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The deposition of a corporate defendant is often a turning point in a product liability lawsuit. In large part this is because the rules that allow for and govern depositions of knowledgeable corporate representatives impose substantial obligations. Corporate parties must designate one or more representatives and prepare them with all of the information known or reasonably available to the corporation on the designated subjects. Likewise, corporate counsel has a duty to present the corporate designee with the required information. The procedure is designed to avoid the bandying by corporations where individual officers or employees disclaim knowledge of facts clearly known to the corporation.

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