Practical Law Feature Article: What Litigators Can Learn from Justin Bieber’s Disastrous Deposition

April 10, 2014

Practical Law logo newThe 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.