Posted on March 2, 2018
One of the worst things about losing a civil action is that your victorious opponent can seek to recover its costs. Talk about being kicked when you’re down! In the United States, unlike in many other jurisdictions, “costs” do not include attorney’s fees. In general, each side bears its own lawyer’s fees. But you can recover items such as filing fees, the costs of service of process, the costs of court reporters, etc. In today’s case of the day, Judge Kaplan, the judge who ruled in favor of Chevron in its RICO case against Steven Donziger and the Lago Agrio plaintiffs, awarded potentially ruinous costs to Chevron against Donziger.