Designee Deposition

917 views
833 views

Published on

0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
917
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
32
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
8
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Designee Deposition

  1. 1. Victoria Pynchon Solo Practice University Art of the Deposition
  2. 2. The law <ul><li>FRCP 30 (b)(6) </li></ul><ul><li>CCP 2025.230 </li></ul><ul><li>Organization required to produce most knowledgeable person concerning matters described with reasonable particularity </li></ul><ul><li>Designated witness’ testimony binds the corporation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t know” risks waving right to present evidence on that matter later </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What Designee Must Know <ul><li>Matters “known or reasonably available to the organization” </li></ul><ul><li>Federal Law: includes people who are not presently employed by or agents of entity </li></ul><ul><li>State Law: unsettled </li></ul><ul><li>Designee must be able to answer questions concerning the organization’s subjective belief and opinions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>California: cannot ask “contention questions” in deposition </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What noticing party may ask <ul><li>Questions within the scope of the notice </li></ul><ul><li>Questions outside scope of notice but testimony outside scope will not bind organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make clean record distinguishing between designee and individual testimony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Agree in advance whether deposition will be purely designee with right to bring witness back in individual capacity if necessary </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Start at top of funnel on each category before drilling down <ul><li>What did Liberty do to prepare you to testify about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The sale of the policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The form provision’s underwriting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Declaration page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Named insured </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Limits of liability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The endorsements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The exclusions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Initial questioning of designee <ul><li>Who did Liberty make available to you to educate yourself about the issuance of the policy </li></ul><ul><li>What documents did Liberty make available to you to prepare you to testify about the issuance of the policy </li></ul><ul><li>To whom did you speak </li></ul><ul><li>What documents did you review </li></ul>
  7. 7. Continuing the questioning <ul><li>On how many occasions did you speak with: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mr. X </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ms. Y </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For how long on this topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where were you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone else present </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Was Liberty satisfied with the information known to Mr. X and Ms. Y and representing all information reasonably available to it; were you? </li></ul><ul><li>Was Liberty aware of anyone else with knowledge on this topic; were you? </li></ul>

×