Saturday, May 13, 2006

This Firm Has To Be Charging Copying Fees....


  • First motion for summary disposition with supporting brief - 19 pages. Plus about 500 pages of exhibits.

  • Second motion for summary disposition with supporting brief - 20 pages. Plus the same exhibits.

Both were filed at the same time.
  • Renewed first motion for summary disposition with supporting brief - 20 pages. Plus the same exhibits.

  • Renewed second motion for summary disposition with supporting brief - 22 pages. Plus the same exhibits.

Both were filed at the same time.
  • Revised renewed second motion for summary disposition with supporting brief - 20 pages. Plus the same exhibits.

If they're not charging the client a copying fee per page, the firm is wasting its own money. If they are charging the client copying fees, they seem to be intentionally burning through the client's money.

If it costs you 8 cents per page to produce the copy, and you bill the client 25 cents per page... unnecessarily reproducing 2,000 pages of documents generates an additional $340 in profit per copy. One copy for the client, one copy for the file, one copy for the court, one copy for the judge, one copy for opposing counsel.... $1,700. Charge 50 cents per page, and you've made about $4,200, just for hitting the print button a few extra times.

2 comments:

  1. I once received a series of motions from the U.S. Attorney much like this, so it isn't always deliberate waste of money. Sometimes it's stupidity.

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  2. It may not always be deliberate, but it is always a waste of money. In the case you mention, unless the attorney did his own copying and collating, it's also disrespectful of his staff.

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