Why A Plaintiff's Bankruptcy History Is Important

Law360, New York (September 1, 2016, 12:50 PM EDT) -- Marc W. Brown

Jamie R. Prisco What is your date of birth? What is your Social Security number? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? These specific questions are asked by almost every attorney in almost every deposition. Perhaps we should add one more question to our list: Have you ever filed for bankruptcy?

This all-important question is equally essential for both plaintiffs and defense counsel alike. On the plaintiffs side, if answered in the affirmative by a client, the plaintiffs counsel may not take the case. On the defense side, if this question is asked at a deposition and...

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