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Thanks for the feedback, Roberta. They did pay me for the first couple of jobs, and I had to fight for those payments. Had I known they would flat-out refuse to pay going forward, I clearly would've set them up on a COD basis. They claim that they accidentally mailed the payment to the videographer, then avoided calls/e-mails for another few weeks, then finally replied and said the attorneys haven't paid them, and then .. nothing. No replies, no phone calls. I had to hire an attorney to handle it. :-(
I did receive e-mails from a couple of their regular reporters in NYC who indicated their work has fallen off, so perhaps they're heading into BK. (?)
That IS an insult to injury, Barb! Aaack! Divorce depos are my personal all-time worst!
My jobs were extremely difficult too -- two hours to the depo each way; 300 pages a day of scientific jargon (with foreign accents - scientists!); videotaped; reporter-provided laptops for realtime (x 2); immediate rough drafts; expedites. I worked my butt off and was exhausted for days upon days when it was all said and done. In addition, I paid expedited rates to a scopist and an additional proofreader in order to get these jobs done in time.
I will, of course, be fine, but I'd sure hate for other reporters to get stung by this group. I made it for 13 years of reporting before ever being "stiffed" by an agency. I'm told I'm pretty lucky. HA!
Beware of Global...There were a few reporters last year who posted about them and the owner threatened to sue them for slander, which it isn't slander if it's the truth. They do not pay!! They also owe me several thousand dollars. They have quite a name for themselves these days..Reporters beware, do not work for them!!
No, I mean Global Deposition Services in NYC. I think the thread back then was started on Court Reporter Connect. One reporter from Texas waited four months also to be paid, posted on the forum, another reporter pitched in with her experience, and they were told to cease and desist otherwise a lawsuit would be on their hands from Theresa herself. They are an unscrupulous firm and she is an unscrupulous nasty person.
Doesn't surprise me, Nicole, that they'd react in such a way. They've been AWFUL to deal with. And I was careful to only post FACTS -- no storytelling. If anything, I guess I feel a little validated since others have had the same experiences. Sorry you haven't collected from them. Looks like I won't be able to either. (Sigh)
Global owes me a few thousand dollars. I've been picking up work from them for a little over a year now. At first the checks were coming in on a somewhat regular basis, but that has slowed. I'm sick of this crap. I've know Theresa from the Esquire days and thought she was reputable, but now I'm worried. Enough is enough. I'm sick of hearing that attorneys are not paying their bills timely. That's not my problem.
I work directly with attorneys. 98% are very fast-pay (even most insurance companies pay quickly, in my experience). I just got a check in today for a copy invoice I sent out about a week ago. I got several other checks, too. When you work directly with counsel, the checks just roll in.
Some other agencies I have worked for in the past have had very slow-paying clients, however. Wonder why that is. o.O
And I wonder if it's even true that the attys didn't pay the bill when they use that excuse. They might have paid but the CR firm isn't paying out. Too bad we couldn't call the law firm and ask the status of the bill being paid for the depos we do. I bet the CR firm's that don't pay wouldn't like it if their clients were getting calls from court reporters asking what the status was because we haven't been paid.
I've never done it but usually when I threat to do so, I've finally gotten paid.