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PRM Kauai, LLC v. Gibson

United States District Court, D. Hawaii

June 27, 2016

PRM KAUAI, LLC; PETER R. MORRIS, Plaintiffs,
v.
JAMES GIBSON; BANCENTRE CORP., Defendants, and, PAHIO MARKETING, INC., Intervenor.

          PRM Kauai, LLC, Plaintiff, represented by Jessica M. Wan, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, Jordon Jun Kimura, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP & William C. McCorriston, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

          Peter R. Morris, Plaintiff, represented by Jordon Jun Kimura, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP, William C. McCorriston, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon & Jessica M. Wan, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

          James Gibson, Defendant, represented by Mark M. Murakami, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Edward K. Pineda-Akiona, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Matthew T. Evans, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert & Sommerset K. M. Wong, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert.

          Bancentre Corp., Defendant, represented by Mark M. Murakami, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Matthew T. Evans, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert & Sommerset K. M. Wong, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert.

          Pahio Marketing, Inc., Intervenor Defendant, represented by Gregory Howard Meyers.

          Bancentre Corp., Counter Claimant, represented by Mark M. Murakami, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert & Matthew T. Evans, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert.

          Kauai Beach Villas--Phase II, LLC, Counter Defendant, represented by William C. McCorriston, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

          Pahio Marketing, Inc., Counter Claimant, represented by Gregory Howard Meyers.

          Peter R. Morris, Counter Defendant, represented by Jordon Jun Kimura, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP & William C. McCorriston, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

          PRM Kauai, LLC, Counter Defendant, represented by Jessica M. Wan, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon, Jordon Jun Kimura, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP & William C. McCorriston, McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

          FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATION TO GRANT PLAINTIFFS PRM KAUAI, LLC AND PETER R. MORRIS' OBJECTIONS TO DEFENDANT JAMES GIBSON AND BANCENTRE CORP.'S BILL OF COSTS, FILED JUNE 1, 2016

          KEVIN S.C. CHANG, Magistrate Judge.

         Before the Court is Plaintiffs PRM Kauai, LLC and Peter R. Morris' Objections to Defendants James Gibson and Bancentre Corp.'s Bill of Costs, Filed June 1, 2016 ("Objections"), filed June 9, 2016. The Court finds this matter suitable for disposition without a hearing pursuant to Rule 7.2(d) of the Local Rules of Practice for the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii ("Local Rules").

         Defendants James Gibson and Bancentre Corp. ("Defendants") submitted a Bill of Costs ("BOC"), arguing that they are entitled to $1, 027.89 in costs as the prevailing party in this action. Plaintiffs object on the grounds that Defendants are not the prevailing party.

         Federal Rule of Civil Procedure ("FRCP") 54(d)(1) provides: "Unless a federal statute, these rules, or a court order provides otherwise, costs-other than attorney's fees-should be allowed to the prevailing party." Fed.R.Civ.P. 54. "[C]osts under Rule 54(d) may not be awarded where an underlying claim is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction, for in that case the dismissed party is not a prevailing party' within the meaning of Rule 54(d)." Miles v. California, 320 F.3d 986, 988 (9th Cir. 2003). When a dismissal is for lack of jurisdiction, 28 U.S.C. § 1919 governs the award of costs. Id . Section "1919[1] is permissive, ...


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