(SS) Brown v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 11/18/2022 as follows: Based upon the parties' stipulation (ECF No. 29 ), IT IS ORDERED that fees and expenses in the amount of $9,000.00, as authorized by the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), and no costs as authorized by 28 U.S.C. § 1920, be awarded subject to the terms of the stipulation. (Rooney, M)
Jonathan O. Peña, Esq.
CA Bar ID No.: 278044
Peña & Bromberg, PLC
2440 Tulare St., Ste. 320
Fresno, CA 93721
Attorney for Plaintiff, Anita Brown
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No. 1:21-cv-00214-EPG
14 KILOLO KIJAKAZI, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
ORDER RE: STIPULATION FOR THE AWARD
AND PAYMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES AND
EXPENSES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL
ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT
(ECF No. 29).
IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties through their undersigned counsel,
subject to the approval of the Court, that Plaintiff be awarded attorney fees and expenses in the amount
18 of NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 00/100 ($9,000.00) under the Equal Access to Justice Act
19 (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), and cost in the amount of ZERO dollars ($0.00) under 28 U.S.C. §1920.
20 This amount represents compensation for all legal services rendered on behalf of Plaintiff by counsel
21 in connection with this civil action, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d).
After the Court issues an order for EAJA fees to Plaintiff, the government will consider the
23 matter of Plaintiff’s assignment of EAJA fees to counsel. Pursuant to Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586,
24 598, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 177 L.Ed.2d 91 (2010), the ability to honor the assignment will depend on
25 whether the fees are subject to any offset allowed under the United States Department of the
26 Treasury’s Offset Program. After the order for EAJA fees is entered, the government will determine
27 whether they are subject to any offset.
Fees shall be made payable to Plaintiff, but if the Department of the Treasury determines that
2 Plaintiff does not owe a federal debt, then the government shall cause the payment of fees, expenses
3 and costs to be made directly to Counsel, pursuant to the assignment executed by Plaintiff. Any
4 payments made shall be delivered and made payable to Plaintiff’s counsel, Jonathan O. Peña.
This stipulation constitutes a compromise settlement of Plaintiff’s request for EAJA attorney
fees, and does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of Defendant under the EAJA or
otherwise. Payment of the agreed amount shall constitute a complete release from, and bar to, any
and all claims that Plaintiff and/or Counsel including Counsel’s firm may have relating to EAJA
attorney fees in connection with this action.
This award is without prejudice to the rights of Counsel and/or Counsel’s firm to seek Social
Security Act attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), subject to the savings clause provisions of the
14 Dated: November 17, 2022
/s/ Jonathan O. Peña
JONATHAN O. PEÑA
Attorney for Plaintiff
17 Dated: November 17, 2022
PHILLIP A. TALBERT
United States Attorney
MATHEW W. PILE
Associate General Counsel
Office of Program Litigation
Social Security Administration
By: _*_Oscar Gonzalez de Llano
Oscar Gonzalez de Llano
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
Attorneys for Defendant
(*Permission to use electronic signature
obtained via email on November 17, 2022).
Based upon the parties’ stipulation (ECF No. 29), IT IS ORDERED that fees and expenses in
3 the amount of $9000.00 as authorized by the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), and no
4 costs as authorized by 28 U.S.C. § 1920, be awarded subject to the terms of the stipulation.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 18, 2022
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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