Youssef vs. Qayyum

Plaintiff/Cross-Defendant Maz Youssef's Motion to Tax Costs is GRANTED, in part, and DENIED, in part.

"If the items appearing in a cost bill appear to be proper charges, the burden is on the party seeking to tax costs to show that they were not reasonable or necessary." (Ladas v. California State Auto Ass'n (1993) 19 Cal.App.4th 761, 774.) The party seeking to tax costs has the burden of establishing the claimed costs were excessive. (Id. at 776.) A party's mere statements in the points and authorities accompanying its notice of motion to strike cost bill and the declaration of its counsel are insufficient to rebut the prima facie showing that the costs were necessarily incurred. (Jones v. Dumrichob (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 1258, 1266.)

The motion to tax deposition costs in item 4 in the total amount of $11,772,97 is denied. The costs associated with the challenged depositions are allowed under Code of Civil Procedure section 1033.5(a)(3)(A). Further, the........