Do not work for DCR LITIGATION (Duke Court Reporters) located in Westlake Village.  After saying they will pay for one of the few jobs I did for them back in April, I still have not received anything.  Excuses after excuses.  THEY USED TO POST ON CSR Nation, but I think their reputation is going around. 


I just want to warn other reporters out there so they don't end up like me....working for free.


Rocket Reporting is another non-paying agency.

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Comment by Cathy Clute on January 6, 2012 at 18:37

This is probably old hat.....but Reporters Unlimited out of San Pedro is another to avoid.  The owner (Dianne McGivern) also has a bully of a husband who likes to intimidate to compensate for his size.....if you know what I mean!!  I took her (them) to small claims a little over a month ago and settled for 50 cents on the dollar just to never have to see their mugs again.  They actually accused me of assault and battery when Dianne tried to walk away with the dismissal form without paying me my 50-cents-on-the-dollar settlement.  I tried to return the form to the small claims clerk.  The form ripped in half, and they both, in unison, screamed, "She hit her.  She hit her."  Meaning....that I hit Dianne.  All this because she owes me gobs of money for hard work performed.  I was willing to erase them from my memory bank and never speak of them again.....but just the other day, he wrote a scathing (and ridiculously fabricated) retort to a blog on another court reporting site about ME!!!  It's not a chicken-or-the-egg thing....we perform our job, they don't we are having to go to court, and they're upset at US?????

Comment by Denise Jones on November 14, 2011 at 11:53

Hi Lisa and Lori,

I, too, was in the same boat.  I just got paid a little over a week ago for jobs outstanding since March.  It's unfortunate that it took so much time and effort and finally the threat of a small claims court action for me to get paid, but I have learned a huge lesson, especially since it's the second go-round for me.  I haven't had this experience with any of the many agencies I have done freelance work for. 

Comment by Lori Stokes on November 14, 2011 at 11:43

Hi Lisa

I finally just told Annette that I was filing a small claims action.  Since I took the jobs in the Bay Area, I told her she would have to come up here to make the court appearance.  She yelled at me and told me that she was going to send her "attorney" husband.  I said go right ahead.  You can't have an attorney in small claims, so I said if he is representing your company that is fine.  Pretty clear cut that I did the work, and you never paid me. She hung up on me after letting me know that they would be "suing me for attorneys' fees after they won."  I said, well, since you can't use an attorney in small claims, that would be pretty difficult.  She said, "Fine.  I am very confident we will win" and hung up on me.  I got a call from her the next day, sweet as pie, saying that she "checked her books" and she did still owe me money.  What a surprise!!  Got a check in two days :)

Comment by Laura Mateo on November 8, 2011 at 15:07



I recently got paid from DCR.  This was my final payment owed to me.  Although I am waiting on my copy orders which I haven't yet received a response on.  I hope they will follow through as they did with my O&1 payment.  Reporters have every right to know if copies have been paid on.

Comment by Lori Stokes on November 4, 2011 at 16:01
Man, I must work for all the wrong firms!!  I had a huge problem with Discovery Works, too.  Finally got paid in full, but I don't think I will be taking more jobs for them.....
Comment by Lorrie L. Marchant on November 4, 2011 at 15:25
Discovery Works Global out of Philadelphia is another one to be aware of.  They are NOT paying reporters and/or network firms.
Comment by Tricia McLaughlin on November 2, 2011 at 21:04
How familiar this sounds, Lori!
Comment by Lori Stokes on November 2, 2011 at 14:21
I had a horrible experience with DCR, as well. Took them months to pay me for jobs I took. Even then, I only got paid after I threatened to take them to court. The owner is very rude and horrible to work with.
Comment by Denise Jones on October 19, 2011 at 9:07

Hi Laura,  Thanks so much for the info.  The jobs were in LA county.  Is it small claims court online or any other name I should know?  I'll get started.

That's what I thought, too -- since Keith quit or 'is not longer with DCR," there goes any hope left of ever being paid, not that he was that effective anyway.  You can't tell me an agency owner doesn't know what here admin employees are doing, thus the reason it's been nearly eight months and no payment for work performed in early 2011. 


Comment by Laura Mateo on October 18, 2011 at 20:02

If Keith quit, I guess that means they won't be paying me the last of what they owe me.  I suspected he wouldn't be working there much longer. 


Denise:  Was the job taken in Los Angeles county?  If so, you can file online now with the courts and they will review your claim. 

I heard the statute of limitations on contracting jobs is two years.  Anything other than that, you may not be able to file a claim.  I have one agency owing me from 2009.  Guess that means I need to file my claim asap.

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