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Eugene Brodsky is tired of getting ripped off. The San Francisco maritime lawyer says he’s been fleeced for years by large deposition reporting firms that give discounts to insurance companies at the expense of plaintiffs. He estimates that in a typical case, his clients are squeezed for an extra few thousand dollars. Now he wants to do something about it.

But other plaintiffs lawyers and anti-contracting groups have two words for him: good luck. For the past 15 years, a lineup of passionate advocates has picked at this bone, only to drop away once they experience the resistance to any ban on contracts.

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