Jones, Renae v. Colvin, Carolyn

Filing 24

ORDER granting 20 Motion for Attorney Fees. Plaintiff's counsel awarded attorney fees in the amount of $9,697.59. Signed by District Judge William M. Conley on 10/30/2017. (kwf)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN RENAE JONES, Plaintiff, ORDER v. CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, 15-cvB638-wmc Defendant. On April 18, 2016, the court issued an order and judgment remanding this case to the commissioner for further proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. ' 405(g) pursuant to stipulation of the parties. Now before the court is plaintiff Renae Jones’ attorney’s petition for fees pursuant to § 406(b)(1) in the amount of $9,697.59. (Dkt. #20.) Defendant does not object to this motion. (Dkt. #23.) Fees under 42 U.S.C. ' 406 As part of its judgment, a court may allow “a reasonable fee . . . not in excess of 25 percent of the . . . past-due benefits” awarded to the claimant. § 406(b)(1)(A). The fee is payable “out of, and not in addition to, the amount of [the] past-due benefits.” Id. Counsel asks the court to approve an attorney fee award in the amount of $9,697.59, which represents the difference between the prior EAJA fee award and 25 percent of $55,140.00 that was awarded to plaintiff in past-due benefits.1 Having considered the supporting materials filed by plaintiff's attorney, and hearing no objection from plaintiff or The court notes that 25 percent of $55,140 is $13,785; however counsel was previously awarded $4,087.41. (Dkt. #18.) 1 1 defendant, the court will grant the motion. The fees requested by counsel are reasonable in light of the time he spent on this case and the favorable result he obtained for plaintiff while working on a contingency basis. Of course, counsel is not allowed to recover both awards. Section 406(b) has been harmonized with the EAJA; though fee awards may be made under both the EAJA and § 406(b), a claimant's attorney must refund to the claimant the amount of the smaller fee. Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789, 796 (2002) (explaining that “an EAJA award offsets an award under Section 406(b)”). ORDER IT IS ORDERED that counsel’s motion for attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406(b)(1) in the amount of $9,697.59 (dkt. #20) is GRANTED. Entered this 30th day of October, 2017. BY THE COURT: /s/ __________________________________ WILLIAM M. CONLEY District Judge 2

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