I. SCOPE OF GUIDELINES
II. CONTENTS OF THE APPLICATION
C. Computer research charges
Computerized legal services such as Lexis and Westlaw are reimbursable to the extent of the invoiced cost from the vendor, assuming the time spent conducting the research is reasonable. In re Drexel Burnham Lambert Group, Inc., 133 B.R. 13, 32 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 1991). The court will disallow surcharges for computerized legal services as the expenses generally is included in a firm’s overhead costs.
D. Costs of investment, equipment, or capital outlay
In charging for a particular service or expense, an application may not include in the amount for which reimbursement is sought the amortization of the cost of any investment, equipment, or capital outlay.
E. Duplication of services
When more than one professional or paraprofessional from the same firm perform duplicative services, the court generally will allow only the senior professional’s charge for the service. For example, the court will not allow more than one attorney from the same law firm to collect compensation for reading a court document or order or reviewing and revising the same pleading.
F. Facsimile transmission charges
A charge for outgoing facsimile transmissions to long distance telephone numbers is reimbursable at the actual toll charges or, if such amount is not readily determinable, $1.00 per page for domestic and $2.00 per page for international transmissions unless a higher charge is justified. Charges for incoming facsimiles are not reimbursable as the actual cost for receiving incoming facsimile transmissions is de minimis. Drexel Burnham, 133 B.R. at 32; In re Nephi Rubber Products Corp., 146 B.R. 782, 784 (Bankr. N.D. Ind. 1992).
G. Interoffice conferences
When more than one professional or paraprofessional from a firm attend an interoffice conference or meeting, the court will allow compensation only for the senior professional attending the meeting unless the attendance of more than one professional at the meeting is justified. Environmental Waste, 122 B.R. at 347, citing In re Pettibone Corp., 74 B.R. 293, 303 (Bankr. N.D. Ill. 1987); In re B &W Management, Inc., 63 B.R. 395 (Bankr. D.D.C. 1986); and In re American Int'l Airways, Inc., 47 B.R. 716 (Bankr. E.D. Pa. 1985).
H. Lumping of services