Go-video, Inc., an Arizona Corporation, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Matsushita Electrical Industrial Co., Ltd., Victor Companyof Japan, Ltd., Sony Corporation, the Motionpicture Association of America,defendants-appellees, 10 F.3d 808 (9th Cir. 1993)Annotate this Case
Submitted Nov. 3, 1993*.Decided Nov. 26, 1993
Before: ALARCON, LEAVY AND KLEINFELD, Circuit Judges.
This is an appeal from the award of costs.
Although the depositions were videotaped, the parties stipulated that the stenographic transcripts, not the videotapes, would be the "official record." Under this stipulation, the parties had not agreed that the depositions were to be "recorded by other then stenographic means" in the sense of Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b) (4). Rather, they agreed that the depositions would be officially recorded by stenography, but allowed any party to obtain a videotape at its own expense.
The fees for persons who interpreted trial and deposition testimony and translated documents were reasonably construed as compensation of interpreters under 28 U.S.C. § 1920, particularly because of their dual role. Of course, the expenses for copies of papers necessarily obtained for use in the case were allowable under 28 U.S.C. § 1920(4). That the prevailing parties selected only those papers necessary for their motions, instead of filing copies of their entire archives, supports rather than undermines the district court's determination that the copies were necessarily obtained.