Rossback v. Social Security Administration, Commissioner of

Filing 18

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 17 MOTION for Attorney Fees Opposed. Under 28 U.S.C. § 2412, plaintiff is granted attorney fees under the EAJA in the amount of $4,738.50. Signed by District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree on 11/18/2022. (kas)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS D.K.R., Plaintiff, v. Case No. 6:21-CV-01214-DDC KILOLO KIJAKAZI, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. MEMORANDUM AND ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR AN AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT The court previously remanded this case for further administrative proceedings under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) (see ECF No. 15). Plaintiff then requested attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d) (ECF No. 17).1 After reviewing the file and being advised by the parties that they have now agreed to an attorney fee award under the EAJA in connection with the court-related representation of plaintiff in this Social Security appeal, the court finds that reimbursement should be made for attorney fees in the amount of $4,738.50. In accordance with Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010), the EAJA attorney fee is payable to the plaintiff as the litigant and may be subject to offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt the litigant may owe to the United States. In addition, if plaintiff’s counsel ultimately receives an award of attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), she must refund the smaller award to plaintiff under Weakley v. Bowen, 803 F.2d 575, 580 (10th Cir. 1986). 1 The title of plaintiff’s motion recites that it is opposed. Doc. 17. But since the filing of the motion, the parties informally have notified the court that they have stipulated to the requested fee award. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT plaintiff’s Motion for An Award of Attorney Fees (Doc. 17) is granted. Under 28 U.S.C. § 2412, plaintiff is granted attorney fees under the EAJA in the amount of $4,738.50. The check for attorney fees should be made payable to plaintiff and mailed to plaintiff’s attorney address. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated this 18th day of November, 2022, at Kansas City, Kansas. s/ Daniel D. Crabtree Daniel D. Crabtree United States District Judge Approved: DUSTIN J. SLINKARD United States Attorney District of Kansas s/James L. Burgess JAMES L. BURGESS CO Bar #36933 Special Assistant United States Attorney Office of Program Litigation, Office 6 Office of the General Counsel Social Security Administration 1961 Stout Street, Suite 4169 Denver, CO 80294-4003 (303) 844-1856 Telephone (303) 844-0770 Facsimile s/ Kelsey Young Kelsey Young KS Bar #25679 Attorney for Plaintiff Parmele Law Firm, P.C. 1505 E. Bradford Parkway Springfield, MO 65804 Phone: (816) 415-9300 (telephone) Fax: (816) 415-3717 (facsimile) Email: Attorney for Plaintiff 2

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