Holcombe-Haire v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
ORDER: IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's Fees (ECF No. 35)pursuant to the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), be and hereby is GRANTED in the amount of $24,150.68. Counsel will return to Plaintiff the fee of $4,680.50 previously awarded under the EAJA. Signed by Honorable Bruce Howe Hendricks on 6/7/2016.(gnan )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Sami Holcombe Haire,
) Civil Action No.: 4:13-2725-BHH
Carolyn Colvin, Acting Commissioner of
On April 22, 2016, Paul T. McChesney (“McChesney”), counsel for Plaintiff Sami
Holcombe Haire (“Plaintiff”), filed a motion for attorney’s fees pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §
406(b). (ECF No. 35). In the motion, McChesney requests reimbursement for
representation provided in the above-referenced case in the amount $24,150.68. Id.
As required by 42 U.S.C. § 406(b), the amount requested by counsel is not greater
than twenty-five percent (25%) of the past-due benefits recovered by Plaintiff. Counsel for
the Acting Commissioner of Social Security (“Commissioner”) filed a Response to the
Motion on May 13, 2016, in which he states that the Commissioner does not oppose an
award of attorney's fees under § 406(b) (ECF No. 37), provided that the Commissioner’s
procedures regarding the recoupment of erroneously released funds are followed, and that
Plaintiff’s counsel return to Plaintiff the fee of $4,680.50, previously awarded under the
Equal Access to Justice Act. The Court has reviewed the motion, counsel's fee petition, and
the accompanying fee agreement and finds that the request for fees is reasonable.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney's Fees (ECF No. 35)
pursuant to the Social Security Act, 42 U .S.C. § 406(b), be and hereby is GRANTED in the
amount of $24,150.68.1 As the total award exceeds $16,089.68, the parties shall engage
in the process outlined in POMS § GN 03920.055 regarding recoupment of the amount
erroneously released. Counsel will return to Plaintiff the fee of $4,680.50 previously
awarded under the EAJA.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/Bruce Howe Hendricks
United States District Judge
June 7, 2016
Greenville, South Carolina
Plaintiff received $4,685.50 in attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act,
28 U.S.C. § 2412(d). (ECF No. 34). As Plaintiff's attorney concedes in his Memorandum in
Support of his Motion for Attorney Fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b) (ECF No. 35-1 at 5-6), he must
refund to Plaintiff the lesser of the two fees. See Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 796
(2002), Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 2528 (2010).
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