Baker v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration

Filing 30

ORDER granting 27 Motion for EAJA Attorney Fees to Plaintiff in the amount of $2,719.19. Signed by Honorable Richard M Gergel on 2/7/2017.(gnan )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA Melvin C. Baker, Plaintiff, vs. Nancy A. Berryhill, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Civil Action No. 4:15-3599-RMG ORDER This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff's motion for an award of attomey's fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. (Dkt. No. 27). Plaintiff seeks an fee award of$2,719.19, representing 14.5 hours of attorney time at $187.53 per hour. (Dkt. No. 23-1. The Commissioner has advised the Court she does not oppose Plaintiff's motion. (Dkt. No. 28). The Court has reviewed the motion and memorandum of Plaintiff, as well as the supporting underlying documentation, and finds that the total fee request, hours expended, and hourly rates are reasonable and authorized under applicable law. Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789 (2002). Therefore, the Court hereby grants an EAJA fee award to Plaintiff in the amount of $2,719.19. 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 Plaintiff's counsel. If Plaintiff has no present debt subject to offset and no proper assignment has been -1­ 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. AND IT IS SO ORDERED. Richard Mar Gergel United States District Judge February ? ,2017 Charleston, South Carolina -2­

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