Steele v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration

Filing 36

ORDER granting 33 Motion for Attorney Fees Pursuant to the EAJA, awarding $6,000.00 in fees. Signed by Honorable Richard M. Gergel on 02/02/2017.(bshr, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Janet Lorene Steele, ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. .) ) Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner ) of Social Security Administration, ) ) Defendant. ) ) ) Civil Action No.1: 15-2595-RMG ORDER This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiffs motion for an award of attorney's fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. (Dkt. No. 33). The parties have jointly stipulated to an award of $6,000.00 in attorney's fees. (Dkt. No. 34). The Court has reviewed the proposed stipulation, as well as the supporting underlying documentation, and finds that the total fee is reasonable and authorized under applicable law. Barber v. Kimbrell's, Inc. 577 F.2d 216 (4th Cir. 1978); Local Rule 54.02 (D.S.C.). Therefore, the Court hereby grants an EAJA award to Plaintiff in the amount of $6,000.00 in attorney's fees. This award is subject to the Treasury Offset Program, 31 U.S.C. § 3716(c)(1)(B). In the event Plaintiff has no present debt subject to offset and Plaintiff has executed a proper assignment to her counsel, Defendant is directed to make the payment due herein to Plaintiffs counsel. If Plaintiff has no present debt subject to offset and no proper assignment has been made by Plaintiff to her counsel, Defendant is directed to make the check due pursuant to this Order payable to Plaintiff and to deliver the check to Plaintiff s counsel. -1­ AND IT IS SO ORDERED. United States District Judge February L, 2017 Charleston, South Carolina -2­

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