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“California Appeals Court Overturns $10,000 Sanction in Zoom Deposition Case”

In a notable decision, the California Court of Appeal recently overturned a nearly $10,000 sanction in a case that has drawn attention to the protocols of remote legal proceedings. The focal point of the case was the refusal of attorney Jeffrey Katofsky to appear on camera during a Zoom deposition, despite being in the same room as his client. This unusual scenario sparked concerns about the potential for client coaching, leading to the initial imposition of the sanction.

However, in a twist, the sanction was rescinded when the motion demanding the attorney’s on-camera presence was withdrawn. Katofsky, emphasizing the rights and duties of legal professionals, argued that lawyers are not legally bound to appear on camera during depositions, calling such demands inappropriate. This case, arising from a subpoena in a divorce proceeding linked to sports betting allegations, highlights the evolving nature of legal proceedings in the digital age and the need for clear guidelines in remote depositions.

For an in-depth analysis of this groundbreaking ruling and its implications for future remote legal proceedings, visit the full article on the ABA Journal.

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