Cascades v. Samsung: Court Denies Motion to Compel Deposition of Trial Counsel but Grants Request to Produce Fee Agreement
Defendant Samsung Electronics Co. ("Samsung") filed a motion to compel plaintiff Cascades Computer Innovation, LLC ("Cascades") to produce additional documents and to require its trial counsel to appear for a deposition. Samsung moved to compel the deposition of Cascade's trial counsel based on the argument that Cascades's principal, Anthony Brown, had communicated with the trial counsel (Mr. Niro) regarding licensing and settlement negotiations.
The district court agreed that "[b]ased on the record before the Court, it is clear that Mr. Niro discussed with Brown facts and strategy for Brown's use during licensing and settlement negotiations and also suggested appropriate outcomes." But the district court found that this was not surprising as "[ll]awyers representing clients involved in contract or settlement negotiations do that every day. Doing so does not make the lawyer a witness in resulting litigation."