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Lacey Davis v. Officer J. Jung

June 21, 2011

LACEY DAVIS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
OFFICER J. JUNG, STAR NO 13387, OFFICER M. V. SCHALLER, STAR NO. 19188, AND THE CITY OF CHICAGO, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles P. Kocoras United States District Judge

MEMORANDUM OPINION

This case comes before the Court on the bill of costs of Defendants City of Chicago and Chicago Police Officers J. Jung and M. Schaller (collectively, "Defendants"). For the reasons stated below, this Court awards costs in the amount of $6,673.06 to Defendants.

BACKGROUND

On February 2, 2009, Plaintiff Lacey Davis ("Plaintiff") filed suit against Defendants, alleging claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and various state laws. On April 15, 2011, a jury returned a verdict in favor of Defendants and against Plaintiff on all claims. On May 13, 2011, Defendants filed a bill of costs, seeking to recover a total of $7,830.56. Specifically, Defendants sought to recover:

* $24.00 for exemplification and copies of papers;

* $647.00 for subpoena service fees;

* $2,558.50 for deposition costs;

* $1,440.00 for transcripts from Plaintiff's criminal proceeding in the Circuit Court of Cook County;

* $1,261.82 for copies of various records; and

* $1,899.24 for other costs, including demonstrative exhibits, a dry erase board, marker, and eraser, and an audio recording.

On May 31, 2011, Plaintiff filed an objection. Defendants' bill of costs and Plaintiff's objection are currently before this Court.

LEGAL STANDARD

A prevailing party may recover costs other than attorney's fees. Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(d)(1). Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 1920, the prevailing party may recover: (1) fees of the clerk and marshal; (2) fees for transcripts necessarily obtained for use in the case; (3) fees for printing and witnesses; (4) fees for exemplification and the costs of making copies of any materials for ...


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