El Dorado Meat Co. v. Yosemite Meat and Locker Service, Inc.
California Court of Appeal
58 Cal. Rptr. 3d 590 (2007)
El Dorado Meat Co. (El Dorado) (plaintiff) sued Yosemite Meat and Locker Service, Inc. (Yosemite) (defendant), alleging Yosemite fraudulently sold boar meat and employed undocumented workers. El Dorado alleged that these actions were anticompetitive and drove El Dorado out of business. During the trial, Yosemite presented Exhibit 600, which was a 37-page document summarizing Yosemite’s voluminous business records. The trial court entered judgment for Yosemite on all claims. Yosemite sought to recover costs of $191,566, including $143,809 related to creating Exhibit 600. El Dorado objected to the $143,809 and filed a motion to strike or deny costs related to Exhibit 600. In response, Yosemite explained that those costs consisted of three categories. First, Yosemite paid $111,063 for personnel to compile the data from the business records. This amount included fees paid to an accounting firm to process the data and time billed by non-attorneys for data entry. The second category was $30,495 for photocopying 160,000 pages of the underlying business records, which were also admitted into evidence at trial. The third category was $2,250 for equipment to project documents on a screen at trial. The trial court awarded the full amount of costs to Yosemite, and El Dorado appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Wiseman, J.)
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