In consolidated appeals from fee awards to attorneys who successfully represented Social Security Disability Insurance claimants in federal court under contingent-fee contracts, the awards are vacated where the district court failed to follow the mandate of Gisbrecht v. Barnhart, 535 U.S. 789 (2002), in determining the fee awards.
Argued and Submitted June 22, 2009
Filed November 4, 2009
Opinion by Judge B. Fletcher
Partial Concurrence and Partial Dissent by Judge Clifton
Dissent by Judge Bea
Lawrence D. Rohlfing, Santa Fe Springs, CA
Michael E. Robinson, Department of Justice, Washington, DC