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WILLIAM WHITLOCK; DAVID SKYRM; KRISTIN MOORE; HOLLY GOODMAN; GARY MUNCY; MICHAEL BROWN,
Plaintiffs-Appellees,
v.
FSL MANAGEMENT, LLC; ENTERTAINMENT CONCEPTS INVESTORS SERVICES, LLC; CORDISH OPERATING VENTURES, LLC; ENTERTAINMENT CONSULTING SERVICES, LLC; FSH MANAGEMENT, LLC,
Defendants-Appellants.
   No. 16-5086
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Kentucky at Louisville.
No. 3:10-cv-00562—Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., Chief District Judge.
Argued: October 20, 2016
Decided and Filed: December 14, 2016
Before: GUY, BOGGS, and GRIFFIN, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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BOGGS, Circuit Judge. This appeal arises out of a class certification and a courtapproved class-action settlement. The defendants-appellants, who were parties to the settlement, challenge both of these determinations, arguing that because the underlying Kentucky state-law cause of action does not support class relief, the district court was required to reject the settlement and decertify the class. Whatever the substance of Kentucky state law, a point which this court need not decide here, we hold that it does not affect the ability of the district court to enforce a binding settlement agreement. For this reason, we affirm the decision of the district court and uphold the disputed settlement agreement.



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BOBBY J. COURSEY,
Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY,
Defendant-Appellee.
   No. 16-5336
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Kentucky at Bowling Green.
No. 1:15-cv-00005—H. Brent Brennenstuhl, Magistrate Judge.
Decided and Filed: December 14, 2016
Before: BOGGS, GILMAN, and DONALD, Circuit Judges.


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OPINION
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RONALD LEE GILMAN, Circuit Judge. Following the successful reversal of the Social Security Administration’s denial of his Social Security benefits, Bobby J. Coursey sought attorney fees under the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), 28 U.S.C. § 2412. Coursey requested an hourly rate of $185.18, which exceeds the EAJA’s presumptive statutory cap of $125 per hour. The district court granted Coursey’s request in part by allowing the rate of $140 per hour. Coursey appeals, seeking the full requested rate. For the reasons set forth below, we AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.