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Stephen K. Bieber and Karen Bieber v. David J. Nace and Eastern Industries

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


April 4, 2012

STEPHEN K. BIEBER AND KAREN BIEBER, PLAINTIFFS
v.
DAVID J. NACE AND EASTERN INDUSTRIES, INC., DEFENDANTS

The opinion of the court was delivered by: (Judge Conner)

ORDER

AND NOW, this 4th day of April, 2012, upon consideration of the motion for reimbursement of expenses and counsel fees pursuant to Local Rule 30.12 (Doc. 73), filed by defendant Eastern Industries, Inc. ("EII"), wherein EII requests reimbursement from plaintiffs of $3,306.80 in expenses and counsel fees associated with attending the trial depositions of plaintiffs' experts Francis X. Camillo, M.D. and Edward A. Perez, M.D., in Memphis, Tennessee on January 3, 2012, and upon further consideration of the response thereto (Doc. 93), wherein plaintiffs assert that the Local Rule is discretionary and does not require an award of expenses and counsel fees and, moreover, the requested expenses and counsel fees are not reasonable,*fn1 and it appearing that pursuant to Local Rule 30.12, for any oral deposition, including a videotape deposition, taken outside the Middle District of Pennsylvania, "a party may apply to the court for an order requiring the party requesting the deposition to pay the opposing party reasonable expenses and counsel fees incident thereto," see L.R. 30.12, and the court finding that the court may but need not order the reimbursement of expenses and costs, and the court concluding that in the instant matter it is fair and equitable that the parties bear their own expenses related to the depositions, it is hereby ORDERED that the motion for reimbursement of expenses and counsel fees pursuant to Local Rule 30.12 (Doc. 73) filed by Eastern Industries, Inc. is DENIED.

CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge


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