Class Action Law Firms Propose a New Trial Procedure to Allow Virtual Testimonies

A group of U.S. Plaintiff’s law firms have requested a modernization of civil trials rules amidst the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They want to encourage live-streamed testimony from witnesses who are not able to appear in court, with the end goal of improving efficiency throughout the trial process.

The proposal, made by 12 class action law firms, does not aim to end live, in person trial testimony, it rather suggests that it would clear up confusion over subpoena authority to allow for witnesses outside of a 100-mile radius of trial to appear by live streaming. They also argue that this method is preferred to pre-recorded depositions. The topic was addressed to the federal judiciary’s top rulemaking committee.

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Steve Larson

An experienced trial lawyer who handles both hourly and contingent fee cases, Steve has expertise in class actions, environmental clean-up litigation, antitrust litigation, securities litigation, corporate disputes, intellectual property disputes, unfair competition claims, and disputes involving family wealth. Steve regularly represents individuals and businesses in federal and state court and has obtained class-wide recovery in multiple class actions. A veteran practitioner, Steve’s clients value his creative approach to resolving complex litigation matters.


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