Mayor v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER granting 21 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone on 10/9/2019. (MLM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 8:18-cv-978-T-AAS
Social Security Administration, 1
Sheri Mayor moves for attorney’s fees and costs under the Equal Access to
Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. Section 2412. (Doc. 21). The Commissioner does not
oppose the motion. (Id. at ¶ 5). Ms. Mayor requests $6,218.56 in attorney’s fees and
$400 for her filing fee. The EAJA permits awards for reasonable attorney’s fees and
expenses to a prevailing party against the United States. 28 U.S.C. § 2412.
The August 2, 2019 order remanded the Commissioner’s final decision under
sentence four of 42 U.S.C. Section 405(g) for further administrative proceedings.
(Doc. 19). The Clerk entered judgment in Ms. Mayor’s favor. (Doc. 20). Ms. Mayor
now requests an award of attorney’s fees and costs under the EAJA. (Doc. 21).
On June 17, 2019, Andrew Saul became Commissioner of the Social Security
Administration. Consistent with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Mr. Saul is
substituted as a party in Nancy Berryhill’s place.
The Commissioner does not contest the following: Ms. Mayor is the prevailing
party; Ms. Mayor’s net worth was less than $2 million when she filed her complaint;
the Commissioner’s position was not substantially justified; no special circumstances
make an attorney’s fees award unjust; and Ms. Mayor’s attorney’s fees request is
reasonable. A court should grant a Social Security claimant’s request for attorney’s
fees when it is unopposed. See Jones v. Colvin, No. 8:13-CV-2900-T-33AEP, 2015 WL
7721334 (M.D. Fla. Nov. 30, 2015) (awarding unopposed attorney’s fees request).
Therefore, Ms. Mayor is entitled to $6,218.56 in attorney’s fees and $400 for her filing
Attorney’s fees awarded to a claimant under the EAJA can be offset to satisfy
the claimant’s pre-existing debt to the United States. Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586,
589 (2010). Following this order, the United States Department of the Treasury will
determine whether Ms. Mayor owes a debt to the United States. Ms. Mayor assigned
her rights to EAJA fees to her attorney. So, if Ms. Mayor has no federal debt, the
United States will accept her assignment of EAJA fees and pay the fees directly to
Accordingly, Ms. Mayor’s motion for attorney’s fees and costs under the EAJA
(Doc. 21) is GRANTED. Ms. Mayor is awarded $6,218.56 in attorney’s fees and $400
for the filing fee.
ORDERED in Tampa, Florida on October 9, 2019.
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