Dace v. Astrue
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs Motion for Attorneys Fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (Docket No. 28 ) is GRANTED. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant shall pay attorneys fees under the EAJA in the amount of $6,628.87, payable to Plaintiff, but mailed to Timothy Harlan, 515 Cherry Street, Suite 300, P.O. Box 933, Columbia, MO 65205. Signed by Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman on 7/2/14. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
PAMELA M. DACE,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
No. 4:12CV47 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. The parties consented to the jurisdiction of
undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
On March 25, 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 $6,628.87, which represents 23.50 hours of attorney work at the rate of $188.25 per
hour and 24.50 hours of legal assistant work at the rate of $90.00. 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).
In the instant case, Defendant has filed a response stating no objection to Plaintiff’s award
of EAJA fees of $6,628.87. However, as stated by Defendant, EAJA fees are payable to the Plaintiff
and may be offset to satisfy any pre-existing debt owed to the United States. Astrue v. Ratliff, 560
U.S. 586 (2010).
The Court has reviewed Plaintiff’s application for an award fo fees and expenses under the
EAJA, and concludes the statutory requirements are met. Because Plaintiff prevailed and is not
otherwise precluded from receiving attorney’s fees, the Court finds that she is entitled to attorney’s
fees in the amount of $6,628.87. The fee shall be mailed to Plaintiff’s attorney: Timothy Harlan,
515 Cherry Street, Suite 300, P.O. Box 933, Columbia, MO 65205. An appropriate Judgment will
accompany this Memorandum and Order.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees pursuant to the
Equal Access to Justice Act (Docket No.28) is GRANTED.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant shall pay attorney’s fees under the EAJA in
the amount of $6,628.87, payable to Plaintiff, but mailed to Timothy Harlan, 515 Cherry Street,
Suite 300, P.O. Box 933, Columbia, MO 65205.
/s/ Terry I. Adelman
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
2nd day of July, 2014.
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