Thursday, September 20, 2018

Case of the Day: Packard v. City of New York, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101618 (S.D.N.Y. June 18, 2018)


Defendant City of New York moved to compel the plaintiff, who previously lived in New York but now resides in Taiwan, to appear in New York for a deposition. The plaintiff cross-moved to allow for deposition by video conference.

The court granted the cross-motion for video conference. The court first noted Taiwan was not a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, but the plaintiff may contact the U.S. State Department to conduct the deposition in Taiwan for a fee.


It is always worth remembering--Taiwan is not a signatory to any of the Hague Conventions! That Taiwan is an advanced economy does not change this fact. This is also the first time I learned that the fees for conducting deposition through the State Department are somewhat hefty.  (Approximately $1200 in one-time fee and $300 per hour for the facilities.)

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