High Court Mulls Translator Bills For Lawsuit Losers

Law360, New York (February 21, 2012, 5:54 PM EST) -- Attorneys sparred Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court over whether losing parties in lawsuits should be obligated to pay document translation fees — a potentially huge expense in some cross-border cases — when a court orders them to pay the winner's costs.

The suit began when retired Japanese minor league player Kouichi Taniguchi was ordered to pay $5,517.20 in translation costs to Kan Pacific Saipan Ltd., a resort owner that beat out the ballplayer in a personal injury suit. The Ninth Circuit rejected Taniguchi's appeal to...
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