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The Fifth and Eleventh Circuits have held that Rule 54(d)(2)’s fourteen-day filing deadline applies, see Bergen v. Barnhart, 454 F.3d 1273, 1277 (11th Cir. 2006); Pierce v. Barnhart, 440 F.3d 657, 663 (5th Cir. 2006), while the Tenth Circuit uses the more amorphous “reasonable time” standard under Rule 60(b), see McGraw v. Barnhart, 450 F.3d 493, 505 (10th Cir. 2006).
The District Court sua sponte dismissed Counsel’s petitions, holding that, under either rule, Counsel’s request was untimely.
We now join the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits in holding that Rule 54(d)(2) is the appropriate standard, subject to tolling until counsel’s notification of an award of benefits on remand. Accordingly, we will reverse the District Court’s dismissal and remand to give Counsel an opportunity to present evidence of his notification of the award.