Agreeing with Mesa Shopping Center-East, LLC v. Hill (2014) 232 Cal.App.4th 890, this decision holds that a cost award entered after entry of voluntary dismissal without prejudice is appealable as a final judgment in its own right.  The decision also holds that a notice of appeal filed within 180 days after denial of the motion to vacate the cost award was timely, even though the motion did not raise any new ground for vacation of the award, because the award was void—insofar as it imposed costs on the non-party attorneys for the plaintiff.

California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 2 (Ramirez, P.J.); December 17, 2018 (partial publication); 30 Cal. App. 5th 346