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Newsletter Articles From 2014

Arbitration clause survives expiration of contract By Michael R. Lied June 2014 A synopsis of Huffman v. The Hilltop Companies, LLC.
Is it time to answer?—Rule 12(a)(4)(A) By Stanley N. Wasser December 2014 Once the federal court denies your Rule 12 motion, you have 14 days to file your answer or seek leave to file a motion pursuant to FRCP 6(b)(1)(B) for an extension of time to file your answer demonstrating excusable neglect why you did not file your answer within the 14-day time period of FRCP 12(a)(4)(A).
Know the answer to federal jurisdiction By Hon. Iain D. Johnston and Mark Doherty September 2014 Counsel who fail to take the requirements of federal jurisdiction seriously do so at their own peril.
The Northern District of Illinois’ Settlement Assistance Program: Assuring equal justice through equal access By Jennifer Purcell 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.
Personal jurisdiction in the Internet age By Michael R. Lied September 2014 A party’s Internet activity may affect whether the party is subject to a court’s jurisdiction.
Proposed changes to federal discovery rules put premium on early case assessment By Daniel Thies April 2014 Assuming these significant changes are adopted, lawyers practicing in federal court must become familiar with them and be prepared for the additional responsibilities they impose early in the life cycle of a case.
Recent cases provide guidance on motions to dismiss By Michael R. Lied December 2014 Recent cases of interest to federal civil practice attorneys.
Survey of recent jurisdictional caselaw By Ambrose V. McCall September 2014 Keep current on the issues with this useful guide to recent decisions.
To preliminarily enjoin or not to preliminarily enjoin? By Patrick J. Arnold, Jr. June 2014 A comparison of the legal standards for preliminary injunctions for each of the Circuits.