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May Top Corporate Executives Be Compelled to Testify in Routine Cases?

Plaintiffs may assert that the defendant corporation's top executives (the "C suite") either created, ordered, and supervised the events complained of or should have ultimate responsibility because "the buck stops here." What appears to be a fairly routine contractual dispute, for example, results in individuals such as the CEO and COO being notified that they must provide a deposition (oral testimony under oath in advance of a trial).
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