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Court Affirms Costs against Plaintiffs Following Contentious Discovery (Pennsylvania)

Kuznyetsov v. West Penn Allegheny Health Sys., 2014 WL 5393182 (W.D. Penn. Oct. 23, 2014). In this Fair Labor Standards Act case, “[d]iscovery was contentious and the motions practice was excessive. As a result, a...more

Are Canada's No Cost Class Action Jurisdictions Moving to a Pre-Certification Cost Regime?

While Ontario continues its review of its Class Proceedings legislation, including its rules in respect to awarding costs, the case law in Canada’s so called “no cost” class action jurisdictions continues to develop....more

Controlling the Cost of Patent Litigation [Video]

Patent litigation costs continue to skyrocket. Complicating the problem is that defendants are facing potentially hundreds of their products being accused of patent infringement, and patent owners have to select from...more

Non-Party Costs Order Granted Against Sole Director And Shareholder

In Deutsche Bank AG v Sebastian Holdings Inc [2014] EWHC 2073 (Comm), 24 June 2014, a non-party costs order was imposed on a sole director and shareholder of a defaulting judgment debtor. The individual concerned had been...more

Recoverable Costs As Prevailing Party – Subpoenaed Medical Records

Naser v. Lakeridge Athletic Club - Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (June 27, 2014) - Pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) § 1032, a prevailing party is entitled to recover costs. The...more

AAA Changes the Rules of the Game: Why AAA Arbitration May Be Worth the Cost

According to the American Arbitration Association, "[a]rbitration is a time-tested, cost-effective alternative to litigation . . . . [and] AAA arbitrators possess years of industry-specific knowledge and experience." Most...more

Settlement Agreements: Forgetting Costs May Cost You in California

DeSaulles v. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, No. H038184 (May 2, 2014): A California Court of Appeal recently considered the issue of whether one of the parties in a litigation can be considered to be...more

Surviving in an Age of Individual Accountability: How Much Protection Do Indemnification and D&O Insurance Provide?

We consider below how advancement of legal fees, indemnification, and insurance operate when officers and directors become involved in regulatory investigations and proceedings. Part I addresses the enhanced risk officers and...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Finds Coverage Under CGL Policy For Product Defect Claims

Policyholders seeking defense costs for products liability claims received welcome support from a Pennsylvania appellate court which rejected an excessively restrictive view of the scope of coverage offered under commercial...more

First Circuit Orders AIG To Advance Defense Costs In FDIC Suit Because Of “Likelihood Of A Remote Possibility Of Coverage”

On March 31, 2014, the First Circuit reaffirmed the breadth of an insurer’s duty to defend. In W Holding Co., Inc. v. AIG Ins. Co.-Puerto Rico, No. 12–2008, 2014 WL 1280246 (1st Cir. Mar. 31, 2014), the appellate court ruled...more

Judge Ends Indirect Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Case in Refrigerant Compressors

Last week, on April 8, 2014, the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed the remaining claims of indirect purchaser plaintiffs (IPPs) in the ongoing Refrigerant Compressors litigation. In re:...more

Are Courtroom Technology Costs Reasonably Necessary To The Conduct Of Litigation In California Courts?

As the use of courtroom presentation technology becomes more and more commonplace, courts have had commensurate struggles with assessing its necessity and awarding costs accordingly. A notable issue regarding the scope of...more

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Custody Evaluator's Fees Not Court Costs Under Dismissal Statutes

On Thursday, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down its decision in In re Marriage of Tiballi, answering a question of potential importance to domestic relations practitioners: are the fees of a court-appointed psychologist...more

To Native or Not to Native, That Is the Question

Here at IT-Lex, we write a lot about the form of producing documents. (For instance, see here, here, here, and here) Producing in TIFF format has long been the standard-bearer in electronic discovery, while PDFs are a...more

Are "pro hac vice" counsel entitled to recover costs?

In Kalitta Air LLC v. Central Texas Airborne System Inc., 2013 DJDAR 16393 (2013), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a unique issue which other federal circuits have reached different conclusions on. The main issue...more

Disruption From Within

On March 6, 2014, I watched what I could of the live stream webcast (thank you, Harvard Law School) of the Conference on Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services. The keynote speaker was, to quote Keith Jackson,...more

Regulatory Risk Update - Defendant's Costs in Criminal Proceedings

The ability of companies to recover costs of defending criminal proceedings has been severely restricted by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (the "Act"). CHANGES TO THE LAW - The...more

The Supreme Court Of Canada Seeks To Rein-In Court Costs. A New Approach For Summary Judgment Motions In Ontario

The Supreme Court of Canada has endorsed a new approach in Ontario stating “trials have become increasingly expensive and protracted. Most Canadians cannot afford to sue when they are wronged or defend themselves when they...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Standard for Recovery of eDiscovery Costs

As many recent litigants know, the costs of eDiscovery can be enormous. Therefore, the ability to recover those costs can have a significant impact on a company’s bottom line – from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars....more

Reinsurance Redux - Winter 2014

In This Issue: - New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Reinsurer Where Insured’s Loss Did Not Reach Attachment Point Necessary to Trigger Coverage: The United States District Court for the Southern...more

E-Discovery Costs Related Specifically to Production Recoverable - CBT Flint Partners, LLC v. Return Path, Inc.

Applying U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit law and addressing whether e-discovery costs are recoverable under 28 U.S.C. § 1920(4), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed in part, vacated in...more

Coverage for Investigations and Conflicting Endorsements: Syracuse University Decision is Great for Policyholders

Just before the New Year the New York Appellate Division affirmed in about a dozen words the trial court decision in Syracuse University v. National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., No. 2012EF63, slip op. at 2...more

Florida Court Holds Insurer Not Estopped From Denying Pre-Tender Costs

In its recent decision in Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7715 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to...more

Court of Appeals Dismisses Plaintiffs for Failure to Preserve and Increases Defendant’s Taxable Costs (5th Circuit)

Moore v. Citgo Co., LP, 735 F.3d 309 (5th Cir. 2013). In this appellate Fair Labor Standards Act litigation, the class of plaintiffs sought overtime pay for work hours that had been misclassified by the defendant...more

10 Value Questions Inside Counsel Should Be Asking Themselves

1. Has your management mandated (or gently suggested) that you reduce your spend on litigation? Would it be a good career move if you achieved a reduction in total spend? 2. Do your law firms spend more than the...more

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