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California Civil Litigation

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Edition:
3rd
ISBN13:

9780314202284

ISBN10:
0314202285
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
11/8/1996
Publisher(s):
Thomson Delmar Learning

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Summary

This book for paralegals is written specifically for California. It has been completely updated to include changes in the law over the past three years, revised exemplars, and new assignment sets. It covers federal and California state litigation chronologically from initiation of the suit through appeal.

Table of Contents

Preface xxiii
Litigation Overview
1(11)
The Sources of Procedural Requirements
2(1)
The Litigation Process
2(2)
The Three Essential Events of Litigation
4(1)
Types of Paralegal Employers
4(2)
Litigation Law Firms
4(1)
Billing
4(1)
Legal Structure
5(1)
Law Firm Personnel
5(1)
Types of Practice
5(1)
The Role of the Litigation Paralegal
6(1)
Paralegals Increase Quality of Practice
6(1)
The Paralegal's Economic Role
6(1)
Conclusion
7(1)
Paralegal Job Description
8(2)
Paralegal Evaluation Form
10(1)
Discussion Questions
11(1)
Ethics in Litigation
12(17)
Rules of Professional Conduct
13(4)
Unauthorized Practice
13(1)
Advertising and Solicitation
14(1)
Relationships Between Attorneys
14(1)
Relationships with Clients
15(1)
Terminating the Client Relationship
16(1)
Financial Relationships with Clients
16(1)
Advocacy and Representation
17(1)
Voluntary Professional Guidelines
17(1)
Conclusion
18(1)
State Court Motion to Withdraw
19(2)
Memorandum Supporting Motion to Withdraw
21(2)
Declaration Supporting Motion to Withdraw
23(2)
Proposed Order Permitting Withdrawal
25(2)
Discussion Questions
27(1)
Assignment
27(2)
Initiating the Client Relationship
29(22)
The Initial Contact
29(1)
The Initial Interview
30(2)
Meeting Firm Objectives
30(1)
Meeting Client Objectives
31(1)
Evaluating the Ethics of the Prospective Case
32(2)
Assessing Merit
32(1)
Conflicts of Interest
32(1)
Conflicts Created by Paralegals
33(1)
Attorney as Witness
33(1)
Attorney Must Be Competent
34(1)
Evaluating the Business Considerations of the Prospective Case
34(1)
Evaluating Firm Interest in the Prospective Case
35(1)
Contracting with the Client
35(3)
Fees and Costs
35(1)
Fee Agreements
36(2)
Undertaking Representation
38(1)
Conclusion
39(1)
Contingency Fee Agreement
40(2)
Hourly Fee Agreement
42(3)
Sample Bill
45(1)
Sample Timesheet
46(1)
Notice of Lien
47(1)
Substitution of Attorneys
48(1)
Discussion Questions
49(1)
Assignments
49(2)
Courts in California
51(8)
Substantive Versus Procedural Laws
52(1)
Federal Courts in California
53(1)
California State Courts
54(2)
Municipal and Justice Courts
55(1)
Superior Courts
55(1)
Courts of Appeal
56(1)
Supreme Court
56(1)
Conclusion
56(1)
Court System Diagram
57(1)
Discussion Questions
58(1)
Assignment
58(1)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction
59(10)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Federal Courts
60(1)
Diversity Jurisdiction
60(1)
Federal and State Subject Matter Jurisdiction Compared
61(1)
Subject Matter Jurisdiction of California State Courts
61(3)
Determining the Amount in Controversy
62(1)
Amount in Controversy
62(1)
Effect of Joinder on Amounts in Controversy
63(1)
Exclusive and Concurrent Jurisdiction Between Federal and State Courts
64(1)
Conclusion
65(1)
Notice of Removal
66(2)
Discussion Questions
68(1)
Assignment
68(1)
Personal Jurisdiction
69(20)
Types of Personal Jurisdiction
70(1)
In Personam Jurisdiction
70(1)
In Rem Jurisdiction
71(1)
Quasi in Rem Jurisdiction
71(1)
Analyzing Personal Jurisdiction
71(1)
Asserting Personal Jurisdiction
72(2)
Asserting in Personam Personal Jurisdiction Through Consent
73(1)
Asserting in Personam Personal Jurisdiction Through Minimum Contacts
73(1)
General and Limited Jurisdiction
74(1)
Challenging Personal Jurisdiction
75(1)
Forum non conveniens
76(1)
Venue
76(2)
Local and Transitory Actions
77(1)
Conclusion
78(1)
Motion to Transfer Action
79(8)
Discussion Questions
87(1)
Assignment
87(2)
Introduction to Pleadings
89(7)
Causes of Action
90(1)
Types of Pleadings
90(1)
Affirmative Claims for Relief by Defendants
91(1)
Real Parties in Interest
91(1)
Capacity
92(1)
Joinder
93(1)
Conclusion
94(1)
Discussion Questions
95(1)
Assignment
95(1)
Complaints and Cross-Complaints
96(37)
Complaints in State Courts
96(4)
The Caption
97(1)
Naming the Parties
98(1)
Naming ``Doe'' Defendants
98(2)
The Allegations
100(5)
Drafting Allegations
100(1)
Pleading Devices
101(2)
Pleading with Particularity
103(1)
The Prayer
103(1)
Subscription and Verification
104(1)
Service of Summons for State Court Complaints
105(4)
Methods of Service
106(1)
Cross-Complainnts
107(1)
Official Form Pleading
108(1)
Pleading in Federal Courts
109(2)
Notice Pleading Versus Fact Pleading
109(1)
Joinder
109(1)
Venue and forum Non Conveniens
109(1)
Drafting Pleadings in Federal Court
110(1)
Local Rules
110(1)
Form Books and Drafting Tips
111(1)
Conclusion
111(1)
Superior Court Complaint
112(5)
Form Pleadings
117(7)
Federal Court Copmlaint
124(4)
State Court Summons
128(2)
Notice and Acknowledgment
130(1)
Discussion Questions
131(1)
Assignment
131(2)
Answering the Complaint
133(14)
Answering a State Court Complaint
133(3)
Denials to State Court Complaints
134(1)
Affirmative Defenses
135(1)
Drafting Affirmative Defenses
136(1)
Forms of Answers in State Court
136(1)
Answering a Federal Court Complaint
137(1)
Conclusion
137(1)
Answer to State Court Cross-Complaint
138(3)
General Denial to State Court Complaint
141(2)
Form Answer
143(2)
Form General Denial
145(1)
Discussion Questions
146(1)
Assignment
146(1)
Attacking the Pleadings
147(15)
Attacking the Pleadings in State Court
147(4)
Strategic Reasons to Attack the Pleadings
148(1)
Demurrers and Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings
148(1)
General Demurrers
149(1)
Special Demurrers
150(1)
Demurrer Procedures
150(1)
Motions to Strike
151(1)
Attacking the Pleadings in Federal Court
151(1)
Conclusion
152(1)
Demurrer and Motion to Strike State Court Complaint
153(6)
Motion to Dismiss Federal Court Complaint
159(2)
Discussion Questions
161(1)
Assignment
161(1)
Amending the Pleadings
162(7)
Amending State Court Pleadings
162(3)
Amending by Right
162(1)
Amending by Leave of Court
163(1)
Considerations of the Court Granting Leave
164(1)
Relation Back Doctrine
165(1)
Amending Pleadings in Federal Court
165(1)
Conclusion
166(1)
Notice of Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint
167(1)
Discussion Questions
168(1)
Assignment
168(1)
Calendaring Pleadings
169(14)
Basic Calendar Rules
170(1)
Calendaring in State Court
171(3)
Statutes of Limitations
171(1)
Dismissal Statutes
172(1)
Deadlines for Responses to Pleadings
172(1)
Calendaring Demurrers
173(1)
Calendaring Motions to Quash
173(1)
Calendaring in Federal Court
174(1)
Failure to Prosecute
174(1)
Responding to Pleadings
175(1)
California Trial Delay Reduction Act
175(1)
Background
175(1)
Sample Calendaring Problems
176(2)
Sample Calendar
178(1)
Conclusion
178(1)
Calendaring Calendar for Computing Days
179(1)
Proof of Service
180(1)
Discussion Questions
181(1)
Assignment
181(1)
Sample Calendar
182(1)
Discovery Overview
183(14)
The Purpose of Discovery
184(1)
Improving Presentation of Trial Evidence
184(1)
Focusing on Issues
184(1)
Eliminating Surprise at Trial
184(1)
The Disadvantages of Discovery
185(1)
Expense of Discovery
185(1)
Discovery Disputes
185(1)
Educating the Opposition
186(1)
Overview of Discovery Tools
186(2)
Discovery Plans
188(1)
The Goals of a Discovery Plan
188(1)
Limits to Discovery
189(4)
Scope of Permissible Discovery
189(1)
Privileges
190(1)
Attorney-Client Privilege
190(1)
Attorney-Workproduct Privilege
191(1)
Limitations on the Timing and Quantity of Discovery in State Court
191(1)
Limitations on Discovery in Federal Court
192(1)
Conclusion
193(1)
Discovery Plan
194(2)
Discussion Questions
196(1)
Assignment
196(1)
Interrogatories
197(30)
Advantages of Interrogatories
197(1)
Disadvantages of Interrogatories
198(1)
Interrogatories for State Court Practice
198(4)
Caption
198(1)
Format
199(1)
Form of Questions
199(1)
Limitations on the Numbers of Interrogatories
200(1)
Exceeding the ``Rule of Thirty-Five''
201(1)
Subscription and Service
202(1)
Interrogatories for Federal Court Practice
202(1)
Types of Interrogatories
202(2)
Contention Interrogatories
202(1)
Fact Interrogatories
203(1)
Interrogatories to Identify Documents
204(1)
Drafting Interrogatories
204(1)
Responding to Interrogatories
204(1)
Protective Order
204(1)
Responses to Interrogatories
204(1)
Failure to Respond
205(1)
Responding to Interrogatories
205(2)
Identifying Objectionable Interrogatories
205(1)
Proper Interrogatory Objections
205(1)
Improper Objections
206(1)
Drafting Responses to Interrogatories
207(1)
Challenges to Responses
207(1)
Motion to Compel Further Answers
207(1)
Motion to Compel Answers
208(1)
Conclusion
208(1)
Official Form Interrogatories
209(8)
Superior Court Interrogatories
217(2)
Federal Court Interrogatories
219(2)
Federal Court Responses to Interrogatories
221(3)
Discussion Questions
224(1)
Assignment
224(3)
Depositions
227(24)
Advantages of Depositions
227(1)
Disadvantages of Depositions
228(1)
Basic Deposition Rules
228(1)
Timing
228(1)
Deponents
229(1)
Types of Depositions
229(1)
Party Depositions in State Court
229(1)
Third-Party Depositions in State Court
230(1)
Party and Third-Party Depositions in Federal Court
231(1)
Personal and Consumer Records
232(1)
Deposition Procedures
232(2)
Role of the Paralegal
234(2)
Preparing for the Deposition
234(1)
Deposition Outlines
234(1)
Preparing Deponents
235(1)
Deposition Summaries
236(1)
Conclusion
237(1)
Deposition Subpoena
238(2)
Deposition Subpoena: Business Records
240(1)
Notice of Deposition with Documents
241(2)
Notice that Consumer Records Are Sought
243(2)
Table of Contents Deposition Summary
245(1)
Narrative Deposition Summary
246(1)
Chronological Deposition Summary
247(1)
Topic Deposition Summary
248(1)
Topic Index Deposition Summary
249(1)
Discussion Questions
250(1)
Assignments
250(1)
Requests for Admissions
251(12)
Format for Requests for Admissions
252(1)
Drafting Requests for Admissions
253(1)
Responding to Requests for Admissions
254(1)
Failure to Respond Properly
255(1)
Failure to Respond Properly in State Court Cases
255(1)
Failure to Respond Properly in Federal Court Cases
255(1)
Conclusion
256(1)
Official Form Request for Admissions
257(1)
Superior Court Requests for Admissions
258(2)
Federal Court Response to Requests for Admissions
260(2)
Discussion Questions
262(1)
Assignment
262(1)
Obtaining and Using Tangible Evidence
263(12)
Demand Format
264(1)
Timing Requests to Inspect
264(1)
Response to Demand for Inspection
265(1)
Enforcing the Demand
266(1)
The Production
266(1)
Role of the Paralegal in Inspection Demands
267(1)
Organizing and Analyzing Documentary Evidence
267(2)
Conclusion
269(1)
Superior Court Request for Inspection
270(2)
Federal Court Response to Request for Inspection
272(2)
Discussion Questions
274(1)
Assignment
274(1)
Independent Medical Examinations
275(9)
State Court IMES
276(3)
The Physical IME Demand
277(1)
The Physical IME Response
277(1)
The Physical IME Report
278(1)
The Mental IME
279(1)
Other IMEs in State Court Actions
279(1)
Federal Court IMES
279(1)
The Paralegal's Role in IMES
280(1)
Conclusion
280(1)
IME Client Instructions
281(1)
Superior Court Request for IME
282(1)
Discussion Questions
283(1)
Assignment
283(1)
Using Expert Witnesses and Expert Discovery
284(11)
Expert Discovery in State Court
285(3)
Demand for Expert Exchange
286(1)
The Response to Demand for Exchange
286(1)
Late-Disclosed Experts
287(1)
Expert Discovery in Federal Court
288(1)
Expert Depositions
288(2)
Expert Depositions in State Court
288(2)
Conclusion
290(1)
Superior Court Demand to Exchange Expert Lists
291(1)
Superior Court Expert Disclosure
292(2)
Discussion Questions
294(1)
Assignment
294(1)
Calendaring Discovery
295(9)
Limiting Discovery
295(1)
Calendaring Discovery Tools
296(2)
Interrogatories
296(1)
Depositions
296(1)
Requests for Admissions
297(1)
Demands for Inspection
297(1)
Independent Medical Examinations
298(1)
Expert Witness Disclosure
298(1)
Sample Discovery Calendaring Problems
298(4)
Sample Calendar
302(1)
Conclusion
303(1)
Discussion Questions
303(1)
Assignment
303(1)
Law and Motion
304(33)
Law and Motion Courts
304(1)
Motions
305(1)
General Caption and Format Rules
306(1)
Captions
306(1)
Scheduling the Motion
307(1)
Preparing for Filing
307(1)
Motion Structure
307(4)
Notice
308(1)
Memorandum of Points and Authorities
308(1)
Supporting Evidence
309(1)
Argument
310(1)
Proposed Orders
311(1)
Service and Filing
311(1)
Opposing Motions
311(1)
Replying to the Opposition
312(1)
Tentative Rulings
312(1)
Law and Motion Hearings
313(1)
Orders of the Court
313(1)
Sanctions
314(1)
Ex Parte Motions
315(2)
Form and Format of Ex Parte Motions
316(1)
Ex Parte Orders
316(1)
Paralegals and Ex Parte Motions
317(1)
Specific Types of Motions
317(1)
Amending Pleadings
317(1)
Discovery Motions
318(1)
Motions for Reconsideration and Renewing Motions
318(1)
Conclusion
319(1)
Superior Court Notice of Motion
320(2)
Superior Court Memorandum of Points and Authorities
322(3)
Superior Court Supporting Declaration
325(2)
Superior Court Proposed Order
327(2)
Superior Court Separate Statement of Deposition Questions in Dispute
329(2)
Superior Court Proof of Service of Moving Papers
331(1)
Superior Court Official Form Fax Cover Sheet
332(1)
Discussion Questions
333(1)
Assignment
333(4)
Summary Judgment
337(25)
Grounds for Summary Judgment
338(1)
Summary Adjudication
339(1)
Advantages and Disadvantages of Summary Judgment
339(1)
Form and Format of Summary Judgment Motions
340(2)
Timing Limitations
340(1)
Notice Requirements
341(1)
Noticing the Motion
341(1)
Memorandum of Points and Authorities
342(1)
Supporting Evidence
342(2)
Declarations
342(1)
Admissions and Discovery Responses
343(1)
Documentary Evidence
343(1)
Judicial Notice
344(1)
Separate Statement of Undisputed Fact
344
Opposing Motions for Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication
334(1)
Replying to the Opposition
335(1)
Orders
335(11)
Conclusion
346(1)
Superior Court Notice of Summary Judgment Motion
347(2)
Statment of Undisputed Material Facts
349(3)
Points and Authorities in Support of Summary Judgment
352(3)
Declaration in Support of Summary Judgment
355(2)
Proposed Order for Summary Judgment
357(2)
Discussion Questions
359(1)
Assignment
359(3)
Trial-Setting Procedures
362(17)
Trial-Setting Procedures in State Court
362(6)
Filing an At-Issue Memorandum
363(1)
Form and Format
363(1)
Completing the Form
364(1)
When Determining the Case is at Issue
364(1)
Case Management
365(1)
Motions for Preference
365(1)
Mandatory Settlement Conference
365(2)
Voluntary Settlement Conference
367(1)
CCP Section 998
367(1)
Partial Settlements
368(1)
Trial-Setting Procedures in Federal Court
368(1)
Initial Status Conferences
369(1)
Pretrial Conferences
369(1)
Settlements
369(1)
Conclusion
369(1)
Request for Dismissal
370(1)
Superior Court CCP Section 998 Offer
371(1)
Federal Court FRCP Rule 68 Demand for Judgment
372(1)
Stipulation and Request for Dismissal
373(1)
Settlement Agreement and Release
374(3)
Discussion Questions
377(1)
Assignment
377(2)
Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
379(11)
Alternative Dispute Resolution
379(2)
Voluntary Nonjudicial Arbitration
381(1)
Appeals from Nonjudicial Arbitration
381(1)
Judicial Arbitration
382(3)
Assignment to Arbitration
382(1)
Assignment of an Arbitrator
383(1)
The Arbitration
383(1)
The Arbitration Award
384(1)
Trial De Novo
384(1)
Conclusion
385(1)
Notice of Evidence to Be Offered at Arbitration
386(1)
Declaration Re: Evidence for Arbitration
387(2)
Discussion Questions
389(1)
Assignment
389(1)
Trial Preparation
390(17)
Anticipating the Trial Date
391(1)
The Trial Strategy Memorandum
391(1)
Four Stages of Trial Preparation
392(1)
Reviewing Existing Workproduct
392(3)
Document Organization
393(1)
Workproduct Review
394(1)
Deposition Summaries
394(1)
Legal memoranda
395(1)
Creating New Workproduct for Trial Use
395(3)
Witness-Related Workproduct
395(1)
Tangible Evidence
396(1)
Demonstrative Evidence
397(1)
Compelling Attendance of Witness and Production of Evidence at Trial
398(1)
Jury Fees
399(1)
Preparation of the Trial Book
400(1)
Conclusion
401(1)
Superior Court Trial Preparation Calendar
402(1)
Jury Chart
403(1)
Exhibit Foundation/Admission Form
404(1)
Witness Examination Outline Format
405(1)
Discussion Questions
406(1)
Assignment
406(1)
Trial Procedures
407(15)
Assignment to Trial Department
407(1)
``Trailing'' for Trial
408(1)
Challenging the Trial Judge
408(1)
Peremptory Challenges of State Court Judges
409(1)
CCP Section 170.6 Challenges in Master Calendar Jurisdictions
409(1)
CCP Section 170.6 Challenges in Direct Calendar Jurisdictions
410(1)
Challenging the Trial Judge for Cause
410(1)
State Court Challenges for Cause
410(1)
Federal Court Challenges for Cause
410(1)
Recusal
410(1)
Pretrial Conference
411(2)
Pretrial Conferences in Master Calendar Jurisdictions
411(1)
Pretrial Conferences in Direct Calendar Jurisdictions
412(1)
Pretrial Conferences in Federal Court
412(1)
Pretrial Conferences for Bench Trials
412(1)
Issues for Pretrial Resolution
413(2)
Motions in Limine
413(1)
Jury Instructions
413(2)
Jury Selection
415(1)
The Trial
416(1)
Concluding the Trial
417(1)
Conclusion
418(1)
Sample Jury Instruction
419(1)
Exhibit Admission Form
420(1)
Discussion Questions
421(1)
Assignment
421(1)
Judgments and Post-Trial Motions
422(17)
The Judgment in State Court
422(1)
Post-Trial Motions in State Court
423(4)
Motions for Fees and Costs
423(1)
Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict
424(1)
Motions for New Trial and to Vacate the Judgment
425(1)
Considering Post-Trial Motions
426(1)
Form and Format of Post-Trial Motions
426(1)
Post-Trial Motions in Federal Court
427(1)
Conclusion
428(1)
Notice of Entry of Superior Court Judgment
429(1)
Superior Court Judgment
430(2)
Superior Court Judicial Form Memorandum of Costs (Worksheet)
432(4)
Superior Court Judicial Form Memorandum of Costs (Summary)
436(2)
Discussion Questions
438(1)
Assignment
438(1)
Appelas
439(15)
Standards of Review
440(1)
Appeals from Superior Trial Courts
441(6)
Appeal Bonds
441(1)
The Notice of Appeal
441(1)
Preparing the Record
442(1)
Notice to Prepare Reporter's Transcript
443(1)
Preparing the Clerk's Transcript
444(1)
Briefing the Appeal
445(1)
Form and Format
445(2)
Appeals from Municipal Trial Courts
447(1)
Petition for Review by the California Supreme Court
447(1)
Appeals from the Federal District Courts
448(2)
Record on Appeal
448(1)
Presenting the Appeal
449(1)
Appeal to the United States supreme Court
450(1)
Conclusion
450(1)
Notice of Appeal from Superior Court Judgment
451(1)
Notice to Prepare Superior Court Transcript
452(1)
Discussion Questions
453(1)
Assignment
453(1)
Provisional Remedies and Extraordinary Writs
454
Provisional Remedies
454(5)
Injunctions
455(2)
Receiverships
457(1)
Claim and Delivery
458(1)
Attachment
458(1)
Extraordinary Writs
459(1)
Writ of Mandamus
459(1)
Writ of Administrative Mandamus
459(1)
Writ of Prohibition
460(1)
Writ of Certiorari
460(1)
Conclusion
460(1)
Federal Court Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause
461(2)
Superior Court Official Form Notice of Application for Writ of Attachment
463(2)
Superior Court Official Form Application for Writ of Attachment
465(3)
Superior Court Judicial Form Writ of Attachment
468(1)
Superior Court Petition for Writ of Administrative Mandate
469(4)
Discussion Questions
473(1)
Assignment
473
Glossary G-1
Appendix A-1
Index I-1


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