Golliday v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 21

ORDER GRANTING 20 Joint Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark A. Beatty on 2/17/2021. (spl)THIS TEXT ENTRY IS AN ORDER OF THE COURT. NO FURTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE MAILED.

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Case 3:20-cv-00682-MAB Document 21 Filed 02/17/21 Page 1 of 2 Page ID #2559 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS ANTWYNETTE C. GOLLIDAY Plaintiff, vs. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 3:20-CV-00682-MAB MEMORANDUM AND ORDER BEATTY, Magistrate Judge: This matter is before the Court on the parties’ Joint Motion to Award Attorney Fees and Costs (Doc. 20). The parties agree that Plaintiff is entitled to attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $4, 793.00. The Court finds that Plaintiff is the prevailing party and is entitled to an award of attorney’s fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. §2412(d)(1)(B). The Court further finds that the agreed upon amount is reasonable and appropriate. This award shall fully and completely satisfy any and all claims for fees and expenses that may have been payable to Plaintiff in this matter pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. §2412. Per the parties’ agreement, this motion does not include Plaintiff’s costs and Plaintiff may file a separate bill of costs. The parties’ Joint Motion (Doc. 20) is GRANTED. The Court awards Plaintiff attorney’s fees and expenses in the amount of $4, 793.00 (four thousand seven hundred Page 1 of 2 Case 3:20-cv-00682-MAB Document 21 Filed 02/17/21 Page 2 of 2 Page ID #2560 ninety-three dollars). The amount awarded is payable to Plaintiff and is subject to set-off for any debt owed by Plaintiff to the United States, per Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010). See also, Harrington v. Berryhill, 906 F.3d 561 (7th Cir. 2018). However, any part of the award that is not subject to set-off to pay Plaintiff’s pre-existing debt to the United States shall be made payable to Plaintiff’s attorney pursuant to the EAJA assignment executed by Plaintiff. IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED: February 17, 2021 s/ Mark A. Beatty MARK A. BEATTY United States Magistrate Judge Page 2 of 2

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