Attorney Fees Awards Subject to Offset Litigants' Preexisting Debts to the U.S. Government

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In Astrue v. Ratliff, 2010 DJDAR 8875 (2010), the United States Supreme Court held that attorney fees awards are properly payable to the litigant, not to her attorney. For this reason, a fee award is subject to an offset where the litigant owed the government a preexisting debt.

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