Dade v. Colvin
ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Application for Attorney's Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act 30 is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded EAJA attorney's fees in the amount of $3,619.50, subject to offset for any pre-existing debt Plaintiff owes to the United States. After determining whether Plaintiff owes any debt to the United States that is subject to offset, Defendant is directed to pay the EAJA fees directly to Plaintiff's attorney. Signed by Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah on 6/28/2017. (CAR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
TIMOTHY D. DADE,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, 1
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
Case No. 2:16-CV-23-SPM
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Application for Attorney’s Fees Under the
Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. (Doc. 30). On May 26, 2017, this Court
entered final judgment reversing and remanding this case to the Commissioner of Social Security
for further action pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). (Doc. 29). Plaintiff is therefore
the prevailing party and is entitled to attorney’s fees under the EAJA. See Shalala v. Schaefer, 509
U.S. 292, 302 (1993).
Plaintiff seeks attorney’s fees in the amount of $3,619.50, which represents 19.05 hours
worked at a rate of $190 per hour. In support of this request, Plaintiff submitted an itemized
statement of the time spent by Plaintiff’s attorneys in the proceedings before this Court, as well as
Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d)
of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill should be substituted for Acting
Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin as the defendant in this suit. No further action needs to be taken
to continue this suit by reason of the last sentence of section 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42
U.S.C. § 405(g).
evidence supporting the hourly rate charged. Defendant does not contest the total fee request, the
hourly rate, or the number of hours itemized in the statement provided by Plaintiff’s attorney. Upon
review of Plaintiff’s motion and Defendant’s response, the Court finds the agreed-upon attorney’s
Plaintiff has signed an affidavit assigning his interest in an EAJA fee award to his attorneys.
However, in accordance with Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586, 589 (2010), an award of attorney’s
fees under the EAJA belongs to Plaintiff and is “subject to a [g]overnment offset to satisfy a preexisting debt that the litigant owes the United States.”
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Application for Attorney’s Fees Under the
Equal Access to Justice Act (Doc. 30) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff is awarded EAJA attorney’s fees in the amount
of $3,619.50, subject to offset for any pre-existing debt Plaintiff owes to the United States. After
determining whether Plaintiff owes any debt to the United States that is subject to offset, Defendant is
directed to pay the EAJA fees directly to Plaintiff’s attorney.
SHIRLEY PADMORE MENSAH
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Dated this 28th day of June, 2017.
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