Phipps Reporting opens new office in Wisconsin

Phipps Reporting, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., announced in a press release issued April 8 that it has opened a new office in Milwaukee, Wis., headed up by Scott Marcus.

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ProCAT launches new program to support A to Z students

Trade in your old writer for a new ProCAT Xpression, and the company will supply a writer to an NCRA A to ZTM Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand program participant.

According to Deby Sebastian, national sales manager for ProCAT, which is based in Calabasas, Calif., the program was prompted by the number of phone calls the firm has been getting from interested participants in the A to Z program looking for machines to use. ProCAT has been a partner and providing machines to the A to Z program since it began.

“We have a waiting list for machines at all times it seems. This prompted our decision to do a push for people to trade their old writers in and upgrade to a newer model. When they do, we will donate the machines to NCRA for them to use for A to Z programs. We are hoping this will help with the shortage of machines and allow many more to embark on this exciting field of court reporting,” Sebastian says.

The program, which just launched, has already generated several responses, so the firm is hopeful the offer will prompt trade-ins.

“We literally just put this out but have had several responses, so hopefully it will start bringing in the writers. We will literally take any old writer. I had a brand-new student today who wanted to trade in a four-month-old student Blaze writer to help the program. I told her to wait a bit but thanked her for her heart that wanted to help,” Sebastian says.

“We attend so many conventions and see many reporters still using old writers. We really hope that everyone will reach out, help a student, and help themselves. The newer writers are so much easier on their hands, arms, and necks,” Sebastian added.

“NCRA appreciates ProCAT’s generosity in supporting students in the A to Z program by providing them access to machines,” says Cynthia Bruce Andrews, NCRA’s Senior Director of Education and Certification. “Learning on real steno machines gives students an even better experience when exploring the basics of steno to see if court reporting and captioning would be a good career choice for them.”

ProCAT is offering reporters a $1,300 trade-in value towards a new Xpression writer.

Epiq announces new leader of Global Legal Solutions Business

Epiq announced in a press release issued today that Roger Pilc has joined as president and general manager to lead the firm’s global legal solutions business.

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15 words and phrases that I never use

By Santo (Joe) Aurelio

There are 15 words and phrases that are so confusing that I cannot and will not use them. The principal dictionary consulted was/is Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th ed. Each of the following words and phrases has at least two different meanings – and therein lies the problem:

  1. biannual (twice a year and every two years)
  2. biennial (twice a year and every two years)
  3. bimonthly (twice a month and every two months)
  4. biweekly (twice a week and once every two weeks)
  5. cleave (to cut and to adhere)
  6. duplicitous (deceiving and duplicative)
  7. fey (visionary, crazy, precious, and doomed)
  8. fulsome (lavish, abundant, attractive, and disgusting)
  9. inflammable (flammable and inflammable, both of which mean easily excited, ignitable, and burnable)
  10. lucked out (did well and did not do well)
  11. remit (to pay, to not pay, to defer, to cancel, to send back; [other meanings]); and sign off (to agree, to not agree, to end [as, a message]) N.B.- The phrase “sign on” can still be used since most people understand it to mean “to agree.”
  12. cash back – with reference to sales pitches, especially automobile pitches. A price reduction is meant — not actually giving cash back to the purchaser.
  13. 110 percent — as, He’s such a hard worker, he gives 110 percent. Impossible. The most one can give of anything is 100 percent. E.g., the most energy a person can expend is all (that is, 100 percent) of his or her energy.
  14. throwaway or (see 15)
  15. disposable camera — Cameras are not thrown away or disposed of by picture takers. Cameras are returned to processors for processing. Later, the processors send those cameras to plants (as, Kodak) for the recycling of most parts of those same cameras.

Frankly, I have no problem not using the above 15 words and phrases. If I want to say, “twice a month,” I say those exact words. And if I want to say, “every two months,” I say those exact words. I never want whatever I say or write to be misunderstood. Therefore, I do not use words and phrases that have two or more meanings. So, in conclusion, as they say in court, I now rest my case.

Want to hear more of Aurelio’s take on language? Sign up for his live webinar, “Homonyms & Pseudohomonyms, The Nemesis of Reporters, Part 5,” set for April 17 at 6:30 p.m. ET. You can even earn CEUs for attending.

Dr. Santo “Joe” Aurelio, FAPR, RDR, a former official court reporter for 40 years, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harvard University, and a doctorate in education from Boston University. Dr. Aurelio is a visiting professor at colleges in the Boston area, where he teaches a variety of subjects, but mainly English grammar and medicolegal terminology. 

U.S. Legal Support Completes Acquisition of First Choice Reporting & Video Services

U.S. Legal Support, Houston, Texas, announced in a press release issued April 2 that it has acquired First Choice Reporting & Video Services based in Florida.

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TransPerfect Legal Solutions (TLS) recognized by National Law Journal

In a press release issued April 1, TransPerfect Legal Solutions, New York, N.Y., announced that the firm was recognized last week in the National Law Journal ’s “Best of 2019 Reader Rankings” as a top provider of legal services in five different categories, including the court reporting and deposition service provider.

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HLAA to celebrate 40th anniversary at 2019 convention in Rochester, N.Y.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), Bethesda, Md., announced in a press release that it will mark its 40th anniversary during its 2019 Convention being held June 20-23 in Rochester, N.Y., which will feature keynote speaker Rebecca Alexander, a psychotherapist, disability rights advocate, group fitness instructor, extreme athlete, and author, who has hearing and vision loss.

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PohlmanUSA cares about customer service, and it shows

In a press release issued March 25, PohlmanUSA announced that the firm was awarded the 2019 Best of Awards by St. Louis Small Business Monthly for its customer service.

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Veritext acquires Epiq’s court reporting business

In a press release issued March 21, Veritext Legal Solutions announced that it has acquired Epiq’s court reporting business.

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Phipps Reporting acquires Taylor & Jonovic Court Reporters

In a press release issued March 5, Phipps Reporting announced that it has acquired Taylor & Jonovic Court Reporters, a 40-year-old Miami-based court reporting firm.

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