If litigants in state court lawsuits filed outside of California desire to serve document subpoenas, or deposition subpoenas, on companies or individuals in California, the litigants must comply with California law. The Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act was created in 2007 as a model statute, and since then it has been adopted by over thirty U.S. states. California adopted the statute in January 2010, and the California version of the model act is found at Cal. Civ. Proc. Code §2029.100, et seq., entitled the Interstate and International Depositions and Discovery Act. Under this California statute, out-of-state counsel engaged in state court litigation outside of California do not need to open up a case in any California court, or file anything with any California court; instead, the out-of-state counsel need only retain California counsel and provide their California counsel with a copy of a valid out of state subpoena. Cal. Civ. Proc. Code §2029.350. Thereafter, California counsel may issue a California subpoena merely by serving a California subpoena form, along with the out of state subpoena, on the California subpoena recipient.
Kronenberger Rosenfeld routinely serves as California counsel for out-of-state litigants, for the purpose of serving and enforcing state court subpoenas in California. In particular, our firm has served and, when needed, enforced subpoenas on Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Glassdoor, Automattic (Wordpress), PayPal, LinkedIn, and many other technology companies in California. We have served hundreds if not thousands of subpoenas for out-of-state law firms. We can also act quickly with minimal expense to get your out-of-state subpoena served and enforced in California.
To discuss your need to serve a subpoena on a California company, call Kronenberger Rosenfeld at 415-955-1155, ext. 120, or submit your matter to us now using our online case submission form.