Clients are frequently shocked at the filing fee associated with a responsive pleading in a civil case. It can get expensive filing on behalf of multiple parties, e.g., a limited liability company and each of its members, individually. Fees usually adjust on January 1 of each year. In some years, fees adjust on July 1. The filing fee for an answer or other first paper filed on behalf of each party in an unlimited civil case is $435, or $1,305 for three parties. It is wise to check the fee schedule on the court’s website prior to filing any documents so they are not rejected. The following link provides the current fee schedule for the Los Angeles Superior Court.