Category Archives: Federal Practice

3 Days Gone: New Federal Rules Take Effect Today

A quick reminder to all federal court practitioners: 2016 just keeps piling it on. Not content to simply let us rest after everything we’ve been through this year, new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure take effect today, and the primary … Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About the New Federal Rules in 90 Seconds or Less

Litigation partner Brian Jones describes the important changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in this fast-paced video:

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Eleventh Circuit Draws a Thin Line Between Formation and Validity Challenges for Arbitration Clauses

The first question a court has to resolve when considering a motion to compel arbitration is whether a valid contract containing an arbitration clause exists.  That’s not always easy because parties sometimes claim that a contract was not formed or … Continue reading

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Happy JVCA Day!

As we previously wrote about here and here, the Juridiction Venue and Clarification Act of 2011 goes into effect today.  Also on this day in history: Joan of Arc was born, Samuel Morse demo-ed the telegraph, New Mexico became a … Continue reading

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Update: President Signs JVCA

On December 7, 2011, President Obama signed the Jurisidiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011.  The JVCA takes effect 30 days after signing, so a new era of federal court practice begins on January 6, 2012. See our previous report … Continue reading

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Major Changes Are Coming to Federal Venue and Removal Practice

Throw away those dusty Civ Pro outlines!  Thanks to the Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011–which passed the Senate on November 30 and which the President is expected to sign–major changes to federal court practice are coming: The “rule … Continue reading

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