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Charlene Lee Ritchie v. Michael J. Astrue

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 20, 2010

CHARLENE LEE RITCHIE, PLAINTIFF,
v.
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Susan Illston United States District Judge

MELINDA L. HAAG, CSBN 132612 United States Attorney LUCILLE GONZALES MEIS, SBN CO 15153 Regional Chief Counsel, Region IX Social Security Administration LESLIE ALEXANDER, CSBN 256624 Special Assistant United States Attorney 333 Market Street, Suite 1500 San Francisco, CA 94105 Telephone: (415) 977-8927 Facsimile: (415) 744-0134 e-mail: Leslie.Alexander@ssa.gov Attorneys for Defendant Commissioner of Social Security

STIPULATON AND PROPOSED ORDER FOR THE AWARD OF ATTORNEY FEES PURSUANT TO THE EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE ACT, 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d)

IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED by and between the parties through their undersigned 20 counsel, subject to the approval of the Court, that Plaintiff be awarded attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d), in the amount of FOUR THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS AND 0 CENTS ($4,200.00). This amount represents compensation for all legal services rendered on behalf of Plaintiff by counsel in connection with this civil action, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. §§ 1920, 2412(d).

After the Court issues an order for EAJA fees and expenses to Plaintiff, the government will consider the matter of Plaintiff's assignment of EAJA fees and expenses to Plaintiff's attorney. Pursuant to Astrue v. Ratliff, No. 08-1322, 2010 WL 2346547 (U.S. June 14, 2010), the ability to honor the assignment will depend on whether the fees and expenses are subject to any 2 offset allowed under the United States Department of the Treasury's Offset Program. After the 3 order for EAJA fees and expenses and costs is entered, the government will determine whether 4 they are subject to any offset.

Fees and expenses shall be made payable to Plaintiff, but if the Department of the Treasury determines that Plaintiff does not owe a federal debt, then the government shall cause 7 the payment of fees and expenses to be made directly to David J. Linden, pursuant to the 8 assignment executed by Plaintiff. Any payments made shall be delivered to Plaintiff's counsel.

This stipulation constitutes a compromise settlement of Plaintiff's request for EAJA attorney fees and expenses, and does not constitute an admission of liability on the part of Defendant under the EAJA. Payment of the agreed amount shall constitute a complete release 12 from and bar to any and all claims Plaintiff and/or Plaintiff's counsel may have relating to EAJA 13 attorney fees and expenses and costs in connection with this action.

This award is without prejudice to the rights of Plaintiff's counsel to seek Social Security Act attorney fees under 42 U.S.C. § 406, subject to the provisions of the EAJA.

ORDER

APPROVED AND SO ORDERED:

DATED

20101220

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