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I assume this happens more than any of us want to know. I have been taking multiple depositions over the last few months in one case involving multiple defense attorneys. I was asked today by one of the defense attorneys to compromise my invoices to her because - I find out - the group of defense attorneys (whoever gets the complimentary copy of that witness) has been scanning in that transcript and passing it around to all the other defense attorneys. This, obviously, cuts me out of a LOT of copy sales.
Is there anything we can do, as court reporters, to curtail this overall practice? I do not automatically send an e-mail of any transcript to any attorney unless someone specifically asks (and then I review the case circumstances before I send it), so whomever it is (or multiple attorneys) is using their own equipment and time to do the scanning and e-mailing.
Is there some new technology anyone has heard about that would help US (court reporters as a whole), for once, to get attorneys to HAVE to get their transcripts from us? I understand about motion practice and the need for attorneys to attach testimony/transcripts to their motions, but scanning and passing transcripts around? Maybe they're not thinking of the bread and butter they are taking away from the reporter? Ahh for the good-old days, when court reporters were actually respected and APPRECIATED for our skills and ASSISTANCE in attorneys' achievements, not just a way to cut costs.
If anyone has an idea, I'm all ears...
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