Lewis v. Social Security Administration
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiffs Petition for Award of Attorney Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (ECF No. 26 ) is GRANTED in the amount of $3,096.56. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that said award shall be made payable to the Plaintiff. Signed by Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman on 11/12/13. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
ACTING COMMISSIONER OF
No. 4:12CV2304 TIA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Petition for Award of Attorney Fees Pursuant
to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412 (ECF No. 26). The parties
consented to the jurisdiction of the undersigned pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c).
On October 24, 2013, 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 $3,096.56, which represents 16.6 hours of attorney work from
Traci L. Severs at the rate of $186.54 per hour. Defendant filed a response to Plaintiff’s motion,
stating that she has no objection to an award of EAJA fees of $3,096.56 to be paid by the Social
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 $3,096.56, 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). An
appropriate Judgment will accompany this Memorandum and Order.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Petition for Award of Attorney Fees
Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (ECF No. 26) is GRANTED in the amount of
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that said award shall be made payable to the Plaintiff.
/s/ Terry I. Adelman
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Dated this 12th day of November, 2013.
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