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June 13, 2008

Crazy Monsanto deposition video

Lawyer fight! Lawyer fight!

[HT: Above The Law]


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Texas, it's not like a whole other's like a whole other parallel universe

Rule 11 Sanctions for EVERYONE!!!! It's a party!


This clip is definitely 'crazy' and funny. The important thing to focus on is the attempt to intimidate others in the room, including the lawyer taking the deposition. In the movie "Rainman", with Matt Damon, Danny Devito, Jon Voigt, and Mickey Rouke, you see the same intimidation when Matt Damon goes to depose an insurance company executive. Corrupt insurance company lawyer Jon Voigt tries to scare earnest lawyer Matt Damon at the outset of taking his deposition. I've been on both sides of the table in depositions and I can say this clip is not necessarily an extreme example.

That would be "The Rainmaker" not "Rain Man," which was a slightly different film in that it featured an autistic man and his brother rather than a cadre of unethical lawyers and Matt Damon.

The guy asking the questions here -- right side of the frame, visible only as a hand -- is Houston legal eagle Joe Jamail, who famously sued Texaco into one of their bankruptcies on behalf of Pennzoil. He's a billionaire philanthropist now, and is (in)famous enough to have a Wikipedia page (which, amusingly, references this video as an example of his style).


Thanks for the correction.

A good Texas fight! LOL

Holy cow. I've been in two depositions, including one connected to a very big money liability case, but they were nothing like this. The issues were fleshed out, information was gathered, but there was no personal hostility at all.

I can't believe that these guys are lawyers. Don't know if they're smart enough to be embarrassed, but they sure should be.

Having worked for lawyers for far too many years, I think The Bard showed a profound lack of imagination when he wrote Dick's famous line in Henry VI, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

Why go to all that trouble? Lock all the lawyers in one big room for long enough, and they'll kill each other.

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