Tag: Taxable Costs

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Kirk v. Invesco, Ltd., No. H-15-833, 2017 WL 1078763 (S.D. Tex. Mar. 22, 2017)
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Andrews v. Autoliv Japan, Ltd., 1:14-cv-3432-WSD, 2017 WL 2805868 (N.D. Ga. June 29, 2017)
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Procaps S.A. v. Pantheon Inc., 12-24256-CIV-GOODMAN, 2014 .S. Dist (S.D. Fla. Aug. 17, 2017).
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Ariel Inv., LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC, No. 15 C 3717 (N.D. Ill., July 17, 2017)
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Exclaim Mktg., LLC v. DIRECTV, Inc., No. 5:11-cv-684-FL, 2016 WL 1258776 (E.D. N.C. Mar. 28, 2016)
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Prometheus Labs. Inc. v. Roxane Labs. Inc., Nos. 11-230 (KM), 11-1241 (KM), 2016 WL 1559144 (D.N.J. Apr. 18, 2016)
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Deere & Co. v. Duroc LLC, 650 Fed. Appx. 779 (Fed. Cir. 2016)
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In re Subpoena Am. Nurses Assoc., Nos. 15-1481, 15-1803, 2016 WL 1381352 (4th Cir. Apr. 7, 2016)
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Javeler Marine Servs. LLC v. Cross, 175 F.Supp.3d 756 (S.D. Tex. 2016)
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RG Steel Sparrows Point LLC v. Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals Inc., No. WMN-09-1668, 2016 WL 1377405 (D. Md. Apr. 7, 2016)

Andrews v. Autoliv Japan, Ltd., 1:14-cv-3432-WSD, 2017 WL 2805868 (N.D. Ga. June 29, 2017)

Key Insight: Court denied Defendant?s request for e-discovery costs. Defendant?s vendor provided services to create optical character recognition (?OCR?) image and text files for Defendant?s productions. The Court concluded that the costs of creating electronic copies of documents are recoverable but the costs of creating a dynamic, indexed and searchable database that allows counsel to search for and within the documents are not recoverable. The Court denied Defendant?s recovery of costs for the technical services provided by their e-discovery vendor.

Nature of Case: Taxable costs

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

Ariel Inv., LLC v. Ariel Capital Advisors LLC, No. 15 C 3717 (N.D. Ill., July 17, 2017)

Key Insight: Reimbursement of eDiscovery costs

Nature of Case: trademark infringement, unfair competition, cybersquatting

Electronic Data Involved: documents copied and coverted into a readable format

Keywords: Reimbursement, making copies, converted, copied, native, proportionality, taxable

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Prometheus Labs. Inc. v. Roxane Labs. Inc., Nos. 11-230 (KM), 11-1241 (KM), 2016 WL 1559144 (D.N.J. Apr. 18, 2016)

Key Insight: Citing Race Tires Am., Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp., 674 F.3d 158 (3d Cir. 2012), the court declined to tax costs for all ESI costs where relevant invoices ?did not clearly show any services performed to create a readable format,? where OCR charges are not taxable, where there were no entries in the relevant invoices for ?scanning hard copy documents or converting native files to TIFF format? (both taxable costs) and where it was not clear from the invoices that the services were conducted for Plaintiff?s benefit, rather than Defendant?s; court rejected argument that OCR should be taxed because of the parties? agreement

Electronic Data Involved: Taxable costs

Deere & Co. v. Duroc LLC, 650 Fed. Appx. 779 (Fed. Cir. 2016)

Key Insight: Where parties entered into an agreement that set forth parameters for production of ESI, District Court held that ?when the costs of complying with the agreement are within the obligations of the Agreement and reasonably incurred in complying with the Agreement, they are recoverable? and circuit court, on appeal, concluded that District Court acted within its discretion: ?The district court held that the e-discovery costs incurred in procedures required by the ESI Agreement are within the scope of ? 1920. Relying on the Agreement, the district court did not separate the activities required by the e-discovery Agreement. We conclude that the district acted within its discretion.?

Nature of Case: Patent infringement

Electronic Data Involved: Taxable Costs ( 28 U.S.C. ? 1920)

In re Subpoena Am. Nurses Assoc., Nos. 15-1481, 15-1803, 2016 WL 1381352 (4th Cir. Apr. 7, 2016)

Key Insight: Circuit Court affirmed District Court?s order shifting a third party?s attorney?s fees ?that [were] necessary to a discovery proceeding under Rule 45,? but declined to shift attorney?s fees incurred in furtherance of the motion to shift expenses where such fees were not ?not necessary to [the third party?s] compliance with the discovery order as they were incurred after discovery was completed and as a result of [the third party?s] effort to recover fees, rather than in an effort to produce discoverable material?; Circuit Court also affirmed order shifting expenses for e-Discovery services where the Magistrate Judge found that ?(1) ANA advised Appellants that producing the requested discovery would entail significant expense; (2) Appellants were dilatory in communicating with ANA after the district court ordered discovery; and (3) Appellants changed the scope of the requested discovery, increasing BIA?s charges.?

Nature of Case: Third party subpoena/ cost shifting / taxable costs

Electronic Data Involved: ESI

Javeler Marine Servs. LLC v. Cross, 175 F.Supp.3d 756 (S.D. Tex. 2016)

Key Insight: Addressing taxable costs, court concluded ?generally? that ?creating forensic images of Defendants? devices and conversion of the relevant imaged copies to TIFF format are within the rubric of ?making copies of any materials? under ? 1920(4) in this case, but are taxable costs only upon a showing they were ?necessarily obtained for use in the case.?? Court also held that the statute ?does not authorize taxation of expenses attributable to keyword searches.? Ultimately, the court concluded that in the present case the ?factual record? was ?insufficient? to determine the recoverable amount and ordered the submission of a revised, and more detailed, bill of costs.

Nature of Case: Claims based on alleged misappropriation of confidential information

Electronic Data Involved: Taxable Costs

RG Steel Sparrows Point LLC v. Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals Inc., No. WMN-09-1668, 2016 WL 1377405 (D. Md. Apr. 7, 2016)

Key Insight: Court rejected reasoning that ESI-related costs were recoverable because ?the parties in this case agreed ? to the form of production for ESI? and found that ?the parties? stipulation regarding the production of ESI cannot make ESI-related costs ?necessary? ? unless the costs are copying costs? which the court was unable to discern from Plaintiff?s submission and thus the court declined to tax the ESI-related costs requested; court?s analysis noted 4th Circuit precedent indicating that ?making copies for purposes of cost recovery ? is expressly limited to the cost of converting native files to non-editable formats and copying those files onto discs.?

Electronic Data Involved: Taxable costs

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