Marshall v. Colvin

Filing 24

ORDER granting 23 Motion for EAJA Attorney Fees by Judge J Richard Creatura. Nancy A. Berryhill (Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration) added. Carolyn W Colvin (Acting Commissioner, Social Security Administration) terminated. (SH)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON 8 9 10 MARION D. MARSHALL, 11 Plaintiff, v. 12 14 NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, 1 15 CASE NO. 2:15-cv-01833 JRC ORDER ON STIPULATED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES Defendant. 13 16 This Court has jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), Fed. R. Civ. P. 73 and Local 17 Magistrate Judge Rule MJR 13 (see also Notice of Initial Assignment to a U.S. Magistrate Judge 18 and Consent Form, Dkt. 5; Consent to Proceed Before a United States Magistrate Judge, Dkt. 6). 19 This matter is before the Court on plaintiff’s Stipulated Motion for Equal Access to Justice Act 20 Fees (see Dkt. 23). 21 22 1 Nancy A. Berryhill is now the Acting Commissioner of Social Security. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Nancy A. Berryhill should be substituted for Acting 23 Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin as the defendant in this suit. No further action needs to be taken to continue this suit by reason of the last sentence of section 205(g) of the Social Security Act, 42 24 U.S.C. § 405(g). ORDER ON STIPULATED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES - 1 1 Based on the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412, (“EAJA”), the Stipulation of 2 the parties (see Dkt. 23), the attorney declaration and time itemization (Dkt. 23, Attachment 1), 3 and the relevant record, it is hereby ORDERED that EAJA attorney’s fees of $6,802.00, shall be 4 awarded to plaintiff pursuant to the EAJA and consistent with Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 5 2524, 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4763 at ***6-***7 (2010). 6 The Acting Commissioner agrees to contact the Department of Treasury after the Order 7 for EAJA fees is entered to determine if the EAJA fees are subject to any offset. If it is 8 determined that plaintiff’s EAJA fees are not subject to any offset allowed pursuant to the 9 Department of the Treasury’s Offset Program, then the check for EAJA fees shall be made 10 payable to Tha Win, Esq., based on plaintiff’s assignment of these amounts to plaintiff’s attorney 11 (see Fee Agreement – Federal Court, Dkt. 23-3). If there is an offset, the remainder shall be 12 made payable to plaintiff, based on the practice of the Department of the Treasury (see, e.g., 13 Case No. 2:15-cv-122, Dkt. 22, p. 4). Any check for EAJA fees shall be mailed to plaintiff’s 14 counsel, Tha Win, Esq., at 600 1st Avenue, Suite 237, Seattle, WA 98104. 15 Dated this 31st day of January, 2017. A 16 17 J. Richard Creatura United States Magistrate Judge 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ORDER ON STIPULATED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES - 2

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