Rella v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 29 MOTION for Attorney Fees under EAJA, awarding $4,500.00 in attorney's fees and $16.00 in expenses. Signed by Honorable R. Bryan Harwell on 03/05/2018.(bshr, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner )
of Social Security,
C/A No.: 1:16-cv-03990-RBH
On February 15, 2018, Plaintiff filed a motion for attorney’s fees pursuant to the Equal Access
to Justice Act (“EAJA”), 42 U.S.C. § 2412, on the basis that the position taken by the defendant in this
action was not substantially justified. In the motion, Plaintiff requested attorney’s fees in the amount
of $4,669.38 and expenses in the amount of $16.00. On March 1, 2018, the parties filed a stipulation
for an EAJA award of $4,500.00 in attorney’s fees and $16.00 in expenses.
Based on the foregoing and after considering the briefs and materials submitted by the parties,
the court orders the defendant to pay the sum of $4,500.00 in attorney’s fees and $16.00 in expenses
pursuant to EAJA, subject to the Treasury Offset Program if the prevailing party owes a debt to the
federal government. However, the payment shall be made payable to the claimant pursuant to Astrue
v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521 (2010) and mailed to his attorney, with a copy to the claimant.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
March 5, 2018
Florence, South Carolina
s/ R. Bryan Harwell
R. Bryan Harwell
United States District Judge
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