Calif. Deposition Limit May Force Attys To Pick Up The Pace

Law360, San Diego (September 18, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT) -- A California bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday that limits depositions in many state civil cases to seven hours of total testimony may lead to more wrangling over the length of depositions, but eventually should force attorneys to get to the point more quickly when interviewing witnesses, experts say.

The governor approved A.B. 1875, a measure backed by California trial lawyers seeking to spare litigants — especially those who are ill or elderly — from being subjected to marathon questioning sessions. The measure, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, is closely aligned with federal rules, but it...

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