Kincaid v. Social Security Administration
OPINION AND ORDER Awarding Attorney's Fees to the Plaintiff Under the EAJA by Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder granting in part 28 Motion for Attorney Fees by Laura Kincaid, to the extent that the Government is ordered to pay the agreed-upon fee award (Re: 31 Stipulation). (ndd, Deputy Clerk)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA
NANCY A. BERRYHILL,
Acting Commissioner of the Social
Case No. CIV-15-385-SPS
OPINION AND ORDER AWARDING
ATTORNEY’S FEES TO THE PLAINTIFF UNDER THE EAJA
Plaintiff Laura Kincaid was the prevailing party in this action under the Social
Security Act. Plaintiff originally sought an award of attorney’s fees in the amount of
$5,128.20, pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). See Docket
No. 28. The Commissioner subsequently filed a response, titled “Stipulated Motion for
Award of Attorney Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act,” indicating that the
parties had agreed to an award of $4,500. See Docket No. 31.
Upon review of the record herein, the Court finds that the agreed amount is
reasonable and that the Commissioner should be ordered to pay it to the Plaintiff as the
prevailing party herein.
See 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A) (“Except as otherwise
specifically provided by statute, a court shall award to a prevailing party other than the
On January 23, 2017, Nancy A. Berryhill became the Acting Commissioner of Social
Security. In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d), Ms. Berryhill is substituted for Carolyn
Colvin as the Defendant in this action.
United States fees and other expenses, in addition to any costs awarded pursuant to
subsection (a), incurred by that party in any civil action (other than cases sounding in
tort)[.]”); see also Manning v. Astrue, 510 F.3d 1246, 1251 (10th Cir. 2007) (“The EAJA
therefore permits attorney’s fees reimbursement to financially eligible prevailing parties,
who make a proper application, and not to their attorneys.”).
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that the Plaintiff’s Motion and Brief in Support for
an Award of for Attorney’s Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act 28 U.S.C. §2412
[Docket No. 28] is GRANTED IN PART, to the extent that the Government is hereby
ordered to pay the agreed-upon $4,500.00 fee award to the Plaintiff as the prevailing
party herein. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that if the Plaintiff’s attorney is subsequently
awarded any fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 406(b)(1), said attorney shall refund the smaller
amount of such fees to the Plaintiff pursuant to Weakley v. Bowen, 803 F.2d 575, 580
(10th Cir. 1986).
DATED this 12th day of July, 2017.
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