Bowoto et al v. Chevron Corporation et al

Filing 2278

ORDER: Bill of Costs stayed to 2/6/09. Signed by Judge Illston on 12/22/08. (ts, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/23/2008)

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Case 3:99-cv-02506-SI Document 2277 Filed 12/22/2008 Page 1 of 1 December 22, 2008 Via Electronic Filing and Hand Delivery The Honorable Susan Illston United States District Court for the Northern District of California 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 19th Floor San Francisco, CA 94102 Re: Bill of Costs Stayed until 2/6/09 UNIT ED S S DISTRICT TE C TA Dear Judge Illston: N F D IS T IC T O R Plaintiffs write to request a stay of defendants' Bill of Costs (Doc. 2274) until after the determination of the pending Motion for New Trial (Doc. 2272), set for hearing on February 6, 2008. Plaintiffs asked defendants to stipulate to such a stay but defendants refused, offering only a short time extension over the holiday period. Plaintiffs seek this stay because if their Motion for a New Trial is granted, defendants' Bill of Costs will be moot. Responding to defendants' Bill of Costs will be a complex, difficult process, necessitating, inter alia, getting declarations from various plaintiffs in Nigeria regarding their absolute inability to pay any costs awarded. Defendants seek a large amount of money from the plaintiffs, $485,159.15. They seek it not only from the plaintiffs who were part of the recent trial, but also from plaintiffs whose claims have been dismissed for many years. Defendants will suffer no prejudice from this stay. Because of the upcoming holiday, plaintiffs seek a determination of this request by December 24, 2008. Respectfully submitted, /s/Cindy Cohn Cindy A. Cohn, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiffs A n an Illsto dge Sus Ju Larry Bowoto, et al., v. ChevronTexaco Corporation, Case No. C-99-2506 SI Request for Stay of Bill of Costs ER C LI FO R NIA I ORD T IS SO ERED RT U O NO RT H

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