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Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure

Important Changes To The Tennessee Rules Of Appellate Procedure: Six Things You Need To Know

Effective July 1, 2017, the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure have changed. Many of these changes were implemented to reflect the appellate court clerk’s implementation of electronic filing this year. Here’s what you...more

A Motion by any Other Name...

Courts often note that they should avoid exalting form over substance when interpreting laws. Similarly, in construing legal filings, courts typically eschew reliance on document titles in favor of examining their actual...more

When is An Extension Not an Extension? When It Raises Jurisdictional Problems

When a district court issues an order extending a filing deadline, it is usually safe to assume that your client will not be prejudiced as long as you file within the period ordered by the court...more

Federal Appellate Rule Changes

by Jaburg Wilk on

The amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, effective December 1, 2016, arise, for the most part, out of changes in technology. Some of the amendments refine prior Rules that, while taking into account...more

Seventh Circuit Confirms that Parties Seeking Review of an Interlocutory Order Have 30 Days to Request a Rule 54(b) Judgment

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The rule of 28 U.S.C. § 1291 limits the appealability of district court orders to “final decisions.” Although an order resolving fewer than all claims of all parties is not a final decision for purposes of appeal, Rule 54(b),...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

Two Key Things You Need to Know About the 2016 Federal Rule Changes

by Weintraub Tobin on

On December 1, 2016, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (“FRCP”) and Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP) took effect. While at first glance, the changes may not seem dramatic, but changes such as...more

From Federal Procedure Rules to State Bar Association Rules —Lawyers Need Tech Skills to Remain Competent

by Butler Snow LLP on

Today, amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedure go into effect. Based on these amendments, litigators may want to brush up on their tech skills. In fact, litigators may be...more

Third Circuit Holds That Arguments Incorporated by Reference to Lower Court Briefs Are Waived

Last week the Third Circuit Court of Appeals reiterated its disapproval of cursory arguments made in a footnote, while joining other Circuits that have held that making arguments solely by reference to trial court briefs is...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

Internal Fight Over Role of Appellate Court Reveals Substantial Difference of Opinion over Substantial Evidence at Federal Circuit

In Apple, Inc., v. Samsung Electronics Co., Inc., [2015-1171, 2015-1195, 2015-1994] (October 7, 2016), the en banc Federal Circuit completely undid the panel decision with respect to three patents, with the three original...more

The Road Not Taken Leads to Forfeiture of an Appeal

In a recent decision, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania reiterated that there are “no exceptions” to the deadline for filing a notice of appeal from a trial court’s final judgment. In this recent case, the appellant’s...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

How to Properly Join in a Co-Party’s Brief or Motion to Avoid Waiver Issues

by Carlton Fields on

Joining in a co-party’s brief or motion can be cost effective, but the careful litigator should make sure to explain to the court how the other party’s arguments apply to your client. Failure to do so may result in waiver, as...more

Court Orders Plaintiffs to Pay Defendants’ $13.3 Million Appellate Costs in Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household...

Recently, in Lawrence E. Jaffe Pension Plan v. Household International, Inc., the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted the defendants’ Rule 39 motion for appellate costs and ordered the...more

Recent Second Circuit Decision Teaches Trial Lawyers a Difficult Appellate Lesson: Following Trial Rules that Conflict with Rules...

Lawyers are taught to follow the rules, and that includes local rules of trial courts and individual judges. But a recent Second Circuit decision adds an important caveat to that lesson: beware of local rules that can lead to...more

Are Federal Appellate Courts Growing Impatient with Procedural Errors? — Risks for Clients and Their Counsel

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court’s grant of partial summary judgment in a dispute about an indemnification agreement. That decision, Lehman Bros. Holdings, Inc. v....more

Recent Superior Court Decision Underscores Difficulty and Need for Caution When Determining Appealability of Orphans' Court Orders

For several years, Pennsylvania judges, lawyers, and (even) rulemakers have struggled to define when an order entered in an Orphans’ Court proceeding is immediately appealable. The issue, of course, is critical, because...more

New Amendments to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 6: Appeal in a Bankruptcy

On December 1, 2014, amendments to various federal rules of practice and procedure took effect. The only amendment to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure made three substantive changes to Rule 6, which deals with...more

June 2014: Appellate Practice Update

Comparison of Circuits’ Local Rules. While the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (“FRAP”) set high-level ground rules for appellate practice in the federal courts of appeals, practice in those courts is in fact far from...more

Time and Tide Wait for No Appellant: A Recent Ninth Circuit Decision Reflects the Importance of Determining When a Post-Judgment...

A recent Ninth Circuit decision makes clear that federal appellate procedure adheres to an old maxim: time and tide wait for no man. In other words, if you intend to appeal a decision in federal court, do not wait around. In...more

Appealing Propositions: Appellate Issues In The Law - Distinguishing Between Error and Reversible Error; Recognizing and Avoiding...

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Right after the judge or the jury renders a “bad verdict” we all have undoubtedly heard, at least, one our clients say they want to appeal the case “all the way to the United States Court, if that’s what it takes to get...more

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