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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