Mikell, JR. v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration

Filing 24

ORDER granting 21 MOTION for Attorney Fees under Equal Access to Justice Act, awarding fees in the amount of $5,000.00 and costs in the amount of $400.00. Signed by Magistrate Judge Paige J. Gossett on 11/17/2022.(bshr, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Benjamin Stiles Mikell, Jr., Plaintiff, v. Kilolo Kijakazi, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) C/A No. 0:22-1233-PJG ORDER This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”). (ECF No. 21); see 28 U.S.C. § 2412. The parties filed a joint stipulation on November 3, 2022 notifying the court that the parties have agreed to a compromise settlement in which Defendant agrees to pay Plaintiff $5,000.00 in attorney’s fees and $400.00 in costs. (ECF No. 22.) The court has reviewed the stipulation and finds the compromise settlement reasonable and authorized under applicable law. See Grisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 796 (2002). Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff be granted attorney’s fees pursuant to the EAJA in the amount of $5,000.00 and costs be granted in the amount of $400.00. 1 EAJA fees awarded by this court belong to Plaintiff and are subject to offset under the Treasury Offset Program (31 U.S.C. § 3716(c)(3)(B) (2006)). In the event Plaintiff has no present debt subject to offset and Plaintiff has executed a proper assignment to Plaintiff’s counsel, Defendant is directed to make the payment due to Plaintiff’s counsel. If Plaintiff has no debt subject to offset and no proper assignment has 1 Costs are paid from the Judgment Fund by the Department of the Treasury rather than by Agency funds. See 28 U.S.C. §§2412(c)(1). Page 1 of 2 been made by Plaintiff to counsel, Defendant is directed to make the check due pursuant to this Order payable to Plaintiff and delivered to Plaintiff’s counsel. IT IS SO ORDERED. November 17, 2022 Columbia, South Carolina __________________________________________ Paige J. Gossett UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE Page 2 of 2

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