Alleged Witness Coaching via Text in Deposition Was “Discoverable” in Arbitration Proceeding and…

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the confirmation of an arbitration award over protests from a pro se litigant that the award was procured by undue means as a result of opposing counsel “coaching” a witness via text during a remote deposition.

The plaintiff claimed that USAA had wrongfully terminated him in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act because he had taken several months of FMLA leave. During the ensuing arbitration proceedings, the plaintiff remotely deposed a USAA employee. While the deposition was ongoing, the plaintiff’s counsel discovered the witness was texting with USAA’s attorney…

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