Remote Depositions Warranted During COVID-19 Pandemic, Minn. Federal Judge Rules
August 5, 2020
MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota federal judge has upheld a magistrate judge’s ruling that depositions in a patent infringement case should be conducted remotely, rather than in-person, given “the indisputable health risks connected with travel and in-person gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In a July 23 ruling, Judge Susan Nelson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota added that the parties will not be prejudiced by a remote deposition despite the complexity of the discovery due to modern videoconference technology.
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