This lawsuit was commenced by six mentally retarded persons as a class action on behalf of all those persons who had been committed to Minnesota state hospitals as mentally deficient. The district court granted declaratory relief in Welsch v. Likins, 373 F.Supp. 487 (D.Minn.1974), and issued a supplementary order requiring affirmative state action in Welsch v. Likins, No. 4-72 Civ. 451 (D.Minn., filed Oct. 1, 1974).
Thereafter, plaintiffs moved that costs be assessed against the defendants, administrators serving the State of Minnesota, including the commissioner and assistant commissioner of the Department of Public Welfare and the administrators of six state hospitals for the mentally retarded. On May 22, 1975, the district court taxed costs in favor of plaintiffs in the sum of $5,521, the precise amount requested by the plaintiffs. The defendants have appealed contending:
Judge Earl R. Larson gave these same contentions extensive consideration and wrote a detailed and persuasive memorandum opinion in support of his order taxing costs in this case.
Accordingly, we affirm the award of costs on the basis of Judge Larson's memorandum decision.