October 15, 2013 Top Story

Recovering Trial Technology Costs

Trial presentation technology can help make a case, but the expense is a drawback

Natasha Saggar Sheth

There seems to be little dispute that trial presentation technology can help lawyers make their case to a judge or jury. But the expense is a drawback. A California appellate court’s award of costs to a prevailing plaintiff for trial technology offers a solution to the cost problem in a decision that recognizes the importance and usefulness of such technology.

In Bender v. Los Angeles [PDF], the California Court of Appeals affirmed a cost award of $24,103.75 for a “Trial Video Computer, PowerPoint Presentation, and Videotaped Deposition Synchronizing” and the cost of a technician.

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