Messer Strickler Successful in Obtaining Additional Costs for Client in FDCPA Case

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On July 10, 2015, Judge Anthony B. Battaglia of the Southern District of California issued an order granting Messer Strickler’s clients in the matter of Hadsell v. CACH, LLC and Mandarich Law Group additional costs after their trial victory. After the jury found in favor of Defendants during the April 2015 trial, Defendants filed a bill of costs for $4,809.99. Due to a clerical error, an invoice for $1,244.50 was left out of the motion which resulted in the Clerk of Court awarding Defendants’ $2,235.81 in taxed costs. Plaintiff filed a motion to retax costs on May 14, 2015 stating these costs would cause him severe financial hardship as he is indigent. Plaintiff also stated that costs should be denied as the jury found that the action was not brought in bad faith. The Court disagreed. Determining that costs were indeed warranted, it denied Plaintiff’s motion to retax costs.

In response to Plaintiff’s motion, Defendants’ requested additional costs this time including the invoice that was previously left out. The Court granted Defendants’ request due to the fact that it was mentioned in Defendants’ original bill of costs. Costs were increased to $3,480.61.

Lead trial counsel for Defendants was Nicole M. Strickler of Messer Strickler, Ltd. For more information on this case or any other FDCPA related issues, contact her at nstrickler@messerstrickler.com or at 312-334-3442.