Hastings v. Colvin

Filing 17

ORDER granting 14 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer on 11/22/17. (tob)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA CHARLOTTE DIVISION CIVIL ACTION NO.: 3:17-cv-1-FDW-DSC AMBER E. HASTINGS, PLAINTIFF, VS. NANCY A. BERRYHILL1, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, DEFENDANT. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) 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) filed on November 21, 2017. Having reviewed the Motion, supporting materials, memorandum in support, and the case file the Court determines that Plaintiff should be awarded attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), in the amount of $5,302.53. IT IS ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s Motion for Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A) is GRANTED, to the extent that the Court will award attorney fees in the amount of $5,302.53, and that pursuant to Comm’r of Soc. Sec. v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. --, 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 Nancy A. Berryhill is now Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill is substituted for Carolyn W. Colvin as the Defendant herein. No further action needs to be taken by reason of the last sentence of section 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). 1 to the Commissioner that 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 be filed. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Plaintiff shall be paid $420.31 in costs from the Judgment Fund by the United States Department of the Treasury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2412(a)(91). SO ORDERED. Signed: November 22, 2017

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