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Defending a Corporate Designee in a Products Case Deposition: Similar Incidents, Remedial Measures, Legacy Decisions

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, December 14, 2023

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This CLE webinar will offer product liability defense attorneys strategies and practical tips for defending the depositions of corporate designees. The panel will give special attention to critical topics such as prior similar accidents, subsequent remedial measures, and challenges that arise when the case revolves around decisions and actions occurring many years in the past.


One of the most pivotal events in a products liability case is the corporate designee deposition. Defendants must make sure the corporate representative is prepared, which can be difficult when the product and relevant decisions were made by others perhaps years or decades ago.

Key topics include prior accident information and evidence of subsequent remedial measures. These topics can get complicated when dealing with similar models and feasibility and the cost and safety implications of alternative designs. Regarding these topics, defendants must decide whether to rely on Rule 407 by admitting product changes were done to make the product safer and risk that the plaintiff will use the testimony to prove that a safer design was available at the time of the accident.

Listen as this outstanding panel of product liability litigators offers products liability attorneys strategies and practical tips for taking or defending the depositions of corporate designees.



  1. Law of 30(b)(6) depositions
  2. Permissible areas of inquiry
  3. Duties of the responding party
  4. Key areas of inquiry


The panel will review these and other pivotal questions:

  • How can parties limit objections over the scope of the deposition?
  • What are best strategies if the defense invokes FRE 407?
  • If there is no evidence of prior, similar incidents, can plaintiffs inquire into how the defendant collects information about prior, similar incidents?


Campbell, Christopher
Christopher G. Campbell

DLA Piper

Mr. Campbell is a partner in the firm’s Product Liability and Mass Tort practice. He has experience in all phases...  |  Read More

Marshall, Emily
Emily Marshall

DLA Piper

Ms. Marshall focuses her practice in the area of litigation.

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