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Questions tagged [civil-procedure]

For questions relating to the rules and procedures courts follow in civil cases.

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When a company sues the “U.S.”, who are they really suing?

According to this Wall Street Journal report, Huawei is suing the "U.S.". What does this really mean? Are they suing the entire U.S. government, a branch of the U.S. government, the people of the U....
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When and how is service by publication valid?

Sometimes a prospective defendant cannot be served because s/he is out of the country, or just plain is in hiding. In that case, a judge will sometimes allow service by publication. That is, after ...
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Can Rule 15(c)(1) be used by original parties to defeat a timely claim?

I am currently in a scenario analogous to this one: Can this hypothetical sequence of events occur in the Federal Arena (particularly 9th cir). 1.) Plaintiff brings a suit against party A before ...
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Does plaintiff need to file affidavit of his own statement of fact?

A pro-se plaintiff in a civil proceeding files a Statement of Claim in which he explains his Causes of Action, refers to attached documents ("Annexures") and contends his points about what the ...
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What is the standard way to address written statements presented as evidence in a civil case?

A friend of mine is suing someone. I (and others) witnessed all of the violations that are claimed, but I'm unable to attend the hearing in person for various reasons (mainly that I've moved out of ...
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Amending Motions

CM/ECF (The Electronic Filing System used by federal courts) has a section for "amended motions". What are the circumstances under which a party could amend a motion? In federal court, can one amend a ...
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Can a litigant in person prepare the bundle?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/family/practice_directions/pd_part_27a Responsibility for the preparation of the bundle 3.1 A bundle for the use of the court at the ...
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Are judges limited in their reasoning to arguments raised by the parties?

Bob files a civil lawsuit agaist Rob. For simplicity, let's assume they both represent themselves. At the hearing, Bob says: "Here is the evidence. Rob was wrong because of reason A, so he owes me ...
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How can i complain in germany from india against a pio card holder person holding german passport. Born of india

I have an complain against a person who live in germany she is exwife of my passed (dead)husband they leagly divorced in 2006 in germany still she claim in my property after death of my husband and ...
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Can multiple interrogatories be served so long as the net number of questions remains below the number permitted?

In the federal arena, absent some local rule, is there any reason why a person could not serve, say 2/25 questions at one point in discovery and then the remaining questions at some later point? In ...
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Excuse in Negligence Per Se: why bother with excuses?

When it comes to deciding what kind of weight excuse should have in negligence-per-se cases there is a 3 way split of authority. AUTHORITY 1: Duty and breach are conclusively presumed or established ...
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Correct places of service for companies in England and Wales

Civil Procedure Rule 6.9(2) states: Subject to paragraphs (3) to (6), the claim form must be served on the defendant at the place shown in the following table. (For service out of the ...
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How to ensure that the order drawn by a party is checked by another party?

https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/procedure-rules/civil/rules/part40/pd_part40b#1.1 Drawing up and filing of judgments and orders 1.1 Rule 40.2 sets out the standard requirements for judgments ...
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Can I make changes to my initial writ after getting it warranted but not served?

What is the name of your state? Scotland, United Kingdom Can I make changes to my initial writ after getting it warranted but ''not'' served in an Ordinary Procedure case of the Sheriff court of ...
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How can I determine whether a copyright troll actually owns the copyright they claim?

In recent years "copyright trolls" have been sending demand letters to web sites that claim images found on the sites infringe copyrights, and that they (the trolls) are authorized to settle the ...
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Suspending White House hard pass & preliminary injunction

Jim Acosta was asked by the Secret Service to surrender a White House hard pass as the result of an altercation in a press event. The White House press secretary explained that it being suspended ...
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Does collateral estoppel apply in a criminal case?

Can a criminal defendant rely on collateral estoppel to preclude the government from proving an element of the crime in a criminal case? Two hypotheticals: A woman sues the police for violating ...
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Can a pro se plaintiff call the defendant as a witness and compel testimony in a civil suit?

I have a court case coming up in Maryland District Court. It is a landlord-tenant dispute; we are pro se plaintiffs and the defendants (husband and wife, both landlords to the house I lived at) will ...
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Statutory Basis for Screening Order

About six weeks ago I filed, as a pro-se litigant, a 1983 action in the district court of Arizona. When filing the complaint, the clerk told me she couldn't issue a summons because it related to ...
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What remedies are there if it was subsequently discovered that a witness lied at trial?

Suppose this is a tort case (my understanding is unlike a criminal case there is no double jeopardy in tort cases), where a plaintiff was suing a defendant for a lot of money in a tort. A witness ...
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Why does “Day 1” of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER agency receipt of a request?

Why does "Day 1" of the 20-day response time limit for FOIA requests begin the day AFTER [the proper component in an] agency receives a perfected request? I understand that under Rule 6 of the ...
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Details on federal appeal options

Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Appeals under, 28USC1292(b) states that an "application" must be made ... What does "application" mean in this rule?
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Can Congress legislate the structure of court rulings?

Suppose Congress, in the interest of keeping rulings easier to read and interpret, passes a law that says the judicial branch at large must provide a summary of its findings that does not directly ...
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Compulsory counterclaim rule in states of USA

Prof. Kent Sinclair said in a conference "... over 40 states had adopted a compulsory counterclaim rule." but he didn't say their names. Who knows which states have such rule? (I found a table on ...
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Can a sibling contest a life insurance policy?

My step father had several insurance policies in some of which he listed his daughter as the beneficiary and on the rest he listed his son, who is my younger brother. Can his sister from a different ...
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Discovery of evidence seized in a criminal investigation

The recent raid of Michael Cohen’s office and residences has led me to wonder about the interplay between discovery in federal civil procedure and evidence seized in a criminal investigation. (The ...
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Is the California court ruling that coffee can increase cancer risk justified?

A court in California ruled against companies that may have to put a warning that tells customers there is a possible cancer risk linked to coffee by saying the companies "failed to meet their burden ...
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Jurisdictional vs appeal of right

Does an appeal of right that is not heard or briefed remain an appeal of right if dismissed and brought in front of the Supreme Court on a jurisdictional appeal. Also, on that appeal, would the brief,...
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Traffic Violation Question

If a police officer stops someone for a traffic violation and they don't have a driver's license and no identification at all, what is the charge?
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Can jury nullification apply to a civil lawsuit?

What I am referring to, is when a jury rules that the accused is technically guilty, but shouldn't be punished for it anyway. In other words: the jury determines that the letter of the law conflicts ...
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What would happen if one raised philosophical objections during a legal case?

I'm curious what would happen in a court of law if a defendant (for instance) raised a philosophical objection to the accusations. There are lots of commonsense notions (like causality, or ...
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Why would a split legal profession explain why 'the rules of court in many [such] jurisdictions are cast as regulations rather than as statutes'?

Source: Civil Litigation (Feb. 2010). pp. 29 Bottom - 30 Top.   In Canada, lawyers are officially both barristers and solicitors but, as a practical matter, most will work primarily as one or ...
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What is the legal penalty for “contempt of Congress”?

In reading a recent article that suggested Steve Bannon might be found in "contempt of congress", I realized that there's no information on what the penalty for that might be, unlike the statutorily ...
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New trial motions-once the motion for summary judgment has a response may new trial motion be invoked?

Litigation in the pretrial phase progresses to the point of possibly one party filing the MSJ. After that motion has been responded to and the judge has the responsibility to rule on it, may he, for ...
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Difference between Motions to Strike, Suppress, and in limine?

In U.S. practice what are the differences between the following: Motion in limine Motion to Strike Motion to Suppress I gather that the first is only applicable before evidence is presented, and the ...
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Are “conclusions of law” given pro forma denials in response filings?

I have been reading Responses to Motions in some court cases. These contain a one-to-one response to each paragraph in the Motion to which they are responding, typically of the form: Admitted; or No ...
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Limits on requests for production of documents under FRCP

The FRCP requires that parties make available documents to the party requesting same documents for inspecting and or copying. But suppose the parties to a civil action are hundreds of miles apart? ...
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Constraints on the scope of a civil action?

Suppose I file a civil complaint against party A for some strict liability tort X. That gets docketed in a court with jurisdiction, and then the original complaint is either negotiated or adjudicated ...
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What is the correct way of communicating with the Family Court in the UK? [closed]

I have ongoing proceedings at https://courttribunalfinder.service.gov.uk/courts/croydon-magistrates-court-and-family-court I had a hearing on 20th Nov 2017. Next hearing is scheduled for February. I'...
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Is my wife required to attend a deposition?

My wife worked as a property manager for a private owner of an apartment building about 3 years ago. Her former employer has since sold the company, and the new owners are now being sued by a former ...
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Are there legal grounds for seeking pre-emptory dismissal of retaliatory law suits?

In some cases, a defendant in a civil law suit will retaliate against the plaintiff by filing a counter law suit, often of a dubious or spurious nature. For example, recently a photographer sued one ...
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Can a plaintiff sue a party that would be foreseeably be impleaded by defendant

E.g. in an agency situation, where the causes of action arise from the defendant's agent's negligence/fraud, can the plaintiff directly sue both the defendant-principal & his agent? Since the ...
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Does the Limitation Act 1980 apply to criminal acts before 1980?

According to the Wikipedia page for the Limitation Act 1980, fraudulent breach of trust can be prosecuted any amount of time after the crime. However, I was wondering if this applies to crimes ...
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When amending a complaint to include an additional party, is the new party's name included in the title page?

To clarify - should the new party's name be added directly on the cover/title page, or is it left as it is but moves to add the new party in the content of the amendment? This is in NY state, civil ...
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How should defendant respond to summons with endorsed complaint in NY (CPLR)

If a client is served with a "summons with endorsed complaint" for case filed at NY civil court (dispute less than 25k), where it was effectuated by substitute service, then what are the next steps - ...
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request for production on whom

How does one know who to make a request for production of documents on? How does one know if the clerk (or whomever) that is being sued and is requested for production of documents is still with that ...
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Do judges in Massachusetts always have original jurisdiction even in “trials by jury”?

How exactly does the law work with regards to the powers and privileges of juries. For example, in Massachusetts the law (General Laws Part III Title I Chapter 214) reads: The supreme judicial ...
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NOTICE TO DEFENDANTS ABS-CBN Corporation, et al. v. Cinesilip.net, et al

My computer was showing some-pop that your computer is infected call on this number etc.. which is scam I know that but a few days back I was reading an article on domains and hosting and I click on ...
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Registered Agent for Service of Process for California Corporations?

May a California Corporation, such as S Corp or C Corp have its Registered Agent located outside California ? Please provide a cite.
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Are lawsuit depositions public record?

Are the video files of recorded depositions for lawsuits by both the plaintiff and defendant(s) public record? and can I make a FOIA request to obtain these video files?