(SS) Puckett v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 23

STIPULATION and ORDER FOR AWARD OF ATTORNEY'S FEES signed by Magistrate Judge Allison Claire on 10/14/2020. Plaintiff shall be AWARDED Attorney's fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. sec. 2412(d), in the amount of FOUR THOUSAND Five HUNDRED dollars and ZERO cents ($4,500.00). (Mena-Sanchez, L)

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1 2 3 4 FORSLUND LAW, LLC Jacqueline A. Forslund # 154575 P.O. Box 4476 Sunriver, OR 97707 Telephone: 541-419-0074 Fax: 541-593-4452 Email: jaf@forslundlaw.com 5 6 Attorney for Plaintiff UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NANETTE PUCKETT, ) ) Plaintiff ) ) v. ) ) ANDREW M. SAUL, ) Commissioner of Social Security, ) ) Defendant ) ) ____________________________________) Case No. 2:19-CV-1226-AC STIPULATION AND PROPOSED ORDER FOR AWARD OF ATTORNEY’S FEES UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT (EAJA) 16 IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties through their undersigned counsel, 17 subject to the approval of the Court, that Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney’s fees under the Equal 18 Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. sec. 2412(d), in the amount of FOUR THOUSAND Five 19 HUNDRED dollars and ZERO cents ($4,500.00). This amount represents compensation for all legal 20 services rendered on behalf of Plaintiff by counsel in connection with this civil action, in accordance 21 with 28 U.S.C. sec. 2412(d). 22 23 24 After the Court issues an order for payment of EAJA fees and expenses to Plaintiff, the government will consider the matter of Plaintiff’s assignment of EAJA fees and expenses to Plaintiff’s attorney. The government’s ability to honor the assignment will depend on whether the fees and expenses are subject to an offset allowed under the United States Department of the 25 Treasury’s Offset Program pursuant to Astrue v. Ratcliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521 (2010). After the order of 26 EAJA fees and expenses is entered, the government will determine if they are subject to an offset. If 27 it is determined that Plaintiff’s EAJA fees and expenses are not subject to an offset under Astrue v. 28 Ratcliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521 (2010) and the Department of Treasury’s Offset Program, then the check for Puckett v. Saul Stipulation and Proposed Order E.D. Cal. 2:19-cv-01226-AC 1 EAJA fees and expenses shall be made payable to Jacqueline A. Forslund, based upon Plaintiff’s 2 assignment of these amounts to Plaintiff’s attorney. The parties agree that whether these checks are 3 made payable to Plaintiff or Jacqueline A. Forslund, such checks shall be mailed to Plaintiff’s 4 attorney at the following address: Jacqueline A. Forslund, Forslund Law LLC, P.O. Box 4476, Sunriver, Oregon 97707. This stipulation constitutes a compromise settlement of Plaintiff’s request 5 for EAJA attorney fees, and does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of Defendant 6 under the EAJA or otherwise. Payment of the agreed amount shall constitute a complete release from, 7 and bar to, any and all claims that Plaintiff and/or Plaintiff’s Counsel may have relating to EAJA 8 attorney fees in connection with this action. 9 Respectfully submitted, 10 11 Date: October 7, 2020 JACQUELINE A. FORSLUND Attorney at Law 12 13 /s/Jacqueline A. Forslund JACQUELINE A. FORSLUND Attorney for Plaintiff 14 15 16 Date: October 8, 2020 MCGREGOR W. SCOTT United States Attorney DEBORAH STACHEL Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX Social Security Administration 17 18 19 /s/S. Wyeth McAdam S. WYETH MCADAM Special Assistant United States Attorney *By email authorization Attorney for Defendant 20 21 22 ORDER 23 24 APPROVED AND SO ORDERED 25 DATED: October 14, 2020 26 27 28 Puckett v. Saul Stipulation and Proposed Order E.D. Cal. 2:19-cv-01226-AC

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