Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Billing by the Inch

Usually, an expert witness bills by the hour for his or her services. But at least one expert bills $150 for  every inch of paperwork that he reviews. On his Professional Responsibility blog (March  2), Professor Alberto Bernabe noted this story from the “Say What?! blog. Here is an excerpt from the deposition:

 Q. [Dr. Caram], how much are they paying you for this work, sir?

A. I don't know what Mr. DiCaro pays me by the hour.

Q. Mr. Franke gets 50 bucks an hour. What do you get?

A. I really don't know what A.J.'s paying me by the hour. I don't pay attention to that until I receive a case, it's I get paid by the inch of paperwork.

Q. Well, this is a three-and-a-half inch case.

A. Oh, no, no. It's much more than that. ... The initial box that came to me had three-and-a-half inches. I have since reviewed many things, such as the depositions and the like, which ...

Q. Okay.

A. The file, probably nine inches at least.

Q. Well, what do you get for a nine incher?

A. It all depends. It's $150 per inch of paperwork that I have to review.

Q. Is it really?

A. Yes.

Q. Per inch?

A. Per inch. As opposed to the hour...


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