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Cost of Child Care Argument Enables Plaintiff to Appear Remotely

In one of the first decisions of 2013, Federal District Court Judge Margaret Kravchuk reversed the longstanding rule that a plaintiff should be required to travel to the forum that she selected for her deposition. In Ryan v. Bucksport Reg’l Health, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81 (Jan. 2, 2013), the plaintiff successfully argued that her former employer could not compel her to return to Maine to be deposed in her employment discrimination suit. Evaluating the plaintiff’s argument that the costs of child care would make travel to Maine an undue burden, the Judge cited “reliable electronic video connections, expensive and unreliable air transportation, and significant environmental impacts occasioned by unnecessary travel” and allowed the plaintiff to appear by video feed provided that it did not increase the cost to the defendant. Read the full opinion here

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