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Mark Chalos Testifies in Washington About Proposed Changes to the Corporate Deposition Rules

Mark P. Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, testified on February 8, 2019 at the Federal Rules Advisory Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., regarding proposed amendments to the federal rules of civil procedure governing the deposition of corporate entities.

The Federal Rules Advisory Committee formulates and proposes revisions to the federal rules periodically, inviting input from judges, attorneys, legal scholars, and the general public. The Committee published its proposed amendments to the existing rules in 2018.

Chalos’ testimony focused on changes proposed for Civil Rule 30, which controls how corporations designate witnesses to testify on the organization’s behalf about information known or reasonably available to the organization. The proposed amendments will apply in civil lawsuits across all U.S. federal courts.

Comments to the proposed amendments will be considered by the Advisory Committee, which includes experienced trial and appellate lawyers, judges, and prominent legal scholars. Comments are included in the official record and are available to the public. The proposed amendments, Advisory Committee reports, and other information can be viewed at the judiciary’s website. The public study and comment period is ongoing and continues through February 15, 2019.

About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark represents counties and cities nationwide in the national opioids litigation. He is serving in the national case leadership, including preparing the bellwether cases for trial.

Mark has been appointed to leadership roles in numerous complex civil proceedings, including: Interim Co-Lead Counsel in Ford F-150 Brakes Litigation (E.D.MI); Co-Lead MDL Counsel in In re Whirlpool Front Loading Washer Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2001 (N.D. Ohio); Plaintiffs Steering Committee, Federal/State Litigation Liaison, in In re New England Compounding Pharmacy, Inc. Products Liability Litigation (fungal meningitis/infections), MDL 2419 (D. Mass); Plaintiffs Steering Committee and Co-Chair Plaintiffs Expert Committee in In re Navistar Diesel Engine Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2223 (N.D. Ill); and Plaintiffs Steering Committee in In re Ford Switch Fire Litigation, Texas state MDL, Travis County, Texas, Cause No. D-1-GN-08-000901. He also represents clients in many centralized litigations across the country.