Nixon v. Astrue
ORDER GRANTING 40 Plaintiff's Motion to Stay Proceedings on Attorney Fees under 406(b). Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 4/11/2014. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
ROBERT LOUIS NIXON, JR.
) ORDER TO STAY PROCEEDINGS
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE,
Commissioner of Social Security,
Section 406(b) (and section 1383(d)(2) with regard to Title XVI claims) of Title 42
governs motions for attorney's fees in Social Security disability cases, and provides in relevant
part that ''the court may determine and allow as part of its judgment a reasonable fee for [an
attorney's] representation, not in excess of25 percent of the total of the past-due benefits to
which the claimant is entitled by reason ofsuchjudgment." 42 U.S.C. § 406(b)(l)(A). At this
time the specific amount of past-due benefits, if any, is unknown.
Rule 54 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may apply to the filing of a request for
attorney's fees pursuant to Sections 406(b) and 1383(d)(2). Because the amount of past-due
benefits and attorney's fees is unknown at this time, the Court orders that if the plaintiffs
attorney seeks attorney's fees under 42 U.S.C.
406(b) or 1383(d)(2) in the future he must file
a motion for approval of such fees no later than thirty (30) days after the date of the last Social
Security Award Notice sent to the plaintiff's counsel at the conclusion of the Agency's past-due
So ORDERED this
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