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In Praise of Brevity

by Reed Smith on

We’re on vacation. The dog days of Summer are upon us. Time for our annual (okay – monthly) (okay- weekly) substance-less post. Our vacation began just a couple of days ago, yet we already rue its passing. Good times go by in...more

The Ins and Outs of Appellate Statements of Jurisdiction: How to Avoid Common Mistakes

by Carlton Fields on

Though Statements of Jurisdiction may seem like a simple part of an appellate brief, parties often make mistakes in drafting jurisdictional statements. In fact, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently...more

What to Know about the Proposed Amendments to Local Rule 25.0 and E-Filing in The First Circuit Court of Appeals

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its proposed amendments to Local Rule 25.0, governing the use of electronic document filing (“e-filing”). While Many of the proposed amendments incorporate familiar aspects...more

What to Know about the Proposed Amendments to Local Rule 25.0 and E-Filing in The First Circuit Court of Appeals

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently released its proposed amendments to Local Rule 25.0, governing the use of electronic document filing (“e-filing”). While Many of the proposed amendments incorporate familiar aspects...more

SAS Files Opening Brief in Supreme Court Opposing “Partial” Final Written Decisions

by Jones Day on

On July 20, SAS Institute, Inc., represented by Jones Day, filed its opening brief in the Supreme Court. SAS’s brief amplifies the arguments, initially set forth in its petition for certiorari and reply brief in support of...more

Incorporating By Reference In Your NC Business Court Brief? Don't Do It!

by Brooks Pierce on

If you have ever drafted a Complaint, you have undoubtedly used the words that your previous numbered allegations were "incorporated by reference." It's a way of not having to repeat yourself. That shortcut is specifically...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19375 - State v. Chyung - SC19375 Concurrence - State v. Chyung - SC19492 - State v. Bush - SC19492 Dissent - State v. Bush...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19688 - State v. Lee - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38222 - Robinson v. Robinson - Only alimony paid by a non-party / former spouse it taken into...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19576 - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. - SC19576 Concurrence - Briere v. Greater Hartford Orthopedic Group, P.C. One might argue this decision...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC39614 - In re Harmony Q. - AC37573 - Rosa v. Commissioner of Correction - AC37913 - State v. Berthiaume - AC37913 Concurrence - State v. Berthiaume...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19651 - Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38279 - Al Dente, LLC v....more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19734 - Wall Systems, Inc. v. Pompa - Plaintiff - construction company - discovered one of its supervisors who was paid ~$200k/year was working for a competitor at the same...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19661 - ARS Investors II 2012-1 HVB, LLC v. Crystal, LLC - Owner recorded an unapproved subdivision map of its commercial property into three lots and then granted a...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Failure to File Brief in Support of Properly Filed Post-Trial Motion Does Not Waive...

In a recent decision, Board of Supervisors of Willistown Township v. Main Line Gardens, Inc., the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania unanimously held that a party does not waive all issues on appeal when it fails to file a...more

New Lower Word Limits for Briefs Have Arrived at Most (But Not All) Federal Courts of Appeal

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

On December 1, 2016, a set of rule amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure became effective. The amended rules and details of the amendments can be found on the Eighth Circuit’s webpage, available at...more

Pithy Briefs to Become Procedural Mandate: The FRAP 32 Limit Loses 1,000 Words

by Butler Snow LLP on

Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32 currently restricts principal briefs to 14,000 words apiece, but that limit will soon diminish to 13,000. For non-lawyers such a change may seem inconsequential. After all, as the...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19389 - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Concurrence - State v. Edmonds - SC19389 Dissent - State v. Edmonds...more

What Role Can Appellate Counsel Play Before the Appeal?

by Williams Venker & Sanders on

In many ways, referring to a lawyer with extensive experience practicing in appellate courts as an “appellate” lawyer is misleading. An appellate lawyer is practiced generally in legal research, writing and analysis and is...more

Legalizing the Appellate Introduction

by Carlton Fields on

In polite society, it is rude not to introduce yourself, but if you are writing a brief to a Florida appellate court, the issue is complicated. The rule describing the required content of a brief does not describe an...more

New Word Limits For Federal Appellate Briefs: How Low Is Too Low?

Several amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure are scheduled to take effect on December 1, and one of those amendments is causing consternation among appellate practitioners: a 1000-word reduction in the word...more

6 Tips On Legal Writing From A Former Federal Law Clerk

In litigation, first impressions frequently are made through the written word. Professional, coherent and accurate writing is crucial to establishing a good reputation with the court, and ultimately winning your case....more

Appellate Court Notes

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Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19233, SC19234 - State v. Wright - SC19233, SC19234 Concurrence - State v. Wright - SC19382 - State v. Anthony D. - SC19382 Dissent - State v. Anthony D....more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC36842 - Antonucci v. Antonucci - In this divorce action, the parties had been married for twenty-five years and had two adult children, and had comparable incomes of about...more

Writing Briefs for Judges Who Read on Screens

by JD Supra Perspectives on

Even lawyers don’t generate as much paper as they used to. That doesn’t mean our tendency to use too many words has diminished. It simply means that nearly everything we write and read is now done electronically. From...more

Proposed Rule Changes For IPR Appeals

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On December 3, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a notice of proposed changes to its Rules of Practice, many of which relate to IPR practice under the AIA... Some of the proposed changes impact the manner by which appeals from...more

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