Irell 'Train Wreck' Exposes Risks Of Deposition Tactics

Law360, New York (August 28, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT) -- A judge's decision declaring a deposition a "train wreck" because an Irell & Manella LLP attorney repeatedly objected that the opposing counsel's questions were too vague can serve as a lesson about the dangers of helping witnesses avoid answering questions, attorneys say.

The attorney's numerous objections during the deposition of an employee of B/E Aerospace Inc., which Irell & Manella is defending in a patent case, disrupted any worthwhile examination and "reflects poorly on the entire judicial process," U.S. Magistrate Judge Frederick Mumm wrote last week.

Judges tend to get frustrated when attorneys engage in deposition tactics that result in the...

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