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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.