Hodge v. Social Security Administration

Filing 30

ORDER by Magistrate Judge Kevin R. Sweazea re 29 Stipulation of Award of Attorneys Fees and Granting Attorneys Fees (cbf)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO NATASHA NICOLE HODGE, Plaintiff, v. No. 1:16-cv-00974-KRS NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. ORDER FOR THE AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT THIS MATTER comes before the Court upon the parties’ Stipulation of Award of Attorney Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”) [Doc. No. 29], filed September 18, 2017. The Court, being fully advised in the premises, FINDS that the motion is well-taken and should be GRANTED. IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that the motion is GRANTED, and Plaintiff is awarded $6,500.00 in attorney fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). See Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586, 591-93 (2010) (EAJA fees are paid to the prevailing party, not the attorney). Payment of this amount shall constitute a complete release from and bar to any and all claims Plaintiff may have relating to EAJA fees in connection with this action. The parties further agree that the EAJA award is without prejudice to Plaintiff’s attorney’s right to seek attorney fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), subject to the offset provisions of the EAJA. See 28 U.S.C. § 2412(c)(1) (2006). IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, if Plaintiff’s counsel receives attorney fees under both the EAJA and 42 U.S.C. § 406(b) of the Social Security Act, Plaintiff’s counsel shall refund the smaller award to Plaintiff pursuant to Weakley v. Bowen, 803 F.2d 575, 580 (10th Cir. 1986). KEVIN R. SWEAZEA UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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