In a ruling that may send shivers up the spines of some plaintiffs lawyers, a federal judge in Pittsburgh has ruled that the winning defendants in an antitrust case are entitled to reimbursement of more than $367,000 in e-discovery costs.

In his 25-page opinion in Race Tires America Inc. v. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. , U.S. District Judge Terrence F. McVerry found that courts are increasingly approving awards of e-discovery costs, noting that one judge described them as "the 21st century equivalent of making copies."