United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Florence Division
October 9, 2014
EBERECHUKWU ANOSIKE, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant.
TERRY L. WOOTEN, Chief District Judge.
On September 21, 2014, Plaintiff Eberechukwu Anosike brought a motion for attorney's fees pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act ("EAJA"), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. (Doc. #32). The motion seeks reimbursement for counsel's representation in the above-captioned matter in the amount of $5, 245.20 for fees and $18.33 for costs. On October 7, 2014, the parties filed a Joint Stipulation for Attorney Fees, whereby the Commissioner and Plaintiff agreed that the Commissioner shall award Plaintiff $3, 500.00 in attorney's fees and $18.33 in expenses under the EAJA. (Doc. #33).
Having reviewed the file and being fully advised, the Court hereby ORDERS that the Joint Stipulation for Attorney Fees Pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act is APPROVED, and the Commissioner is ordered to award Plaintiff $3, 500.00 in attorney's fees and $18.33 in expenses. (Doc. #33). Although the EAJA fee award should be paid to Plaintiff rather than to his attorney pursuant to Astrue v. Ratliff , 130 S.Ct. 2521, 2528-29 (2010), the check itself should be mailed directly to Plaintiff's attorney.
IT IS SO ORDERED.