McCall v. Colvin
ORDER granting 17 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Chief Judge Frank D. Whitney on 12/5/2014. (nv)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
DOCKET NO. 1:14-CV-0063-FDW
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the parties’ Consent Motion for Attorney’s Fees.
(Doc. No. 17). For the reasons stated herein the motion is GRANTED.
Pursuant to the power of this Court to award fees to a prevailing party other than the
United States incurred by that party in a civil action against the United States, including
proceedings for judicial review of agency action, under the Equal Access to Justice Act
(“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A), and in light of this Court’s October 20, 2014 Order
remanding this case to the Defendant Commissioner for further administrative proceedings.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Court will award attorney fees in the amount of four
thousand one hundred sixty-two dollars and fifty cents ($4,162.50) in full satisfaction of any and
all claims Plaintiff may have in this case under the Equal Access to Justice Act. No additional
petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d) shall be filed.
Pursuant to the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 1251
(2010), these attorney fees are payable to Plaintiff as the prevailing party and are subject to offset
through the Treasury Department’s Offset Program to satisfy any pre-existing debt Plaintiff may
owe to the government. If, subsequent to the entry of this Order, the Commissioner determines
that Plaintiff owes no debt to the government that would subject this award of attorney’s fees to
offset, the Commissioner may honor Plaintiff’s assignment of EAJA fees, providing for payment
of the subject fees to Plaintiff’s counsel, rather than to Plaintiff.
If, however, Plaintiff is
discovered to owe the government any debt subject to offset, the Commissioner shall pay any
attorney’s fees remaining after such offset to Plaintiff rather than to counsel. Should this occur,
any remaining fees made payable to Plaintiff shall be sent to her counsel.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed: December 5, 2014
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