Judge Allows Payment of E-costs

May 16, 2011 – In The News
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

In a recent ruling, the winning defendants of Dirt Motor Sports and Hoosier Racing Tires from the Race Tires America Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. trial, were awarded more than $367,000 in e-discovery costs, or what one judge referred to as "the 21st century equivalent to making copies."

John Gotaskie and Theodore Jobes served as the lawyers for Dirt Motor Sports and sought more than $274, 765 in costs, which included about $246,000 in e-discovery.

The plaintiff lawyers sought review of the costs and urged Judge Terrence F. McVerry to disallow any e-discovery charges.

However, the judge awarded the winning defendants with the reimbursements and said they were "incurred--and in significant respects at the discovery demands of plaintiffs," adding that although they were "significant" they "can hardly be considered as 'puffed,' exorbitant or contrived."