Bilotta v. Berryhill

Filing 32

ORDER granting 30 Consent Motion for Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A) (EAJA). Signed by Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer on 6/7/2021. (mek)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA STATESVILLE DIVISION ANTONIO BILOTTA, PLAINTIFF, VS. ANDREW SAUL, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, DEFENDANT. CIVIL NO. 5:18-CV-00121-FDW-DSC CONSENT ORDER 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) (EAJA), filed on June 7, 2021. Having reviewed the Motion, supporting materials, memorandum in support, and the case file, and noting Defendant’s consent, the Court determines that Plaintiff should be awarded an attorney’s fee under the EAJA in the amount of $20,000.00. IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Fees Under the EAJA is GRANTED, to the extent that the Court will award attorney’s fees in the amount of $20,000.00, 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 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 be filed. SO ORDERED. Signed: June 7, 2021

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