Heathman v. Colvin
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Application for Award of Attorney Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (ECF No. 34) is GRANTED in the amount of $4,338.41. The award is made payable to Plaintiffs cou nsel, based on the assignment, is subject to offset for any debt he owes the United States, and is to be mailed to Plaintiff's attorney. An appropriate Judgment will accompany this Memorandum and Order.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman on 1-8-14. (KKS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
JAMES D. HEATHMAN,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
No. 2:13CV61 TIA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Application for Attorney Fees Under the
Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412 (ECF No. 34). The parties consented
to the jurisdiction of the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
In EAJA actions, the district court has the authority to award reasonable and necessary
expenses associated with adjudicating a claim for social security benefits. Kelly v. Bowen, 862
F.2d 1333, 1335 (8th Cir. 1988). The Court finds that Plaintiff is entitled to EAJA fees in the
amount of $4,338.41, payable to the Plaintiff as the prevailing party. Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S.
586, 130 S. Ct. 2521, 2527 (2010) (holding that EAJA fees are payable to the prevailing party
and may be subject to offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt owed to the United States).
On September 10, 2014, the undersigned reversed the Commissioner’s decision and
remanded Plaintiff’s case to the Commissioner for further proceedings. Plaintiff now seeks
attorney’s fees in the amount of $4,338.41, which represents 4.9 hours of attorney work at
$185.59 per hour and 18.4 hours of attorney work at $186.36 per hour. Defendant filed a
response to Plaintiff’s motion, stating that she has no objection to an award of EAJA fees of
$4,338.41, but notes that any award of fees is subject to offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt he
owes to the United States. Plaintiff executed a fee agreement assigning any fee under the EAJA
to his attorney. See Doc. No. 34-3, Assignment of EAJA Fees. Accordingly, for good cause
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Application for Award of Attorney Fees
Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (ECF No. 34) is GRANTED in the amount of
$4,338.41. The award is made payable to Plaintiff’s counsel, based on the assignment, is subject
to offset for any debt he owes the United States, and is to be mailed to Plaintiff’s attorney.
An appropriate Judgment will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
/s/ Terry I. Adelman
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Dated this 8th day of January, 2015.
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