Rules of civil procedure govern everything that happens outside of criminal proceedings. This Nutshell provides a road map to navigating civil procedure rules and helps build a foundation for understanding the overall picture. Topics discussed include: jurisdiction, venue, and other court-selection issues; pleading, discovery, summary judgment, and other pretrial matters; adjudication, judgments, and appeals; multi-party/multi-claim proceedings, including class actions and multidistrict litigation; plus standing, the Erie doctrine, arbitration, and other important procedural issues. The new edition covers all the subjects dealt with in today's civil procedure courses, whether four or five or six hours in length.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Nutshells
Publication Date: 08/08/2022

Mary Kay Kane, California-San Francisco

Arthur R. Miller, New York University School of Law

Adam N. Steinman, University of Alabama School of Law


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  • The latest Supreme Court decisions on civil procedure, including its 2021 decision on personal jurisdiction, Ford Motor Co. v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court
  • The 2018 Federal Rules amendments on class action settlements
  • A new section on arbitration that covers the Supreme Court's recent line of cases on the Federal Arbitration Act
  • Other developments on standing, appellate procedure, and multidistrict litigation

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