Gilliam v. Commissioner of Social Security, No. 3:2022cv00286 - Document 15 (S.D. Ohio 2024)

Court Description: DECISION AND ENTRY - IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT: 1. The parties' Joint Motion for an Award of Attorney's Fees Under the EAJA (Doc. No. 14 ) is accepted and Defendant shall pay Plaintiffs attorney fees in the amount of $5,400.00, and no costs, for a total award of $5,400.00; 2. Counsel for the parties shall verify, within thirty days of this Decision and Entry, whether Plaintiff owes a pre-existing debt to the United States subject to offset. If no such pre-existing debt e xists, Defendant shall pay the EAJA award directly to Plaintiff's counsel pursuant to the EAJA assignment signed by Plaintiff and counsel; and 3. The case remains terminated on the docket of this Court. IT IS SO ORDERED.. Signed by Magistrate Judge Caroline H. Gentry on 5/8/2024. (acw)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO WESTERN DIVISION AT DAYTON DESTINY G., Plaintiff, vs. COMMISSIONER OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant. : Case No. 3:22-cv-00286 : : Magistrate Judge Caroline H. Gentry : (by full consent of the parties) : : : : : : DECISION AND ENTRY This case is before the Court on the parties’ Joint Motion for an Award of Attorney’s Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) (Doc. No. 14). Specifically, the parties stipulate to an award to Plaintiff of attorney fees in the amount of $5,400.00, and no costs, in full satisfaction and settlement of any and all claims Plaintiff may have under the EAJA in the above case. The award of attorney fees will satisfy all of Plaintiff’s claims for fees, costs, and expenses under 28 U.S.C. § 2412 in this case. Any fees paid belong to Plaintiff, and not her attorney, and can be offset to satisfy pre-existing debt that Plaintiff owes the United States under Astrue v. Ratliff, 560 U.S. 586 (2010). Plaintiff and Defendant move that the Court award Plaintiff EAJA fees of $5,400.00, and no costs, for a total award of $5,400.00. After the Court enters this award, if counsel for the parties can verify that Plaintiff owes no pre-existing debt subject to offset, Defendant agrees to direct that the award be made payable to Plaintiff’s attorney pursuant to the EAJA assignment duly signed by Plaintiff and counsel. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT: 1. The parties’ Joint Motion for an Award of Attorney’s Fees Under the EAJA (Doc. No. 14) is accepted and Defendant shall pay Plaintiff’s attorney fees in the amount of $5,400.00, and no costs, for a total award of $5,400.00; 2. Counsel for the parties shall verify, within thirty days of this Decision and Entry, whether Plaintiff owes a pre-existing debt to the United States subject to offset. If no such preexisting debt exists, Defendant shall pay the EAJA award directly to Plaintiff’s counsel pursuant to the EAJA assignment signed by Plaintiff and counsel; and 3. The case remains terminated on the docket of this Court. IT IS SO ORDERED. s/ Caroline H. Gentry Caroline H. Gentry United States Magistrate Judge 2

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