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Attorneys Responsible For Reporter Bills In Ohio

An Ohio court of appeals has ruled in favor of a court reporting firm who took an attorney to small claims court over his refusal to pay a $203.34 invoice for a deposition taken in 2003. The attorney claimed that his client was responsible for paying. 

NCRA and the Ohio Court Reporters Association filed an amicus curiae brief in the case noting that Ohio courts have generally held that "in the absence of express notice to the contrary, court officials and persons connected with the progress of the litigation may safely regard themselves as dealing with the attorney."

We are pleased that the Ohio court of appeals has strengthened existing precedent, placing the burden of payment for reporter fees on the hiring entity, the attorney.