GREGORY v. SAUL
ORDER ON PETITION FOR ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT - re 28 MOTION for Attorney Fees Under EAJA. Within seven days of the date of this Order, Ms. de la Torre shall file a supplemental brief setting out the appropriate calculation for the work she performed in 2020 and adjusting the total requested award of attorney fees to reflect the appropriate calculation. See Order. Signed by Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore on 1/19/2023.(KAA)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
TERRE HAUTE DIVISION
KILOLO KIJAKAZI Acting Commissioner of
Social Security Administration,
ORDER ON PETITION FOR ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO
This matter is before the Court 1 on Plaintiff's Petition for Attorney Fees Under the Equal
Access to Justice Act filed by attorney Adriana M. de la Torre. [Dkt. 28.] Unfortunately, Ms. de
la Torre has committed an error that requires correction before the Court can rule on Plaintiff's
Petition for Attorney Fees on the merits. In the motion, Ms. de la Torre requested fees at 2021
rates for work performed in 2020. 2 This runs afoul of the Seventh Circuit's instruction that
"Courts should generally award the inflation-adjusted rate according to the CPI, using the date on
which the legal services were performed." Sprinkle v. Colvin, 777 F.3d 421, 428 (7th Cir. 2015).
On December 29, 2020, the parties filed a joint consent to the jurisdiction of the assigned magistrate judge. [Dkt.
9.] On December 30, 2020, Judge Sweeney referred the matter to Judge Pryor, who was the assigned magistrate
judge at that time. [Dkt. 10.] On December 15, 2022, this matter was reassigned from Magistrate Judge Pryor to the
undersigned. [Dkt. 31.] Pursuant to the parties' consent and the order referring the case to the assigned magistrate
judge, the parties' consent to the undersigned became effective thirty days after the date of reassignment if no
objection was filed. [Dkts. 9 & 10.] More than thirty days have passed since the reassignment, and no objection has
Ms. de la Torre also used the 2021 hourly rate for work performed in 2022, but that is permissible because it does
not result in overpayment for those hours.
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Accordingly, within seven days of the date of this Order, Ms. de la Torre shall file a
supplemental brief setting out the appropriate calculation for the work she performed in 2020 and
adjusting the total requested award of attorney fees to reflect the appropriate calculation.
Dated: 19 JAN 2023
Service will be made electronically on all
ECF-registered counsel of record via email
generated by the Court's ECF system.
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