Objection Procedures

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Appealing Class Certification Orders

Class action litigation involves complex procedural issues and significant appellate practice. For example, Rule 23(f) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, adopted in 1998, allows an appeal from an order granting or...more

Revised California Rules Intended to Streamline Demurrer Process With New Meet-And-Confer Requirements

California courts are tired of hearing your demurrers, and now the state has done something about it. Code of Civil Procedure Section 430.41, which went into effect on January 1, 2016, now requires a meet-and-confer process...more

Objecting to a Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation

An unpublished opinion from the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2016 caught our eye because it collected various established preservation-of-error principles for objecting to a magistrate judge's report and...more

A Model Preservation Test for Race-Based Peremptory Challenges

Preserving error during voir dire can be tricky. In jurisdictions like Florida, certain steps must be taken to preserve objections, including those related to pretextual peremptory challenges. On March 18, Florida’s...more

Objections to Document Demands Under Amended Rule 34

The approach of objecting to document demands with boilerplate language containing half a dozen or more objections that have no actual nexus to the demands at issue has been used by litigators for decades. However, this...more

Don’t Rest on Your Laurels: The Importance of Adapting Objections to Changed Circumstances

Without a crystal ball, trial lawyers can make objections only on the basis of what has occurred or what they reasonably expect might occur based on the facts and circumstances existing at the time. Litigation, however is a...more

ECON writes to EU lawmakers on Solvency 2 delegated legislation delay

The Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) of EP has written to the Council and Commission notifying them of a three-month extension to the deadline for raising objections to a delegated regulation on calculation of...more

Effective Now: New Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure Regarding Discovery And Electronically Stored Information

?In changes that have been five years in the making, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure go into effect December 1, 2015....more

Be Punctilious, Or You Might Inadvertently Waive A Personal Jurisdiction Objection In Federal Court

May you preserve an objection to personal jurisdiction by including a general denial to the complaint’s allegation in your answer and then moving to dismiss on personal jurisdiction grounds less than three (3) months later?...more

Handling Difficult Depositions Like a Pro

Depositions are a critical part of any case. For many lawyers, a deposition will be your first time taking testimony or making contemporaneous objections. This can be intimidating, especially if you perceive your opposing...more

Written Objections to Summary Judgment Evidence are Preserved for Appeal

On August 10, 2015, Governor Brown signed SB 470, codifying the holding in Reid v. Google, Inc. (2010) 50 Cal.4th 512, that evidentiary objections on motions for summary judgment are preserved on appeal whether or not the...more

Timing is Everything: When Is The Right Time To Move To Remand?

It may not always be apparent whether a potential basis for remand is procedural or impacts subject matter jurisdiction. As a recent federal case from Kentucky demonstrates, identifying issues and classifying them early is...more

Illinois law now requires children to be vaccinated

Illinois law requires students to provide proof of immunization to be admitted into school. Until now, parents could exempt their students from this requirement for either medical or religious reasons. When based on...more

Attention All Co-Defendants: Make Your Own Objections, Don’t Rely on a Co-Defendant

A recent Pennsylvania case presents the question: can a party rely on its co-defendant’s objections at trial, or must it join in an objection or make its own? In Amato v. Bell & Gossett, 116 A. 3d 607 (Pa. Super 2015),...more

Changes in the Law Part 2: When Appellate Counsel Are Called Upon to Be Fortune Tellers

Several months ago, we reported on a case in which a Florida court ruled that in order to take advantage of a change in the law, a party must first make the proper objection at trial. In other words – trial lawyers were...more

UPDATE – First Circuit Upholds Method of Distribution of Notice in Hill v. State Street Corp., But Cautions Against Practice of...

The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently issued a summary dismissal denying a number of objections to the Settlement Agreement reached in Hill v. State Street Corporation. The decision further sheds...more

What’s in a Name? Properly Identifying Objections

Where the jury finds liability and no damages, an objection that the verdict is inconsistent does not preserve the argument that the verdict is the result of an unlawful compromise, says the Eleventh Circuit  in Reider v....more

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - If you Have an Objection, Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

A creditor recently received a wake-up call from the Bankruptcy Court for the District of South Carolina in In re Crawford, an opinion issued by the Court on June 8, 2015. In Crawford, the Court granted the debtors’ motion to...more

Court Denies Motion for Extended Deposition Despite over 300 Objections During Deposition Where Defendant Failed to Raise Issue...

In this patent infringement action, the Defendants requested that the court order a further Rule 30(b)(6) deposition of one of the deponents, Mr. Pang. In the motion, Defendants argued that Plaintiff's counsel objected more...more

Motions In Limine, Contemporaneous Objections, and the Need to Adequately Preserve the Record

You have filed your motions in limine and obtained rulings prior to trial. You put the motions in a box in the back of the courtroom and figure all of your objections have been preserved. Wrong! It is always a good...more

PTAB Orders Halt to “Speaking” Objections in Deposition

The Board continues to strongly enforce its regulations regarding the behavior of attorneys defending depositions in inter partes review proceedings. In an order entered in both Medtronic, Inc., Medtronic Vascular, Inc., and...more

Motions In Limine, Contemporaneous Objections, And The Need To Adequately Preserve The Record

Does your motion in limine sufficiently preserve your objection to the introduction of evidence at trial, or do you need to be on your toes to make a contemporaneous objection at trial? A recent Illinois decision illustrates...more

The PTAB Warns Attorney That Speaking Objections May Warrant Exclusion of Expert's Testimony

In an inter partes review Medtronic Inc. et al. v. Troy R. Norred, M.D., the Petitioner sought guidance from the Board regarding the Patent Owner's objections during the deposition of an expert appearing on behalf of the...more

Respond with Caution! Responses to Discovery "Subject to the Stated Objections" May Waive Your Client's Objections

A growing number of federal courts have confirmed that the once-common discovery practice of asserting an objection followed by a bare "conditional" response, i.e., stating that "Subject to and without waiving the stated...more

Speaking Objections Are Not Allowed, And Neither Are Whispered Instructions - Lexos Media, Inc. v. Zynga Inc.

Case Number: 1:12-cv-07994-PGG (Dkt. 97) - Lexos Media moved for an order prohibiting speaking objections in further depositions, and for fees and costs associated with a deposition. The court ordered that “speaking...more

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