Young v. Commissioner of Social Security

Filing 27

ORDER granting 25 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge Charles B Goodwin on 09/01/2017. (jb)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA REBECCA D. YOUNG, Plaintiff, v. NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. CIV-16-1332-CG ORDER On June 30, 2017, the Court entered an Order and a Judgment reversing the final decision of the Acting Commissioner and remanding this case for further administrative proceedings under the fourth sentence of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). Order (Doc. No. 23); J. (Doc. No. 24); see also Def.’s Unopp. Mot. to Remand (Doc. No. 22) at 1-2. Plaintiff Rebecca D. Young now timely requests an award of attorney’s fees in the amount of $4651.00 pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. Pl.’s Mot. (Doc. No. 25). Defendant has notified the Court that she does not object to Plaintiff’s requested award. Def.’s Resp. (Doc. No. 26) at 1. Having considered Plaintiff’s request and the relevant record, the Court finds that: Plaintiff “is a ‘prevailing party’; (2) the position of the United States was not ‘substantially justified’; and (3) there are no special circumstances that make an award of fees unjust” in this case. Hackett v. Barnhart, 475 F.3d 1166, 1172 (10th Cir. 2007) (quoting 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(A)); see Pl.’s Br. (Doc. No. 16) at 8-22; Def.’s Unopp. Mot. to Remand at 1- 2. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS Plaintiff’s Motion (Doc. No. 25) and awards fees in the amount of $4651.00, with said amount to be paid directly to Plaintiff Rebecca D. Young and sent in care of Marianna E. McKnight, Esq., 2448 East 81st Street, Suite 2038, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137. If attorney’s fees are also awarded under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), Plaintiff’s counsel shall refund the smaller award to Plaintiff pursuant to Weakley v. Bowen, 803 F.2d 575, 580 (10th Cir. 1986). IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of September, 2017. 2

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