(SS) Flood v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 27

ORDER GRANTING Award and Payment of Attorneys Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, signed by District Judge Anthony W. Ishii on 8/2/2022. (Rivera, O)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 RODNEY LEN FLOOD, 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, No. 1:21-cv-00017-AWI-HBK ORDER GRANTNG AWARD AND PAYMENT OF ATTORNEYS FEES UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT (Doc. No. 26) Defendant. 17 18 19 20 21 Pending before the court is the parties’ stipulated motion for attorney fees, filed on July 22 25, 2022. (Doc. No. 26). The parties agree to an award attorney’s fees and expenses to Plaintiff’s 23 attorney in the amount of $6,489.80 pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 24 U.S.C. § 2412. (Id.). 25 On April 25, 2022, this Court granted the parties’ Stipulation for Voluntary Remand 26 pursuant to Sentence Four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) and reversed and remanded the case to the 27 Commissioner for further administrative proceedings. (Doc. No. 24). Plaintiff now requests an 28 1 award of fees as the prevailing party under that order. See 28 U.S.C. § 2412(a) & (d)(1)(A); Fed. 2 R. Civ. P. 54(d)(1); see 28 U.S.C. § 1920; cf. Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 300-02 (1993) 3 (concluding that a party who wins a sentence-four remand order under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) is a 4 prevailing party). 5 The Commissioner does not oppose the requested relief. (See Doc. No. 26). After 6 issuance of an order awarding EAJA fees and costs, the United States Department of the Treasury 7 will determine whether plaintiff owes a debt to the government. If plaintiff has no discernable 8 federal debt, the government will accept plaintiff’s assignment of EAJA fees and pay the fees 9 directly to plaintiff’s counsel. 10 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 11 1. Plaintiff’s stipulated motion for attorney fees and expenses (Doc. No. 26) is GRANTED. 12 2. Plaintiff is awarded fees in the amount of six thousand four-hundred eighty-nine dollars 13 14 and eighty cents ($6,489.80) in attorney fees and expenses; and 3. Unless the Department of Treasury determines that plaintiff owes a federal debt, the 15 government must pay the fees to plaintiff’s counsel in accordance with plaintiff’s 16 assignment of fees and subject to the terms of the stipulated motion. 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. 19 Dated: August 2, 2022 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 SENIOR DISTRICT JUDGE

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