorized by the Equal Access to Justice Act 16 (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), be awarded subject to the terms of the Stipulation. 17 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees (Doc. 18 19 23) is DENIED as MOOT. 20 21 IT IS SO ORDERED. 22 23 Dated: /s/ Sheila K. Oberto September 16, 2022 . UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 24 25 26 27 28 -3-

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