Rich v. Berryhill
ORDER granting 17 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Senior Judge Graham Mullen on 3/13/2018. (nvc)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
MARY H. RICH,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
Social Security Administration,
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff's motion for Attorney Fees (Doc. No.
17) under 28 U.S.C. § 2412, the Equal Access to Justice Act. Defendant consents to this Motion.
The Court has reviewed the Motion, supporting exhibits, and applicable law and finds that the
Motion should be granted.
Accordingly, the Court hereby GRANTS the Motion (Doc. No. 17) and ORDERS as
That the Social Security Administration shall pay $5,200.00 in attorney fees to the
plaintiff in full settlement and satisfaction of any and all claims for attorney fees for legal
services rendered under the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d).
With respect to Plaintiff's signed assignment of EAJA fees to her attorney, in accordance
with Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 177 L.Ed.2d 91 (2010), 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 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 the assignment of EAJA fees, and pay the awarded fees
directly to Plaintiff's counsel.
Signed: March 13, 2018
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