Jamison v. Allen
A court can order a litigant to pay a reasonable deposition fee. The plaintiff disclosed Dr. Kenneth Reagles as a vocational expert. Dr. Reagles requested $5,000 to attend a deposition that lasted about three hours and that required two hours of preparation work. The defendants objected that although Dr. Reagles was well prepared and was entitled to compensation for time spent on preparation, $1,000 per hour was not reasonable. The defendants requested that the District Court decide the deposition fee. The plaintiff did not comply with the court's request to provide information about deposition fee awards in other cases. The District Court granted the defendants' motion and ordered the defendants to pay $2,500 as a deposition fee, plus $500 for costs.