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Section Newsletter Articles on Federal Civil Practice

The Northern District of Illinois’ Settlement Assistance Program: Assuring equal justice through equal access By Jennifer Purcell Federal Civil Practice, April 2014 An overview of program and a look at the systemic legal and social justifications that may encourage other districts to consider adopting a similar program.
Emergency motions… is there really a fire? By Lisle A. Stalter Federal Civil Practice, September 2013 The author provides a review of the rules applicable to emergency motions.
The Forum-Defendant rule bars removal of citation action By Ambrose V. McCall Federal Civil Practice, September 2013 Before pursuing removal, counsel should check the statutory maps related to their causes of action to see if they show an exit ramp leading back to state court.
Settlement offer defeats class action lawsuit By Michael R. Lied Federal Civil Practice, September 2012 According to the appeals court in Damasco v. Clearwire Corporation, to allow a case to continue in federal court when the sole plaintiff no longer maintains a personal stake defies the limits on federal jurisdiction.
Double whammy—Employers engaged in systematic wage theft best beware By Glenn R. Gaffney Federal Civil Practice, June 2011 A January, 2011 Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision now allows plaintiff class action lawyers to combine FLSA collective “opt-in” actions with state law “opt-out” class actions.
Litigating disputes with the FDIC: Issues facing officers and directors of failed banks By Rebecca L. Dandy Federal Civil Practice, June 2011 A look at some of the issues former officers and directors now find themselves faced with in the midst of litigation where the FDIC is seeking to hold them personally liable for the losses of failed banks.
To disclose or not to disclose under FRCP(a)(2) —That now is the question! By Ambrose V. McCall Federal Civil Practice, June 2011 The Seventh Circuit has issued a trio of opinions during the past six months or more that stress the need for counsel to evaluate what opinion testimony at trial might require counsel to make disclosures beforehand under FRCP 26(a)(2).
Resolution of discovery issues when a cutoff date becomes unattainable By Peter LaSorsa Federal Civil Practice, December 2010 What to do when neither party is able to meet your already-extended discovery cut-off dates.
Why state court practitioners need to know a little about federal civil practice By Stanley N. Wasser Federal Civil Practice, December 2010 If you need a federal official or employee as a witness, be prepared to possibly find yourself in a federal judicial review proceeding under the federal Administrative Procedure Act while you are litigating your state court case.
Why you might use stick pins when thinking about statutory coverage By Ambrose V. McCall Federal Civil Practice, December 2010 When reading the Supreme Court's analysis of Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., one might find stick pins helpful to post the legislative framework on our walls for easier viewing.
Complying with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b): Best practices By Peter LaSorsa Federal Civil Practice, December 2009 Rule 34 (b)(2)(E)(i) provides that a party must either produce documents “as they are kept in the usual course of business” or it “must organize and label them to correspond to the categories in the request.” 
Conflict: The treacherous path By Edward Clinton Federal Civil Practice, December 2009 William Ruehle, the Chief Financial Officer of Broadcom, a California corporation, and Henry Nichols, a co-founder of Broadcom, were indicted by a Federal grand jury for conspiracy, securities fraud, false certification of financial statements, wire fraud and other crimes in the United States District Court for California. These charges arose from the alleged backdating of options granted to officers of Broadcom.
Enforcing federal court monetary judgments By Travis J. Ketterman Federal Civil Practice, December 2009 Although obtaining a judgment is a worthwhile endeavor, a plaintiff is only truly successful if the defendant actually pays the judgment. This article reviews the various actions taken by plaintiffs to collect money after obtaining a judgment in federal court.
Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S.Ct. 1937, 173 L. Ed. 2d 868 (May 18, 2009) By Patrick T. Driscoll, Jr. and Patricia M. Fallon Federal Civil Practice, September 2009 In May, a closely divided Supreme Court ruled that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller could not be held liable for the actions of subordinates after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Joinder of an essential party under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 19 By Patrick T. Driscoll, Jr. Federal Civil Practice, September 2009 An overview of the case of Carl Askew v. Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, and Bernardo Lopez.
Supreme Court to hear corporate diversity jurisdiction case By Peter LaSorsa Federal Civil Practice, June 2009 The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Hertz Corporation v. Friend, in which the Court will consider whether the location of a nationwide corporation’s headquarters can be disregarded by a court in determining a principal place of business for the purposes of diversity jurisdiction.