MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall tax costs of this matter in favor of defendant United States of America in the amount of Three Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Three Dollars and Twenty-One Cents ($3,493.21) [Doc. 107] Signed by District Judge Charles A. Shaw on 11/15/2012. (KSM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
RICHARD A. HART,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al.,
No. 4:09-CV-1946 CAS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on defendant United States of America’s bill of costs. The
government filed a bill of costs seeking a total of $4,008.96 in costs. Plaintiff opposed the bill of costs
and argued that defendant is not entitled to recover the costs of videotaped depositions that were not
used at trial. Plaintiff argues the Court should only allow $3,493.21 in recoverable costs. The
government filed a reply memorandum in which it stated that it does not agree with plaintiff’s
argument, but it agrees to withdraw the costs of videotaped depositions that were not used at trial.
It is presumed that a prevailing party is entitled to costs. See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure
54(d); Bathke v. Casey’s General Stores, Inc., 64 F.3d 340, 347 (8th Cir. 1995). “When an expense
is taxable as a cost, . . . there is a strong presumption that a prevailing party shall recover it in full
measure.” Concord Boat Corp. v. Brunswick Corp., 309 F.3d 494, 498 (8th Cir. 2002) (internal
quotation omitted). “The losing party bears the burden of making the showing that an award is
inequitable under the circumstances.” Id. (internal citation and quotation omitted). Allowable costs,
however, are generally limited to the categories set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1920. Expenses not on the
statutory list must be borne by the party incurring them. Crawford Fitting Co. v. J.T. Gibbons, Inc.,
482 U.S. 437, 442-43 (1987). Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d) and 28 U.S.C.
§ 1920, the Court must carefully scrutinize the claimed costs and the support offered for them.
Farmer v. Arabian Am. Oil Co., 379 U.S. 227, 232-33, 235 (1964); Alexander v. National Farmers
Org., 696 F.2d 1210, 1212 (8th Cir. 1982); Davis v. Parratt, 608 F.2d 717, 718 (8th Cir. 1979).
Here, the government has requested two categories of costs: deposition costs and court
reporter fees for transcripts. As plaintiff does not object to the amount of these cost – that is, once
defendant agreed to subtract the costs of the videotaped depositions of plaintiff and his wife – the
Court will direct the Clerk of the Court to tax the following costs against plaintiff and in favor of the
TOTAL TAXABLE COSTS
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall tax costs of this matter in favor
of defendant United States of America in the amount of Three Thousand Four Hundred Ninety-Three
Dollars and Twenty-One Cents ($3,493.21) [Doc. 107]
CHARLES A. SHAW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 15th day of November, 2012.
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