Wagner v. Astrue

Filing 18

STIPULATION AND ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT re 17 Stipulation filed by Michael J. Astrue. Signed by Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton on 3/14/11. (nah, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/14/2011)

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Wagner v. Astrue Doc. 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 MELINDA L. HAAG, CSBN 132612 United States Attorney LUCILLE GONZALES MEIS, SBN CO 15153 Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX, Social Security Administration ELIZABETH FIRER, SBN WI 1034148 Special Assistant United States Attorney 333 Market Street, Suite 1500 San Francisco, California 94105 Telephone: (415) 977-8943 Facsimile: (415) 744-0134 Attorneys for Defendant 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties, through their undersigned counsel, subject to the Court's approval, that counsel for Plaintiff, as assignee, be awarded attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, (EAJA) in the amount of THREE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY FIVE DOLLARS AND EIGHT CENTS ($3,895.08). This amount represents compensation for all legal services rendered on behalf of Plaintiff by counsel in connection with this civil action, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 2412(d). After the Court issues an order for EAJA fees and expenses to Plaintiff, the Government will consider the matter of Plaintiff's assignment of EAJA fees and expenses to her attorney. Pursuant to Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521 (U.S. June 14, 2010), the ability to honor the assignment will depend on whether the fees and expenses are subject to any offset allowed under the United States Department of the Treasury's Offset Program. After the order for EAJA fees and expenses is entered, the Government will determine NICOLE LOUISE WAGNER, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, ) Commissioner of ) Social Security, ) ) Defendant. ) _________________________________) CIVIL NO. C10-02413 PJH STIPULATION AND ORDER APPROVING SETTLEMENT OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA OAKLAND DIVISION Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 whether they are subject to any offset. Fees and expenses shall be made payable to Plaintiff, but if the Department of the Treasury determines that Plaintiff does not owe a federal debt, then the Government shall cause the payment of fees, expenses and costs to be made directly to David J. Linden, pursuant to the assignment executed by Plaintiff. Any payments made shall be delivered to Plaintiff's counsel. This stipulation constitutes a compromise settlement of Plaintiff's request for EAJA attorney fees and expenses, and does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of Defendant under the EAJA. Payment of the agreed amount shall constitute a complete release from, and bar to, any and all claims that Plaintiff and/or Plaintiff's counsel may have relating to EAJA attorney fees and expenses in connection with this action. This award is without prejudice to the rights of Plaintiff's counsel to seek Social Security Act attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. 406, subject to the offset provisions of the EAJA. Dated: March 10, 2011 /s/ David J. Linden (As authorized via email) DAVID J. LINDEN P.O. Box 5780 Napa, CA 94581 Attorney for Plaintiff MELINDA L. HAAG United States Attorney Dated: March 10, 2011 By: /s/ Elizabeth Firer ELIZABETH FIRER Special Assistant United States Attorney PURSUANT TO STIPULATION, IT IS SO ORDERED that Plaintiff shall be awarded attorney fees in the amount of THREE THOUSAND, EIGHT HUNDRED NINETY FIVE DOLLARS AND EIGHT CENTS ($3,895.08), as authorized by 28 U.S.C. 2412(d), subject to the terms of the above-referenced Stipulation. 26 27 28 UNIT ED 25 3/14/11 Dated: __________________ ER N F D IS T IC T O R A C LI 2 FO hylli Judge P s J. Ham ilton R NIA _____________________________ PHYLLIS J. HAMILTONRED DE UnitedIStates SO OR Judge IS District T S S DISTRICT TE C TA RT U O NO RT H

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