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What to Do When the Witness Doesn’t Give You a Straight Answer

I am currently at the INTA conference in Seattle at and education track on deposition tactics in trademark cases.  I had to share this hilarious video discussed by the panel.  What do you do when the deponent won’t give you a straight answer?

Here is a bullet list of panel recommendations, pretty standard stuff:

  • Always use video on key depositions
  • Know your court rules.
  • Don’t allow opposing counsel to coach witnesses with objections.
  • Adjourn depositions if you think that the other attorney is poisoning the deposition so much that you will not get truthful testimony
  • Have another lawyer review any motion for sanctions.  You may be too close to the matter to see it objectively

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