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Bowoto v. Chevron Corp.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


July 21, 2008

LARRY BOWOTO, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
CHEVRON CORPORATION, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Susan Illston United States District Judge

ORDER PERMITTING DEFENDANTS TO REOPEN THE DEPOSITION OF BASSEY JEJE

The Court is presented once again with a dispute between the parties regarding plaintiff Bassey Jeje's failure to produce the bullet he claims was shot at him during the events at issue in this litigation. The Court previously ruled that plaintiff Jeje may not raise his own arguments regarding the bullet, but that defendants may address the bullet at trial. See February 27, 2008 Order, Docket No. 1728. Defendants now complain that because Jeje no longer plans to attend the trial, they will have no opportunity to cross-examine him regarding the bullet unless they are permitted to depose him prior to trial. The Court had anticipated that Jeje would be available for cross-examination at trial, and finds that because he will not testify at trial, defendants may reopen his deposition to ask questions limited to the existence of the bullet and the circumstances surrounding its disappearance.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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