Ellenburg v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 15 Motion for Attorney Fees, awarding a total of $2610.01 pursuant to EAJA. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 05/25/2017.(bshr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting
Commissioner of Social Security,
Civil Action No. 1:16-3120-BHH
This matter is before the Court upon Plaintiff’s motion for attorney’s fees pursuant
to the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. In her motion, Plaintiff
seeks attorney’s fees in the amount of $2,590.00, representing 5.5 attorney hours at the
hourly rate of $185.00 and 17 paralegal hours at the hourly rate of $92.50, as well as
$20.01 in expenses.
On May 22, 2017, Defendant filed a response notifying the Court that she does not
oppose Plaintiff’s motion. Therefore, after review, it is hereby
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion (ECF No. 15) is granted, and Plaintiff is awarded
a total of $2610.01 pursuant to EAJA. 1
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/Bruce Howe Hendricks
Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
May 25, 2016
Charleston, South Carolina
As the Supreme Court made clear in Astrue v. Ratliff, attorney’s fees under EAJA are made payable
to the prevailing litigant and not to the litigant’s attorney. 560 U.S. 586, 598 (2010) (holding that the plain text
of EAJA requires that attorney’s fees be awarded to the litigant, thus subjecting EAJA fees to an offset of any
pre-existing federal debts).
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