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Patterson v. Avery Dennison Corporation

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
281 F.3d 676 (2002)


Avery Dennison Corporation (defendant) was a multinational manufacturing corporation with headquarters in Pasadena and various facilities located around the world. Kim Patterson (plaintiff) was formerly employed at one of Avery’s Indiana facilities. When Avery terminated Patterson, she brought suit, alleging that her termination amounted to discrimination on the basis of gender in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During discovery, Patterson sought to depose various witnesses, including Avery’s corporate vice president and controller, Thomas Miller. Avery objected to the deposition of Miller, arguing that the information sought from Miller could be obtained from sources more convenient, less burdensome, and less expensive. Patterson filed a motion to compel Miller’s deposition on the basis of an email message Miller sent to Avery’s director of human resources asking that he look into the matter of Patterson’s employment. The district court denied Patterson’s motion to compel, and Patterson appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Coffey, J.)

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