Fed. Committee Backs Tougher Corporate Deposition Rule

Law360, Philadelphia (April 10, 2018, 9:10 PM EDT) -- The federal judiciary's Advisory Committee on Civil Rules on Tuesday approved rule changes designed to quell discovery disputes and time-wasting over depositions of corporate representatives.

After several go-rounds about amendment language and a round of lunch break edits, the committee, meeting in Philadelphia, voted to propose tweaks to Rule 30(b)(6), which covers depositions of a corporate entity’s chosen representative about matters “known or reasonably available” to it.

While straightforward in theory, Rule 30(b)(6) depositions are a sore point for some litigants who complain of companies putting forth wholly unprepared or oblivious deponents, as well as a lack of notice about whom...

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