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Response Fees

How, When and How Much

At Safari, we hear a lot of questions about how companies set and collect reasonable fees for responding to routine information requests. Here is a summary of what we’ve seen:
How do we determine a fee?
The criteria will vary, of course, and your best source of information is the team that actually handles these requests—but these are some factors to consider.
  • Number of accounts to be searched
  • Number of systems to be searched
  • Number of categories of records requested
What about actual amounts?
Here are some numbers we’ve seen companies charging for civil subpoenas: Hourly Fees
  • Range of $30 - $75 per hour, sometimes with minimums of one quarter to one hour
  • $30 up to 2 hours; plus $30 per each additional hour

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