TAYLOR SWIFT TO FACE DEPOSITION: A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled on Wednesday that Taylor Swift must face deposition regarding the Lucky 13 trademark lawsuit. Swift’s lawyers recently sought a protective order, stating that she had no relevant knowledge of infringing on the Orange County, Calif.-based brand’s trademark when she used the phrase “Lucky 13” on T-shirts sold on her Web site. Judge Douglas F. McCormick denied the motion and ruled that the pop star has seven days to determine a time and place for the deposition, or the court will intervene.
McCormick stated, “There is no evidence in the record to show that plaintiffs have been inconsiderate of Swift’s schedule. To the contrary, the record shows just the opposite. Nor does the evidence suggest that plaintiffs have sandbagged Swift’s deposition to coincide with her world tour; instead, the record shows that, as in most cases, most depositions have been left until the end of the discovery period.” Swift’s lawyers had asked that the deposition questioning be limited, but McCormick wrote, “The court will not order ex ante constraints on the scope of Swift’s deposition. Under the federal rules, plaintiffs ‘may obtain discovery regarding any nonprivileged matter that is relevant to any party’s claim or defense.’”