Chitwood v. Social Security Administration
OPINION AND ORDER Awarding Attorney's Fees to the Plaintiff Under the EAJA by Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder granting 22 Motion for Attorney Fees by Connie Chitwood. (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-16-468-SPS
OPINION AND ORDER AWARDING
ATTORNEY’S FEES TO THE PLAINTIFF UNDER THE EAJA
Plaintiff Connie Chitwood was the prevailing party in this action under the Social
Security Act. Plaintiff seeks an award of attorney’s fees in the amount of $4,367.20,
pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). The Commissioner
does not object to the fee award.
Upon review of the record herein, the Court finds that said 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 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.
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.
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 for Attorney Fees
Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act [Docket No. 22] is hereby granted and that
the Government is hereby ordered to pay the above-referenced amount 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 23rd day of August, 2017.
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