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BMI v. Minicom, Deposition File, Plaintiff’s Materials, Eleventh Edition

  • Donald H. Beskind
  • Anthony J. Bocchino
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It’s David versus Goliath when computer giant BMI sues startup Minicom for damages when a shipment of components that BMI sent to Minicom is lost. BMI claims that Minicom bore the risk of loss; it is suing to recover for breach of contract. Minicom claims it directed BMI to obtain insurance on the shipment and that BMI’s failure to do so breached the contract, causing the loss of past and future profits.

One of NITA’s most popular cases, this well-balanced file has been updated with electronic evidence. BMI provides ample material for basic and advanced advocacy training with two witnesses for both plaintiff and defendant in the deposition version. The trial version includes one optional economics expert for each side.

BMI is available as a trial file, or as deposition files with Plaintiff, Defendant, and Faculty versions, each sold separately.

New to the Revised 11th Edition:

  • Updated exhibits to correct dates and eliminate confusion
Professors and students will benefit from:


  • A case file that can be used both for deposition practice and for mock trials
  • A time-tested case file that has been updated to include electronic exhibits


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About the authors
Donald Beskind
Duke University School of Law

Donald H. Beskind is a Professor of the Practice of Law at Duke University School of Law where he directs and teaches in its Trial Practice program and reaches Evidence and Torts. After practicing law in Colorado for several years, Mr. Beskind was, in succession at Duke Law School, a John S. Bradway Fellow, an assistant professor, an associate professor, and the director of the Clinical Legal Studies Program. Mr. Beskind returned to full time private practice from 1980 to 2010 specializing in plaintiff’s tort litigation and has been listed among the “Best Lawyers in America” in various publications since 1993. He continues to practice on a limited basis. Mr. Beskind was a long-time program director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is co-author of iBMI v. Minicom, Inci.; iState v. Burnsi; iProblems in Trial Advocacyi; iEffective Use of Courtroom Technology: A Lawyer’s Guide to Pretrial and Triali; iDeveloping Deposition Skillsi; and iNorth Carolina Rules of Evidence with Objectionsi. He has published articles and spoken on evidentiary and trial skills topics and runs trial training programs in the U.S. and Great Britain.

Anthony Bocchino
Jack E. Feinberg Professor of Litigation Emeritus
Temple University Beasley School of Law

Professor Anthony Bocchino&is the Jack E. Feinberg Professor of Litigation Emeritus of the Temple University Beasley School of Law. &He served as a full-time faculty member at both the University of Connecticut School of Law and the Duke University Law School before joining the Temple University Beasley School of Law faculty in 1979 and served for 10 years as the Director of Advocacy. He has designed the program, written materials, and taught in the law school’s Integrated Trial Advocacy Program, which has been twice awarded the Gumpert Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy from the American College of Trial Lawyers, in addition to receiving the Gambrell Award for Teaching Professionalism from the American Bar Association. Professor Bocchino has been honored with teaching awards from Duke University School of Law, where he received the Mordecai Society Award, and the Beasley School of Law, where he was the first recipient of the George P. Williams II Memorial Award. In addition, he has received the Oliphant Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Richard S. Jacobson Award from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for excellence in teaching the art and science of trial advocacy. In addition to his law school duties, Professor Bocchino has an over 40 year relationship with NITA, and served &as a faculty member, author, Editor in Chief, and Director. &Bocchino has written materials and designed programs for trial, deposition, fact investigation, motion practice, and appellate advocacy programs for more than thirty law firms and numerous public agencies, including several projects for the Federal Judicial Center. &He has also conducted needs analyses and designed litigation skill curricula for numerous law firms. His CLE materials and program designs are among the most frequently utilized by those organizations. In addition, he has and will customize materials to the specific needs of individual clients. Professor Bocchino is the author of over sixty books and articles, predominantly in the fields of evidence, trial advocacy, civil litigation and professional responsibility. His most recent book with David Sonenshein, entitled The Modern Deposition (Amazon 2017), has been evaluated as revolutionary and groundbreaking. His trial advocacy andor deposition practice materials are used in a majority of the law schools in America, as well as in CLE litigation skills training in the public and private sectors. Professor Bocchino is a member of the Order of the Coif, has been elected to the American Law Institute and designated a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation; Litigation Counsel of America; and the International Society of Barristers.

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