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Jones v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

United States District Court, N.D. Alabama, Southern Division

July 26, 2018

ERNESTEEN JONES, Plaintiff,
v.
NOVARTIS PHARMACEUTICALS CORPORATION, Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          VIRGINIA EMERSON HOPKINS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         I. Introduction

         Before the Court is Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation's (“NPC”) Bill of Costs. (Doc. 198). Also before the Court is Plaintiff Ernesteen Jones's Objections to the Bill of Costs (the “Objections”). (Doc. 204). The Court had originally stayed ruling on the Bill of Costs pending the results of Ms. Jones's appeal. (Doc. 205). On May 31, 2018, the Eleventh Circuit issued its opinion affirming this Court's rulings. (Doc. 208-1). Accordingly, the Court now returns to address the pending Bill of Costs. For the reasons stated in this opinion, they are due to be GRANTED in part and otherwise DENIED.

         II. Standard

         “The costs that may be awarded to prevailing parties in lawsuits brought in federal court are set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1920.” Taniguchi v. Kan.Pacific Saipan, Ltd., 566 U.S. 560, 562 (2012). 28 U.S.C. § 1920 states as follows:

         A judge or clerk of any court of the United States may tax as costs the following:

(1) Fees of the clerk and marshal;
(2) Fees for printed or electronically recorded transcripts necessarily obtained for use in the case;
(3) Fees and disbursements for printing and witnesses;
(4) Fees for exemplification and the costs of making copies of any materials where the copies are necessarily obtained for use in the case;
(5) Docket fees under section 1923 of this title;
(6) Compensation of court appointed experts, compensation of interpreters, and salaries, fees, expenses, and costs of special interpretation services under section 1828 of this title.

         A bill of costs shall be filed in the case and, upon allowance, ...


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