Bass v. Colvin

Filing 16

ORDER granting 15 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by District Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr on 7/26/2017. (nvc)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA STATESVILLE DIVISION 5:16-cv-00185-RJC RAY BASS ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) NANCY A. BERRYHILL, ) Acting Commissioner of Social Security, ) ) Defendant. ) ) ORDER THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney Fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. (Doc. No. 15). Plaintiff indicates that Defendant has consented to the fee requested in the Motion, and Defendant has not objected to the requested fees and the time for doing so has expired. Having reviewed the Motion, supporting exhibits, and the case file, the Court determines that Plaintiff should be awarded attorneys’ fees under EAJA, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), in the amount of $4,500.00. IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorneys’ Fees, (Doc. No. 15), is GRANTED. The Court will award attorneys’ fees in the amount of $4,500.00, and pursuant to Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (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, that 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 any debt, the Government will exercise its discretion and honor an assignment of EAJA fees, and pay those fees directly to Plaintiff’s counsel. No additional petition pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d) shall be filed. Signed: July 26, 2017

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