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New Deposition Time Limits Merely Presumptive

The recent time limits for deposition of opposing party witnesses had created quite a concern among litigation attorneys – especially defense attorneys – that the new law would unduly hamper what is otherwise pretty broad rights to discovery in lawsuits filed in California. Most concerning were the apparent “set in stone” time limits for depositions in complex cases – situations which would seemingly call for the greatest amount of leeway given the number of parties and issues involved. The Second District Court of Appeals, in its recently issued Certainteed Corporation v. Superior Court (decision filed January 8, 2013) has swiftly responded with an opinion that reads into the law the flexibility that many trial attorneys have been seeking (albeit largely by defense focused counsel).

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