This Court referred to Chief Magistrate Judge Langford the application of plaintiffs' counsel for costs and expenses incurred in the partial settlement of this action. After conducting a hearing and requesting and receiving additional documentation, Chief Magistrate Judge Langford issued his Findings and Recommendations on December 15, 1995. No party has objected.
The Court has reviewed the Findings and Recommendations, and agrees with the general guidelines set forth therein regarding which expenses should be awarded, which should be discounted, and which should be denied. The matter is therefore REFERRED to Chief Magistrate Judge Langford for calculation of the amounts to be awarded following those guidelines. Chief Magistrate Judge Langford is requested to issue Findings and Recommendations detailing the amounts to be awarded to each of the law firms seeking reimbursement.
Furthermore, the Court shares Magistrate Judge Langford's great concern about the excessive costs sought as reimbursement, particularly with respect to travel, meals, and accommodations. Counsel should be guided by an awareness of these concerns in seeking any future award of costs, and should be aware that the Court will not award reimbursement for excessive expenditures.
Finally, in keeping with Chief Magistrate Judge Langford's recommendation, plaintiffs' counsel are ordered to submit all future applications for costs and expenses in a detailed format, breaking down the amount requested and outlining the necessity of each expense. Counsel are further ordered that to the extent that counsel anticipate seeking reimbursement for extensive travel or extensive use of nonlegal experts, they should inform the Court prior to incurring those expenses. As the Court has previously ordered, plaintiffs' counsel may submit information about their unusual expenditures ex parte and under seal, and the Court will determine whether the information should remain under seal.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: JAN 23 1996
EUGENE F. LYNCH
United States District Judge
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