Whitfield v. Saul
ORDER granting 20 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by District Judge Frank D. Whitney on 11/16/21. (clc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
Commissioner of Social Security,
Civil No. 1:20-CV-00245
THIS MATTER is before the Court on the Plaintiff’s Consent Motion for Fees Pursuant to
the Equal Access to Justice Act 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A) and filed on October 7, 2021. (Doc.
No. 20). Having reviewed the motion and supporting memorandum, and in light of Defendant’s
consent to the amount of fees, the Court grants the motion and determines that Plaintiff should be
awarded an attorney’s fee under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d),
in the amount of $9,500.00.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s Motion for Fees Under the Equal
Access to Justice Act 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A) (Doc. No. 20) is GRANTED, to the extent that
the Court will award attorney fees in the amount of $9,500.00, and that pursuant to Comm’r of
Soc. Sec. v. Ratliff, 130 S. Ct. 2521 (2010), the fee award will first be subject to offset of any debt
Plaintiff may owe to the United States. The Commissioner will determine whether Plaintiff owes
a debt to the United States. If so, the debt will be satisfied first, and if any funds remain, they will
be made payable to Plaintiff and mailed to Plaintiff’s counsel. If the United States Department of
the Treasury reports to the Commissioner that the Plaintiff does not owe a federal debt, the
government will exercise its discretion and honor an assignment of EAJA fees and pay the awarded
fees directly to Plaintiff’s counsel. No additional petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d) shall
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed: November 16, 2021
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