District of Minnesota Does Not Require Deposed Entity to Identify Topics on Which Each 30(b)(6) Witness Will Testify

Fish & Richardson

On June 23, 2020, Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer denied plaintiffs’ motion to compel defendant to identify the topics on which each Rule 30(b)(6) witness would testify because the language used in Rule 30(b)(6) “reflects a deliberate choice to make any such advance disclosure voluntary.” Grupo Petrotemex, SA DE CV et al v. Polymetrix AG, No. 0-16-cv-02401, at 4 (D.Minn. June 23, 2020).

Plaintiff Grupo Petrotemex SA DE CV (“GPT/DAK”) sought to compel defendant Polymetrix AG (“Polymetrix”) to identify the topics on which each Rule 30(b)(6) witness intended to testify at least one week before the depositions.

Magistrate Judge Bowbeer denied the motion to compel, finding that requiring the Court to mandate advance disclosure would overstep the Court’s boundaries. In support of her conclusion, Magistrate Judge Bowbeer emphasized that the conclusion was proper given the potential sanctions for failure to present a properly prepared witness and the likelihood that preparation may not be completed until shortly before depositions begin. Id. at 4.

Magistrate Judge Bowbeer also noted that parties are required to “identify clearly and unequivocally all of the topics about which he or she has been designated to testify” at the beginning of the deposition. Id. (emphasis in original). Moreover, the party noticing the 30(b)(6) deposition has the right to set the order in which it will conduct the deposition on those topics, “even if that means that witnesses may have to make multiple appearances as their respective topics come up.” Id. at 4-5.

[View source.]

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© Fish & Richardson | Attorney Advertising

Written by:

Fish & Richardson
Contact
more
less

Fish & Richardson on:

Reporters on Deadline

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:
*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
Custom Email Digest
- hide
- hide

This website uses cookies to improve user experience, track anonymous site usage, store authorization tokens and permit sharing on social media networks. By continuing to browse this website you accept the use of cookies. Click here to read more about how we use cookies.