Following a drawn out patent dispute (the history of which can be found in the decision) Judge Gorton denied a motion of attorneys’ fees to a successful defendant after ruling the case was not exceptional. Costs were awarded, but many categories of costs were disallowed for various failings. The ruling is a good review of what you can and can’t recover as costs, and how to properly go about requesting the same.
Haemonetics Corp. v. Fenwal, Inc., 05-12572-NMG, 09-12107-NMG (D. Mass. May 10, 2012)