United States District Court, D. Maryland
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER RE: COSTS
MARVIN J. GARBIS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
The Court has before it Plaintiffs’ Motion for Review of the Clerk’s Order Taxing Costs [ECF No. 168] and the materials submitted relating thereto. The Court has reviewed the exhibits and considered the materials submitted by the parties. The Court finds a hearing unnecessary.
I. PERTINENT BACKGROUND
By Memorandum and Order Re: Bond [ECF No. 151], the Court denied Plaintiffs’ Motion to Stay Consideration of Defendants’ Bill of Costs [ECF No. 142] and directed the Clerk to proceed expeditiously to process Defendants’ Bill of Costs. Plaintiffs were directed by separate Order [ECF No. 152] to deposit $8, 384.95 with the Clerk as security for the payment of costs, and they timely complied. The Clerk’s Order Taxing Costs [ECF No. 165] was filed on January 15, 2016, taxing costs in favor of Defendants in the amount of $41, 412.35.
By the instant motion, Plaintiffs object to $28, 839.65 of Defendants’ copying costs that pertained to Defendants’ production of electronically stored information.
II. LEGAL STANDARD
A district court may conduct a review of the clerk’s taxation of costs if a motion is served within seven days of the clerk’s order. Fed.R.Civ.P. 54(d)(1). Rule 54(d) provides that “unless a federal statute, these rules, or a court order provides otherwise, costs-other than attorney’s fees-should be allowed to the prevailing party.” “To overcome the presumption, a district court must justify its decision [to deny costs] by articulating some good reason for doing so.” Cherry v. Champion Int’l Corp., 186 F.3d 442, 446 (4th Cir. 1999).
The expenses that a federal court may tax as a cost are limited to:
(1) Fees of the clerk and marshal;
(2) Fees for printed and 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 ...