(2) The application for taxation of costs must be signed by the attorney for the claimant, or the claimant personally, if appearing pro sť. The signature on the application is a certification by the person signing the application of the accuracy of the costs claimed and that the costs incurred were reasonable and necessary to the case.
(3) The court will allow reasonable costs. The reasonableness of a given item of cost claimed is judged in light of the facts and circumstances of the case, and the issues upon which the claimant prevailed.
(4) The following are examples of costs that are generally found to be reasonable:
(b) witness fees and mileage, as allowed by statute, for non-party fact witnesses;
(c) expert witness fees, including reasonable preparation time, for testimony either at deposition or at trial, but not at both;
(d) travel and lodging expenses of counsel for attending depositions;
(e) fees and expenses necessary for perpetuation or presentation of evidence offered at trial, such as recording, videotaping or photographing exhibits;
(f) documented photocopy expenses;
(g) documented long-distance telephone expenses; and
(h) documented postage expenses.
(5) The following are examples of costs that are generally found not to be reasonable:
(b) secretarial time; and
(c) items of ordinary office overhead not typically billed to clients.
(6) Items of cost not specifically listed in this rule may be awarded by the court, in accordance with the principles in (3).
(7) An insurer may make specific objection to any item of costs claimed within 10 days of the service of the application. (History: Sec. 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-4-201, 39-71-2901, MCA; NEW, 1996 MAR p. 557, Eff. 2/23/96.)