March 28, 2000
CHICAGO HI-TECH FIRM LAUNCHES INTERNET DEPOSITION
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Mar. 28, 2000 The beginning of
the end of chasing all over the country for attorneys participating
in legal depositions began yesterday as Chicago-based I-DEP,
LLC successfully facilitated the first live on-line legal deposition
Chicago attorneys located at the I-DEP Chicago
office participated via the Internet in deposing a physician
located in Las Vegas. I-DEP beta v1.0 allowed the Chicago lawyers
to watch and listen to the questioning of the witness by their
co-counsel, who was on-site in Las Vegas. They were also able
to send private electronic messages to their colleague as the
"It was amazing to be able to see and hear
the witness being deposed and be able to privately communicate
with my colleague," said one of the participating Chicago
attorneys. "In the past, we would have wasted two days of
traveling to participate in this deposition."
Other options would include a telephone hook-up,
which does not allow the out-of-town attorneys to see the individual
being deposed or allow for transmitting private messages. Video
conferencing is prohibitively expensive and requires participants
to be tied to immobile equipment, unlike I-DEP, which only requires
a laptop PC and an Internet connection. Most importantly, I-DEP
will allow attorneys to save time by freeing them from the burden
of physically traveling from deposition to deposition all over
In addition, the Chicago-based attorneys were able
to provide twice the input to their colleague in Las Vegas with
half the disruption.
"I would have never been able to make as many
suggestions as I did today if I had been there in person,"
one attorney said. "I-DEP allowed me to discreetly and unobtrusively
make suggestions to our lead attorney in Las Vegas with a minimum
"Based on this successful Internet deposition,
we anticipate using I-DEP's post-deposition services (Depositions
on DemandSM) to help us prepare for trial," he said.
About I-DEP, LLC:
I-DEP, LLC (www.i-dep.com) is the provider of the
world's first Internet browser-based complete deposition service
solution. I-DEP is Chicago-based and will launch publicly at
the American Bar Association TECHSHOW2000 on March 30, 2000.
I-DEP is beta testing v1.0 and is working to bring v1.0 to market
in May 2000. The first live beta v1.0 deposition took place on
March 27, 2000 between Las Vegas and Chicago. I-DEP was founded
by Jay M. Jackson and Julie J. Furer. I-DEP is in first-stage
financing and privately funded. I-DEP, LLC is located at 1017
W. Washington Blvd., Suite 6F, Chicago, IL 60067. 1-800-498-I-DEP.
If you can surf the net, you can make your next deposition an
NOTE: I-DEP and the I-DEP logo are trademarks of
I-DEP, LLC. All trademarks are the property of their respective
CONTACT: Chris Ganschow of Serafin & Associates,
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for I-DEP, LLC.