# 6. Butts vs. Board of Trustees of CSU

Case No.: TC02232

Matter on calendar for: Motion to Tax Costs


Tentative ruling:

I. Background

Presently before the Court is Plaintiff Sheila Butts’ motion to tax costs. Timely opposition and reply papers have been filed.

II. Analysis

Butts argues that the $66,931.79 costs contained in Defendant CSU’s March 21, 2017 memorandum of costs are all barred as a matter of law, except $2,100 in legal fees associated with a discovery motion. Butts especially takes issue with $8,050 claimed for mediation and $16,625 for certain expert fees.

A. Applicable law

The right to recover any costs in a civil action is “determined entirely by statute.” (Anthony v. City of Los Angeles (2008) 166 Cal.App.4th 1011, 1014.) Costs not expressly allowed as a matter of right under CCP § 1032 may be awarded in t........