Helton v. Commissioner of Social Security

Middle District of Florida, flmd-8:2016-cv-02365

ORDER granting {{20}} Motion for Attorney Fees. Signed by Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone on 12/7/2017. (BEE)

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PageID 862 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TAMPA DIVISION MEGAN HELTON, o/b/o S.R.H., Jr., Plaintiff, v. Case No.: 8:16-cv-2365-T-AAS NANCY A. BERRYHILL, acting Commissioner of Social Security,1 Defendant. ______________________________________/ ORDER This cause comes before the Court on Plaintiff's Uncontested Motion for Attorney's Fees. (Doc. 20). Plaintiff seeks attorney's fees in the amount of $2,750.95 pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. The Court entered an Order reversing and remanding the case under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) to the Commissioner for further administrative proceedings. (Doc. 18). The Clerk entered judgment in favor of Plaintiff thereafter. (Doc. 19). As the prevailing party, Plaintiff now requests an award of fees. See 28 U.S.C. § 2412(a)(1) & (d)(1)(A). As judgment for Plaintiff was entered on September 14, 2017, and Plaintiff's Uncontested Motion for Attorney's Fees was filed on December 5, 2017, the Court has jurisdiction to award the requested fees. See 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)(1)(B). The Commissioner does not oppose the requested relief. (Doc. 20, p. 2). After issuance of an order awarding EAJA fees, however, the United States Department of the Treasury will 1 Between the filing of this suit and the entry of this Order, Nancy A. Berryhill replaced Carolyn W. Colvin as acting Commissioner. As such, Ms. Berryhill is "automatically substituted as a party." Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d). PageID 863 determine whether Plaintiff owes a debt to the government. If Plaintiff has no discernable federal debt, the government will accept Plaintiff's assignment of EAJA fees and pay the fees directly to Plaintiff's counsel. (Doc. 20, Ex. A). For the reasons set out in Plaintiff's motion, therefore, it is hereby ORDERED: 1. Plaintiff's Uncontested Motion for Attorney's Fees. (Doc. 20) is GRANTED. 2. Plaintiff is awarded $2,750.95 in attorney's fees pursuant to the EAJA. DONE AND ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on this 7th day of December, 2017. 2