Buechner, Catherine v. Saul, Andrew

Filing 31

AMENDED ORDER on Joint Stipulation for Attorney Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act. Signed by District Judge William M. Conley on 6/17/2021. (kwf)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN CATHERINE BUECHNER, Plaintiff, AMENDED ORDER v. 20-cvB379-wmc ANDREW SAUL, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. On February 9, 2021, the court issued an order remanding this case to the commissioner for further proceedings under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. ' 405(g). Now before the court is the parties’ stipulation for an award of attorney=s fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act, 28 U.S.C. ' 2412 in the amount of $11,000.00 and expenses in the amount of $0. (Dkt. #29.) ORDER IT IS ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for an award of attorney fees and expenses under the Equal Access to Justice Act is GRANTED. Plaintiff is awarded fees and costs in the amount of $11,000.00. These fees are awarded to plaintiff and not plaintiff’s attorney and can be offset to satisfy pre-existing debts that the litigant owes the United States under Astrue v. Ratliff, 130 S.Ct. 2521, 177 L. Ed. 2d 91 (2010). If counsel for the parties verify plaintiff owes no pre-existing debt subject to offset, the defendant shall direct that the award be made payable to plaintiff’s attorney pursuant to the EAJA assignment duly signed by plaintiff and counsel. 1 If plaintiff owes a pre-existing debt subject to offset in an amount less than the EAJA award, the Social Security Administration will instruct the U.S. Department of Treasury that any check for the remainder after offset will be made payable to plaintiff and mailed to the business address of plaintiff’s attorney. Entered this 17th day of June, 2021. BY THE COURT: /s/ __________________________________ WILLIAM M. CONLEY District Judge 2

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