I'm sitting in a room in Fresno. I'm here as one of five lawyers at a deposition. All five of us drove here from Los Angeles, a four-hour drive in medium traffic. All of us will sit through the deposition for three days, and have talks each day that we will describe as "conferred with" in our bills. Then all of us will drive back through Friday traffic. The plaintiff's lawyer is not charging anyone by the hour, of course. But various large entities are paying for the time of the other four lawyers. Counting travel, and our modest Fresno hotel rooms ($89 corporate rate for a perfectly decent room), and the hours the lawyers spent assembling exhibits and preparing to ask questions at the deposition, I conservatively estimate that the entire enterprise will cost the corporate clients $65,000.
That's some employee's salary and benefits for a year. Or a new piece of heavy equipment. Or a good chunk of inventory for a small business.
It has to come from someplace.
Sorry about that.
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