The Discovery Update – May 2008


The Discovery Update – May 2008

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May 2008

From the President

In addition to the tips in the article below (Tips for Taking an Out-Of-State Deposition), we want to remind you that we can get you a reporter anywhere in the U.S. – and we mean anywhere.

Have you heard of Gardiner, Montana? Gardiner is tucked away in Montana’s Gallatin Wilderness at the original entrance of Yellowstone National Park and, yes, we provided a reporter there for one of our clients without a problem. We have provided reporters in 7,035 cities nationwide to date.

Please let us know how we can help your out-of-town depo planning go smoothly, and send us any other feedback you may have either about this e-letter or about our services as we always want to hear from you.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

E-Discovery Survival Guide

By Art Smith and Jeanine Bermel
Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP, St. Louis, MO

When the e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure took effect, there was a widespread feeling of panic among corporate counsel and, indeed, many members of the bar, as well. Some articles in the popular press reported that the amendments require corporations to retain virtually every electronic document ever created. Fortunately, the situation is not nearly as dire as rumored.

While no one course of action is appropriate for all corporations, there are some basic steps to prepare for that first e-discovery challenge, none of which guarantee success. On the other hand, failure to recognize the challenges of complying with the e-discovery rules is more likely to lead to disaster.

Here are a few thoughts on recommended survival tactics to maneuver through the e-discovery minefield:

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Tips for Taking an Out-Of-State Deposition

By Amy Wilkins
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
Phoenix, AZ

You’ve found the star witness. This is the witness that you know holds the key to your case. With this witness’s testimony, you are sure to make the other side crumble in a summary judgment motion. They might even throw in the towel. They will certainly, if not concede defeat, weep. There’s only one problem – the witness doesn’t live in your state.

Now, instead of preparing questions for the witness, you are consumed with other questions. How do you get the witness to appear? How do you serve them with a subpoena? Do you have to get letters rogatory? Just what are letters rogatory, anyway? The answers to these questions are easy. Just read the tips below, and you’ll have more time for the real questions – the ones for your witness that will lead to victory.

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E-Discovery Survival Guide

Tips for Taking an Out-Of-State Deposition

How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Deposition

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Next Deposition
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The 10 Biggest Mistakes Experts Make During Depositions
Common Deposition Error: Repeating Yourself 

The Judge said to the defendant, “I thought I told you I never wanted to see you in here again.”

“Your Honor,” the criminal said, “that’s what I tried to tell the police, but they wouldn’t listen.”

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