Ford v. Saul
ORDER granting Plaintiff's 26 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by District Judge Kenneth D. Bell on 11/17/2021. (nvc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:20-CV-00061-KDB
KILOLO KIJAKAZI , Acting
Commissioner of Social Security
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) (Doc No. 26). Having
reviewed the motion, supporting materials, memorandum in support, and the case file the Court
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 $5,500.00.
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) filed is GRANTED, to the extent that the Court will award attorney
fees in the amount of $5,500.00, 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
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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.
Signed: November 17, 2021
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