Recommendation 2019-4 – Revised Model Rules for Implementation of the Equal Access to Justice Act revises the Conference’s 1986 model agency procedural rules for addressing claims under the Act, which provides for the award of attorney fees to individuals and small businesses that prevail against the government in certain agency adjudications. The revisions reflect, among other things, changes in law and agency practice since 1986.
Citation: Admin. Conf. of the U.S., Recommendation 2019-4, Revised Model Rules for Implementation of the Equal Access to Justice Act, 84 Fed. Reg. 38933 (Aug. 8, 2019).
The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), first enacted in 1980, authorizes the award of attorney fees and other expenses to certain individuals, small businesses, and other entities who prevail against the federal government in judicial proceedings and certain adversarial agency adjudicative proceedings, when the position of the government is not substantially justified.