Hanke v. Social Security Administration
ORDER by Chief Magistrate Judge Karen B. Molzen granting 26 Unopposed Motion for EAJA Attorney Fees. (KBM)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting
Commissioner of the Social Security
ORDER FOR THE AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT
TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(D)
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the Stipulated Motion for Attorney Fees
Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act filed on October 31, 2017. [Doc. 26]. The parties
have stipulated to EAJA fees in the amount of $7,048.50 for work performed in 2016 and 2017.
The Court being otherwise fully advised in the premises, FINDS that the motion is well-taken
and will be GRANTED.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT the motion is GRANTED, and Plaintiff is
awarded $7,048.50 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 Social Security Act § 206(b), 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). IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 31, 2017
UNITED STATES CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE
/s/Michael D. Armstrong
Michael D. Armstrong
Attorney for Plaintiff
220 Adams St. SE, Suite B,
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Bus. (505) 890-9056 Fax. (505) 266-5860
Approval On 10/31/17
Special Assistant United States Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
Social Security Administration
1961 Stout Street, Ste. 4169
Denver, CO 80294-4003
Telephone: (303) 844-7315
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