Punked at a Deposition

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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3 Responses

  1. Ann Bartow says:


    I know you aren’t necessarily endorsing this at any level, and I’m glad you posted it because I think it can lead to some interesting discussions. But I have to tell you, the “joke” questions the complaining witness was asked here are a lot like the questions that do get asked in real sexual harassment cases, and it’s not at all funny then.

  2. Dave Hoffman says:

    Ann, yes, it’s not funny on at least two levels. And how could you possibly explain the entire set-up to a judge were the “witness” (a firm employee?) to sue for sexual harassment?

  3. Scott Moss says:

    I thought it was pretty funny, but the sad thing is that Ann is right: many of these questions actually would be permissible in a sex harassment case. I represented plaintiffs at deps where some really absurd and demeaning questions would be asked, partly on the theory, “you have to show that the harassment was ‘highly offensive,’ so now I have to ask you questions about what you do and don’t find offensive.” And I’ve seen attorneys be more obnoxious to each other (I plead the fifth as to whether I ever was one of those attorneys….).

    And I confess that I was “gotten” by my old law firm the month I left — they sent in a (fake) client for an initial consultation who, it turned out an hour later, was being chased by a (fake) police officer who then accused me of helping her launder money she had in a bag she left in my office…. I was sweating it for a few minutes there, I admit!