U.S. Legal Support acquires DecisionQuest

In a press release issued Oct. 1, U.S. Legal Support, based in Torrance, Calif., announced that the firm has acquired the trial consultant company, DecisionQuest.

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Epiq launches global information governance services

In a press release issued Sept. 19, Epiq, based in New York, announced the launch of enhanced information governance services to help clients efficiently and compliantly manage their electronically stored information in all environments, including on premise servers, in the cloud, or in hybrid systems.

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NCRA files comment with FCC about captioning quality

In response to Colorado Law’s Petition for Declaratory Rulemaking, Jocelynn A. Moore, NCRA’s Director of State Government Relations, has submitted the following public comment to the Federal Communications Commission:

NCRA supports this petition with regard to the topic of Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR). Additionally, we are aware that the quality of captioning remains a critical issue and look forward to working with our consumer partners regarding this specific concern. Further, NCRA and our Captioning Committee members would like to note that positive changes are occurring in the way that captioning is currently processed. This is due, in large part, to the best practices standard that our Captioning Committee advocated for before the FCC and which was ultimately implemented in 2015. For instance, due to this standard, our captioners have had more access to advanced material, including scripts and lyrics, than they had prior to 2015; access to more advanced material improves caption quality. Lastly, NCRA is committed to improving the quality of captioning and feels the FCC complaint process could better encourage viewers who use captioning to file complaints and provide feedback to the FCC.

The petition, filed by the Colorado Law Technology Law & Policy Clinic, asserts that the FCC’s “best practices standard” that already applies to human captioners should also be equally applied to ASR technologies. The Clinic also recommends that the FCC should investigate ASR technology to ensure that its captions are equal to human captioning. The “best practices standard” says:

Captioning quality will now be measured via four non-qualitative measures:

  • Accuracy – the captions “accurately reflect what is in the program’s audio track by matching the dialogue, music, and sounds, and identify the speakers”;
  • Synchronicity – the captions “are delivered synchronously with the corresponding dialogue and other sounds at a speed that can be read by viewers”;
  • Completeness – the captions “are complete for the entire program”;
  • Placement of the captions – the captions “do not obscure important on-screen information and are not obscured by other information on the screen.”

O’Brien & Levine earns top rankings for third consecutive year

In a press release issued Sept. 5, the court reporting firm O’Brien & Levine, Boston, Mass., announced that it was voted “Best of the Best” for its services by readers of the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly for the third consecutive year.

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Nation sees shortage of court reporters

TNONLINE.com, Lehighton, Pa., posted an article on Aug. 25 about the nation’s shortage of court reporters and cited NCRA as a resource.

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NAEGELI Deposition and Trial announces new national chief operations officer

NAEGELI Deposition and Trial, based in Portland, Ore., announced in a press release issued Aug. 1 that the firm has named Richard D. Teraci as Chief Operations Officer of the National Division.

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Stenograph announces release of Luminex II

In a press release issued Aug. 2, Stenograph announced it has unveiled its latest writing machine, the Luminex II.

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Local college launching court reporter program in response to growing shortage

NCRA members Jennifer Dunn, RPR, an official court reporter from Creve Coeur, Mo., and Cindy Taylor, a freelance court reporter from St. Charles, Mo., are featured in a story aired by KMOV Channel 4 on July 30, about the launch of a new court reporting program at St. Charles Community College in response to the nationwide growing shortage of professionals.

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Court reporter shortage in Bexar County

NCRA member and official court reporter Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, CRC, San Antonio, Texas, was featured along with other court officials in a segment that aired on KENS Channel 5 on June 24 that addresses the negative impact a shortage of court reporters is having on cases in Bexar County. NCRA and the Ducker Study is also mentioned in the piece.

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Fortz Legal expands their offices for court reporting services

In a press release issued June 21, Fortz Legal, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., announced that the firm has expanded its court reporting service area to include West Bloomfield.

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