The freelance court reporting profession has changed dramatically since 1994. Due to the globalization of the legal profession, our clients find themselves traveling out of state more often. The prohibitive cost of bringing along a local reporter, coupled with the ease of electronic delivery of transcripts, has resulted in Texas court reporting firms necessarily working with out-of-state reporters for coverage, many of whom balk at our low copy rates.
According to recently collected data, most states have copy rates far in excess of those we are permitted to charge in Texas, which creates an economic disadvantage for the reporting firm when billing Texas attorneys for a job taken outside the state, since most out-of-state reporters charge much more for copies than the referring Texas firm is allowed by law to pass on to their clients. The end result is Texas freelance firms find it almost impossible to find out-of-state court reporters willing to work for our artificially low copy rates, or the Texas-based business must absorb the cost difference in order to comply with this arbitrary and capricious rule.