Essentials of business law and the legal environment (13th ed.).

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REQUIRED TEXT: Mann, R. A., & Roberts, B. S. (2018). Essentials of business law and the legal environment (13th ed.). Cengage Learning. Assignment Content
As explained in your reading, in a civil lawsuit prior to the trial the parties engage in "discovery", which is the process of fact finding. One of the primary ways in discovery to collect facts and evidence to help prove your case is through witness "deposition" testimony. A deposition is when a witness is asked a series of out-of-court, oral questions by an attorney and the witness is required to give sworn answers. For this assignment, please read the mock case below along with the instructions that follow it:
CASE:
The Defendant, Westfield Toasters, is being sued because they are the manufacturer of a toaster that was recently involved in a fatal accident. The toaster was purchased by Jane Smith, a widowed, single mother with four children under 10 years old. Ms. Smith bought the toaster a month ago and used the toaster for approximately three weeks before it blew up while she was making toast for her children`s breakfast. The explosion killed Ms. Smith on impact. Her estate has brought a $28 million dollar lawsuit against Westfield Toasters for creating the defective product and also largely due to the fact that her four children no longer have any biological parents to care for them. Westfield Toasters believes that the toaster was not the cause of the explosion but instead it was due to the faulty electrical wiring from a company that is no longer in business and is not a defendant in the case. Ms. Smith`s estate claims that there was not any electrical work done in the home recently and all of the blame is due to the defective toaster. It has come out in other aspects of discovery that Westfield Toasters recently had a recall on a line of their toasters that was a different product than the one Ms. Smith purchased and that Westfield Toasters moved their manufacturing plant from the U.S. to an overseas location (one year before Ms. Smith purchased the toaster). Lastly, Westfield Toasters` CEO was previously the head of marketing of another appliance company that went out of business because of customer complaints with the product quality.
Depositions are underway and Ms. Smith`s estate is about to take the deposition testimony of Westfield Toasters` CEO.
You will be the Plaintiff`s (Ms. Smith`s estate) attorney. Your assignment this week is to come up with Ten questions to ask at the deposition of the defense`s witness, the CEO of the company. You need to: (1) state your questions; and (2) underneath each question give an explanation as to what information you are trying to obtain with your question and how this information will positively or negatively affect your case. Each individual explanation for EACH question must be a minimum of 100 words. If any of your explanations do not meet this minimum, then you will not receive credit for that question. Remember, the idea of discovery is to collect facts/evidence before trial and the deposition testimony is sworn so the witness must tell you the truth.
I recognize that you likely do not know how to do deposition questions; all I am looking for is what you would want to ask the defense witness in order to collect information to help you prove your case. With that said, please do NOT just do an internet search on how to write deposition questions and then use ten general questions. The questions should be your own and should be crafted about the particular facts in this case. If you copy ten general deposition questions from another source, you will not receive any credit.
The TEN deposition questions and corresponding explanations with 100 word minimums.

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