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3 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 1 (2009)
Rewriting the Record: A Federal Court Split on the Scope of Permissible Changes to a Deposition Transcript

handle is hein.journals/fecourtl3 and id is 5 raw text is: THE FEDERAL COURTS LAW REVIEW
Volume 3, Issue 1                                              2009
Rewriting the Record:
A Federal Court Split on the Scope of
Permissible Changes to a Deposition Transcript
Christopher Macchiaroli and Danielle Tarin*
TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.     INTRODUCTION   ...........................................  1
II.    INTERPRETATIONS OF FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCE-
DURE  30(e)  ..............................................  4
A. Permitting Only Transcription Changes ..............     4
B. Permitting Substantive Changes That Clarify and Ex-
plain a Deponent's Answers .........................    5
C. Permitting All Types of Changes ....................     8
III.   CRITICISMS OF THE MAJORITY VIEW ....................      10
A. Contemporaneousness Lessens the Likelihood of
Conscious Misrepresentation .........................  11
B. Undue Influence by Counsel ........................     11
IV.    CRITICISMS OF THE MINORITY VIEW ....................      12
A. Transcript Errors Must Be Resolved Before Sum-
m ary  Judgm ent  ......................................  13
B. Adequate Remedies Exist to Prevent Abuse Of Rule
30(e)  .................................................  13
C. The Plain Language of Rule 30(e) Permits Changes
in  Form  or  Substance  ................................  15
V .    CONCLUSION   .............................................  15
I. INTRODUCTION
In a deposition-as opposed to a cross-examination at trial-testi-
mony is elicited prior to all the facts being known and prior to opposing
* Christopher Macchiaroli and Danielle Tarin are associates with White & Case LLP.

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