Maes v. Social Security Administration
ORDER GRANTING 21 Plaintiff's Unopposed Motion for Attorney Fees Under EAJA by Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt. (sr)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
Civ. No. 17‐429 GJF
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
Acting Commissioner of the
Social Security Administration,
ORDER GRANTING ATTORNEY FEES
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s “Unopposed Motion for Attorney Fees
Under the Equal Access to Justice Act” (“Motion”) [ECF No. 21]. Having considered the
record, relevant law, and the stipulations of the parties, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:
Defendant will pay Plaintiff a total of $4,194.40 in fees and $400.00 in costs
pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412 et seq. This amount is
payable to Plaintiff, not directly to his counsel. See Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586, 591-93
(2010). Plaintiff’s payment will be remitted to the office of his attorney, Michael Liebman.
Defendant’s payment of this amount bars any and all claims Plaintiff may have
relating to EAJA fees and expenses in connection with this action.
Defendant’s payment of this amount is without prejudice to Plaintiff’s counsels’
right to seek attorney fees under section 406(b) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 406(b),
subject to the offset provisions of the EAJA.
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.
THE HONORABLE GREGORY J. FOURATT
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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