April 10, 2014
The latest instructional video for litigators who defend depositions comes from an unexpected and unwitting source: Canadian musician and tween heartthrob Justin Bieber. On March 6, 2014, Bieber was deposed in a Florida lawsuit by a photographer who accused Bieber of directing his bodyguard to assault him outside of a Miami recording studio. Not surprisingly, the plaintiff videotaped the deposition and within a few days, TMZ.com posted clips of Bieber’s testimony on its website.
The videotape shows Bieber committing a host of deposition sins, including:
- Cursing at the court reporter when she politely requested him to speak louder.
- Objecting to questions and arguing with the deposing attorney.
- Winking at the camera.
- Making statements when there was no question pending.
The Feature Article, Avoiding Deposition Disasters: What Litigators Can Learn from Justin Bieber, explains that thorough preparation is key to avoiding a deposition disaster. The Feature also links to several Practical Law resources to help attorneys prepare themselves and their clients for depositions.