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Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals (Progress Report No. 2)

Our February 22 post reported that the Franchise Services of North America, Inc. decision of Bankruptcy Judge Edward Ellington of the Southern District of Mississippi dismissing a Chapter 11 petition because a shareholder had...more

You’ve Got Issues: Making a Case for Deep-Issue Statements

What’s the first thing that judges and law clerks read in an appellate brief? The certificate of interested parties, the table of contents, and the table of authorities are matters of form, and, while important, they don’t...more

Check the Rules Part VI – Recent Rule-Change Proposal Asks Lawyers To Curb Their Brief-Writing Enthusiasm

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Perhaps I’m revealing too much about my abilities in a prior life to balance academic and social priorities, but does anyone else remember the “not less than X pages” page requirements for high-school and college term papers...more

Bankruptcy Remoteness Going to a Court of Appeals (Progress Report No. 1)

Our February 22 post reported that the Franchise Services of North America, Inc. decision of Bankruptcy Judge Edward Ellington of the Southern District of Mississippi dismissing a Chapter 11 petition because a holder of...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: Husband and wife defendants were related to the husband and wife plaintiffs. The defendants were convinced the plaintiff husband (a state trooper) was abusing his wife, despite her...more

Appellate Court Notes

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Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC39520 - Stratek Plastics, Ltd. v. Ibar - Remember the case that held you could not recover your attorney fees in a mechanic lien foreclosure as the plaintiff unless there had...more

Credit Union Files Reply Brief in SDNY Case Challenging Mulvaney’s Appointment

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 29, 2017, the Lower East Side People’s Credit Union (“People’s”) filed a reply brief in support of its preliminary injunction motion in which it seeks to block the appointment of Mick Mulvaney as the Acting CFPB...more

PTAB Issues New Standard Operating Procedure Addressing Remands from Federal Circuit: The New Standards and How They May Affect...

On November 16, 2017 the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office posted a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) addressing the conduct of cases remanded from the Federal Circuit to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). New “SOP...more

Practice Pointer: De-Coding Appellate Briefs at the Federal Circuit

The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure prescribe a strict scheme of regulations for documents submitted to courts. One such regulation mandates the colors of the front covers of litigants’ briefs. Like its sister courts,...more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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