Runge v. Social Security Administration

Filing 35

ORDER by District Judge James H. Payne: affirming and adopting 34 Report and Recommendation; granting 29 Motion for Attorney Fees and 32 Supplemental Motion for Attorney Fees (cjt, Deputy Clerk)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA PATRICIA ANNE RUNGE, Plaintiff, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 15-CV-168-JHP-KEW ORDER AFFIRMING AND ADOPTING THE FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE On May 22, 2017, the United States Magistrate Judge entered a Findings and Recommendation in regard to Plaintiff’s request for an award of attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). The Magistrate Judge recommended that Plaintiff’s Application (Doc. No. 29) and Supplemental Application (Doc. No. 32) be granted. No party has filed any objection to the Magistrate Judge’s Findings and Recommendation within the time prescribed by law. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b); Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(a). This Court finds that the Findings and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge is supported by the record. Therefore, upon full consideration of the entire record and the issues presented herein, the Court finds and orders that the Findings and Recommendation entered by the United States Magistrate Judge on May 22, 2017, be AFFIRMED and ADOPTED by this Court as its Findings and Order. It is ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Application for Award of Attorney’s Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act (Doc. No. 29) and Plaintiff’s Supplemental Application for Award of Attorney’s Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act to Include Fees for Legal Work on Fee Litigation (Doc. No. 32) are GRANTED. Accordingly, the Government is ordered to pay Plaintiff’s attorney’s fees in the total amount of $5,149.00. It is further ORDERED that the award in this case is to be made payable to Plaintiff, not Plaintiff’s counsel, or jointly to Plaintiff and Plaintiff’s counsel, as 28 U.S.C. § 2412(a)(1) and (d)(1)(A) provide for an award of costs and attorney’s fees to a “prevailing party.” Further, if Plaintiff’s counsel is ultimately granted attorney fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §406(b)(1), she shall refund the smaller award to the plaintiff pursuant to Weakley v. Bowen, 803 F.2d 575, 580 (10th Cir. 1986). IT IS SO ORDERED this 7th day of June, 2017.     2  

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