On 10/09/2015 JENNIFER LITTLE filed a Personal Injury - Motor Vehicle lawsuit against JONATHAN LOPEZ. This case was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Courts, Stanley Mosk Courthouse located in Los Angeles, California. The case status is Pending - Other Pending.
Pending - Other Pending
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
Los Angeles, California
RUSSELL & LAZARUS
BILLINGTON CRAIG ESQ.
LAW OFFICES OF STEVEN D. LEVINE
1/11/2018: JOINT EXHIBIT LIST
1/11/2018: MOTION NO. 2: DEFENDANT'S MOTION IN LIMINE TO PROHIBIT PLAINTIFF FROM INTRODUCING EVIDENCE NOT DISCLOSED IN DISCOVERY, ETC
1/11/2018: MOTION NO. 3: MOTION IN LIMINE TO LIMIT EVIDENCE OF MEDICAL CHARGES TO THOSE PAID OR OWED AT TIME OF TRIAL; ETC
1/11/2018: JOINT STATEMENT OF THE CASE
1/11/2018: JOINT INSTRUCTIONS TO THE JURY
4/18/2018: Minute Order
10/25/2018: Minute Order
1/8/2016: PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONS
1/29/2016: CIVIL DEPOSIT
1/29/2016: ANSWER TO COMPLAINT
2/7/2017: ORDER AND STIPULATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL, FSC [AND RELATED MOTION/DISCOVERY DATES] PERSONAL INJURY COURTS ONLY (CENTRAL DISTRICT)
2/15/2017: NOTICE OF ORDER
4/13/2017: NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR ORDER COMPELLING PLAINTIFF TO ATTEND AND TESTIFY AT DEPOSITION; ETC.
4/27/2017: ORDER AND STIPULATION TO CONTINUE TRIAL, FSC [AND RELATED MOTION/DISCOVERY DATES] PERSONAL INJURY COURTS ONLY (CENTRAL DISTRICT)
7/13/2017: Minute Order
7/25/2017: Minute Order
9/13/2017: Minute Order
Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information; Filed by Jonathan Lopez (Defendant); Lopez. Javier (Defendant)Read MoreRead Less
at 08:30 AM in Department 4; Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal (After Binding Arbitration) - Held - ContinuedRead MoreRead Less
Minute Order ((Order to Show Cause Re: Dismissal)); Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
at 08:30 AM in Department 4; (OSC RE Dismissal; Matter continued) -Read MoreRead Less
Minute order entered: 2018-07-27 00:00:00; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
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at 08:30 AM in Department 4; (OSC RE Dismissal; Continued by Court) -Read MoreRead Less
Minute order entered: 2018-04-18 00:00:00; Filed by ClerkRead MoreRead Less
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at 08:30 AM in Department 93; Jury Trial (Jury Trial; Off Calendar) -Read MoreRead Less
Demand for Jury Trial; Filed by Lopez. Javier (Defendant)Read MoreRead Less
DEMAND FOR JURYRead MoreRead Less
CIVIL DEPOSITRead MoreRead Less
PROOF OF SERVICE SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
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Proof of Service (not Summons and Complaint); Filed by Jennifer Little (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
Complaint; Filed by Jennifer Little (Plaintiff)Read MoreRead Less
COMPLAINT-PERS. INJURY, PROP DAMAGE, WRONGFUL DEATH (2 PAGES)Read MoreRead Less
SUMMONSRead MoreRead Less
Case Number: BC597325 Hearing Date: November 30, 2020 Dept: 28
Motion to Tax Costs
Having moving opposing papers, the Court rules as follows.
On September 19, 2018, Plaintiff Shanna Rucker Raul Lopez, Adriana Osoy, City of Los Angeles, Wincal, LLC (“Defendant”) and Does 1 through 50. The complaint alleges motor vehicle negligence, negligence, premises liability, and statutory liability for dangerous condition of public property -pedestrian November 9, 2016.
On May 20, 2020, Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s complaint and the motion was granted on July 17, 2020.
On August 4, 2020, judgment was entered for Defendant. On August 6, 2020, Defendant filed a notice of entry of judgment.
On August 20, 2020, Defendant 3,399.92
On September 3, 2020, Plaintiff motion to strike and/or tax costs.
On September 28, 2020, Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal and related documents from the judgment.
Plaintiff requests strike tax Defendant’s costs.
Code of Civ. Proc.
(1) Costs are allowable if incurred, whether or not paid.
(2) Allowable costs shall be reasonably necessary to the conduct of the litigation rather than merely convenient or beneficial to its preparation.
(3) Allowable costs shall be reasonable in amount.
(4) Items not mentioned in this section . . . may be allowed . . . in the Court’s discretion.”
“Except as otherwise expressly provided by statute, a prevailing party is entitled as a matter of right to recover costs in any action or proceeding. This means that the prevailing party is entitled to all of his costs unless another statute provides otherwise. Absent such statutory authority, the court has no discretion to deny costs to the prevailing party.” (Nelson v. Anderson subd. (b).
Initial verification of a bill of costs is prima facie evidence of the reasonable necessity of the claimed costs, and there is no requirement that copies of bills, invoices, statements or other supporting documentation be attached to the bill of costs; however, if costs have been put in issue by a motion to tax costs, the burden shifts to the party claiming costs to establish reasonableness. (Jones v. Dumrichob
Item 1 – Filing and Motion Fees
First, as to the $513.75 fee against Plaintiff for Defendant’s filing of a motion for summary judgment, Plaintiff argues that Defendant should have to pay $500.00.
As Defendant explains, the additional $13.73 is a result of a credit card usage fee, which is imposed by the mandatory electronic filing at 2.75% of the motion fees. Although Defendant could have used a e-check to minimize the fee expense at a flat rate of $1.00, the Court nonetheless finds that the use of a credit/debit card in the normal course of litigation is reasonable.
The additional $13.73 credit card transaction fee is reasonable.
Second, as to the $124.25 in miscellaneous court filing fees, Plaintiff argues that such fees are not itemized and seeks the Court to strike the amount.
As Defendant explains, the $124.25 represents all the base charges received from Nationwide Legal, LLC and One Legal for the filing of various documents, and which charges are levied by the Court. Defendant adds that these charges are recoverable pursuant to Code of Civ. Proc. a)(14). The Court agrees with Defendant.
Item 4 – Deposition Costs , 4.e)
First, as to the transcription cost related to line items 4.a through 4.e, Plaintiff argues that all transcription charges are inflated and that presumes that additional charges other than regular deposition costs. Plaintiff further argues that Defendant did not provide a
As Defendant explains, the depositions under line items 4.a through 4.e were necessary and appropriate to litigate this instant action. Defendant adds that this case is a high damages case, where Plaintiff claims a traumatic brain injury. Defendant argues that it has provided all relevant invoices for the transcription, which all show that the costs requested are not inflated. The Court agrees with Defendant. Defendant submitted all deposition transcription invoices related to this motion in its opposition as Exhibit C. All invoices list the name of the witness deposed, number of pages transcribed, number of pages included as exhibits, and the cost of shipping and handling of each transcription. (Opp., Exh. C.) The Court finds that there is no indication of alleged inflated or additional charges as Plaintiff asserts.
The transcription costs as part of the total deposition costs is reasonable.
Second, as to the videotaping charges of the deposition of Plaintiff, Plaintiff argues that although videotaping is an allowable cost under Code of Civ. Proc. § 1033.5(a)(3), it was not reasonably necessary in this case. Modern juries expect video evidence.
Service of Process Costs
As to the service of process costs for $127.00 for serving cross-complainant Raul Lopez [sic], Plaintiff argues that she should not be responsible for the cost because the service of process was not served on her, but on someone else.
As Defendant explains, the charge of $127.00 was for the service of a deposition subpoena for the deposition of Saul Martinez, a witness to the events related to the subject of this lawsuit.
Both parties agree that Code of Civ. Proc. § 1033.5(a)(4) allows service of process as an allowable cost. The issue in dispute is whether service of a deposition subpoena is reasonable and necessary. (Balfour, Guthrie & Co. v. Gourmet Farms .) Here, Defendant asserts that service by a registered process server of a deposition subpoena of a percipient witness was both necessary and reasonable in litigating the lawsuit. The Court agrees with this view.
The service of process cost of $127.00 is reasonable.
Ordinary Witness Fees
Plaintiff is correct to state that Gov. Code § 68093 limits a witness’s daily fee to $35 per day plus mileage actually travelled, both ways, 20 cents per mile unless otherwise provided by law. Defendant correctly points the Court to Gov. Code § 68097.2, which requires a payment of $275 per day to certain government employees, including police policers, to attend as a witness.
As to payment of $825.00 paid to three “ordinary witnesses,” Plaintiff argues that they must receive $35 per day for attending as a witness. Plaintiff omits that these three witnesses are Los Angeles Police Department Officers. Since the three witnesses fall under the purview of Gov. Code § 68097.2,
Witness appearance fee for $825.00 is reasonable.
As to the non-appearance fee relating to a third-party witness deposition, Plaintiff argues that the cancellation of this deposition was to accommodate the witness and that Plaintiff had no involvement in the cancellation. Plaintiff.
Fees for Electronic Filing or Service of Documents
As to the electronic filing or service of documents through an electronic filing service provider for $163.58, Plaintiff argues that Defendant did not provide a breakdown of what services that are included in the fees.
Plaintiff’s motion to tax costs is granted .
Defendant’s charges for electronic filing fee of 8 are unreasonable and are taxed from the total cost of $5,399.92: a new total of $5,236.34.
The parties are directed to the header of this tentative ruling for further instructions.
Case Number: BC597325 Hearing Date: February 04, 2020 Dept: 28
Motion to Tax Costs
Having considered the moving, opposing, and reply papers, the Court rules as follows.
On October 9, 2015, Plaintiff Jennifer Little (“Plaintiff”) filed a complaint against Defendants Jonathan Lopez and Javier Lopez (“Defendants”). The complaint alleges motor vehicle negligence for an automobile collision that occurred on October 14, 2013.
On November 1, 2019, the Court entered judgment in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendants in the amount of $337,826.05 with 10% per annum from the date of entry of the judgment until paid subsequent to confirming an arbitration award on October 1, 2019.
On December 10, 2019, Plaintiff filed a memorandum of costs seeking $145,737.99 in costs.
On December 26, 2019, Defendants filed a motion to strike and/or tax costs.
Trial is set for May 26, 2019.
Defendants ask the Court to strike Plaintiff’s memorandum of costs.
Allocation of costs in arbitration proceedings is governed by the parties’ agreement or the rules governing the arbitration proceeding, not the California Code of Civil Procedure. Britz, Inc. v. Alfa-Laval Food & Dairy Co. (1995) 34 Cal.App.4th 1085, 1105, fn. 9. Here, the parties stipulated to submit “all disputes, claims or controversies to neutral binding arbitration at JAMS” and to “the applicable JAMS Arbitration Rules and Procedures.” Stipulation for Arbitration, Exhibit 6 to Plaintiff’s Opposition JAMS Arbitration Rules and Procedures, Section 24 (f ) and (g), Exhibit 7 to Plaintiff’s Opposition.
Costs incurred in judicial proceedings to enforce an arbitration award are recoverable by the prevailing party (Austin v. Allstate Ins. Co. (1993) 16 Cal.App.4th 1812, 1815-1816), but Plaintiff’s Cost Memorandum does not include any such costs (e.g., filing fees for a motion to enforce the arbitration award).
Defendants’ motion to tax costs is granted.
Defendants are ordered to give notice of this ruling.
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