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Practical Considerations in Identifying and Preparing Your Rule 30(b)(6) Witnesses

As you know, Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and state counterparts allow a party to depose organizations, including corporations. The party requesting this type of deposition must describe with...more

The D.C. Circuit Issues Another Privilege-Friendly Decision: Part I

In 2014, the D.C. Circuit adopted a very favorable privilege standard — protecting communications if "one significant . . . purpose[]" was corporations' need for legal advice, even if that was not the communications' "primary...more

Where Fantasy Football and Trial Practice Intersect

With Labor Day right around the corner, the NFL is gearing up for the 2015 season. Fantasy football leagues are getting ready for another year of camaraderie, smack talk, and thoughts of a championship. Mention...more

Express Waiver of Assumption of Risk – Gross Negligence Exception

Stacey Chavez, et al. v. 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. - Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (July 8, 2015) - California’s public policy in favor of sporting and leisure activities provides strong support for...more

Deposing a Willing Russian Witness

Unfortunately, not all countries permit the taking of depositions. Mainland China, though a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, is just one example. Russia is not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention and does not...more

Question Everything…Except the Witness - Tips on Maintaining Impartiality From R. v. Crawford, 2015 ABCA 175

On a frigid January night, Mr. Crawford was along for the ride when one of his companions—fuelled by alcohol and jealous suspicion, and armed with a completely ineffectual pellet gun—decided to steal a vehicle. Mr. Crawford...more

NLRB Overrules Longstanding Precedent—Withholding Witness Statements is No Longer a Bright Line Exception

Action Item: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held in American Baptist Homes of the West d/b/a Piedmont Gardens that there is no longer a blanket exemption for witness statements from an employer’s Section...more

The Sigelman Case and DOJ’s FCPA Trial Record

In the aftermath of the Sigelman FCPA criminal trial, the FCPA Paparazzi is in full force hyperventilating about “trends,” “messages,” and “lessons learned.” As a former prosecutor with plenty of trial experience (over...more

Internal Investigations — Assessing Witness Credibility

As experienced investigators know, an investigation into allegations of harassment, discrimination or other misconduct may lead to a so-called “he said/she said” scenario, possibly leaving the investigator in a quandary as to...more

Merely a Witness? The Uncertain Rights of a Complainant in Disciplinary Proceedings

Is the law surrounding the rights of complainants in disciplinary proceedings sufficiently settled so as to allow for a Court to dismiss the complainants’ application for judicial review without a full hearing on the merits?...more

Cascades v. Samsung: Court Denies Motion to Compel Deposition of Trial Counsel but Grants Request to Produce Fee Agreement

Defendant Samsung Electronics Co. ("Samsung") filed a motion to compel plaintiff Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC ("Cascades") to produce additional documents and to require its trial counsel to appear for a deposition....more

The E-Discovery Digest - June 2015

In This Issue: - - Attorney-Client Privilege/Work Product Decisions: ..Decisions Protecting Against Disclosure ..Decisions Ordering Disclosure - Spoliation and Preservation Decisions: ..Sanctions...more

2025.520(c) – What Happens if the Witness Can’t Get to Reporter’s Office?

There are two methods for reading, correcting and signing deposition transcripts in California. Method #1: At the conclusion of a deposition in California, the deposition officer shall send written notice to the...more

Pretrial Motions Are Decided Before Trial

Helios Software, LLC, et al. v. Spectorsoft Corporation, C.A. No. 12-81-LPS -MPT, May 22, 2015 Stark, C. J. The court makes various pretrial rulings in advance of a June 15, 2015 jury trial. ...more

Develop a Routine: Stock Questions to Ask in Every Deposition

Every case is different, but there are some questions you should ask in most every deposition. Know your routine questions and use them. Every attorney should develop a list of stock questions and ask them of most...more

The Judge Next Door

Corning Optical Communications Wireless Ltd. v. Solid, Inc. et al., 5:14-cv-03750 (Magistrate Paul Grewal) (May 13, 2015) - It is common to have discovery disputes in patent litigation, and parties often resolve such...more

Union Represented Employee Not Entitled To Co-Worker Witness During Investigatory Interview, NLRB Rules

The last few months at the NLRB have been relatively quiet, save of course for the ambush election rules which went into effect on April 15; the true impact of these rules has yet to be revealed. Many of the recent Board...more

12 Must-Do Tasks Before Cross-Examination

Few attorneys have the time or budget to do detailed preparation for cross-examination of every witness. And even if the budget makes it possible, time spent on other aspects of trial preparation will force counsel to take...more

Sanity in Florida? New Ruling Sheds Some Light on the Business Records Exception

On May 6, 2015, Florida's Third District Court of Appeal finally weighed in on an important tactic relied on by servicers in residential foreclosure actions. In Bank of America, N.A. v. Delgado, No. 3D13-910 (Fla. 3d DCA May...more

Deposition Practice Tips: PTAB Guidance for Dealing With Suspected Witness Coaching

Question: What can you do when you suspect that opposing counsel engaged in inappropriate witness coaching during a PTAB deposition? Answer: Ask the witness about the suspected off-the-record discussions and call the Board...more

Use Checklists to Avoid a Will Dispute

One of the easiest steps that an estate planning attorney can take to try to prevent a will that he drafted from being challenged is to have the witnesses to the will utilize a checklist in order to create a documented record...more

Do Witness Interview Memoranda Deserve Opinion or Merely Fact Work Product Protection?: Part II

Last week's Privilege Point discussed Lance Armstrong's unsuccessful attempt to discover witness interview memoranda government agents prepared during their civil investigation of Armstrong's misdeeds. United States ex rel....more

WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE IS GOOD FOR THE GANDER – Parties Seeking To Depose Foreign-Based Witnesses In The U.S. Should Be...

Parties suing in the United States with foreign-based witnesses take heed, as you may find your foreign-based witnesses traveling to the United States for depositions. On February 12, 2015, Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal...more

5 Tips for Preparing Your Witness for Video Deposition

Preparing your witness for a video deposition has a few more wrinkles—or more accurately, the ironing out of a few more wrinkles—than a deposition recorded only by stenography....more

Who You Gonna Call? The Board!

The PTAB issued an order providing guidance for responding to potential witness coaching during a deposition recess. Cases IPR2014-00411 and IPR2014-00434 – FLIR Systems, Inc. v. Leak Surveys, Inc. - In an inter...more

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