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Courts putting cap on engr hourly fee?

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     I went to a seminar Fri by ASCE on Forensic engineering at UC Irvine
where it was mentioned by the panel of lawyers that in the San Diego area
courts are putting a cap on expert wittness hourly rates. They mentioned about
$300/hour as a maximum. While this is significantly more than i have ever
charged hourly, the pricipal of courts ( run by judges who are lawyers )
setting our rates seems unfair.
     On the other hand, i don't see why anyone would charge significantly less
now if this is the case.
     If anyone out there has personal experience of this i would appreciate
hearing about it.
Thanks in advance.

     Tom Harris , SE
     Thousand Oaks, CA