Gov't Code Section 154.115
(a)A court reporter or shorthand reporting firm may not enter into or provide services under any contractual agreement, written or oral, exclusive or nonexclusive, that:
(1)undermines the impartiality of the court reporter;
(2)requires a court reporter to relinquish control of an original deposition transcript and copies of the transcript before it is certified and delivered to the custodial attorney;
(3)requires a court reporter to provide any service not made available to all parties to an action;
(4)gives or appears to give an exclusive advantage to any party; or
(5)restricts an attorney’s choice in the selection of a court reporter or shorthand reporting firm.
(b)Subsections (a)(2) and (3) do not apply to a contract for court reporting services for a court, agency, or instrumentality of the United States or this state.
Section 154.115 — Prohibited Contracts,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.154.htm#154.115 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).