State trial courts working to find enough court reporters to staff courtrooms

California courts are working hard to fill open slots to comply with the high court’s ruling, according to an article posted Jan. 2, by The San Diego Union-Tribune. Six months ago, the state Supreme Court ruled that local courts must provide court reporters in civil cases involving poor litigants. Court administrators are now working to hire scores of reporters, as well as request additional funding in 2019.

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2018 words of the year

Current events seem to play a big role in this year’s decisions by dictionary makers for a word of the year.

Merriam-Webster

Merriam-Webster chose justice as their word of the year.

The company cited a variety of reasons the word won the top spot. According to Merriam-Webster, “This year’s news had many stories involving the division within the executive branch of government responsible for the enforcement of laws: the Department of Justice, sometimes referred to simply as ‘Justice.’ Of course, the Mueller investigation itself is constantly in the news and is being carried out through the Justice Department. Another big news story included yet another meaning of the word justice, as a synonym or title for ‘judge,’ used frequently during the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.”

Other words that brought traffic to the Merriam-Webster website were nationalism, pansexual, lodestar, epiphany, laurel (remember the laurel vs. yanny debate?), pissant, respect, maverick, and excelsior.

Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com’s 2018 word of the year is misinformation.  They define it as “false information that is spread, regardless of whether there is intent to mislead.”

They report that the meaning of misinformation is often confused with disinformation. However, disinfomation is defined as “deliberately misleading or biased information; manipulated narrative or facts; propaganda.” So the difference between the two involves intent.

Their runner-up choices for word of the year include representation, self-made, and backlash.

Oxford          

The Oxford Word of the Year 2018 is toxicOxford defines it as “poisonous.” The dictionary maker says it “first appeared in English in the mid-17th century from the medieval Latin toxicus, meaning ‘poisoned’ or ‘imbued with poison.’”

The top 10 words used with toxic in 2018, according to Oxford, are:

  1. Chemical
  2. Masculinity
  3. Substance
  4. Gas
  5. Environment
  6. Relationship
  7. Culture
  8. Waste
  9. Algae
  10. Air

Court rules that court reporting services subject to state regulations of California

On Dec. 11, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise reported on a case in the Sixth District Court of Appeal that relates to court reporters. The court rejected the contention of an out-of-state company that it does not subject itself to state regulation by arranging for the services of certified shorthand reporters in California because it merely connects customers with independent contractors.

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Mike Mobley Reporting merges with Summit City Reporting

In a press release issued Dec. 10, Mike Mobley Reporting, a firm based in southwest Ohio, announced that the firm has partnered with Summit City Reporting, based in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Henderson Legal Services expands national sales team

In a press release issued Dec. 11, Henderson Legal Services announced that it has expanded its national sales team to increase growth.

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PohlmanUSA’s MyCase™ receives Missouri lawyers media’s top legal innovation award

In a press release issued Dec. 10, PohlmanUSA, based in St. Louis, Mo., announced that the firm recently received a Top Legal Innovation Award for its MyCase™ system at the Missouri Lawyers Media’s award ceremony.

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U.S. Legal Support announces Abry Partners investment

In a press release issued Dec. 4, U.S. Legal Support in Houston, Texas, announced a new strategic and significant investment from Abry Partners, a leading Boston-based private equity firm.

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Veritext Legal Solutions expands its presence in Southern California

Veritext Legal Solutions has expanded its presence in Southern California this summer with the recent acquisition of three California court reporting firms: Personal Court Reporters, Kramm Court Reporting, and M&M Court Reporters. Each of these firms share Veritext’s commitment to quality services.

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U.S. Legal Support earns top honors

In a press release issued Nov. 19, U.S. Legal Support, Miami, Fla., announced that readers of The Daily Business Review voted the firm 2018’s #1 in a number of categories, including best court reporting service.

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Stenograph announces new president

Stenograph, LLC, based in Elmhurst, Ill., announced in a press release issued Nov. 12 that Anir Dutta has been named as its next president. Dutta is a business and sales leader with extensive experience in P&L management, the leadership of global sales and marketing teams, domestic and international product launches and programs, and the development of sales and marketing functions.

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