Paterek et al v. Armada, Village of et al
ORDER vacating 61 Order striking bill of cost. Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DPer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
JOHN W. PATEREK, CYNTHIA
S. PATEREK, and PATEREK MOLD
& ENGINEERING, INC.,
Case Number 13-13966
Honorable David M. Lawson
VILLAGE OF ARMADA and BEN
ORDER VACATING ORDER STRIKING PLAINTIFF’S BILL OF COSTS
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration of the Court’s
order striking the plaintiff’s bill of costs filed on October 5, 2015. The Court has reviewed the
plaintiff’s motion and finds that it ought to the granted.
On October 5, 2015, the plaintiffs filed a bill of costs relating to their appeal of the Court’s
judgment entered on July 18, 2014. According to their bill, the plaintiffs sought to recover costs in
the amount of $687.50 consisting of the filing fee for the notice of appeal ($505) and fees paid to
the court reporter of this Court for transcripts needed for use on appeal ($182.50). The Court struck
the bill of costs because it determined that the bill should have been presented to the Clerk of Court
for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, not this Court. See Fed. R. App. P. 39(d)(1) (“A party who
wants costs taxed must — within 14 days after entry of judgment — file with the circuit clerk, with
proof of service, an itemized and verified bill of costs.”).
Motions for reconsideration may be granted pursuant to E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(1) when the
moving party shows (1) a “palpable defect,” (2) that misled the court and the parties, and (3) that
correcting the defect will result in a different disposition of the case. E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3). A
“palpable defect” is a defect which is obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest, or plain. Mich. Dep’t
of Treasury v. Michalec, 181 F. Supp. 2d 731, 734 (E.D. Mich. 2002) (citations omitted).
“Generally . . . the court will not grant motions for rehearing or reconsideration that merely present
the same issues ruled upon by the court.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3).
As the plaintiffs correctly point out, Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 39 states: “The
following costs on appeal are taxable in the district court for the benefit of the party entitled to costs
under this rule: (1) the preparation and transmission of the record; (2) the reporter’s transcript, if
needed to determine the appeal; (3) premiums paid for a supersedeas bond or other bond to preserve
rights pending appeal; and (4) the fee for filing the notice of appeal.” Fed. R. App. P. 39(e). As
noted above, the costs that the plaintiffs seek to recover in this Court are limited to the filing fee for
the notice of appeal and fees for production of transcripts by the reporter of this Court, which the
rule expressly permits the plaintiffs to recover in this Court after success on appeal. “A party
seeking costs must file a bill of costs no later than 28 days after the entry of judgment.” E.D. Mich.
LR 54.1. The court of appeals entered its judgment reversing in part this Court’s judgment of
dismissal and remanding the case for further proceedings on September 8, 2015, and the plaintiffs
timely filed their bill of costs thereafter on October 5, 2015.
The plaintiffs timely submitted to this Court a proper bill for the specific costs that they
seek, and they have identified a palpable defect in the Court’s ruling striking that bill. The Court
therefore will vacate its previous order striking the bill of costs and direct the Clerk of Court to tax
costs in the plaintiffs’ favor relating to their appeal.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the order striking the plaintiffs’ bill of costs [dkt. #61]
is VACATED. The Clerk of Court is directed to process the plaintiffs’ bill of costs [dkt. #60] and
to tax costs in the plaintiffs’ favor as allowed by the applicable court rules.
s/David M. Lawson
DAVID M. LAWSON
United States District Judge
Dated: October 29, 2015
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on October 29, 2015.
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