Federal Court: Remote Depositions Are Prudent, Effective, and Still Appropriate

In a sign that civil trial practice hasn’t entirely emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal magistrate judge recently granted two college students’ request for a protective order blocking the University of San Diego’s attempt to conduct their discovery depositions in person. The case, In re University of San Diego Tuition and Fees COVID-19 Refund…

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Cyberthreats, Remote Deposition Rulings Were Top of Mind for Readers in 2022

Blog posts addressing the devastating threat of financial and reputational harms from ransomware attacks were the well-read communications that Esquire Deposition Solutions published in 2022. Blog posts on ransomware attacks, ransomware and data breach legislation, sound cybersecurity practices from vendors, and cyberinsurance for online threats consistently outpaced everything else we published in popularity. Cybersecurity issues…

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ABA Lawyers Broadly Support Remote Depositions

Eighty-eight percent of lawyers responding to a recent American Bar Association survey said they prefer the use of remote depositions in their practices. Another 93% supported the use of remote technologies for all pretrial hearings. The survey results are further evidence of the rapid and profound transition toward wider use of remote technologies in the…

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Taming the Fears of First-Time Deposition Witnesses

In his article Eight Traits of Great Trial Lawyers, former U.S. Federal District Judge Mark W. Bennett remarked that lack of preparation topped the list of trial lawyer shortcomings in his courtroom. “Preparation,” Judge Bennett wrote, “means thinking of every detail, especially when communicating with juries.” Modern discovery depositions are a good case in point. When…

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Nevada Court Takes Action Against Deposition Misbehavior

Earlier this year court officials in Clark County, Nevada, attempted to reign in deposition misbehavior by issuing an administrative order that collects in one place the law pertaining to the most common deposition-related disputes. The effort appears to have been successful. Since the publication of Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County) Administrative Order 22-08 on…

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