Rodriguez v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER granting 20 Motion for Attorney Fees; Adopting 22 Report and Recommendations on 20 Motion for Attorney Fees, filed by Julio Rodriguez, 22 Report and Recommendations,. Signed by Judge K. Michael Moore on 1/17/2023. See attached document for full details. (fpi)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No. 1:22-cv-20446-KMM
Acting Commissioner of the
Social Security Administration,
ORDER ON REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
THIS CAUSE came before the Court upon Plaintiff’s Unopposed Motion for Attorney Fees
Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act. (“Motion” or “Mot”) (ECF No. 20). Therein, Plaintiff
requests that the Court enter an order granting it $2,939.92 to be paid to his attorneys pursuant to
the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412. See generally Mot. The matter was referred
to the Honorable Lauren Fleischer Louis, United States Magistrate Judge. (ECF No. 21). On
December 30, 2022, Magistrate Judge Louis issued a Report and Recommendation, (“R&R”) (ECF
No. 22), recommending that the Motion be GRANTED. No objections to the R&R were filed,
and the time to do so has now passed. The matter is now ripe for review. As set forth below, the
Court ADOPTS the R&R.
The Court may accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or
recommendations made by the magistrate judge. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Fed. R. Crim. P. 59(b)(3).
The Court “must consider de novo any objection to the magistrate judge’s recommendation.” Fed.
R. Crim. P. 59(b)(3). A de novo review is therefore required if a party files “a proper, specific
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objection” to a factual finding contained in the report. Macort v. Prem, Inc., 208 F. App’x 781,
784 (11th Cir. 2006). “It is critical that the objection be sufficiently specific and not a general
objection to the report” to warrant de novo review. Id. Yet when a party has not properly objected
to the magistrate judge’s findings, “the court need only satisfy itself that there is no clear error on
the face of the record in order to accept the recommendation.” See Keaton v. United States, No.
14-21230-CIV, 2015 WL 12780912, at *1 (S.D. Fla. May 4, 2015); see also Lopez v. Berryhill,
No. 17-CV-24263, 2019 WL 2254704, at *2 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 26, 2019) (stating that a district judge
“evaluate[s] portions of the R & R not objected to under a clearly erroneous standard of review”
(citing Davis v. Apfel, 93 F. Supp. 2d 1313, 1317 (M.D. Fla. 2000))).
In her Report and Recommendation, Magistrate Judge Louis concludes that: (1) the fee
award sought by Plaintiff’s counsel is reasonable given his experience and the number of hours
spent on the case, see R&R at 2–3; and (2) Plaintiff’s counsel is entitled to an upward adjustment
to his hourly rate based on increases in the cost of living, id. at 3. This Court agrees.
Accordingly, UPON CONSIDERATION of the Motion, the R&R, the pertinent portions
of the record, and being otherwise fully advised in the premises, it is hereby ORDERED AND
ADJUDGED that Magistrate Judge Louis’s R&R (ECF No. 22) is ADOPTED. Plaintiff’s Motion
is GRANTED. Plaintiff is awarded $2,939.92 in attorney’s fees, to be paid to Plaintiff’s counsel
once the U.S. Department of the Treasury determines that Plaintiff owes no debt to the United
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers at Miami, Florida, this 17th
___ day of January, 2023.
c: All counsel of record
K. MICHAEL MOORE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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