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Watts v. Comm'r of Social Security

United States District Court, M.D. Louisiana

November 21, 2014

DANA H. WATTS
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY

For Dana H Watts, Plaintiff: Monica Ferraro, Barkan Neff Handelman Meizlish LLP, New Orleans, LA.

For Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant: James L. Nelson, United States Attorney's Office - BR, Middle District of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA.

Social Security Administration, Interested Party, Pro se.

RULING AND ORDER

BRIAN A. JACKSON, CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

On July 4, 2014, United States Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger issued a Report, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(B), recommending that the Court grant Plaintiff Dana H. Watts's Motion for Attorney Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act. (Docs. 16, 18.)

The Magistrate Judge's Report specifically notified that Commissioner that, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1), she had fourteen (14) days from the date she received the Report to file written objections to the proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommendations set forth therein. (Doc. 18, p. 1.) A review of the record indicates that the Commissioner failed to submit written objections; nor does the Commissioner oppose Plaintiffs Motion for Attorney's Fees. (Doc. 17.)

Having carefully considered the Magistrate Judge's Report, the record, and the applicable law, the Court concludes that the Magistrate Judge's Report is correct, and hereby adopts its findings of fact and conclusions of law.

Accordingly,

IT IS ORDERED that the Magistrate Judge's Report (Doc. 18) is ADOPTED as the Court's opinion herein.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff Dana H. Watts's Motion for Attorney Fees Under the Equal Access to Justice Act (Docs. 16) is GRANTED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff Dana H. Watts is hereby awarded attorney's fees in the amount of $5, 640.00.


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