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ORDER granting 24 Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham on September 8, 2021.(cmp)

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Case 1:20-cv-01154-tmp Document 26 Filed 09/08/21 Page 1 of 3 PageID 590 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRIC COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE EASTERN DIVISION TONY WILLIAMS, Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURUITY, Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No.: 20-cv-1154-TMP ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR ATTORNEY FEES Before the court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Attorney’s Fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”). (ECF No. 24.) Plaintiff Tony Williams filed this action to obtain judicial review of Defendant Commissioner’s determination that he was not disabled. A Remand Order was entered in this case on June 23, 2021. (ECF No. 22.) Under the EAJA, the court shall “award to a prevailing party . . . fees and other expenses . . . incurred by the party in any civil action . . ., including proceedings for judicial review of agency action, brought by or against the United States . . ., unless the Court finds that the position of the United States was substantially justified or that special circumstances make an Plaintiff award unjust.” obtained an 28 Order U.S.C. § from the 2412(d)(1)(A). Court As the remanding the Case 1:20-cv-01154-tmp Document 26 Filed 09/08/21 Page 2 of 3 Commissioner’s decision pursuant to sentence PageID 591 four of U.S.C. §405(g), he qualifies as a prevailing party under the EAJA. The Court concludes that there are no special circumstances that would make an award unjust. Consequently, Plaintiff is entitled to an award of attorney fees. Plaintiff’s counsel has submitted his affidavit documenting 24.9 hours of work on this case. Based on this documentation, Plaintiff requests an award of attorney fees in the amount of $5,179.44. The EAJA provides that “attorney fees shall not be awarded in excess of $125.00 per hour unless the court determines that an increase in the cost of living or a special factor . . . justifies a higher fee.” 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(2)(A). Plaintiff has requested an award at the hourly rate of $208.01 for 24.9 hours of work. The increase in the hourly rate is based on the rise in the cost of living since March 1996, when the EAJA statutory rate was last increased. The Court finds that these requested rates and the number of hours expended are reasonable. It awarded is hereby attorney’s ORDERED fees that under Plaintiff the EAJA Tony in Williams is amount of the $5,179.44, made payable to Plaintiff’s attorney, as Plaintiff has assigned these funds to his attorney. Remittance of the awarded attorney’s fees will be contingent upon a determination by the Government that Plaintiff 2 Case 1:20-cv-01154-tmp Document 26 Filed 09/08/21 Page 3 of 3 PageID 592 owes no debt(s) to the Government that is subject to offset. If such a debt(s) exist, the Government may make the entire EAJA fee payable to Plaintiff and then use the EAJA fee as an offset to the debt. See 31 C.F.R. § 285.5(e)(6)(ii); Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010). IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of September, 2021. ____________________________________ s/ Tu M. Pham TU M. PHAM CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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