McCarthy v. Webster University
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant Webster University's Motion to Tax Costs to Plaintiff is GRANTED in part. [Doc. 149 ] The Clerk of the Court shall tax costs of this matter in favor of defendant Webster University in the amount of Nine Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-Five Dollars and Sixty-Five Cents ($9,385.65). Signed by District Judge Charles A. Shaw on 10/16/14. (KXS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
No. 4:11-CV-1614 CAS
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on defendant Webster University Motion to Tax Costs to
Plaintiff. Webster University filed a bill of costs seeking a total of $10,435.65 in costs. For the
following reasons, defendant’s motion will be granted in part.
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, Webster University has requested several categories of costs: fees to the clerk; fees for
service of summons and subpoena; deposition costs, including transcripts and court reporter fees;
photocopying expenses; fees for witnesses; mediation costs; and shipping expenses. Plaintiff did
not file objections to the bill of costs, however, the Court finds Webster University is seeking costs
to which it is not entitled. More specifically, the Eighth Circuit has held that a mediator’s fees do
not constitute an item of taxable cost under 28 U.S.C. § 1920. Brisco-Wade v. Carnahan, 297 F.3d
781, 782 (8th Cir. 2002). Further, this Court’s Local Rules state that, generally, each party will bear
the cost of mediation. Therefore, the Court will subtract One Thousand Fifty Dollars ($1050.00),
the cost of mediation, from defendant’s bill of cost.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that defendant Webster University’s Motion to Tax Costs to
Plaintiff is GRANTED in part. [Doc. 149] The Clerk of the Court shall tax costs of this matter in
favor of defendant Webster University in the amount of Nine Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-Five
Dollars and Sixty-Five Cents ($9,385.65).
CHARLES A. SHAW
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 16th day of October, 2014.
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