The newsletter of the ISBA’s Section on Federal Civil Practice
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CAFA-7th Circuit Update
Since the Class Action Fairness Act, was signed into law by President Bush on February 18, 2005, certain provisions of the new law have been interpreted in the district courts of Illinois and by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
From the Chair
Having been a member of the Federal Civil Practice Section Council since its inception, I have had the opportunity to watch it grow from a special committee—with the goal of implementing reciprocal admission rules for the Northern, Central, and Southern districts—to a full-fledged section council.
Jury trial innovations: 7th Circuit project
The Seventh Circuit Bar Association has recently completed testing throughout the Seventh Circuit District Courts of seven concepts designed to improve civil jury trials.
Profile of Judge Mark Filip
Growing up in Chicago, Mark Filip felt inspired to attend law school based, in large part, on the Greylord scandal.
Rule 68: Offer of judgment
Rule 68 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure encourages parties to settle out of court by providing a party defending against a claim the opportunity to make a special offer of judgment at any time more than 10 days before the trial begins.
Things to bear in mind when moving to dismiss under Rule 12(b)
A motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b) can be an effective way for an attorney defending a party in a federal civil case to curtail the litigation against his or her client. Any attorney contemplating filing such a motion, however, should bear several things in mind.