Expert witnesses for a party may seek to impose what appears to opposing counsel to be an exorbitant fee for discovering their opinions in litigated matters. Some experts seek high hourly rates, well in excess of $1,000 per hour; others seek high minimum payments for four or more hours of their time; and others seek payment for their travel time or preparation time as well as their attendance at depositions. Some or all of these tactics appear abusive and may even appear to be deliberately designed to thwart discovery. There is some relief available under the rules of civil procedure and underlying case law for parties who think they are being victimized by high expert witness fees.
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