United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Ocala Division
LOUIS SCHWARZ, et al., Plaintiffs, THE VILLAGE CENTER COMMUNITY, et al. Defendants. Plaintiff Transcript Costs Appearance Fee Total Costs
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION 
R. LAMMENS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
who are deaf individuals living in The Villages in Sumter
County, brought this action under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (“ADA”) seeking damages and
injunctive relief against several Defendants, including the
Village Center Community Development District and Sumter
Landing Community District (“the Districts”). The
Districts prevailed on summary judgment and now seek
reimbursement for their costs against each of the Plaintiffs.
(Docs. 182, 191). Plaintiffs now ask the Court to review
those costs and deny them entirely or reduce them
substantially. (Doc. 522). After review, the Court submits a
judgment of costs is due to be entered against each of the
Plaintiffs in the amounts set forth below, which excludes the
costs for American Sign Language interpreters.
the entry of summary judgment in their favor, the Districts
submitted proposed bills of costs against all thirty-one
Plaintiffs. (Docs. 192-222). Once the remaining claims in
this case had been resolved, the clerk taxed the proposed
bills of costs. (Docs. 489-513, 515-20). Plaintiffs timely
moved to review those costs as provided under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 54(d)(1). (Doc. 522).
in addition to the costs for preparing Plaintiffs'
depositions and providing sign language interpreters, the
Districts sought other miscellaneous costs, such as those for
condensing transcripts, delivering the transcripts, and
exhibit fees. (Docs. 489-520). After Plaintiffs' filed
their motion to review costs (where they challenged numerous
fees sought by the Districts), the Districts withdrew their
request for the miscellaneous fees, along with their request
to be reimbursed for the deposition of Janet Tutt. (Doc. 53,
App. 1). Currently, the Districts' only seek to tax the
costs of the transcripts themselves (including the court
reporter's appearance fee), and the costs of providing
ASL interpreters (a total amount of $8, 100).
Rule of Civil Procedure 54(d) provides that “[u]nless a
federal statute, these rules, or a court order provides
otherwise, costs-other than attorney's fees-should be
allowed to the prevailing party.” Title 28 U.S.C.
§ 1920 defines the costs taxable under Rule 54(d).
Crawford Fitting Co. v. J.T. Gibbons, Inc., 482 U.S.
437, 445 (1987). Section 1920 authorizes the taxing of:
(1) Fees of the clerk and marshal;
(2) Fees for printed or 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 services ...