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Gelboim et al. v. Bank of America Corp. et al.: Supreme Court to Address Viability of Partial Appeals in Multi-District...

Timing is everything. As any trial lawyer can tell you, the right to an appeal is important. But often, the right to a speedy appeal can be even more valuable. Under the final judgment rule, however, parties in federal court...more

7th Circuit Rejects Attempt to Reopen Final Judgment Under Rule 54(b)

Last month, we wrote about the Seventh Circuit’s willingness to reopen a 23-year old judgment under Rule 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But in Selective Insurance Co. v. City of Paris, the court reminded parties...more

Bankruptcy Bleak House—The Limited Ability of Bankruptcy Courts to Enter Final Judgments

In Stern V. Marshall, ____ U.S ___, 131 S. Ct. 2594 (2011), the Supreme Court held that bankruptcy courts cannot issue final judgments on state law counterclaims even though they are “core proceeding”. Stern V. Marshall is...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Summary Part 1: By the Numbers

The Court’s Caseload. In 2013-14, the court released 61 merits opinions (i.e., not OLR decisions, decisions on reconsideration, dismissals as improvidently granted, or affirmances by an equally divided court). This opinion...more

Real Property, Financial Services, & Title Insurance Update

Foreclosure: reservation of jurisdiction in final judgment to determine amount of attorneys’ fees renders that portion of judgment non-final and non-appealable – BAC Home Loans Servicing LP v. Ridgway, No. 1D13-3853 (Fla. 1st...more

Too Little, Too Late: Seventh Circuit Reaffirms the Limits of a Registration Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1963

In Goldman v. Gagnard, No. 12-2706 (June 27, 2014), the Seventh Circuit (in an opinion authored by Judge Tinder) waded into a long-running, continent-spanning dispute, which it characterized as “Dickensian” in character,...more

An Order Denying Summary Judgment Is Not an Appealable Final Judgment

Nissim Corp. v. ClearPlay, Inc. - In a non-precedential opinion addressing the issue of appellate jurisdiction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dismissed an appeal of a lower court’s denial of two of...more

Maryland Court of Appeals Limits Right to Appeal Denial of Petition to Compel Arbitration

Private construction contracts routinely include arbitration clauses to ensure that disputes that arise from a project are resolved by a technically skilled arbitrator. Questions may arise, however, about whether an...more

California Supreme Court Depublishes Decision on Finality from the Register of Actions

Depublication orders usually aren’t exactly the most earthshaking thing on the California Supreme Court’s weekly conference summaries. Nevertheless, I took particular notice of one on last week’s summary: Dattani v. Lee....more

Ninth Circuit Adopts Rebuttable Presumption That Order Which Does Not Explicitly Dismiss Arbitrable Claims Stays The Action As To...

Under the Federal Arbitration Act, only “a final decision with respect to an arbitration” is appealable. 9 U.S.C. §16(a)(3). The issue facing the Ninth Circuit was whether an order compelling arbitration which neither...more

March 2014: Appellate Update

The general rule in federal court is that only a final judgment (i.e., a judgment that ends the case) is appealable as of right. So-called “interlocutory” decisions—such as a decision denying a defendant’s motion to dismiss,...more

Supreme Court Confirms That Merits Decisions Are Final and Appealable Even When Contractual Fees Remain Unresolved

The U.S. Supreme Court has provided much-needed clarity and uniformity on the issue of whether contractual attorney’s fees are a part of a merits decision for the purposes of determining timeliness of a federal appeal. Ray...more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Practice Group - January 2014

This term, the Rhode Island Supreme Court spilled much ink on the final judgment rule. See Maciel v. Davey, No. 2012-222-Appeal and Baker v. Mitchell, No. 2013-17-Appeal. In two orders the Court dismissed interlocutory...more

Federal Circuit Fractured Over Finality in Fresenius

When the Federal Circuit denied Baxter’s petition for panel rehearing and rehearing en banc in Fresenius USC, Inc. v. Baxter International, Inc., Judge Dyk wrote an opinion concurring in the denial that was joined by Judge...more

Your Counterparty Breaches: Can the Court Force Them to Pay Before Judgment?

Businesses often request legal assistance with breach of contract disputes. They say that there can be no doubt that their counterparty breached their contract, and they know that they are entitled to damages for the breach....more

Kurwa v. Kislinger: California Supreme Court Holds No End-Run Around the "One Final Judgment Rule" By Means of Voluntary...

Under California's "one final judgment rule," a judgment that fails to dispose of all the causes of action pending between the parties is generally not appealable. (Code Civ. Proc., § 904.1, subd. (a); Morehart v. County of...more

California Supreme Court Closes Door to Appellate Review of Carefully Crafted Interlocutory Orders Disguised as Final Judgments

Today the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in Kurwa v. Kislinger (Oct. 3, 2013, S201619). The decision addresses the question of when a dismissal order is “final enough” to be appealable rather than a...more

How to Handle Cross-Appeals

Table Of Contents - - Introduction - The Decision to Cross-Appeal ..Does Appellee Seek to Alter the Judgment? ..Pursuing a Cross-Appeal Conditionally ..Timing - Complications in Handling...more

6 Things To Include In A Final Money Judgment

Before the clerk of the court will issue a writ of execution or writ of garnishment on a judgment, the clerk will review the judgment to ensure it is valid and enforceable. ...more

Fee Caps Do Not Apply to Prisoners Defending Judgment on Appeal

In Woods v. Carey the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided a case on the recovery of attorney fees in the context of a prisoner defending a judgment on appeal....more

Fast Five: Rhode Island Appellate Practice: August 2013

SUPREME COURT HOLDS THAT A PARTY WHO IS NOT AGGRIEVED BY A JUDGMENT CANNOT BE QUALIFIED AS AN APPELLANT. In Lombardi v. City of Providence, No. 2012-86-Appeal, the Rhode Island Supreme Court reminded litigants that a...more

It’s That Time of (the Fiscal) Year

Clients frequently ask appellate lawyers, “How long until the court makes a decision?” It’s a question we all struggle with because the number of variables is too great to allow anything but a semi-educated guess. The period...more

After One Year, Judgment Can Only Be Set Aside for Extrinsic Fraud

On February 25, 2010, an agreed final judgment of foreclosure was entered pursuant to a settlement agreement between the original lender and the defendants/appellees. ...more

Supreme Court to Determine the Appealability of Merits Decisions When Contractual Fee Disputes Remain Unresolved

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted certiorari in a case that could have far reaching impact in litigation involving federal claims for attorney’s fees. In Ray Haluch Gravel Co. v. Central Pension Fund of the...more

En Banc Federal Circuit Permits Appeals Prior to Damages and Willfulness Determinations

One of the guiding principles of appellate jurisdiction is the “final judgment rule” that defers jurisdiction of an appellate court “until there has been a decision by the district court that ends the litigation on the merits...more

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