Lucero v. Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 20 Motion for Attorney Fees by Chief Magistrate Judge Carmen E. Garza. (atc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
No. CV 17-259 CG
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
Acting Commissioner of the Social
ORDER AWARDING ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO
THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Stipulated Motion for Attorney
Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, (Doc. 20), filed February 6, 2018, in
which the parties stipulate to an award of $5,815.32 in attorney fees.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff be awarded $5,815.32 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) (providing EAJA fees are paid to the prevailing
party, not the attorney).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if Plaintiff’s counsel receives attorney fees
under both the EAJA and 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), Section 206(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.
THE HONORABLE CARMEN E. GARZA
UNITED STATES CHIEF MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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