Samuel v. Citibank, N.A. Long Term Disability Plan

Filing 67

ORDER denying 63 Motion for Attorney Fees, without prejudice. Signed by U.S.Magistrate Judge John E. Simko on 7/30/2009. (CG)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF SOUTH DAKOTA SOUTHERN DIVISION ***************************************************************************** * RANI H. SAMUEL, * CIV. 07-4051 * Plaintiff, * * vs. * * ORDER RE: MOTION FOR CITIBANK, N.A., LONG TERM * ATTORNEY FEES (DOC. 63) DISABILITY PLAN, a/k/a Citigroup * Long Term Disability Plan, * * Defendant. * * ****************************************************************************** Pending is Rani Samuel's motion for attorney's fees (Doc. 63). The controlling cases are: Martin v. Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, 299 F.3d 966 (8th Cir. 2002); Lawrence v. Westerhaus, 749 F.2d 494 (8th Cir. 1984); Seitz v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 433 F.3d 647 (8th Cir. 2006); and Kahle v. Leonard, 563 F.3d 736 (8th Cir. 2009). The circumstances and motion in this case, like the circumstances and motion in Lawrence v. Westerhaus, are premature. Also, regarding the remand order as an order which is not a final order, see Gerhardt v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, -- F.3d -- , No. 08-2517 (8th Cir. 2009). It is ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for attorney's fees is DENIED without prejudice. Dated this 30th day of July, 2009. BY THE COURT: s/John E. Simko ____________________________________ John E. Simko United States Magistrate Judge

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