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Cases which involve the defending of intellectual property, while rarely drawing the attention other forms of litigation often garner, could easily be argued as being some of the more critically important cases regarding the things we create within our minds. Historical works of art, a poet’s rhymes and the iconic written words of literary geniuses such as Homer or even Mark Twain would hold little value if not for being aggressively protected under Intellectual Property laws.

From time to time, any individual, business or organization could become so overwhelmed with debt they struggle desperately to simply remain afloat. Because more money is owed than they might possibly be able to generate, as well as their now having to borrow money to pay back borrowed money, the situation slowly spirals beyond their ability to manage any longer. Soon, the lack of incoming funds, the continuous influx of gradually increasing debt and their beginning to lose sources of credit once vital to their financial survival, the situation becomes too overwhelming.

Construction defect doesn’t always result in catastrophic building collapses. Truth is, a vast majority of construction defect problems are far less as deadly. Even so, most all incidents result in property damage of some form, financial burden due to costly repairs and in some cases, even potentially life threating health conditions. Still, most construction defect victims rarely are aware of the lurking potential for these problems, due to their being inconspicuous in the beginning, until long after the damage has begun.

Defects in construction, the use of inferior products and materials, as well as the intentional cutting of corners by contractors and employees in order to speed up construction and lower costs can often have the more severe and tragic consequences of almost all cases of personal injury and wrongful death. Typically, what makes these cases so extremely tragic is the horrific injuries sustained and the staggering number of lives often lost as a result.

Of course, good lawyering – and the having the law on your side – is always a key to winning your cases. There are ways we, as your court reporters, can help, too. We'd like you to know that we're better able to help you if you do these things to help us during depositions.

A great deposition can actually give you what you need to settle your case in the best possible way for your client. Even if the case ultimately goes to trial, a superior deposition just might be the ticket to victory. Here is our advice:

As continued budget cuts hit the court systems, many courts are eliminating their in-house court reporters. While this certainly has a negative impact on those involved, it does open us to more opportunities to serve our local lawyers.

Here are some best practices that will help local lawyers and law firms make the best court reporter hiring decisions (us!) and what they may expect:

The California Code of Civil Procedure has a section, 2025.32(c) which reads:

We've said before that court reporters are "keepers of the record" and it's true. We have almost a sacred duty to take down whatever is said on the record exactly as it was said. We don't offer descriptions of participants' body language or the volume at which they spoke. We only take down what they said. That's a no-brainer, right?

Many people think that "shorthand" is out-of-date and old-fashioned. Perhaps it's not used by court reporters today, but it is the foundational skill of our profession and it does have many uses elsewhere. This year as we approach the latest of NCRA's Speed Contest, a new record may be set. Competitors will write four dictations of one minute each at speeds of 370, 380, 390, and 400 words per minute. The new record holder will be in great company (one of history's earliest speed writing competitors was Titus Caesar, the 11th Caesar of Rome.

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