Lang v. Colvin

Filing 22

ORDER granting 21 Unopposed Motion for EAJA Attorney Fees and Expenses by Judge J Richard Creatura. Nancy A. Berryhill (Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration) added. Carolyn W. Colvin (Acting Commissioner of Social Security) terminated. (SH)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT TACOMA 8 9 10 SHROMA LANG, 11 Plaintiff, v. 12 14 NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, 1 15 CASE NO. 16-cv-05189 JRC ORDER ON UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES AND EXPENSES 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 Unopposed Motion for Equal Access to Justice Act 20 Fees and Expenses (see Dkt. 21). 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 UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES AND EXPENSES - 1 1 Based on the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2412, (“EAJA”), plaintiff’s motion 2 (see Dkt. 21), the attorney declaration and time and expense itemizations (Dkt. 21, Attachments 3 1, 2), and the relevant record, it is hereby ORDERED that EAJA attorney’s and paralegal’s fees 4 of $6,552.30 and expenses in the amount of $20.88, for a total of $6,573.18, shall be awarded to 5 plaintiff pursuant to the EAJA and consistent with Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 2524, 2010 6 U.S. LEXIS 4763 at ***6-***7 (2010). 7 The Acting Commissioner shall contact the Department of Treasury after the Order for 8 EAJA fees and expenses is entered to determine if the EAJA fees and expenses are subject to any 9 offset. If it is determined that plaintiff’s EAJA fees and expenses are not subject to any offset 10 allowed pursuant to the Department of the Treasury’s Offset Program, then the check for EAJA 11 fees and expenses shall be made payable to Charles W. Talbot, Esq., based on plaintiff’s 12 assignment of these amounts to plaintiff’s attorney (see Attorney-Client Agreement re Social 13 Security Disability, Dkt. 21, Attachment 3). If there is an offset, the remainder shall be made 14 payable to plaintiff, based on the practice of the Department of the Treasury (see, e.g., Case No. 15 2:15-cv-122, Dkt. 22, p. 4). Any check for EAJA fees shall be mailed to plaintiff’s counsel, 16 Charles W. Talbot, Esq., at Talbot & Associates, P.S., 5005 Center Street, Suite E, Tacoma, WA 17 98409. 18 Dated this 31st day of January, 2017. A 19 20 J. Richard Creatura United States Magistrate Judge 21 22 23 24 ORDER ON UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT FEES AND EXPENSES - 2

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