The casebook addresses procedures unique to California practice that are not generally presented in the first-year course in civil procedure. The case selection, notes and text all reinforce the perspective of a practitioner choosing knowledgeably between state and federal court. Cases and notes address many state/federal differences in all major areas of civil procedure, such as: pleading, discovery, right to trial by jury, alternative dispute resolution, settlement, res judicata, and appeals. Also included are topics unique to California state law, including anti-SLAPP litigation, prefiling requirements, and state choice of law rules.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 07/14/2022

David I. Levine, UC College of the Law, San Francisco

William R. Slomanson, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Rochelle J. Shapell, UC College of the Law, San Francisco

Stefano G. Moscato, UC College of the Law, San Francisco


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The Sixth Edition features 17 new principal cases, including:

Bader v. Avon Products, Inc. (Cal. App., 2020) (personal jurisdiction)

Kremerman v. White (Cal. App., 2021) (service of process)

Rubenstein v. Doe No. 1 (Cal., 2017) (pre-filing requirements)

Filosa v. Alagappan (Cal. App., 2020) (statute of limitations)

Scholes v. Lambirth Trucking Co. (Cal. App., 2017) (relation back)

Park v. Board of Trustees of California State University (Cal., 2017) (anti-SLAPP)

Rand Resources, LLC v. City of Carson (Cal., 2019) (anti-SLAPP)

Wilson v. Cable News Network, Inc. (Cal., 2019) (anti-SLAPP)

JAMS, Inc. v. Superior Court (Cal. App., 2016) (anti-SLAPP)

Van Zant v. Apple Inc. (Cal. App., 2014) (necessary party)

Sass v. Cohen (Cal., 2020) (default judgment)

Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. v. Superior Court (Cal., 2020) (trial by jury)

People v. Uber Technologies, Inc. (Cal. App., 2020) (preliminary injunction)

Segal v. ASICS America Corp. (Cal., 2022) (taxing costs)

City of Calexico v. Bergeson (Cal. App., 2021) (writ of mandate)

F.P. v. Monier (Cal., 2017) (statement of decision)

The new edition includes revamped sections on Arbitration and anti-SLAPP litigation.

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